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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, April 3, 2012

Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen April 3, 2012

It is time for the next Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen. Our guideline for this eDition is:

How 'bout a word prompt? 
and the word is..... soft.
Create an image based on the word soft.... the image must contain at least one layer of any of my textures. 
I used a photo of the early Spring growth of the Golden Spirea that is growing in my front yard. Here is what I started with

And this is my final product

Layer 1.  I started with this image, which is just as it came from the camera. I used my Canon PowerShot S90, ƒ/4.9, 1/160, ISO 80.

I did not like the little stump with the white top that was in the lower left of the image. With the Lasso Tool I made a selection around the area. 

Then I went to Edit / Fill and selected Content Aware. 

Then clicked OK. And it did a really nice job of removing the stump from my image. I did not need to do anything else to the image.

Layer 2.  I then decided to use the Black & White Adjustment to turn the image into a Black and White image.

From the Presets, I selected Maximum Black. And, then I clicked on the little hand tool so I could click in the image over the leaves and slide the cursor to the right to make the leaves brighter. 
Then I reduced the Opacity of the Black & White layer to 44%. This brought back some of the color to the image.

Layer 3.  For this layer I brought in Kim's texture kk_grungedup. This is how it looks at Normal Mode and 100% Opacity.

I then changed the Layer Blend Mode to Soft Light and 60% Opacity.

Layer 4.  Next I added a Gradient Fill adjustment layer. This dialog opened.

Since my Foreground Color was black, this is the way the gradient came up. This is not the color I wanted, so I clicked on the little gradient in the dialog to open the Gradient Editor dialog.

I clicked on the color stop at the left end and then clicked on the color box to open the color picker dialog and selected a green color from the leaves in the image.

Then I clicked OK and went back to the Gradient Fill dialog. I changed the Angle so that the gradient was darker at the top right and faded to transparent toward the left.

Then I set the layer blending mode to Screen and Opacity to 40%. This added a little bit of the green look to the right side of the image which I thought made the whole image look a little softer.

But then, I wanted the green a little more so on the leaves. 

Back to Layer 2.  On the Black & White layer, I put a layer mask by clicking on the add layer mask button at the bottom of the layers panel. I clicked on the mask to make sure it was selected. Then using a soft black brush I painted over the leaves with a low opacity for the brush and "painted" back in some of the green.

Then I opened the Mask Panel and feathered the Mask. You may not be able to see much difference here, but it made the edge a little nicer.

Layer 5.  I used the Edwardian Script ITC for the word "Soft." I selected a brown from the stem of the plant to use for the font color. And, I used a darker color of the brown to add a stroke to the word.

Layer 6.  I also used the Edwardian Script ITC for the subtitle. I used the dark brown of the stroke from Layer 5 for the font color and a lighter color of the brown for the stroke.

Layers 7 and 8.  I added in my signature layer and the date layer. And this completed my Soft Challenge for this week.

This is how my Layers Panel looked at the end.

I hope that you enjoyed seeing how I did this. 

Enjoy life and keep on learning new things. It makes it more fun that way.



PrairieJill said...

Beautiful image! And thank you for describing how you did it.

ju-north said...

Very effective and atmospheric!

Deborah said...

fantasticand very creative!

georgia b. said...

i love that you included how you made this! i actually like the way it looked when you got the step that made it black and white. but i love the final result, too.

Tess @ Pro-tography 101 said...

Thanks for showing how you did that.

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