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, June 28, 2011

Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen June 28, 2011

Here we are with another entry of mine for Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen. The only guideline for this week's Texture Tuesday was that at least one layer of Kim's texture KK_golden was used for the image. So here is what I did.


I had been scanning in some photos that I took back in 1982 at Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico. I was attending a two-week calligraphy retreat. I just love that part of the country. It is high desert northern New Mexico, about 70 miles north-west of Santa Fe. One of the photos was of some Cholla Cactus that was in bloom. I decided that would be the photo I would use for this week's Texture Tuesday. Here is the photo straight out of the scanner. You can see it needed a little help before I started working on my creation for Texture Tuesday.


Using some of the techniques I learned in the class  "Photo Editing-Good-to-Great-Workflow," at jessicsaSprague.com, I cropped and modified in Photoshop to correct white balance, levels, and curves. This gave me this modified image to start my Texture Tuesday journey. And, this is just about what I remember it looking like in real life. It was really lush and green.




Then, I did the following to this image.


Layer 1: The modified image from above.

Layer 2: KK_golden; Exclusion blending mode; 50% opacity.

Layer 3: KK_golden; Overlay blending mode; 50% opacity.

Layer 4: KK_warmsun; Color Burn blending mode; 70% opacity.

Layer 5: Copy of Layer 1; Normal blending mode; 5% opacity.

Layer 6: A composite layer of all the layers below. This layer was then used to start another new document to complete my texture composition. It has Normal blending mode and 100% opacity.



And, I now have this.


It may not look like much yet, but, I had a vision in my mind.

So, I used the composite layer from the above document as my starting point on a new document. It became my new Layer 1. And then, this is what I did.

Layer 1: The composite layer from the above document.

Layer 2: The original beginning Layer 1 from the original document (the green cholla cactus image). Transformed its size to give me some larger blossoms. Added layer mask. Added a circular black to white gradient on the mask to have only an area for blossoms to show. Unlocked layer thumbnail and mask so I could move flowers around. Relocked. Layer at Normal blending mode and 100% opacity.

Layer 3: KK_golden texture; Linear Burn blending mode; 60% opacity.


And that gave me this.


That is how it was done. I was very pleased with the result. It matched my vision of where I was heading quite well.



If you haven't been to Kim Klassen's Cafe 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. And, if you join her Texture Lovin' List you will receive free textures in your email inbox.



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


Until next time, enjoy your photography and scrapbooking and have fun with Photoshop.

Earl

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

FREEBIE Flowers on Sticks

Several people said that they liked my flowers on sticks element that I used on the layout I posted for the Jessica Sprague Speed Scrap June 18, 2011. I would like to share it with you. This a is freebie download for you if you want it. There is also a companion to the element. There are flowers on sticks for a corner. Both files are png files with a resolution of 300 ppi. Being png files, the background is transparent, so all that is visible is the element. This is what they look like.



Remember, you can do all kinds of things to make them the way you want them for your use. For example, as shown below, you could add a drop shadow. You could add a Solid Color Fill Layer and change to color to whatever you want. You could add a Solid Gradient Fill Layer and put in any gradient you want. Would could add a Noise Gradient Fill Layer and put in a Noise Gradient of your liking for your layout. These are just a few of the things you could do to change the appearance to what you want.



CLICK HERE to download the Flowers on Sticks. They are a freebie for you. You will have to unzip the file to get to the elements.

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.

That's all for now.

Enjoy life and keep having fun with Photoshop!

Earl

Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen June 21, 2011

This week's Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen is to be of a person and then used with at least one of Kim's textures.


Here is the photo I used for this week. This image is a 1915 portrait taken in a studio in Los Angeles, California. 



And, then after applying some Photoshop magic with the aid of two of Kim's textures, this is the beautiful result.

If you click on the image, you can see a larger version of it.

This is what I did to the image.

Recipe (Layer 1 is bottom layer, Layer 7 is top layer):


Layer 1: Original photo

Layer 2: Duplicate of Original photo

Layer 3: kk_sweettart  Blend Mode Linear Burn, Opacity 70%

Layer 4: kk_sweettart  Blend Mode Saturation, Opacity 100%

Layer 5: kk_stainedLinen  Blend Mode Overlay, Opacity 100%. Then using layer mask removed texture from face area.

Layer 6: Hue/Saturation:  Colorized, Hue 40, Saturation 27, Lightness -21.

Layer 7: Levels modified a little to make face area blend with rest of photo.


And, that is how it was done.

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 very much and am looking forward to next week's. 


Until next time, enjoy your photography and scrapbooking and have fun with Photoshop.

Earl

Thursday, June 16, 2011

FREEBIE Papers- EarlK Design Set 2 Marbled Papers

MARBLING IS THE ANCIENT ART OF FLOATING COLORS ON LIQUID, ARRANGING THEM TO FORM A DESIGN, AND CAPTURING THE IMAGE BY MAKING A CONTACT PRINT BY LAYING A SHEET OF PAPER OVER THE FLOATING COLORS.

By the magic of the computer, it is possible to simulate the creation of marbled paper. These papers are similar to watercolor marbling. In actual watercolor marbling, watercolors are floated on a liquid, called size. Then the colors can be combed by dragging a special rake or comb through the colors. Finely detailed patterns can be made. In doing real watercolor marbling, you may use a colored paper to give you a background color. Then you add blobs of different watercolors onto the surface of the liquid. Then you move your rakes and combs through the colors in various ways to create the patterns.

On the computer, I use a background color and then add blobs of other colors. This is an example of  what the background color and blobs look like. These blobs pages can be used for your layouts, too. A pattern like this, instead of being called blobs, is called "Stone."



After the blobs are created, then you apply rakes and combs by dragging them through the colors floating on the surface of the liquid. On the computer, you don't actually do that. Somewhere some brilliant person created a program that simulates this dragging the rakes and combs through the colors. And, you can make various marbled patterns.  The application that I use to create these marbled papers is Corel Painter X.

This pattern is called "Bouquet." It is created from the Stone, or Blob. For all the designs, you start with the blobs.


Another pattern is "Get-gel," and done with a wide-tooth rake.



This pattern is a Get-gel done with a smaller-toothed comb.




And, this is a "Nonpareil."



And, there are many, many variations of these patterns. However, in this EarlK Design Set 2 Marbled Papers, there are each of these five patterns in four different colors. The colors are the four colors of these examples. All the papers are 12 x 12 inches at 300 ppi and jpg format. And, here is an image of all 20 papers. In each of these patterns I used a medium color for the background color and then added a lighter and darker shade of the same color. So, there are three colors on each page.



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 130MB 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.

Although I have given you only four colors, the following video shows you how quickly and easily you can change the colors to whatever you want. That way you can match the colors in any image that you are placing on a page, if that is what you want to do. This video is a brief introduction into how to change the colors using the Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer or the Paint Bucket Tool.  If you want more detailed information on using the Paint Bucket Tool, you can go to the portion of this blog that has a more detailed description by either scrolling down the blog or by clicking here.

Here is the video showing you how to recolor a paper.


I hope that you enjoy using these papers. I have fun creating the marbled papers. Making them on the computer is a lot easier and a lot less messy than doing it by hand. However, it is still a lot of fun doing it by hand. And, remember, it is very easy to change the colors to whatever you want or have in mind. They are here for you to use, enjoy and have fun with them.

That's all for now.

Earl

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen June 14, 2011

This week's Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen is a freebie for us.  That is, we can use any kind of an image and then use at least one of Kim's textures with the image.  My Golden Spirea is in blossom now, so I took a few photos of it to use for this week's Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen.

Here is the photo I used for this week. This image is how it looked Straight Out Of Camera (SOOC).


And, after using two of Kim's textures, kk_stainedLinen.jpg and kk_stainedLinen.jpg, plus doing some other things, this is what I ended up with.


If you click on the image, you can see a larger version of it.

This is what I did to the image.

Recipe (Layer 1 is bottom layer, Layer 9 is top layer)

Layer 1. Background layer is the original image layer.
Layer 2. Duplicate of background layer.
Layer 3. High Pass filter sharpen.
Layer 4. Composite layer of previous layers.
Layer 5. KK_StainedLinen texture, Pin Light 100% opacity.
Layer 6. Black/White Adjustment layer, Default. Clipped to Layer 5.
Layer 7. Levels Adjustment layer. Played around.
Clipped to Layer 5.
Layer 8. KK_Mayzee texture, Color Burn 100% opacity. Turn layer visibility off.
Layer 5. Added layer mask to Layer 5. Copied KK_Mayzee texture into mask. Then painted with black over flower areas in mask.
Layer 8. Turned layer visibility back on.
Layer 9. Added Hue/Saturation Adjustment layer. Increased Saturation to 100%. Painted with black over flower areas on Layer Mask.



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 very much and am looking forward to next week's. 


Until next time, enjoy your photography and scrapbooking.

Earl

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen June 7, 2011

This week's Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen has to do with words. I wasn't sure what I wanted to work on. I finally settled on using a quotation from Albert Einstein and then that brought me to using the photograph of my High School. The photo was taken back in 1947. I can't believe that the photo was taken over 60 years ago. But, I was into photography even at that time. Good old black and white film.


This is how my photo looked prior to my doing anything to it other than a little cropping to get it into an 8.5 X 11 inch format.




And, through the miracle of Adobe Photoshop CS4 and using three of Kim's textures. this is how I finished.



This is what I did to get from there to here.


A levels adjustment was made. And, then a sepia tone was added to the image. And, a High Pass filter was used to sharpen the image over the tree area.

Then, the three Kim Klassen filters, Chamomile, Sweettart, and Warmsun were used at various blending modes and opacity. A layer mask was used on each of the texture layers to keep most of the texture off the tree.

Then, the text was added. I used Century Gothic. And, the finally, I added the Texture Gallery edge effect to the photo to give it a border.


And, that is how it was done.


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 your photography and scrapbooking.

Earl