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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, August 2, 2011

Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen August 2, 2011

Kim Klassen was easy on us this week. All Kim said was, "The only 'rule'...it must be texturized with at least one layer of any of my textures."  If you want to join in the fun and aren't yet a member of the Texture Lovin' List, you can get all the information by clicking on this link to take you to the Kim Klassen Cafe. 

Since there were no guidelines about what subject to use, I thought I would pick something from Mother Nature. Last year, when I was walking up a path in the forest near my house, I came upon a tree with a hollow in it. Mother Nature was healing whatever had happened to the tree. Her work was beautiful. So I chose a photo of the hollow to be my subject for this Texture Tuesday.

Layer 1.  As normal, I started my excursion down my path to the final image with a blank white layer, my Layer 1. Don't artists usually start with a blank canvas?


 Layer 2. I added a Gradient Fill layer above my blank white layer. I made the gradient from a medium teal at the bottom to a lighter teal at the top. Using the gradient fill I could change my background color to almost whatever I wanted to change it to at a later time. However, in this case I left it at this color. It worked fine for me in the long run to the end. The layer was at Normal Blending Mode and 100% Opacity.


Layer 3. For this layer, I used Kim's texture KK_chamomile. I decided on the Exclusion Blending Mode at 100% Opacity. This gave me a nice subtle texture and allows some of the teal to show through. And, some edge effects show, too.


Layer 4. Then I added my favorite texture of Kim's, kk_stainedLinen. I set the Blending Mode to Lighten and the Opacity to 80%. That gave this wonderful texture and still allowed some of the teal the texture from Layer 3 to come through.


Layer 5. On a separate document, I created a tree design using the Pen Tool and saved the design as a .png file. I brought the tree design in for my Layer 5. It is black and white only in color. I added the Drop Shadow and Bevel and Emboss effects to the tree to give it a little dimension.


Layer 6. I wanted to modify the coloring of the tree. I added a Gradient Fill layer and clipped it to the tree layer, Layer 5. I selected a black to transparent gradient with Normal Mode and 50% Opacity.


Layer 7. I wanted a little more for the tree. I used Kim's texture KK_serendipity and clipped it to the tree image Layer 5. I used a blending mode Hard Light at 100% Opacity. And this is what I wanted for the tree design.


Layer 8. I want now to add in my photo of Mother Nature's work of tree art. I selected my Rectangular Marquee Tool and made a selection where I wanted the photo. I then filled the selection with black and will use the area as a photo mask.


I didn't want this mask to be just a plain rectangle. I wanted it to have a distressed edge that would be suggestive of wood bark. At least, that was my thought. To do this, I used a displacement filter. This is extremely easy to do. If you want to see how easy, go to my blog entry of Other Days with Earl Episode 13: Using Your Smarts. However, I first had to convert the layer to a Smart Object. I did by Right clicking on the layer in the Layer's Panel and selecting Convert to Smart Object. Then, I went to Filter/Distort/Displace. In the dialog box I set both horizontal and vertical scale to 40, selected Stretch To Fit and Repeat Edge Pixels, and clicked OK. In the new Open Dialog box, I selected the .psd file that I wanted to use for the displacement and clicked Open. And, Photoshop created my edge for me on this photo mask on Layer 8.
I still wasn't through with the mask. Still on Layer 8, I wanted to add a Drop Shadow. Since I have made Layer 8 a Smart Object, my effects will be Smart Effects and be editable, if I waznt to change them. I added a drop shadow.
So far, Layer 8 has been a little busy. For now we are finished with it. However, we will come back a little later to add one more thing.


Layer 9. Now I brought in my photo and clipped it to the photo mask in Layer 8.


The edges of the photo are a little too stark for me. I want to darken the edges. I do this in a neat technique that uses the Inner Glow effect. I select Layer 8, the mask layer, to be the active layer. The layer is a Smart Object. To the right of the word Effects, double click to open the Layer Styles dialog. Click on the words Inner Glow to make it active and open the Inner Glow dialog. In the top box, change the Blend Mode to Color Burn and change to color to Black. In the middle box, increase the size to where you want it. To add a little more to the effect, back in the top box, add a little noise. Play with these settings to suit your photo. I had Noise at 20% and size at 215px. 


Layer 10. I added a Hue/Saturation Adjustment layer next. I decreased the saturation to -100% to desaturate the image.


Layer 11. I made Layer 9, the color photo, active and made a duplicate of the layer (Command/Control-J) and moved the copy to the top of the layer stack as Layer 11. I wanted to add back in just a little of the color to the tree image. I left the Blending Mode at Normal and decreased the Opacity to 20%.



Layers 12 and 13. I put the two lines of text on separate layers so I could move them around to where I wanted them. I used the font Adobe Garamond Pro. I added in Drop Shadow, Bevel and Emboss, and Stroke.



Layer 14. While Layer 13, the top layer in the stack, was active, I made a Composite Layer (Command/Control-Option/Alt-Shift-E) which gave me all the visible layers on a single layer, Layer 14. I want to darken the edges of this layer to bring emphasis to the central part of the layout. As I did in Layer 9, I used the Inner Glow effect. Here I used Blend Mode Linear Burn, Color Black, Opacity 45%, Noise 18%, Size 147px.


Layer 15. Using the Brush Tool, I stamped my logo name, in white, in the bottom right corner of the layout. I set the Blending Mode to Overlay at 50% Opacity. and that gave me my final result.


That's all for this episode of Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen. I hope that you enjoyed seeing how I did this. And, maybe even learned a few new things from how I did some of the things I did.


Live life fully and enjoy.


Earl

27 comments:

Teresa said...

This is fabulous, so different but expertly crafted . . .

HeidiRose said...

Thank you for another great texture tuesday lesson.
Heidi (Rosi)

Nadege, said...

Wonderfully created, I just love your designs.
Thank you so much for your tutorial.

Kathleen said...

Wonderful! Thank you for showing us your steps -- I am learning a lot from your tutorials.

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

I love that you explain the whole process. It is wonderful how you build up the layers. I learned some useful ideas here. V

Kim Klassen said...

so thoughtfully shared and presented Earl!!

wonderful!

have a fantastic week!

thanks for linking to TT.

Pat said...

This is terrific - thank you!

Marilyn said...

Earl, each image you use adds to your work of art. Thanks for sharing your process with us. It has given me an idea to start with a "blank canvas".

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