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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.



Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen June 28, 2011

Here we are with another entry of mine for Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen. The only guideline for this week's Texture Tuesday was that at least one layer of Kim's texture KK_golden was used for the image. So here is what I did.


I had been scanning in some photos that I took back in 1982 at Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico. I was attending a two-week calligraphy retreat. I just love that part of the country. It is high desert northern New Mexico, about 70 miles north-west of Santa Fe. One of the photos was of some Cholla Cactus that was in bloom. I decided that would be the photo I would use for this week's Texture Tuesday. Here is the photo straight out of the scanner. You can see it needed a little help before I started working on my creation for Texture Tuesday.


Using some of the techniques I learned in the class  "Photo Editing-Good-to-Great-Workflow," at jessicsaSprague.com, I cropped and modified in Photoshop to correct white balance, levels, and curves. This gave me this modified image to start my Texture Tuesday journey. And, this is just about what I remember it looking like in real life. It was really lush and green.




Then, I did the following to this image.


Layer 1: The modified image from above.

Layer 2: KK_golden; Exclusion blending mode; 50% opacity.

Layer 3: KK_golden; Overlay blending mode; 50% opacity.

Layer 4: KK_warmsun; Color Burn blending mode; 70% opacity.

Layer 5: Copy of Layer 1; Normal blending mode; 5% opacity.

Layer 6: A composite layer of all the layers below. This layer was then used to start another new document to complete my texture composition. It has Normal blending mode and 100% opacity.



And, I now have this.


It may not look like much yet, but, I had a vision in my mind.

So, I used the composite layer from the above document as my starting point on a new document. It became my new Layer 1. And then, this is what I did.

Layer 1: The composite layer from the above document.

Layer 2: The original beginning Layer 1 from the original document (the green cholla cactus image). Transformed its size to give me some larger blossoms. Added layer mask. Added a circular black to white gradient on the mask to have only an area for blossoms to show. Unlocked layer thumbnail and mask so I could move flowers around. Relocked. Layer at Normal blending mode and 100% opacity.

Layer 3: KK_golden texture; Linear Burn blending mode; 60% opacity.


And that gave me this.


That is how it was done. I was very pleased with the result. It matched my vision of where I was heading quite well.



If you haven't been to Kim Klassen's Cafe before, you really need to visit with her. She is a remarkable woman.  She also has some very interesting and enjoyable and informative classes to offer. And, if you join her Texture Lovin' List you will receive free textures in your email inbox.



I enjoyed this Texture Tuesday Challenge very much and am looking forward to next week's. 


Until next time, enjoy your photography and scrapbooking and have fun with Photoshop.

Earl

6 comments:

libbyquilter said...

interesting~!
i like your finished results and reading your recipe was informative. thank you for sharing.

:-)
libbyQ

helena said...

like the idea of englarging part of the image to add back over the texturised version

Marilyn said...

Woo hoo! Very nice results!!

kimB said...

Wonderful processing, Earl! You never fail to amaze us with your creativity :)

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