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.



Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen

This week's Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen has to do with any aspect of gardening. So, this afternoon I took a photo of my gardening area of my garage. This is where my tools and supplies are kept. I really do not get much chance to garden any more. There is very little sun around my house and what plants I do plant, the deer eat. But, I still have my tools and supplies just in case I find some plants the deer won't eat; that is, unless they are very, very hungry. However, I do have the Lauritzen Gardens nearby and they do all the work.

This is how my photo looked prior to my doing anything to it other than a little straightening.  


And, then this is how it ended up after a little Photoshop CS4 magic with two of Kim Klassen's textures added in.


This is the recipe I used:

1.  Used High Pass Filter to sharpen image a little.

2.  Made a Composite image of the layers.

3.  Used Kim Klassen's kk_stainedLinen texture. Used blending mode Luminosity with opacity 60%.

4.  Then added a layer of Kim Klassen's dustyrose texture with blending mode of Saturation and opacity of 60%.

5.  Made a composite layer of all this. Set its opacity to 50%.

6. Made a duplicate copy of this composite layer and set its blending mode to Multiply with an opacity of 50%.

7.  Then added a Levels adjustment layer to give a little more boost to the contrast.

8.  Then used the Filter Gallery to give the image the stroked edging.



And, that is how the final image was created.


If you haven't been to Kim Klassen's site before, you really need to visit with her. She is a remarkable woman.  She also has some very interesting and enjoyable and informative classes to offer.


I enjoyed this Texture Tuesday Challenge and am looking forward to next week's. 


Until next time, enjoy life.

Earl





Friday, May 27, 2011

EKDesign_Template_005Landscape FREEBIE for you

Here is the fifth in the series of the EKDesign 11 X 8.5 inch landscape templates for your layouts. The template was made using Adobe Photoshop CS4 on a Mac. However, I believe that users of Adobe Photoshop Elements can also use it. This is a fully layered .psd file with many layers that will give you lot of flexibility in how your layout will look.  Many of the layers have their visibility turned off but they are there so you can see what you can do if you turn them on. Also, you may notice that some of the layers have the layer opacity turned down. Here is what the basic template looks like.


I have included a background paper and some photos. And, there are a couple of my patterns also. These are mainly to show you how you can use papers, photos and patterns. Replace them with yours. This is a fairly large size file.

If you wish to download the template 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.


That's all for now.

Enjoy life and keep having fun with Photoshop!

Earl

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

EKDesign_Template_004Landscape FREEBIE

Here is the fourth in the series of the EKDesign 11 X 8.5 inch landscape templates for your layouts. The template was made using Adobe Photoshop CS4 on a Mac. However, I believe that users of Adobe Photoshop Elements can also use it. This is a fully layered .psd file with many layers that will give you lot of flexibility in how your layout will look. Here is what the basic template looks like.


I created this template for you from the layout I did for the 2011 7 Days in May Day 3 Challenge. This is how that layout was for Day 3.



The template that you will download for your use has a layer that is called "marbled" that you can easily recolor to the colors you want by using the technique of using the Paint Bucket Tool with a low value (around 5) set for the tolerance. I show you earlier in a blog entry on using the Paint Bucket Tool how to do this.   Click here  to go to that entry. Using that technique I recolored the marbled paper layer very quickly to the following.


If you wish to download the template 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.


That's all for now.

Enjoy life and keep increasing your knowledge of Photoshop!

Earl

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen

In the recent past, I have taken several online classes about textures with Kim Klassen at Kim Klassen Cafe. She is really an excellent teacher. Her classes are very enjoyable and extremely informative. She has a series that challenges you to use your image to which you have applied at least one of her textures. This is my first entry into the Texture Tuesday Challenges. 


One of the ways to get your final challenge image displayed on her site is to link your image that is posted on your Blog to her site. Or, if you don't have a blog, but have your images posted, say at Flickr, then you can link to that. So, I will post my entry challenges here on my Blog when I do one of them.


Here is my entry for the Tuesday, May 24, 2011, Texture Tuesday Challenge. Part of the challenge was that it had to contain at least one layer of Kim's 'yesteryear' texture. My image contains one layer of Kim's 'yesteryear' texture and one layer of her 'serendipity' texture. If you want to see a larger version of the image, click on the image.



As Kim would say 'Okie doke....let the fun begin...'


Until next time, enjoy life.

Earl



Saturday, May 21, 2011

Using the Photoshop Paint Bucket Tool Effectively

Does your Paint Bucket Tool sometimes leave holes in the selection that you are trying to fill with a solid color?  Why doesn't the Paint Bucket work the way you want it to work? Maybe I can help you to understand a little better how the Paint Bucket Tool works. I have created a couple of videos showing some of the basics of how the Paint Bucket Tool works. I have used Photoshop CS4 on an iMac to create the videos. However, I believe that all the information applies to Photoshop Elements.


The first video, Using the Photoshop Paint Bucket Tool Effectively - Part 1, shows you the basics of using the Photoshop Paint Bucket Tool. It shows you why sometimes the Paint Bucket doesn't fill your selection. This is information that will allow you to use the Paint Bucket Tool with more control by you. The second video, Using the Photoshop Paint Bucket Tool Effectively - Part 2, shows you some more, especially about using the All Layers Option of the Paint Bucket Tool.


Sometimes when you want to fill a selection with the Paint Bucket Tool, you want to end up with something like this.


But, instead you get something like this.


Or, maybe you started with something like this.


And you wanted to fill the whole selection with the black foreground color. But instead, this is what you got.


The first video will show you what is going on in the first two images above and the second video will show you about the second two images above.

You will need to enter the Password in order to see the movies. Use the following password to enter both videos.

The Password is:  paintbucket
 

Using the Photoshop Paint Bucket Tool Effectively - Part 1 from Earl Kreins on Vimeo.


The Password is:  paintbucket

Using the Photoshop Paint Bucket Tool Effectively - Part 2 from Earl Kreins on Vimeo.

I hope that this will help you to use your Paint Bucket Tool more effectively.


That's all for now. 


Enjoy life!


Earl

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

7 Days in May Challenges

Again this year, the Jessica Sprague scrapbooking site will host the Third Annual 7 Days in May Challenges. The challenge is open to all, from beginners to advanced. The week-long festivities will take place May 23 - 29, 2011. Just go to the General Forum at jessicasprague.com. Freebies and fun is guaranteed.

I participated last year and it really was a lot of fun. It is amazing the layouts that are created. Go to the following link to see some of last year's pages. This takes you to near the beginning of the challenge. Go through the pages to see more of them. http://www.jessicasprague.com/cpg/thumbnails.php?album=8&page=62 .



Please join us. I am sure you will enjoy the experience.

Enjoy life and live!


Earl

Saturday, May 7, 2011

How to Create a Pencil Sketch from a Photo

Recently I posted a layout page to the Jessica Sprague Challenge Gallery. I used a couple of photos of Albert Einstein that I converted to look like pencil sketches. My page looked like this.


Several people asked how I created the sketches. The technique I used is very easy to use and is done in just a few steps. I used Photoshop CS4; but, I believe it can be done also in Photoshop Elements.

Some of my previous videos have been a little long, about 40 minutes. I try to pack in a lot of additional information that I think you might find useful as I go along. However, maybe many of you do not have the time to watch a 40 minute video. So, I have made the video of how to do this technique only about 6 minutes. Then, I created a couple of additional short, about 5 minutes, videos that contain some additional ideas, tricks, etc. This way, if all you are interested in is the basic technique, then just watch the first video. If you want a little more, watch the additional videos.

Instead of using the images of Albert to show you how the sketching is done, I have used another photo. This one.


Which changes to this.


I show you how to do this in the following video.

You will need to enter the Password in order to see the movies. Use the following password to enter the videos.

The Password is:  pencilsketch
 
Create a Pencil Sketch from Earl Kreins on Vimeo.


In the second video, I show you a how to go from the original image to a colored pencil sketch.



Create a Pencil Sketch - Part Two from Earl Kreins on Vimeo.


In the third video, I use a portrait as the original image and convert it to a pencil sketch.



Pencil Sketch Part 3 from Earl Kreins on Vimeo.


There was going to be a Part Four video, but I decided that this was enough for you to get started with your own pencil sketches. So, even though the Part Three video says Continued in Part Four, there is no Part Four video. Do not go looking for it. It isn't here.


I hope you enjoyed seeing how this is done. It really is easy and quick and gives great results.

If you are interested in seeing how I did some pen and ink sketches before; in this blog, scroll down to

Other Days with Earl, Episode 10, October 18, 2010, Pen and Ink Sketch.


That is all for now. Enjoy life!



Earl