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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, March 6, 2012

Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen March 6, 2012

Yeah! Another Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen. I really look forward to these challenges. Not only are they fun, but they also let me let my imagination loose to see what can come up out those little wrinkles in my head. 

Kim's guideline for the challenge was

Tuesday, March 6ths TT Challenge Details

Your image must contain one layer of the latest freebie, happy heart. That's it.
These guidelines for the challenge looked reasonably straight forward. I took off on my creation and got something that I liked. A strange thing happened on my way to my final image. I looked at Kim's guideline again. It said to ONE LAYER of happy heart. I looked at my Layers Panel and saw that I had used TWO LAYERS of happy heart. Oh, no! I liked what I had done. I was going to sneak it in, but then the wheels started turning and I thought of a way I could do it with only one layer of happy heart. Here is how I did it. (I am not sure, but I think you might have to use PSCS not PSElements to do all the things I did.)

This is the image I started with

And, this is my final version

Layer 1.  I opened a new document that is 11 x 8.5-inch, landscape, 300 ppi, RGB, white background. This is the size I usually work on. If you use 12 x 12-inch, make yours that way. I won't show it since it is just a white Background layer.

Layer 2.  I brought in my photo.  I took the photo with my Canon Powershot S90. I used f3.5  1/30 sec  ISO 160. My camera gives me an image that is a little larger than 9 x 12-inch at 300 ppi. I positioned the image as I wanted in on my page. This was actually covering the entire page area. But, you have already seen this since I showed it to you at the top of this blog entry.

Layer 3.  Now I want to make a mask with a feathery edge to it so that the image looks sort of like a watercolor painting. I made a new layer over Layer 2. I used the method of using a cloud field and Refine Edge to create this mask. I went to Filter / Render / Clouds.

And, had this cloud field generated for me.

Then I made a selection with the Rectangular Marquee Tool that was about 1.5 inch in from the edges of the layer. I wanted to give plenty of room around the selection.

Then, I clicked on the Refine Edge button in the Options bar. This opened the Refine Edge dialog. All I did was set the Radius to the maximum of 250 px.

And I got this refined edge selection.

Layer 4.  I made a new layer over Layer 3. With Layer 4 active, and the selection still showing, I filled the selection with black. I turned off the visibilities of Layer 3, the cloud layer, and Layer 2, the flower layer. And deselected the selection. This shows me my mask that I created.

I now move Layer 4, the mask, below Layer 2, the flower image. I turn the visibility of Layer 2 back on and clip the flower image to the mask. I now have this.

Layer 5.  I now make Layer 3. the cloud layer, the active layer. Click on the Create new Fill Layer button at the bottom of the Layers Panel and select Black & White. This adds the adjustment layer over Layer 3, making it Layer 5 (Remember we moved Layer 4 to below Layer 2.) And the Black & White Adjustment Panel opens. I clicked on the little hand icon in the upper left and this allows me to place my cursor over the image and modify the image by moving the cursor back and forth to get the gray I want for that area. When I was through with this, I had the following settings.

And, my gray scale image was this.

I then clicked on the Add mask button at the bottom of the panel to add a mask to the Black & White adjustment. Using the Brush Tool with a soft edge brush, I painted over the the image (making sure the mask is active) with black. I used Normal Mode and 20% Opacity. I painted in a little color over the flowers.

Layer 6.  Layer 5 is the active layer. Now I made a composite layer of all the visible layers, Command / Control - Option / Alt - Shift - E. The composite becomes Layer 6. So Layer 6 looks just like what we had showing before. But, now its all on one layer.

Layer 7.  I bring in the texture kk_happyheart and resize it so that I have its edges at the edges of my layout. Here it is at Normal Mode and 100% Opacity.

Since I can use only one layer of the texture, I will use it in a rather tricky way. With Layer 7 the active layer, I make the layer a texture. I go to Edit / Define Pattern and select that. You can name it or not. And it is now a pattern that is the size of the page. Now I turn off the visibility of Layer 7, kk_happyheart. I really do not need it any more since I made it a brush. And, I used only one layer of the texture.

Layer 6.  I make Layer 6, the composite layer, the active layer. While holding down the Command / Control key, I click on the Layer 4, the mask, thumbnail to put a selection around the mask area. With Layer 6, the composite, active, I select the Pattern Stamp Tool from the Tool Bar.

Then in the Option Bar I set the Mode to Linear Burn, Opacity 30%, Check Aligned, and in the little pattern box, I open it and make sure that my kk_happyheart pattern is selected.

Using the tool at a rather large size, I paint in the texture over the area enclosed my the selection.

On this same layer, the selection is still showing. But, I want what is outside the selection. I Inverse the selection, Select / Inverse or Command / Contreol - Shift - I. This puts the selection over the rest of the page. 

I get the Pattern Stamp Tool and in the Option Bar I set Mode Normal and Opacity 50% with the kk_happyheart selected as the pattern.

And I paint over the selected area with a large brush. This adds in the texture around the outside of the photo area and gives me the nice darker edges.

Layer 8 -Layer 16.  These are the text layers, the signature and the date. I used Zapfino for the title and Papyrus for the subtitle.

Back to Layer 6.  The last line of the text was a little light and hard to read. So I went back to the composite layer, Layer 6, and used the Burn Tool set for mid tones 30% Opacity and darkened the area under a couple of the words so that they are more readable.

And, I end up with this.

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

I hope you enjoyed this Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen. I did.

Enjoy life to the fullest.



Cathy said...

wow! your posts are always written with such details...you put me to shame. all your hard work paid off, it looks so lovely!

Nikki said...

I love how you used the texture to frame your photo. A very clever idea and fantastic result. Thanks for sharing how you did it too.

Eija said...

Beautiful work -- wonderful of you to explain in such detail what you did.

I have to admit, though, that I didn't read "must contain one layer of Happy Heart" to mean "one and only one" but rather "at least one". :-)

A Garden of Threads said...

It is Beautiful!!!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful work!

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

You did a lovely job Earl. V

Deborah said...

beautiful photo, fantastic rendering and a super lesson!

Carol said...

Thanks for all the tips. I really like both images equally - the original reminds me of Spring. Your artwork reminds me of joy.

linda said...

Wow! I can't remember what I did three steps back...This beauty was certainly worth the effort!

Anonymous said...

I love the end product...just beautiful. I am also taking Kims class and enjoying it.

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