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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.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Colo(u)r Orange with Kim Klassen Texture Tuesday

It's time for another Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen on this Tuesday, 18 September 2012. 

Kim's guideline for today was

Your image must be centered around the colour orange and be textured with at least one layer of any of my textures..... :) Let's see some lovely autumn images! 

Step 1.  For my beginning image, I chose a photo that was taken by my granddaughter. I opened the image in Photoshop CS5 on my iMac. The image became my Background layer.

Step 2.  The next thing I did was to duplicate the Background layer by using Command / Control - J to jump the copy to the next layer as Layer 1. I do this so I can always go back to my original image if I make a goof along the way. It looks just the same. As it should since it is a duplicate of the Background layer.

Step 3.  I wanted to brighten up the oranges in the image a little, so I opened for the next layer one of my Soft Watercolors to use as a texture. I used EKD-Soft-12. It looks like this at Normal Mode and 100% Opacity. It is a 12 x 12-inch texture, so I used the Free Transform to fit it to the image (Command / Control - T).

[As an aside, if you didn't get a chance to download my freebie watercolor papers, you can get my 24 basic watercolors by going HERE and downloading them from there. You can get my Soft Watercolors (12) by going HERE and downloading them. And, you can get my More Colorful Watercolors (12) by going HERE and downloading them.]

The next thing I did was change the Blend Mode of this layer to Overlay with Opacity 50%. This makes the oranges a little brighter and adds some of the watercolor paper texture especially in the sky areas.

Step 4.  Now I wanted to make the oranges still a little brighter. For this next layer, I brought in Kim's texture kk_golden. This is kk_golden at Normal mode and 100% Opacity. I also made the texture fit the image.

Then I changed the Layer Blend Mode to Darken with Opacity 100%, for this.

But, this was too dark in the sky areas. So I left the mode at Darken and reduced the Opacity to 50%. And, now the sky had a little bit of orange / gold in it for the result I was looking for.

Step 5.  I added in a title for the image. I used Papyrus font and selected a light orange color from the leaves of the tree for the font color.

This is the image that I started with.

And this is my final tweaked image.

And that is all for this episode of Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen.

I hope you enjoyed seeing what I did.

Live life fully.



Mona's Picturesque said...

Gorgeous photo and edit! Golden trees look just amazing ♥ Gotta love autumn!

PrairieJill said...

Beautiful effect! I love the way the textures brought out the orange in the leaves.

Rosemary Aubut said...

Wow this is such an informative tutorial! Thanks for all the info! Your image is beautiful! Nice contrast and composition!

Anonymous said...

Lovely fall color!

Ahayes1225 said...

I love that autumn shot!

Susan said...

Beautiful, simply stunning! Thanks for sharing.

Margaret said...

Certainly brightened it up!

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