Well, since the title of this blog for today is Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen, July 10, 2012, I guess that is what I should talk about. At last Tuesday's episode, Kim gave us the guidelines for today. She said...
Tuesday, July 10th Texture Tuesday Guidelines are:
Your image must contain at least one of my textures and be centered around the following prompt: natural.
This topic of "natural" caused me to think about what I wanted to do. While walking through my living room, I glanced up at some of the framed images on the wall. I have a set of three framed images that were taken by the Applications Technology Satellite-1 (ATS-1). The launching of the ATS-1 into geosynchronous Earth orbit pioneered continuous viewing of weather from space. The ability to obtain continuous satellite imagery of a fixed point on the earth, at 20-minute intervals, allowed scientists to study a synoptic picture of existing meteorological conditions for the first time. Today we take turning on the TV and seeing satellite images of the weather as a natural thing to do. So, I am going to use the image from ATS-1 that shows both the Earth and the Moon in the same image. ATS-1 was launched on December 7, 1966. ATS-1 carried a black-and-white weather camera which transmitted the first full-disk Earth images from geosynchronous orbit. On Dec. 22, 1966, ATS-1 captured the first image of Earth and the moon together. ATS-1 was 22,300 miles from Earth and more than 270,000 from the moon when the photo was taken. The moon is that little dot at the upper edge of the image. I was working at NASA as an Air Force liaison to NASA at the time ATS-1 was launched.
Let me show you how I created this page. Here is what the final page looks like.
Step 1. I opened up a new document that was 12 x 12-inch, 300 ppi, RGB, and with a black background. I knew my image from ATS-1 had a black background, so I thought that my page maybe should have a black background. This layer is at Normal Mode and 100% Opacity.
Step 2. I brought in for the next layer my ATS-1 image. I wanted to separate the image a little from the background so, with this layer active, I put a white stroke around the image. I used Edit / Stroke to put on the stroke. I moved the image to where I wanted it to be on the page and the Free Transform (Command / Control - T) to size it as I wanted.
Step 3. Now I wanted something that, to my mind, would represent the signals from the satellite passing through space and the Earth's atmosphere to get to us so we could see what the satellite was seeing. What I did was use iTunes on my iMac. I played the song "Dancing Queen" by ABBA. While this was playing, I turned on the Classic Visualizer in iTunes and took a screen shot of the imagery that was showing.
This gave me this for my this layer.
This too bright for my taste. I changed the layer blend mode to Luminosity and kept the Opacity 100%.
I don't want the signal image over my image. While this layer is selected, I held down the Command / Control key and clicked on the thumbnail of the satellite image, Layer 2. This put a selection around the image area of the satellite image. Remember, that Layer 3 is the active layer. Then I held down the Option / Alt key and clicked on the Add layer Mask button at the bottom of the Layers Panel. This put a black layer mask over the area of the satellite area thus hiding the signal image from the satellite image.
Step 4. Next, I duplicated layer 3. I changed the layer mode to Normal and set the Opacity 30%. This added back in some of the color. The layer mask was copied, too, so the signal doesn't show over the satellite image.
Step 5. Now I wanted to use one of Kim's textures. I used kk_autumnBurst. This what it looks like at Normal Mode and 100% Opacity. I used the Free Transform to size it to my layout page. Also, I did not want the holes along the top of the texture to show, so I just extend the texture upward until the holes did not show.
I thought that this texture could simulate our rather dirty atmosphere about the Earth that the signal was moving through. I changed the layer blend mode to Screen and Opacity 50%. I also added the black layer mask that blocks the layer over the satellite image as I did before.
Step 6. I thought that the signal representation could use a little more umphhhh. So, the gears in my mind went round and round and came up with what about using Electric Green color. So I googled electric green and got the Hex Number for Electric Green, 00ff00. I made the bottom layer, Layer 1, the background layer, active. I then clicked on the Effects button, ƒx, at the bottom of the Layers panel and selected Color Overlay. Usually the dialog comes open with gray selected in the color picker box.
I clicked on the color box to open the color picker.
I entered the Electric Green Hex Number and this gave me the Electric Green color. I clicked OK and OK again. Then I lowered the layer Opacity to 60% and kept blend mode Normal.
Now this looked more like my imagined ATS-1 signals coming down to Earth through our dirty atmosphere.
Side Note. If I had known where I was going with this at the beginning, I could have waited until this point to add in my satellite image on top of these layers. Then I wouldn't have had to use all the layer masks to hide the layers from the satellite image. Hind site is great. But, most of my layouts start and bumble along as my mind thinks of what to do next to get closer to what I want. Serendipity plays a big part in in all.
Step 7. Next I added in the title layer. I used the font Arial Rounded MT Bold. I made it all capitals.
Step 8. I used my Pen Tool to create the shape to put my journaling into. Then I copied my journaling from where I had written it, TextEdit in my case, and pasted my text into the shape. I used the same font as for the title. I added a slight drop shadow and stroke to make the text a little easier to read.
Step 9. I now had a nice place to put something of interest about the satellite launch. There are many stamp collectors that collect First Day Covers of events. I used a first day cover of a letter that was for ATS-1 on the day of launch and post marked at Kennedy Space Center where the satellite was launched. I set the Opacity 60% for the cover so that the signals would show through a little.
Step 10. I added a sub-title under the cover. I used the same font as for the rest of the page. And, this is how my page was created.
This is what my Layers Panel looked at the end.
I hope that you enjoyed seeing what I did for this Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen. Maybe you even learned a few tricks that you can use when creating some of your layouts.
Enjoy life to the fullest.