Welcome to EarlK Design!


The EarlK Design blog consists mainly of entries that show how to do things using Adobe Photoshop that I hope you will find helpful and give your creative mind more tools to work with.

I use Adobe Photoshop CS6, and sometimes Adobe Illustrator CS5, Lightroom 5, and Corel Painter X. However, I believe that much of what I show can be done using Photoshop Elements.



Thursday, September 23, 2010

Other Days with Earl Episode 9: Plaids, Part 3, Plaids in General

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ERIC!

Today is my son's birthday! So, today's episode of Other Days with Earl is dedicated to him.

In this Episode I show you how you can create just about any plaid that you can think of, and a lot that you wouldn't think about. You create your plaid design as a pattern and use the pattern to create your plaid.


This is an example of the type of pattern that you create and an example of the 12 x 12-inch paper that you could create using that pattern.

I also show how you can use these patterns for creating really very nice striped papers.

If you would like to download a PDF copy of Episode 9, you can download it from box dot com by clicking HERE.

I also have some freebie papers for you. They were all created using the information in the Episode.
 Here is a preview of what they look like.


If you would like to have these papers, you can download them from 4shared.com. All the papers are 12 x 12-inch, 300 ppi. They are in a ZIP file, so you will have to unzip them to get to them.  Click HERE to download the freebie papers.

I hope you enjoy this episode.

That's all for now.

Enjoy life!

Earl

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Other Days with Earl Episode 8-Plaids-Part 2, Basic Plaid Plus

Here is Part 2 of Plaids. I call it Basic Plaid Plus because in addition to showing you how to create a pattern for a basic plaid design,  I also show you a couple of ways to create plaids (according to my definition of plaid) by not using a pattern to create the design.
First I will show you how to create a plaid pattern in the shape of a square. The square will be equal to one square of the overall plaid design. We will create a pattern such as this one. 
Then, I will show you how to make a plaid design using the Noise Filter and the Motion Blur Filter. This creates a design that, to me, looks like a fine woven fabric.  Then, I will show you how to make a plaid using the Single Row or Single Column Marquee Tool. You will create plaids that look like these.

You can download the PDF file for Other Days with Earl Episode 8-Plaids-Part 2, Basic Plaid Plus from box dot com by clicking here.

Freebie
I have created 10 plaid papers using these techniques that are a Freebie to you to download and to use. The papers are all 12 x 12 inch, 300 ppi, RGB, and as a JPG file. The file is rather large, about 83MB, so it may take a little while to download. They are in a ZIP file, so you will have to unzip them to use them. You can download your freebie papers from box dot com by clicking here. This is what the papers look like.

I hope that you are enjoying your time with me and maybe even learning some new things that you can do for your scrapbooking.

Enjoy life!

Earl

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Other Days with Earl Episode 7-Plaids Part 1, Gingham

I never know how long an article will be when I start creating a new Episode of Other Days with Earl. I expected to have all the information about plaids that I was aware of all in one tidy little article. Well, it didn't turn out that way. The article on gingham got to 16 pages so I thought that was enough. More information on different ways to create plaids will be in future episodes.

I show you how to make a basic gingham pattern. Along the way, I show you some things about using Photoshop. I also show you the way I would rotate the gingham paper so that it is on the diagonal, or any other any you would like. I show you how to change the color using a couple of methods.

If you would like to obtain this Episode 7, you can download the PDF file from box dot com by clicking here.

As a freebie for you, I have three papers that you can download from box dot com.

The papers are in a zip file that you will have to unzip to use. They are 12 x 12 inch, 300ppi, RGB files. You can download the zip file by clicking here.

As a teaser here are examples of plaids that I will show you how to make in future episodes of Other Days with Earl.


Enjoy Life!

Earl

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Plaid designs

Joann asked if I would do a tutorial on creating plaids, including plaids on a diagonal. I will be working on such a tutorial over the next few days. However, I have already showed you how to make a plaid using a noise gradient. This is in Other Days with Earl Episode 6-Gradients Part 3. If you haven't seen that Episode, you can scroll down a little to where you can download that Episode.


Here are a couple of examples of the noise gradient plaid.













If you want your noise gradient plaid to be on the diagonal, just start your first gradient in the upper left corner and drag to the lower right corner.  Then start your second gradient in the upper right corner and drag to the lower left corner.

I will be working on how to do plaids using other techniques soon.

Have fun,
Earl