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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 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.



Sandra Collins said...

Awesome job! love looking at your stuff both on here and at the JessicaSprague site. Love how you also show how you got the effect of your image.

Pieni Lintu said...

Great job!

Mona's Picturesque said...

I'm so in love with this TT Quote -edition ♥ Your entry is wonderful. Thank for sharing all this information! Very educational :)

A Garden of Threads said...

Wow, look amazing.

The Artful Diva said...

Great quote! It goes well with the photo too. Thank you for the tutorial too!

Kathy said...

Wow...thanks so much for sharing your amazing process. If Mr. Hillerman was still here, he would love this.

Capture Life!

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Wonderful process. I enjoyed the tutorial. Valerie

Lyn said...

Fantastic work!

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