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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 17, 2012

Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen January 17, 2012

Join me in another Kim Klassen Texture Tuesday on this day of 17 January 2012. Kim's guidance for this week was:

Tuesday, January 17th's TT Theme is:

How 'bout a prompt....a word...  a starting point.....
Are you ready? the word is 'open'..... take it and roll...don't overthink... this should inspire so many possiblities.... I just know you all will ROCK this...
The image must be 'themed' around the word open...and contain at least one layer of any of my textures.

A few days ago, a friend of mine sent me an email containing some images that had been sent to her. I do not know the original source of the images. She knew that I would be interested in them. And, I was. The images were of the Lockheed Aircraft Burbank, California, plant. They showed the original appearance of the factory before World War II began for the United States and how it looked after it was camouflaged to look like a rural housing subdivision from the air.

The Lockheed P-38 Lightning aircraft was being made in this plant. I was a young boy and I used to ride my bicycle about 20 miles to go watch the P-38's take off and land at the plant. Airplanes were not too common of a sight at this time in the age of the airplane. People would still come out of their house to look and see the plane if they heard one overhead. At least I did. The P-38 was and still is one of my favorite airplanes.

I thought that this was a perfect topic for the word "OPEN." Open in plain sight and hidden in the open.

Here is my final layout.

And, here is how I got there.

Layer 0.  This is the Background layer. I opened a new 11 x 8.5-inch Landscape document, 300 ppi, RGB, and White background color. I won't show this since just white layer.

Layer 1.  This is one of my EarlK Design textures that I made while taking Kim's Art of Texture class last October 2011 to December 2011. What a fantastic class! I used it at Normal Mode and 100% Opacity. 

Layer 2.  This is another of my EarlK Design textures. I made it using Starbuck's coffee. Here is my texture at Normal Mode and 100% Opacity.

Then I changed the Mode to Hue and 60% Opacity.

Layer 3. Now I brought in Kim's texture kk_confidence. Here it is at Normal 100%.

And, with the Mode changed to Linear Light with Opacity 50%.

To me this looked like a good color and appearance for the dry, brownish hills around the Burbank, California, area in the summer time.

Layer 4. Then I decided that I wanted a stroke outline around my layout. I added a new layer above Layer 3. With the Rectangular Marquee Tool I made a selection that was about 1/4-inch in from all the edges of the layout.

Then I filled the selected area with the Foreground Color. I used the keyboard shortcut, Option / Alt - Delete/ Backspace, to do this. It does not matter what color you use. 

Then I deselected the selection. I want to have a special kind of stroke. I won't go through the steps here. You can see how to do it in Episode 11 of Other Days with Earl, here on this blog by clicking H E R E. And, I now have the stroke that I want. It is a thin black, then a wider dark color sampled from the layout, then a wide light color sampled from the layout, and then another thin black. I put the stroke on the inside of the selection.

However, I do not want the blue color on the inside of the stroke. I want the inside to be transparent. I changed the Fill, not the Opacity, to 0%. And, I did change the Opacity to 80%. For, this result.

Layer 5.  On this layer, I want to put the mat for the two photos that I want to use in the layout. I will use the Rectangular Marquee Tool to make the mat. I made the first rectangle in the upper left of the layout. Then, with the Rectangular Marquee Tool selected, I held down the Shift Key. The cursor gets a little + sign next to it. This indicates that you can add another selection to the first to get a combined selection. So, while holding down Shift, I added another selection that overlapped the first at its lower right corner. And I get this selection.

I filled the selection with White color. Use whatever method you like. I used a keyboard shortcut. I hit D to set my Foreground/Background colors to Black/White. Then I used Command / Control - Delete / Backspace to fill the selection with the Background Color.

Then I deselected the selection and added a Drop Shadow for the mat.

Layer 6. For this layer, using the Rectangular Marquee Tool, I made a selection that was the size I wanted the image to be over the white mat. I filled the selection with Foreground Color (Option / Alt - Delete / Backspace), black in my case. This will be the clipping mask for the photo that I will bring in above this layer.

Layers 7 and 8.  For Layer 7, I brought in my first photo and clipped it to the mask on Layer 6. I created an Adjustment Layer, Layer 8, of Hue/Saturation and Colorized the photo to make it a sepia tone photo.

Layers 9, 10 and 11. I did the same thing for the second photo. 

Layer 12.  I obtained an image of a P-38 Lightening aircraft from the internet. Then using the Pen and Ink Sketch method I show in Episode 10 of Other days with Earl, I created this rendition of the aircraft for my layout.

Layer 13.  Actually there are 5 layers within this Group. They are my text layers. Each part of the text is on its own layer. I used the Papyrus font with black color. 

Layer 14.  I want something a little different for the outer edges of the layout. I used Kim's kk_februarymagicedges. Here it is at Normal mode and 100% Opacity.

But, look at what happens when you set the blend mode to Screen and I changed the Opacity to 70%. 

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

And, I am very pleased with my final result.

And, that is how the whole Lockheed Burbank plant was hidden right out in the open.

I hope you enjoyed my nostalgic trip down memory lane with me. 

Enjoy life!



Angie said...

Wow!!!! So neat!!!!!

hannah said...

Oh, Earl, the work you put in for us!
Very impressive. I love going through the steps, especially with the lightbox after reading.
We still have those disguised wartime airfield, where the hangars were covered swith grass.

Deborah said...

fantastic and thank you for sharing your "recipe", it is great also!

Sall's Country Life said...

Wow, educational on so many levels/layers! Thank you so much for sharing!

Unknown said...

I appreciate the information you've included not only about the steps you took, but also the info about the plant...Thank you!
Great results!!!

Unknown said...

OOPS...new to all of this. My name is Diane I

georgia b. said...

wow! i love that you share in detail how you did this. nicely done!

Barbara said...

I love how you create your images. One day I will come here and learn your technique. It intrigues me.

Fascinating story about the Burbank Plant. Thanks for sharing.


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