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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 13, 2012

Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen March 13, 2012

Another Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen. These are a lot of fun. If you are not already on her Texture Lovin' List, you should go there and sign up. Then you could join in on the fun, too. You then also get free textures from Kim.

Our guide for this week's Texture Tuesday is:

   Let's talk next week's TT theme.

How 'bout a kk_lifesgood eDition... Share your latest fav image, layered with any of my textures.

So, that is what I will do. I recently got a new macro lens for my Canon EOS 40D camera. I got the EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens. I took the following image at f5.0 1/200 ISO 400. This camera and lens gives me an image that is 12.96 x 8.64-inch at 300 ppi.

Layer 1.  I want to use a square format for this layout, so I opened a new document that was 12 x 12-inch, 300 ppi, RGB, white background. I won't show this layer as it is just a plain white layer.

Layer 2.  I brought in my image for this layer. Using free transform, I resized the image to fit my 12 x 12-inch layout.

Layer 3.  I used Kim's kk_lifesgood texture for this layer. This is what it looks like at Normal Mode and 100% Opacity.

I thought this might be a nice texture to use with an image of matches. To me this has a nice smoky quality. As I was cycling through the blend modes, I saw what Luminosity was like at 100% Opacity.

I thought that would be a great background for an art journaling page, so I saved a copy of this for that purpose. Then I reduced the opacity to 60% and got the feeling I was after for the image. 

Now, I have a really nice smoky feel about the matches. And I could stop here and be very happy.

However, since this was a 'free & easy' challenge and I had used Kim's kk_lifesgood texture already, I decided to try something a little different. I have been experimenting with making some of my own digital textures strictly with just my computer. So, I next used one of my experimental textures.

Layer 4.  This is what my computer generated texture looks at Normal Mode and 100% Opacity. Actually, I have Layer 1 visible below so you are seeing it over a white background. The white areas are actually transparent on my texture.

I then set the blend mode to Divide and the opacity 30%. And, this gives me some streaks of smoke within my image.

Now I am really happy with my result and am stopping at this point.

I hope that you enjoyed this tour.

Live your life wonderfully.



Evelyn S. said...

Wow...This is fascinating! Thank you for the step-by-step process.

Pam @ The Blue Between said...

this is great! thanks for the walk-through, and I love the one you saved for an art journal page... I've been thinking of making digital art journal pages... but... have not gotten there yet. I like your finished image too, your extra texture really adds to it.

ju-north said...

Very helpful to see these steps!

Heather said...

Great use of texture.

Anonymous said...

I like the journal page background. Lovely abstract.

Deborah said...

your rendering is great, fantastic final result!

Lyn said...

Love the finished image! Thanks for sharing!

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