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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, July 3, 2012

Not Necessarily Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen July 3, 2012

Here is what Kim gave us:

Tuesday, July 3rd Texture Tuesday Guidelines are:
Next Tuesday is the first Tuesday of the month which means it's 'Not Necessarily Texture Tuesday'! Basically this allows you to link up any fav photo you like... textured or not, processed or not... anything goes.... Share your most recent fav photo with the TT community. 
This gives me unlimited choice. What to do? 

I was looking around in the JessicaSprague.com General Public Scrapbook Gallery and came across a page done by "jarrina" that I liked. She gave the link to how the image was created. I like the method and it is what I used for my layout for today.Here is what I did.

Step 1.  I opened a new document that is 12 x 12-inch, 300 ppi, RGB, white background.

Step 2.  Next, i brought in Kim's kk_stainedLinen texture. This is one of my favorite textures. Here it is at Normal Mode, 100% Opacity.

Step 3.  However, the texture is a little too dark for the background that I want for my image. I clicked on the Create Adjustment Layer button at the bottom of the Layers Panel and selected Hue/Saturation. I increased the Lightness to +75 by moving the slider. This made the texture lighter for me.

Step 4.  My image was brought in next. I resized it with the Free Transform (Command / Control - T) to fit from side to side across my page. Only because that is how I wanted it.

Step 5.  The next thing I did was convert the layer to a Smart Object. This was so I could use Smart Filters. This will allow me to change the filter if I want. If you don't have the ability to use Smart Objects and Smart Filters, that's OK. Just go to the Menu and select Filter. You just won't be able to change it later if you want. You can tell that it is now a Smart Object by the little square in the bottom right corner of the thumbnail.

Step 6.  I duplicated the image layer and turned its visibility off by clicking on its eyeball at the front of the layer.

Step 7.  I went back to the first image layer and made it the active layer. Then I went to the Menu and clicked on Filter / Stylize / Find Edges. This is what I get.

Since I am using Smart Objects and Smart Filters, they are shown under the layer. If you did not use the Smart Object, then the Filter would not show there and you would not be able to change it if you wanted.

Step 8.  I want this to be more like a black and white line sketch. The first thing I did was to add a Hue/Saturation layer by clicking on the button at the bottom of the Layers Panel. And decreased the Saturation to -100.

Then I clipped the Hue/Saturation layer to the image layer so that it effected the image and not the whole layout.

Step 9.  I wanted to accentuate the contrast between the black and white. With the image layer active, I added a Curves Adjustment Layer by clicking on the button at the bottom of the Layers Panel. I moved the left black slider over to the right to increase the black. Since there weren't a lot of lines throughout the entire image, I left the right white slider where it was so that I have some gray areas in the image. If there had been lines throughout the image I probably would  have moved the white slider to the left to give even more contrast between the black and white of the lines and background of the image.

Step 10.  I added a black layer mask on this image layer by holding down the Option / Alt key and clicking on the Add layer Mask button at the bottom of the Layers Panel. This hides the image.

Step 11.  Now I  selected the Brush Tool and selected a watercolor brush and made the Foreground Color white. You can use any brush you want; I chose a watercolor brush. Then, on the black layer mask layer I painted with white to reveal some of the image that I wanted to show. You can turn the layer mask off by holding down the Shift key and clicking on the mask thumbnail. This way you can tell more easily where you want to paint with white. Just turn it back on by doing the same thing before painting.

The mask shows that it was painted. And here is the result.

Step 12.  Next I made the duplicate image layer the active layer and turned on its visibility by clicking where its eyeball would be.

Step 13.  I added a black layer mask by holding down the Option / Alt key and clicking on the Add Layer Mask button at the bottom of the Layers Panel. This hides the color image until I paint with white on the mask layer. Make sure the mask is selected by clicking on its thumbnail. I again selected the Brush Tool and a watercolor brush. And I painted until I had what I wanted. In the central part I used a brush Opacity of 100%. Then I changed the brush Opacity to 50% and did a littler more painting father out from the center. Then I changed the brush Opacity to 25% and painted even a little father out from the center. Then I had what I wanted.

Step 14.  Next I added in the Title and Sub-title. I used Zapfino for the title and Gill Sans Light for the sub-title.

Step 15.  I wanted the edges to be a little darker so the the interior would be emphasized. I added a new layer at the top that was filled with 50% gray and set the layer blend mode to Soft Light.

Then I selected a soft round brush with the Burn Tool selected. I set the Burn Tool Range to Midtones and Opacity to 50%. Then I clicked with the tool centered over one of the corners. I held the Shift key down and clicked on the next corner, etc, all the way around back to the beginning. Holding the Shift key down constrained the lines to being straight. This darkened the edges a little.

Step 16.  Next I added in my signature and date. And I was done with the image. I was very pleased with the result. 

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

I hope that you enjoyed seeing how this was done. Try it on some of your images. Remember, you do not have to use the Smart Images and filters as Smart Filters. 

Enjoy what you do.



Cathy said...

Wow! that is some fancy work you did there Earl, and it turned out beautifully! thanks for the step-by-step instructions : )

sommerfugldesign said...

Great tutorial. I really love the end result!!

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Love this Earl. Really beautiful. Valerie

kimB said...

Very, very nice Earl :) Thanks for sharing your workflow, too!

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