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.



Friday, January 28, 2011

Other Days with Earl Episode 17: Text in a Shape-Basic

In Episode 16 of Other Days with Earl I showed you how to put text on a path. In this companion Episode I will show you how to put text inside a shape that is created by a closed path.

I show you how the cursor of the Horizontal Type Tool changes when it is around a path.

 I will tell you what the little symbols mean when you have entered text into a shape.
 

And. I will show you several ways to create shapes in which you can place text. One of the ways is to use the Polygonal Lasso Tool to create a shape that follows the contours of a flower in a photograph.



I will also show you how to add an interesting stroke around your text, such as this one.


Or, even this one.


If you are interested in getting this Episode 17 Other Days with Earl: Text in a Shape-Basic, you can download the PDF file from box dot com by CLICKING HERE. 


That is all for this Episode of Other Days with Earl.

Enjoy what you do! Live!

Earl

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Other Days with Earl Episode 16: Text on a Path-Basics

Welcome to another Episode of Other Days with Earl. This is Episode 16: Text on a Path. I will show you how to put text on a simple curved path. I am using a Mac with Photoshop CS4. I do not believe that Photoshop Elements has a Pen Tool or the Path Selection Tool. For those of you who are using Photoshop Elements this Episode will probably be mostly just for information. However, if some day in the future you do get Photoshop CSx, you will already know how all this works. However, Photoshop Elements users, if you haven't been to my blog before, look at some of the items that have been posted in the past. You may find many things of interest.


I will show you how to make a simple curved open path with the Pen Tool and then how to put text on the path that you create with the Pen Tool. I will show you right adjusted, left adjusted, and centered text on a path.


I will also show you how to make text right side up on the bottom of a circular path.


If you would like to have a PDF file of Episode 16: Text on a Path-Basics, CLICK HERE.


That's all for now.

Enjoy life and your scrapbooking!


Earl













Monday, January 17, 2011

EarlKDesign Template 05-Landscape 11 x 8.5 inches-FREEBIE

I am a Mac user. I use iPhoto and go through Apple to have my scrapbooks printed. Apple's hardcover book sizes are 13 x 10 inches and 11 x 8.5 inches, both landscape format. I have mine printed in the 11 x 8.5 inches size. The usual 12 x 12 inch template format that is found mostly is not very suitable for my normal use. So, I make many of my templates in the 11 x 8.5 inches format.


I assume that some of you might also be using Apple's iPhoto to have your scrapbooks printed. I have posted a freebie template for you to download. This way I can see if there is much demand for page templates in the landscape 11 x 8.5 inches format.  If there is a demand for them, I will post more of them on my blog as time goes by for your use.


This is the one that I have posted for you to download.


This a fully layered PSD document than can be used by either Photoshop Elements or Photoshop CSx users. It is 11 x 8.5 inches (landscape), 300 ppi, RGB, with a white background layer. All items are on their own layer. There are no groups. I have used Color Fill layers in many places so that it is easy for you to change the color of the layer. Just double click on the color thumbnail for the layer to open the Color Picker and select your new color. I have also used some Pattern Fill layers so that you can change the pattern of the layer if you wish. Again, just double click on the pattern thumbnail for the layer to open the Pattern Fill dialog and change it to what you want. If you don't want to use the Color Fill or Pattern Fill layers, just turn off their visibility by clicking on the eyeball at the left side of the layer.


On this template, you may notice that I did not use a mat under the photos. This was a choice I made while creating the page layout. However, if you want mats under your photos, like shown below. It is easy for you to do for yourself using the downloaded template as a starting point.



I will use the photo 1 mask layer to tell you how to add a photo mat under the photo. Have the photo 1 mask layer selected. Command-click (Control-click on a PC, I think) on the photo 1 mask layer thumbnail to put a selection around the mask. I will use white for the color of the mat. With the selection still around the photo 1 mask layer, fill the selection with white. Leave the selection still active. Rename the layer photo 1 mat. Create a new layer above this layer (selection is still active). In the Menu, go to Select/Modify/Contract and contract by about 15 pixels and click OK. The selection will now be contracted by 15 pixels. Fill this selection with black. Release the clipping of this layer to the layer below it. This will also release the clipping of photo 1. Name this new layer photo 1 mask. Clip photo 1 to the photo 1 mask layer. You now have a white mat under your photo. You can now do this for the remainder of the photos, if you want mats under them. Of course, if you don't want mats under the photos, just ignore what I have said in this paragraph and use the template as is. Remember, it is your template to use as you want.



After you click above to download the file, you will be taken to 4shared.com. From there you can download the file. The file is in a ZIP file and you will need to unzip the file to get to the PSD template file. If you haven't used 4shared.com before, when their page opens, on the left-hand side of the page there will be a blue rectangle with a white arrow pointing downward with white text saying "Download Now." Click on that blue box. This will take you to a new window that will have a box that says "Your download link will appear after wait." There will be a circle with the wait period counting down. After the wait, where the words "Your download link will appear after wait" were, you will see the words "Download file now." Click on those words and your download will begin. At least this is how it works on my iMac using the Firefox browser. Also, 4shared.com only allows one person to be downloading the file at a time. So, if you have trouble getting the file to download, you may want to try at a later time as someone may already be downloading it when you tried to do so.

If there is interest enough in these 11 x 8.5 inches templates, I will add more to my blog as time goes by. So, let me know if you want more of them. You can leave comments on my blog.


I hope you enjoy this template.


Enjoy life!


Earl

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Template FREEBIE No. 4

Here is Template Number 4 that is a freebie to you. Both Photoshop Elements and Photoshop CSx users can use the template. I hope that you find a lot of use for it. It is very versatile. The design is based on circles in squares. Here is an example of what you can do with it.


 The template is a fully layered PSD document. It is 12 x 12 inches, 300 ppi, RGB, white background. Users of Photoshop Elements and Photoshop CSx can use the template.

The template contains a lot of layers. I have not grouped any of the layers, that way, Elements users can use the template. If you are using Photoshop CSx, after you have downloaded the file you may wish to group some of the similar layers to keep your Layers panel less cluttered.


The template starts out with a series of overlapping squares that are offset to the upper left hand corner.



As an example, you could clip a photo into the inner square. You could also clip your own papers to any, or all, of the other squares.




 Another thing you could do if you have a lot of journaling that you wanted to have on a page is like this. The text box is on a layer for you in the template.




 There is a set of 9 circles inside the square that have mats and clipping masks so that you can add your photos into the circles. There are some text areas in the shape of circles that are contained inside of some of the circles. Since I have created these text areas in Photoshop CS4, even though you may be using Elements, you can still use these circular text areas.




You do not have to use all 9 circles at the same time. You can turn off the visibility of the layers that you do not need. I have also included a text area that occupies the area of the two right columns of circles. Remember, all these items can be moved around to suit your needs.


Then there is a series of 4 larger circles within the square. They have mats, which you can change the color to suit you, and the clipping mask to clip your photo or paper.


 There is also some text in a circle that you can use.




There are also text areas that you can use. Such as these. The second one has two text columns.


And, there is one large circle into which you can clip your photo. Or, if you have a lot of text, you can add your text into the circular area.


Now, for those of you who may not like circles, I have included one row of small squares that you can use. If you want more squares, you will have to make them yourself. Not hard to do. If you want more of these three, just select all six of the layers with the squares and their mats and duplicate them and move them to where you want them.


Remember, you can mix and match all these items by turning the individual layer visibility on or off. There is a large number of arrangements that you can make. One suggestion that I can make is to save the original file so that you don't accidentally mess it up. When you want to make a layout, open the saved template and then save as with a new name. This way you are starting with a copy of the original, but you won't overwrite it when you save your layout.

For those of you who might like to make a double page spread, I have made a left hand page to go along with the above page which I call the right hand page. For the circle numbering system on the right hand page, the numbers go from top to bottom and left to right. For the left hand page, the numbers go from top to bottom, but, from right to left. I hope this doesn't confuse you. Both left and right pages have all the same items in them.


The two pages together look like this. Of course, you could use the left page on the right and the right page on the left, if you want to do so. They are your pages and you can do whatever you want.



And, since you can do whatever you want, you could even just grab three of the small circles and their mats and move them to different locations, such as the following.



The files are both fairly large, so I have separated them into two files to download. 

To download the RIGHT file click here.

To download the LEFT file click here.


After you click above to download one of the files, you will be taken to 4shared.com. From there you can download the file. These files are in  ZIP files and you will need to unzip the files to get to the PSD template file. If you haven't used 4shared.com before, when their page opens, on the left-hand side of the page there will be a blue rectangle with a white arrow pointing downward with white text saying "Download Now." Click on that blue box. This will take you to a new window that will have a box that says "Your download link will appear after wait." There will be a circle with the wait period counting down. After the wait, where the words "Your download link will appear after wait" were, you will see the words "Download file now." Click on those words and your download will begin. At least this is how it works on my iMac using the Firefox browser. Also, 4shared.com only allows one person to be downloading the file at a time. So, if you have trouble getting the file to download, you may want to try at a later time as someone may already be downloading it when you tried to do so.

I hope that you find these templates useful. There are a lot of variations that you can make. Remember, just turn the layer visibilities on or off for whatever layers you want to use or not use. Mix and match. Have fun! If you are creating a 52 week layout or a 365 day layout, this template my help you a little. Even if you only use it once for a single layout, you will make me happy. Thank you!


Live life and enjoy.


Earl

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Template Freebie from EarlK Design

Here is another freebie Template for you! This one is based on a 4 x 4 grid of squares giving you 16 individual clipping mats. You can clip photos into them or papers or whatever. This is a fully layered PSD file. I have all items on their own layers, so there are a lot of layers. I did not groups similar layers, so those of you who do not have Groups can use this template. For those of you who do have Groups, after you download the file you can group the similar layers to make your Layers Panel not so cluttered, if you wish. The file is a 12 x 12 inch, 300 ppi, RGB, white Background document. You can turn layer visibility off and on to create a variety of layouts from this one template. In addition to the 16 squares, I have provided other layers that will give you a 2 x 2 grid giving you 4 individual mats. There are others mats as well, even just one large mat.


Here are some examples of what you can do with this template. This is the basic 4 x 4 grid of mats to which you can clip your photos.


This is where you have turned off the visibility of the 4 lower right squares and turned on the visibility of the text layer.


In this example, you have turned off the visibility of all 16 small squares and turned on the visibility of 3 of the 4 medium sized squares and moved the location of the Subtitle.


In the following, you have turned off one of the medium squares, turned off the text area, and turned on of of the larger rectangular areas. Remember, you can move the text area to wherever you want it to be.


And, here you can attach one large photo that deserves to be by itself.


And, if you have a few photos that you want to scatter around, you can do something like this.


All you need is this fully layered PSD  template to create a variety of different layouts, all based on a square. The layers are labeled so you can easily figure out what is on each layer. I have included some Hue/Saturation Adjustment layers so you can easily adjust the color of some of the items. There is even a Pattern Fill layer so you can add in a pattern if you wish.  If you don't want a pattern, just turn off the visibility of those layers. And, all the type layers have a Color Fill layer with them so you can easily change the color of the text by double clicking on the layer color thumbnail to open up the color picker and selecting the color you want. You can add into the layout any elements that you would like to have in it. It really is very versatile.

If you would like to download this file, Click here. This will take you to 4shared.com. You can download the file from there. This file is in a ZIP file and you will need to unzip the file to get to the PSD template file. If you haven't used 4shared.com before, when their page opens, on the left-hand side of the page there will be a blue rectangle with a white arrow pointing downward with white text saying "Download Now." Click on that blue box. This will take you to a new window that will have a box that says "Your download link will appear after wait." There will be a circle with the wait period counting down. After the wait, where the words "Your download link will appear after wait" were, you will see the words "Download file now." Click on those words and your download will begin. At least this is how it works on my iMac using the Firefox browser. Also, 4shared.com only allows one person to be downloading the file at a time. So, if you have trouble getting the file to download, you may want to try at a later time as someone may already be downloading it when you tried to do so.

I hope you find this template useful and enjoy using it.

Enjoy your scrapbooking and enjoy life!




Earl