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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, June 26, 2012

Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen June 26, 2013

Not much time to get this ready for the post. I followed the technique that Kim used in her class Beyond Layers, Day 45, movie. 

Were were to use one or more flower photos and at least one of her textures. As in her movie, I used kk_Ugglove.

Here is my beginning image.

And here is my final image.

I hope you like it.

Enjoy life.


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen ..... 19 June 2012

For lack of time, I cannot give you all the details that I did in creating my final image from Kim Klassen's kk_lilac_samplephoto.jpg image that she provided to us as a download for a starting point. This download was provided to us in her Beyond Layers class in Day 44. However, I will tell you the steps that I did.

Here is the original image.

•  The original image was about 3.3 x 4.2-inch at 300 ppi. I increased the size in 10% increments until it was a little larger than 8.5 x 11-inch at 300 ppi. Then I cropped it to 8.5 x 11-inch at 300 ppi.

•  I did not want the dark vine wreath in the upper corner, so I used the Clone Stamp Tool and removed it. I copied from the brick wall to the left in the image.

•  Then I added in one of my watercolor papers that was pinkish in color.

•  Next, I brought in a copy of the lilac layer that had the wreath removed to the top and reduced the opacity. This gave a little more emphasis to the lilac flowers.

•  Next I made a composite layer of all the layers below it.

•  Then I used a Smart Blur Filter to create a line drawing of the image. I set the blend mode to Soft Light so that the line drawing was just sort of a hint of being there.

•  Next, I brought in Kim's texture kk_abstract. I set the mode to Linear Burn with Opacity 20%.

And, here is my final image.

And, that is basically what I did.


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Make your own Custom Deckle Edge

The ragged edge of the paper as it comes from the papermaking machine is the deckle edge. The edge gets its name from the frame, called a deckle, used in papermaking. Handmade paper normally has four deckle edges while machinemade paper has two. In most cases it is cleanly cut off during the papermaking process. Left in place, the deckle edge becomes a decorative, textured edging. You can make your own custom deckle edges in Photoshop.

Let me show you one way to do this. I will use a Filter to create the deckle edge.

Layer 1.  I opened the photograph that I want to have a deckle edge. I have already done all the straightening and what else I wanted on the photo. All I want is to put the deckle edge around it.

Layer 2.  I duplicated Layer 1, Command / Control- J, for this layer. I do this so if I make a goof I still have the original layer still there. 

Then I turned off the visibility of Layer 1 by clicking on the eyeball at the front of the Layer 1. I selected the Rectangular Marquee Tool and made a selection just a little in from the edges of the photo in the border area.

Then I clicked on the button at the bottom of the layer panel to add a layer mask. This adds the layer mask to Layer 2. We want the mask to be white so that it shows the area inside the marching ants. If yours came in as black, that is, hiding the area inside the marching ants, use Command / Control - I to invert it and change it to white. Make sure the mask is selected, by clicking on the mask thumbnail,  when you do that. You can see the transparency behind the photo.

Make sure the mask is selected. Then go to Filter / Distort / Glass.

This opens a large dialog. Here is the right hand side of the dialog. In it you adjust the Distortion, Smoothness and Scaling sliders to give you the look for the deckle edge that you want.

In this case, I have Distortion 8, Smoothness 11, and Scaling 152%. This seems to work well for me for this 7 x 4-inch, 300 ppi, photograph. Actually, you see the image while you make your adjustments with the sliders so you see what you are doing. In the following image, I have adjusted the size of the image so it all fits in the area of the dialog. You can change the size by clicking in the bottom left of the dialog where it says 100% and open the choices. I selected fit in view.

Then I clicked OK. So you can see the deckle edge more easily, I have put a layer filled with black below Layer 2. 

Now, if you want to use the deckled edged photo in a layout, you can just drag its layer onto your layout and use it there. If you are going to use it in another layout, I would recommend making the photo the size you want it for the layout before you add the deckle edge. That way you will see how the edge looks for that size photo.

Hope this helps you in your scrapbooking.


Sunday, June 10, 2012

Beyond Layers with Kim Klassen ----- June 6, 2012, Day 41

I am taking Kim Klassen's Beyond Layers course. On Day 41, she showed us a recipe for processing an image and also showed a type trick that adds a little kick to the type. I also show you how you can do the type trick using Elements, at the end. I would like to show you how I used this recipe on one of my images.

I take a lot of photos of flowers. Many of them are taken at the Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha, Nebraska. Here are several images of the gardens.

The photo I am using is that of a bougainvillea that was taken at the Lauritzen Gardens.

Layer 1.  Opened the image in Photoshop. I am using Photoshop CS5. I took the photo with my Canon EOS 40D. I was using the Lensbaby Composer Pro with the Double Glass Optic. I used ƒ/4 aperture, 1/100 sec, ISO 200. The Lensbaby with the Double Glass Optic gives you sharp focus (Sweet Spot) in the center of the image and increasing out of focus away from the center. 

Layer 2.  I duplicated Layer 1. I set the Blend Mode of Layer 2 to Soft Light and reduced tyne Opacity to 70%. Soft Light makes lights lighter and darks darker. This increases the contrast in the photo. I reduced the opacity to bring back some detail in the dark areas.

Layer 3.  For this layer I added a Gradient Map Adjustment Layer. I clicked on the button at the bottom of the Layers Panel to add an Adjustment Layer and selected Gradient Map (Not Gradient). The Gradient Map Adjustments panel opens. Since my foreground / background colors were black / white, the gradient comes up black to white.

But, that is not what I want. I clicked on the gradient and this opens the Gradient Editor.

Then I clicked on the black stop on the bottom of the gradient and set it to a light pink and moved it to the right a little. I then clicked on the white stop on the bottom of the gradient and moved it a little to the left.

Then I clicked OK and OK again. This gradient gave me what I wanted for this image. Kim in her example used a similar pink gradient. This pink gradient lightens up the image and gives it a softer look.

Layer 4.  For this layer I used a Gradient Map Adjustment Layer again. This time I used the black to white gradient.

I reduced the Opacity to 40%. I left the blend mode Normal. This grayed down the image a little.

Layer 5.  I added a Hue / Saturation Adjustment Layer by clicking on the button at the bottom of the Layers Panel. I reduced the Saturation to -26. This reduced the saturation just a little in the overall image.

This ends the recipe that Kim showed us for modifying the image. Next Kim showed us a little type trick to add a little interest to your type, especially something like a title. The technique is to have just a stroke around the characters and then to offset the stoke from the original word.

Layer 6.  This is my title layer. I used Myriad Pro font. I resized it to about what I wanted by using the Free Transform. Then in the Character Panel, I set the Tracking to 50 to move all the characters a little father apart, I decreased the Vertical Scale to 70% to make the characters all a little shorter, I increased the Horizontal Scale to 125% to make all the characters a little wider, and I clicked in the color chip which opened the color picker and sampled a pink from the flowers to use for the font color. In addition to all these little tweaks to the characters, I changed the kerning between some of the characters to make the space between two characters a little larger or smaller so the overall appearance of the word looked better, at least to my eyes. I did this by having the layer selected and the type tool selected. I put the cursor between the two letters I wanted to adjust their spacing. If I wanted more space between them, I would hold down the Option / Alt key and press the Right Arrow key once. That would move them s little father apart.If I wanted them closer together, hold down Option / Alt and press the Left Arrow key. Then, I set the layer Opacity to 70% so that a little of the underlying images shows through the text.

Now this is the trick that Kim showed us.

Layer 7.  Duplicate ( Command / Control - J ) Layer 6 for this layer. With this duplicate layer, Layer 7, selected, click on the ƒx button at the bottom of the layers panel and select Stroke.

I selected a  3 px Size, Outside, and by clicking on the color chip, I selected a very light pink from the flower for the stroke color. THEN, I reduced the layer Fill to 0% ( not the Opacity ). Then I turned off the visibility of Layer 6 (click the eyeball in front of the layer) so you can see that you now have just the stroke around the letters.

I turned the visibility of Layer 6 back on. I am still on Layer 7. And I used the arrow keys to offset the stroke from the word in Layer 6.

And, this is my finished image.

For those of you that use Photoshop Elements, you do not have Fill. But, you can do the same thing in a different way with Elements. 

I will have to show you using Photoshop CS5, but I am sure you will be able to see what to do in Elements.

Layer 6.  Everything up through Layer 6 will be the same. It is the text treatment that is different. So on your Layer 6 you have your text just the way you want it. With your Layer 6 selected, hold down the Command / Control key and click on the thumbnail of the layer. This will put a selection, marching ants, around the letters.

Layer 7.  Create a new layer above Layer 6. Make Layer 7 the active layer. You will see the marching ants on Layer 7. Now, instead of using the ƒx button, go to the main menu and select Edit / Stroke to open the Stroke Panel.

I made the Width 3 px, Outside, and the color a light pink. I turned off the visibility of Layer 6 so you can see stroke better.

I turned the visibility of Layer 6 on again. On Layer 7, I used the arrow keys to offset the stroke from the the word. And we have the same as before.

And that is what we did for Day 41 Beyond Layers with Kim Klassen. I hope that you enjoyed seeing what we did.


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen June 5, 2012

A favorite author of mine died a few years ago. Tony Hillerman was an award-winning American author of detective novels and non-fiction works best known for his Navajo Tribal Police mystery novels. Several of his works have been adapted as big-screen and television movies. Hillerman wrote 18 books in his Navajo series. He wrote more than 30 books total, among them a memoir and books about the Southwest, its beauty and its history. I have read them all. His mystery novels are set in the Four Corners area of New Mexico and Arizona, sometimes reaching into Colorado and Utah and beyond, sometimes to Washington, DC, Los Angeles and other areas. The protagonists are Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee of the Navajo tribal police. Even though there will be no more new Hillerman books for new to read, he still lives on for me as I reread my favorite books. I have been to much of the area that is described in the books and I can visualize the story as it progresses.

For this week's Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen, Kim gave us

Next week's TT theme. (June 5th)
How 'bout a quote theme?
Share an image with one of your favorite quotes included and as always... any one of my textures.
Have fun!
I used a statement that Tony Hillerman said when he was 82 years old. That's my age now. Tony died the next year at age 83, so he will not be writing any more for us to read. I used a photo of Tony Hillerman for my layout. Before I brought the photo into my layout, I did some things to it first. Let me show you what I did.
Here is the original photo.

Then, I used the method of posterization that Julieanne KostAdobe Systems, shows in her tutorial. You can see her tutorial by clicking on her name. I used eight levels of posterization and brown colors sampled from his jacket. And I got this image.

Then I used the Elliptical Marquee Tool to put a selection around part of the image. Then, in the Mask Panel, I feathered the edge so that I could blend the image into my layout. If you want to see how I do this feathering, go to my blog entry on this technique.

Now let me show you how I made my layout.

Layer 1.  I opened a new document that was 8.5 x 11-inch, portrait, 300 ppi, RGB, white background. I won't show it since it is just plain white.

Layer 2.  I brought in my Number 9 Watercolor Paper. If you want, you can scroll down a few entries and get the links to download my series of watercolor papers.

However, this is a little too red for me. I used a Color Overlay and used a brown sampled from Tony's image. I set the blend mode of the overlay to Color.

And this is how Layer 2 now looks.

Layer 3.  I brought in a photo of the Window Rock that is in Window Rock, 
Arizona. Window Rock is the Capital of the Navajo Nation. I took the photo there a couple of years ago. I set the Layer Blend Mode to Hard Light and Opacity to 50%.

Layer 4.  I scanned in a page from one of Hillerman's books. I brought it in for this layer. I set the Layer Blend Mode to Divide and Opacity 40%. It is hard to see, but the words "Window Rock" are located near the middle of the window rock.

Layer 5.  I brought in my feathered image of Tony Hillerman. I left the Blend Mode at Normal, but reduced the Opacity to 70%. But the text of the book page was over his face.

Back to Layer 4. I went back to the book page layer and added a Layer Mask. The using a soft black brush, I painted over the area of the mask that is over his face so that the text did not show there anymore.

Back to Layer 5.  The text over his face no longer shows. However, I added a Layer mask to this layer and with a soft black brush painted over the mask to hide some of the edges of the image of Tony. The image is still at Normal Mode and 70% Opacity.

Layer 6.  I brought in Kim's texture kk_luminous. This is what it looks like at Normal Mode and 100% Opacity.

I then changed the Layer Blend Mode to Divide with 50% Opacity. This is what I wanted for the imagery of the layout.

Layer 7, Layer 8, Layer 9 and Layer 10.  I brought in my text layers. The main quote is in Impact font. My journaling is in my own Earl-foundational font (not available). My signature and date are in Papyrus font. This is what I ended up with.

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

I hope that you enjoyed seeing what I did for this layout.

Enjoy your scrapbooking. I hope that the things I show might make your scrapbooking more enjoyable and fun.