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.



Saturday, February 19, 2011

Want to match the color of your paper to a photo?

This is really a test of my putting a movie that I created into my blog. However, for the test, I wanted to show you something that might be useful in making your scrapbooks. I have created a short movie on using the Match Color command in Photoshop. I use one of the papers from the set that you can download from and earlier blog entry and a photo of a lily that I had taken before. The recording is all ad lib. No rehearsals and no scripts were used. It is just me and my Mac having a go at it. Remember I am on a Mac using Photoshop CS4.


Let's see how it works!

You will need to enter the Password in order to see the movie.

The Password is:  matchcolor



Match Color from Earl Kreins on Vimeo.

It seems to be on the blog and working.

I will post it and see if it works in real life.

I hope you enjoy this format on my blog.


Live well and enjoy!

Earl

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Floral paper with Marbling added--a FREEBIE!

One of the things that I have done for enjoyment during my life has been paper marbling. Marbling is the ancient art of floating colors on a liquid, arranging them to form a design, and capturing the image by making a contact print. There are many ways to do marbling. They range from simply scraping bits of a stick of colored chalk onto the surface of water in a pan and then laying s sheet of paper on the surface to make the contact print. Another method is called Suminagashi. This is an ancient Japanese technique using ink and water.  Another is oil color marbling where the oil colors are floated on a liquid, which can be plain water, and the design transferred to your paper. However, my favorite method is watercolor marbling. Watercolors are floated on a liquid and designs can be highly controlled. An example of watercolor marbling is the following:




I recently realized that I could combine marbled designs into making rather interesting papers for scrapbooking. At least I think they are interesting. Let's see what you think!


I used some of the papers from my Blog entry on 23 December 2010, Neutral Papers Freebie from EarlK Design to layer marbled images onto the papers and then using blending modes to create this set of papers. If you haven't downloaded those papers, you may want to go to that entry and download them.


Here is a preview of the papers.




There is a total of 12 papers. The last two papers in the preview are two marbled papers that you can use to create your own interesting papers. All the papers are 12 X 12 inches, 300 ppi, and jpg.


I would appreciate any comments on what you think of this type of thing for use in scrapbooking.


CLICK HERE to download the set of papers. They are a freebie for you. It is a large download. It is a zip file of about 180MB size. You will have to unzip the file to get to the papers.

This will take you to 4shared.com. From there you will be able to download the 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 enjoy these papers. And, give a try to using the two marbled papers to create your own papers.

Or, you can use them on another image and see what happens when you change blending modes.  Here is an example where I used the second of the two marbled papers from the above set on an image of a flower.  See how the marbling makes the leaves look. I thought it was an interesting look.


That is all for today. If there is enough interest in the marbled papers, I will create more and post them later. So, let me know your thoughts on this technique for creating papers. Thanks in advance for your thoughts.




Enjoy life!


Earl

Monday, February 14, 2011

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY

Wishing all a very lovable Valentine's Day.


Here is FREEBIE for you.




There are 7 papers and a pattern from which you can make your own striped paper scaled at whatever size you want. The papers are all 12 x 12 inch x 300 ppi. Five of the papers are .jpg files and two are .png files. The two .png papers are the two in the upper left of the circle. The little hearts are transparent so the color below them shows through. The pattern is a .psd file. You open it up in Photoshop and then go to Edit/Define pattern. You create the pattern scaling it to the size of stripe you want. Then, using the pattern you create your pattern paper.


CLICK HERE to download the files.

This will take you to 4shared.com. From there you will be able to download the 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.

Happy Valentine's Day. I hope you enjoy the papers.

Earl