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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, September 6, 2011

Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen September 6, 2011

I knew I couldn't stay away from Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesday. They are just so much fun to work on. It's nice to let the mind create what it wants as I go along. Recently I was scanning photographs from an old photo album that belonged to my father. I came across this photo of my cousin. The photo was taken in about 1925. I wasn't even born yet! My Mother's sister, her husband and son were living in Diamondville, Wyoming. My uncle was a coal miner at this time. I thought the photo would make a great layout.


Here is the original scanned image. I scanned it in as a RGB color photo even though it was a black and white image. Remember, the photo is about 85 years old.




Then I restored the photo to what I thought it may have looked originally after being taken. And then gave it a little sepia toning to make it look a little aged.




Now I thought that I would like to have the color of the image more like a brick color since there are so many bricks in the image. Duotone might be the way I want to go. In Photoshop CS5, which is what I am using, I went up to the Image Menu and selected Mode.




I want to use Duotone, but it is grayed out; I can't use it. The reason is that in order to use Duotone, the image has to be a Grayscale image. So, at this point you could just click on Grayscale and convert the image to grayscale. Or, if you want more control over the grayscale image you use, you can first create your grayscale image by using the Black and White Adjustment Layer. That is what I did. I clicked on the Black and White Adjustment Layer button and brought up its dialog. In the Presets, I found that using Green Filter gave me what I wanted.



So now I went back to the Image Menu and selected Mode. And, now I clicked on Grayscale to convert my image to Grayscale. I would suggest having done all this on a duplicate of your image. Because now you will lose any color data in your image. 




Then go back to the Image Menu and select Mode. You now can select Duotone. 




When the Duotone dialog opened, from the Presets, I selected CMYK ext wm. This is actually a Quadtone, not a Duotone. This gave me what I wanted for my brick color for the image. There are many Presets that you can use. Try some to see what you can use for your layouts.




Layer 1.  This was all preliminary work on my image prior to bringing it into my layout. I opened a new document that is 11 X 8.5 inches, 300 ppi, and white background. This becomes my Layer 1; my usual starting point for a layout.


Layer 2.  The quadtone image of my cousin is brought onto my layout and resized to be the size I want it.




Layer 3.  The requirement for this week's Texture Tuesday was the layout had to contain one layer of Kim's kk_crackerjack texture. My Layer 3 is kk_crackerjack resized in Free Transform from its 12 x 12 inch size to my 11 x 8.5 in size. I kept the dark edges on the edges.




However, I do not want the texture over the image. Keeping the texture layer active, I clicked on the thumbnail of Layer 2, the image layer, to make a selection of the image area.




Then I held down the Option/Alt key and clicked on the Add layer mask button at the bottom of the Layers Panel. This put a black mask over the image area hiding the texture and revealing the image below. 




Then I thought I should let some of the texture show on the image. I am still on Layer 3. I clicked on the mask thumbnail to make sure the mask is selected. Then I used a scrubbing brush with white its color and brushed some white areas on the black mask to let some of the texture show on the image.




Layer 3A.  This is the layer above Layer 3 when I use the Hue/Saturation Adjustment to change the color of the texture to more like the brick color. I used the Eyedropper to select a medium color from the image and put it into my Foreground Color. Then I clicked on the Add Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer button at the bottom of the Layers Panel. I then chose Colorize. Since my Background Color was the color I selected from the image, that became the hue when I selected Colorize. I then clipped the Hue/Saturation layer to the texture layer so it affected only the texture layer. And, I set the texture Layer Blend Mode to Multiply and the Opacity 70%.




Looking at the brick, I decided that I wanted something similar in the texture around the image. I wanted a grid pattern. I didn't want the grid to be rectangular, I wanted it to contrast with that a little. I decided on a square grid. I opened a new document, 400 x 400 pixels, 300 ppi. white background. I wanted to make a new pattern that I could use for my grid. When the document opened, I wanted to make a stroke on the layer. Since the layer is a background layer, it is locked and you can't put a stroke on it. I double clicked on the layer, in the Layers Panel, and converted it to a normal layer. Then I clicked on the Fx button at the bottom of the Layers Panel and selected Stroke. I made an inside, 5 pixel wide, black stroke.




I don't want a white background for my pattern. I want it transparent so that only the grid lines will show. I set the Fill (not the Opacity) to 0%. The Fill is just below the Opacity. Decreasing the Fill does not change the effects opacity. If you change the Opacity to 0%, the stroke would also go to 0% and not be seen.




I went to the menu and selected Edit/Define Pattern. I gave it a name and clicked OK. Now it was a pattern and I closed the document without saving since I no longer needed it.


Layer 1A.  This is a layer created above Layer 1 when I chose to use Layer 1 on which to put my pattern I just created. For ease in seeing, I turned off the visibility on layers 2, 3 and 3A. With Layer 1 active, I clicked on the Create new fill or adjustment layer button at the bottom of the Layers Panel and selected Pattern. When the dialog opens, your just made pattern should be selected. If it isn't, click on the pattern icon to open the Pattern Picker and select your grid pattern. I scaled my pattern to 10% and clicked OK. And, this is what is visible at this time.




Then, I turned the visibility of Layers 2, 3 and 3A back on.




Layer 4.  I used Kim's kk_stainedLinen texture for this layer. Again, like I did for Layer 3, I had Layer 4 active and then Command/Control-clicked on the Thumbnail of Layer 2, the image layer, to make a selection of the image area. Then, with Layer 4 being the active layer, I held down the Option/Alt key and clicked on the Add Layer Mask button. This gave me a black mask over the picture area hiding the texture from over the image. I set the Blend Mode to Difference and Opacity 40% for this texture layer. I felt that this gave the image the feel of being inside a coal mine.




Layer 5.  I brought in my image of a miner's pick. I used the default setting of the Black and White Adjustment Layer to convert the pick to a black and white image and clipped the adjustment (Layer 5A) to the layer so it only modified the pick layer. Then I added a drop shadow and a color overlay layer style to the pick. I gave a large drop shadow and sampled the color of the blue-gray of the image for the color overlay. And, I set the Opacity 50%.




Layer 6.  Then I did the same thing for the image of a miner's lamp.




Layers 7, 8, 9, and 10.  I added in the title, text, signature and date. And that completed my layout.




I hope you found some things of interest to you in going through this with me. A lot of things came to mind as I went along in creating this layout. This layout may be a little dark and somber for the picture of a 5-year old boy. But, that could have been his life if he stayed there. Fortunately, his family moved to Sunny Southern California a few years after this picture was taken and he had a much brighter life.


That is all for now.


Live life well and enjoy!


Earl

19 comments:

Lauri said...

You did a lot of work on this photograph and produce a very special memento. Lovely!

Anki said...

You have done fine work her, and i like it very much.

Grandma Deal said...

Great job. I love the old, old family photographs.

Barbara said...

Beautiful work. I absolutely love how you compose your pages. You are inspiring me to try out your method. Thanks.

Peace!

CATHY said...

I so appreciate the level of detail you list in your instructions on how you created your image. I always learn something from you. great image!

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