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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, October 2, 2012

Free & Easy with Kim Klassen..... October 2, 2012

Today's Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen is a Free & Easy version with a guest host.

Kim's guideline for today is.....

It's guest host TT again ..... another free & easy Texture Tuesday.....  this means.... your image must contain at least one layer of any of my textures...
that's it...that's all....

A couple of Springs ago, I was wandering along the path through the woods near my house. I came across a broken tree that had a single stem of Dame's Rocket, in bloom, under it. I took the photo thinking it was rather interesting. I enjoyed looking at it on my computer, but I never did anything with it. Now, in looking at some of my older photos, I thought it might be a nice image to turn into a black and white image and apply a texture to the black and white image.

Here is what I did.....

Step 1.  I opened by photo as my background layer in Photoshop CS5.

Step 2.  I next duplicated the background layer for the next layer. It looks the same since it is a copy of the background. I used the keyboard shortcut to copy the background layer to the layer above it, Command / Control - J. J for Jump it to the next layer.

Step 3.  Now I wanted to convert the copied image into a black and white image. At the bottom of the Layers Panel I click on the Create a new Adjustment Layer button and selected Black & White. This opened the Black & White Adjustment Panel. Since I am using an adjustment layer this is not destructive. The conversion to black and white is on this layer and the colored layer below it is still as it originally was. That layer is not changed. I can go back into the Black & White adjustment anytime and make changes if I want.

The Black & White Adjustment Panel opens with its default settings as shown here. And I clipped the adjustment layer to the image below it so that it would only affect that layer.

If you are happy with the result from the default setting, you can use the image as shown. You can also click on the toggle next to the word Default and open up several B & W presets. You can try them to see if any of them are what you want for the image. However, I clicked on the little hand with double arrows near the top left. This now allows me to go into my image area and change how the image appears under the where I click and drag the cursor. If I drag the cursor to the left, it darkens that area. If I drag the cursor to the right, it lightens the area. If the underlying color image is blue where I place the cursor and then I drag the cursor to the left, all the blues will get darker. If I drag it to the right, all the blues get lighter. 

After I clicked on the hand with arrows icon and moved into the image area, I modified the B & W to be this way.

You can see in the Adjustment Panel that all I really did with my adjustments in the image was to change the Yellows to 197.

Step 4.  The image now did not have enough contrast in it. I wanted the blacks in the image to be black, not dark gray, and the whites to be white, not a light gray. To make sure that I had black blacks and white whites I used the Threshold Adjust layer. I clicked on the Create a new Adjustment Layer button and selected Threshold. This opened the Threshold Adjustment panel. And I clipped the adjustment layer to the image below it so that it would only affect that layer. To see where my blackest parts of the image are, I moved the slider under the graph all the way to the left and then slowly moved it back to the right until I had a region of the darkest parts in the image just showing.

I used the Color Sampler Tool to mark where the point that I want to make black. The Color Sampler Tool is under the Eyedropper Tool. Click and hold down on the Eyedropper Tool to show all the tools in that box and select the Color Sampler Tool.

With the Color Sampler Tool selected, click once on the black area that you want to indicate is black for you image. This will put a marker at that spot with a number 1. When you are all done using your Color Sampler markers you can delete them from your image by having the tool selected and clicking on Clear in the tool's Option Bar. Also, the markers won't show on the image if the Eye Dropper Tool or the Color Sampler Tool are not selected.

It is hard to see in this image, but I clicked over this black area for my selected black sample and there is now a marker with 1 in it.

Next I moved the slider all the way to the right and then back a little to the left to show the brightest areas in the image. I used the Color Sampler Tool to mark the area I selected as my brightest and it is marked with a 2.

After I mark my darkest area and my lightest area, I no longer need the Threshold Adjustment layer. So I deleted it. And now I have my two marks on the Black & White image.

Step 5.  Now I want to use my marker 1 to make that area black and use the marker 2 to make that area white. I will do this using a Levels Adjustment layer. I clicked on the Create a new Adjustment Layer button at the bottom of the Layers Panel and selected Levels. I also clipped this adjustment layer to the color layer below it. In the Layers Adjustment panel, I clicked on the Set black point eyedropper and then clicked on my marker 1. The turns those areas black.

Then I clicked on the Set white point eyedropper and then clicked on my marker 2. This turns those areas white.

My image now has a true black and a true white in it giving me a good contrast in the image.

Step 6.  Now, the single stem of Dame's Rocket really beckoned me to have it in color in this otherwise black and white image. I went back to my background copy layer that is still in color and added a Layer Mask to the layer by clicking on the Add Layer Mask button at the bottom of the Layers Panel. Then I painted with black over the Dame's Rocket in the mask to hide the adjustment layers effect so that the color of the background copy shows. I increased the image size so it was easier to paint.

My image now looks like this.

Step 7.  Now it is time to bring in Kim Klassen's texture that I want to use. I used Kim's kk_paper3 texture. This is what it looks like at Normal Mode and 100% Opacity. I resized the texture to fit my image with the Free Transform, Command / Control - T.

Step 8.  I didn't want the texture over the flower, so I held down the  Option / Alt key and clicked on the layer mask in the Background copy layer and dragged a copy of the layer mask into the texture layer. This now blocked the texture over the flower. And the texture layer now looks like this.

Then I changed the texture layer Mode to Multiply and reduced the Opacity to 70% and now had this.

I was very happy with this result. This is a keeper.

I started with this image.....

And ended with this image.....

And, that's all for now.

Enjoy life to the fullest.



PrairieJill said...

Definitely a keeper! Great tutorial, too.

Nikki said...

Nice edit and a great way to highlight those flowers. Thanks for sharing your tutorial.

Pieni Lintu said...

Wow - great job!!

photecstasy said...

Very cool! Awesome tutorial, I love it. How nice of you to take the time to take the screenshots and actually demonstrate your work flow!

Carmel said...

Great image, thank you for the amazing tutorial.
Cheers Carmel

Currie Silver said...

What an enormous inspiration you are, Earl!!! Even when I glazed over I remembered to relax and breathe, then you would SHOW what you'd TOLD that I glazed over on. I still think 99% of it went over my head, but I caught on to a few bits that I have found myself wondering about...

NOT only is your outcome stunning, the Journey and getting to go along with you is BEyond generous. It's downright indulgent!!

Thanks so VERY much!!

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