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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, January 10, 2012

Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen January 10, 2012



It is time for another Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen. Kim's guideline for this week is:

Tuesday, January 10th's TT Theme is:
I'd like to put the latest freebie, 'Embrace' to the test.... What do you say? Are you willing to give it a play? 
Your image must contain at least one layer of 'Embrace'.
I wanted a new photograph to go along with the new texture kk-embrace. My granddaughter frequently will get a soft drink instead of coffee at Starbucks. I noticed that the bottles that they came in were nicely designed. I asked her to save me a couple of the bottles. She did. I set up my little studio that is on a drafting table and has two light bulbs in goose-neck fixtures that I can move around. I used the two bottles and an Ephraim Faience Pottery vase called Chicory. I used a backdrop of Batik fabric. You can even see the creases in the fabric. Here is the photo I took.


When my granddaughter had the IZZI bottles, the one was filled with Sparkling Blackberry and the other with Sparking Clementine. Now they are filled with Life. They are filled with good clean air which is what we all need for life. So my bottles are completely full.
After using two layers of kk_embrace texture, one layer of kk_lola texture, and a sketching technique, I ended up with this.


Here is how I did it.
Layer Background.  I opened a new document that was 11 x 8.5-inch, landscape, 300 ppi, RGB, white background. I won't show it since it is just a plain white layer.
Layer 1.  For this layer, I brought in my photo and cropped it to fit my layout size using the free transform, Command/Control - T.


Layer 2.  I placed kk_embrace texture in as Layer 2. While Layer 1 was still the active layer, I went to File / Place and selected kk_embrace from my files. In Photoshop Preferences / General, I have "Place or Drag Raster Images as Smart Objects" unchecked. This way my images come in as a regular rasterized layer, not as a Smart Object. This creates Layer 2 with the texture.


The texture is not as large as my image and I did not want the perforations showing on my image. I used the transform and snapped the bottom edge to my layout size and dragged the top edge upward so that the perforations did not show. This is how the texture looks at Normal Mode and 100% Opacity. I accepted the transform


Back to Layer 1.  I did not want the texture to be applied to the Chicory vase. With Layer 1 active, using the Magnetic Lasso Tool, I made a selection of the vase.


I then opened the Paths Panel and selected to make the selection a path. I also named the path Vase.




Back to Layer 2.  Then I went back to Layer 2 making it the active layer. In the Paths Panel, I selected to make a selection from the path. Make sure the path layer is active when y0u click on the button.




We now have the selection of the vase on Layer 2, the texture.




Since I want to eliminate the texture over the vase, I will use a layer mask to hide the vase from the texture. If I were to click on the button to Add Layer Mask now, I would get the mask showing the vase and hiding the rest of the image. That is, the vase inside the selection would be white and the region outside the selection would be black. I want the opposite. I want the vase to be black and the rest to be white. If I just did it and saw it was wrong, I could just make sure the mask was selected and then use Command / Control - I to invert the selection. Or, if y0u remembered that y0u wanted the region outside the selection to be the visible part, y0u could hold down the Option / Alt key when you press the button to Add Layer Mask. This will automatically make the selection area black and the rest white.


So, I held the Option Key and hit the button to Add Layer Mask. My Layer 2 now looks like this with Normal Mode and 100% Opacity.




Then I changed the Layer Blending Mode to Pin Light and set the Opacity 40%. I can now see the two bottles and the Batik fabric, all of which have the texture applied to them. But, the texture is not on the vase.




Layer 3.  While Layer 2 is active,  I went to File / Place and selected kk_lola  from my files. Remember, in Photoshop Preferences / General, I have "Place or Drag Raster Images as Smart Objects" unchecked. This way my images come in as a regular rasterized layer, not as a Smart Object. This creates Layer 3 with the texture kk_lola. Here I have moved the edges of the texture to fit my layout and accepted the transform. It is at Normal Mode and 100% Opacity.




Again, I do not want the texture on the vase. With Layer 3 the active layer, I went to the Paths Panel, selected the path Vase to be the active path and clicked on the button to Load Path as a Selection. I went back to the Layers Panel and Layer 3 now has the selection of the vase. I held down the Option / Alt key and clicked on the the button to Add Layer Mask. This will automatically make the selection area black and the rest white. So the texture is hidden from the vase. And we have this result.




Now on Layer 3, I set the Blend Mode to Divide and Opacity 90%. For this result.




Layer 4.  With Layer 3 the active Layer, I made a Composite Layer for Layer 4. To do this I used Command / Control - Option / Alt - Shift - E. This creates a composite layer of all the visible layers below it into one layer. It will look just like what we see when we are looking at Layer 3. I will use this layer to do the ink sketch method that I want to try. 




I recently saw a technique that Deke McClellan showed in his Series Deke's Techniques called "Turning a photo into an ink drawing," at lynda.com. I wanted to try his method and I thought this was a good image to try it on. The technique requires the use of several filters applied to a Smart Object so that the filters become Smart Filters and are editable. 


Layer 5.  I want to keep Layer 4 available in case I make a mistake. So, I duplicated Layer 4 to have the duplicate become Layer 5. I right clicked on Layer 5 and selected Convert to Smart Object. The layer thumbnail now shows it is a Smart Object.


This first thing I did was go to Filter / Blur / Gaussian Blur and add a 1.0 pixel blur and click OK. You do not see much difference in the image. But, this is the correct amount.




Still on Layer 5, I went to Filter / Blur / Smart Blur and set it to Radius 3.o,  Threshold 10.0, Quality High, and Mode Normal. You do not see much change.






Then, still on Layer 5, go to Filter / Other / High Pass and set it to Radius 4.0 pixels. Now you see a change. 




Still on Layer 5. Go to Filter / Sketch / Note Paper. Set Image Balance 25, Graininess 0, and Relief 0.




And, still on Layer 5. Go to Filter / Blur / Gaussian  Blur. Set Radius 1.0 pixels.




Layer 6.  The image is a little light, so we want to make the lines a little blacker. I will do this with a Levels Adjustment Layer. Still on Layer 5.  I hold down the Option / Alt key and press the button at the bottom of the Layers Panel to Create a new Adjustment Layer and select Levels from the list. Holding down the Option / Alt key opens up the New Layer dialog so I can name the layer, Contrast, and check the box "Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask. This way the Levels Adjustment will only be applied to the layer below it. Click OK.




When the Levels Adjustment Panel opens, we want to adjust the dark slider to where it just touches the left start of the histogram. And, we adjust the mid-slider to 0.7 to darken the midtones.




Up to this step, I have been following Deke's technique. Now I will deviate a little from his method.


Layer 7.  For Layer 7, I duplicated Layer 4, the previous Composite layer, and brought it to the top of the Layer Stack making it Layer 7. I left the Layer Mode at Normal, but reduced the layer Opacity to 70%. This allows for the color to show.




Layer 8.  I copied Layer 2, the kk_embrace texture, and put it at the top of the Layer Stack making it Layer 8. This layer has the layer mask that hides the texture from the vase. I changed the Layer Mode to Multiply and Opacity 40%. 




Layers 9 and 10.  I added in my signature and the date. Both black, Normal Mode, Opacity 50%. This gave me my final layout.




Here is what my Layers Panel looks like at the end.




I hope that you enjoyed this episode of Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen. If you are not already a member of her Texture Lovin' List, y0u should go to her Cafe and sign up to receive her free textures.


Love life and enjoy what you are doing. Sometimes it is hard to do, but try.




Earl

17 comments:

Light Trigger said...

wow cool processing!!! thanks for sharing!

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alwaysbackroads said...

Wow! There is going to be so much to learn from the participants of BL as well as from Kim. Thanks for showing the steps. It's a wonderful creation.
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