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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 20, 2011

Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen September 20, 2011

This week we have a Free & Easy eDition for our Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen. (Click on the red text to go to Kim's site.) Our guideline for this week, according to Kim, is:

Tuesday, September 20th TT Challenge Details are:
The Free & Easy eDition is back! That means.... your image must contain one layer of any of my textures... That's that... no other requirements..... 

I have to give you a little background about what I am about to do for my challenge for this week. On Tuesday, 13 September 2011, my daughter and I went to the Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha, Nebraska, to see the Outside Kaneko Sculpture Exhibit. Jun Kaneko has been based in Omaha since 1986 and established his current studio here since 1990. He was born in Nagoya, Japan, in 1942. He came to the United States in 1963 to continue his art studies that he had started in Japan. He creates the world's largest free-standing ceramic sculptures. Many of them are 6-8 feet or more in height. There are 31 pieces of Jun Kaneko's work in the exhibit. Here are a couple of his pieces in the garden setting. Both of these are called Dangos, which means dumplings or rounded shape in Japanese. They are both 6-8 feet tall.

One reason I am telling you about this exhibit is that some of the photographs I took are close-ups of the texture from the colors and glazes on the ceramics. In addition to Kim Klassen's textures, I will also use some of my photos as textures to create my final image.

Layer 1.  As my usual starting point, Layer 1 is an 11 x 8.5-inch landscape, 300 ppi, RGB, white background new document.

Layer 2. This is a close-up image of a few of the flowers that are in the bed around the Keneko Dango that I will use for Layer 3. Layer 2 is Normal Mode and 100% Opacity.

Layer 3.  This is a photograph of one of the Dangos that I use during this creation. The layer is at Normal Mode and 100% Opacity.

Using the Rectangular Marquee Tool, I made a rectangular selection around the Dango area and I want to feather the selection to merge this image into the Layer 2 flowers. The method I used to feather the selection is the one I show in my blog entry of August 8, 2011, Control Your Feathering. (Click on the red text to go to this entry in my blog.) This method uses the Mask Panel and gives excellent control over your feathering. I also moved the image on the layer a little to put it a little more into upper left corner. This is how Layer 3 looks after the feathering of my selection has been done.

Layer 4.  For this layer, I use Kim's kk_Silence texture. Here is how the texture looks at Normal Mode and 100% Opacity.

Then I changed the Layer Blending Mode to Hue, and left the Opacity 100%. What a wonderful golden hue is cast over the entire image! The flower looks almost like it is made out of metal. Or, it looks, except for the center, like an artichoke that has been opened.

Layer 5.  I have to show you where Layer 5 comes from before I use it. Inside the Visitor Center of the Lauritzen Gardens is a display area. There were several Kaneko Dangos in there. This one is on its own stand inside the Koi Fish Pond.

I took several close-up photos of this Dango to use as textures. Every square inch of the surface of the Dango is just wonderful. This close-up shot is the one I use as Layer 5. Here the Blending Mode is Normal and Opacity 100%.

Now I changed the Layer Blending Mode to Vivid Light and kept the Opacity 100%.

Layer 6.  For this layer I used a close-up photo from the Dango that is shown in Layer 3. Here is what this texture looks like at Normal Mode and 100% Opacity.

Then I changed the Layer Blending Mode to Saturation and kept the Opacity 100%. Look at the wonderful stripes.

Layer 7.  Serendipity plays a large part in my creations, so next I used Kim's kk_serendipity texture.  This is kk_serendipity at Normal Mode and 100% Opacity.

Then I changed the Layer Blending Mode to Exclusion and left the Opacity 100%. And, Mother Nature's Serendipity plus Kim's kk_serendipity texture really came through for me. I knew I was finished with this image. I gave it a name, "Moody Blue Dango."

The colors are just beautiful and the touches of red throughout really make it sparkle. At least that is the way I see it through my eyes and into my mind.

I hope you have enjoyed this Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen  (Click on the red text to go to Kim's site) tour through my mind at work in trying to create with Photoshop what I visualize I want. But, serendipity plays a major part as I go along. Something may happen and the direction of the image may go in a completely different direction than I originally was planning on going. That is a major part for me for the enjoyment I get from these creations. 

Enjoy your creating and doing what you like to do.

That is all for now.



Teresa said...

So so informative and the result is really beautiful, a striking yet harmonious image. Teresa x

Cedar said...

Very creative work! Interesting!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Thanks so much for the step by step. All of the layer produced an amazing result!

Magic Gypsy said...

Great use textures, texturing and incorporating a sculpture into the photo.

Nadege, said...

You are amazing and again so creative. I love the way this has all come together.

Beth said...

great result!

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Another wonderful tutorial. Beautiful result of all those layers. V

Kathleen said...

I am fascinated by the process of making art, and the choices artists make along the way. This was a wonderful post -- your work is gorgeous.

Grandma Deal said...

Great work, Earl. I've got to get out more. You find such fascinating subjects.

Kathy said...

Wow...now that's a process. I love it. Thanks for sharing.


Linda Jane Makiej said...

Simply terrific texture work!! :)

Miriam said...

Thank you four such a fabulous tutorial. Your work is beautiful

Roshanda "ShonEjai" Glenn said...

Wow! What great work! I am completely amazed!

Terrie said...

Thanks for sharing all your steps - it helped me try some new blending modes like saturation and exclusion. Wow - they give really unusual results! I'm once again inspired to look at things I photograph for textural beauty too.

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