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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

FREEBIE Template No. 10 plus Tutorial

I was playing around in Photoshop to see what different things I could come up with for a template. I was looking in the Custom Shape Tool to see what was in there that I might use. I started playing around with the Chevron. I envisioned a whole page covered with many chevrons to create a pattern. However, I did not want to create a pattern for my design, I wanted to do it more or less manually. I used a Step and Repeat method and the Free Transform. Here is how I did it.

[If you just want the template without seeing how I created it, you can click HERE to download it.]

Creating the chevron page

Step 1.  I opened a new document that was 12 x 12-inch, 300 ppi, RGB, with a white background. I put a new layer above the background layer. I selected the Custom Shape Tool and in the Options Bar selected Fill Pixels (third option from the left) and the Chevron (from the Shape drop down menu). I had my Background Color set to a tan color. I held down the Shift Key (this keeps the proportions of the shape) while I dragged out the chevron shape. 



Step 2.  From this one chevron I will create my page full of them. I used the Step and Repeat method to create more copies. First, I held down the command / Control key and clicked on the thumbnail of the chevron layer. This put a selection around the chevron. With the selection made, the next steps puts all the items on one layer. If there is no selection, the items will all be on separate layers. I want them on the same layer. 









[If you want to see more information on the Step and Repeat, go to the TWEarl page at the top of this blog. Then download from Jessica Sprague the Episode 8 of Thursdays with Earl. This will show you how to do it in more detail.]

Then I used Command / Control + Option / Alt  + T. This puts the Free Transform around the chevron and allows me to move and copy the chevron.


I held down the Option / Alt key and dragged a copy just to the right with only a little space between them. I also held down the Shift key to constrain the move to the horizontal.


I accepted this transform by double clicking inside the transform area (you could also click on the Commit Transform checkmark in the Options bar). Notice that the selection is still there.




























Then I held down the Command / Control + Option / Alt + Shift keys and then while holding them down, I hit the T key. Each time I hit the T key another copy was made and moved over. I did this several times.


Then I Selected the items on this layer and used the step and repeat to fill the page basically from top to bottom. Then I used the Free Transform to fit it all into the 12 x 12 - inch page.


What you see as white lines between is really transparent on this layer. You are seeing the white of the background layer.

I am going to use this as a mask on my template.

Creating template

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


Step 2.  I brought in for the next layer the chevron layer that I had created.  While having both documents visible on screen,  I made the chevron document the active document and dragged the chevron layer onto the document while holding down the Shift key (this centers the layer on the document.) I am going to use this as a mask for my photo to clip to.


Step 3.  For the next layer, I brought in my photo and resized it to fit my page. Then I clipped it to the mask layer below. The image shows over all the chevrons and you see through the transparent zigzags down to the layer below, which is at this point the white of the background layer.



Step 4.  I brought in one of my soft watercolors and put it above the background layer and below the chevron mask layer. This is what it looks like at Normal Mode and 100% Opacity.



And, this is what it looks like as seen on the page.




Step 5.  I did not like the blue color of the zigzag lines very much. I added a Hue / Saturation Adjustment Layer and adjusted the color to a more yellow-green to go along with the coloring of the foliage in the photo. Notice that I have Colorize checked.



Step 6.  Next I added a Levels Adjustment Layer and clipped it to the photo. I want to bring out the coloring of the reddish cactus near the middle center of the image. I just looked at what was happening to this cactus as I adjusted the sliders in the Levels panel; I didn't pay attention to what was happening to the rest of the layer. I darkened the midtones by moving the middle slider a little to the right.....I moved the black slider just a little to the right.....and, I moved the white slider a little to the left. I adjusted until I was happy with the way that cactus looked. Notice that all the image has this adjustment, but I don't care since I am going to use a layer mask to hide it all except over the cactus that I was interested in.




























Then I added a black layer mask to the Levels adjustment layer. This hides the adjustment over the whole image. Then, with the mask being selected, I selected a soft brush and painted with white over the area of the cactus revealing the adjustment only over that cactus.





























Step 7.  Then I wanted to modify the appearance of the reddish upright cactus in the foreground. I added another Levels Adjustment layer and clipped it in also. I only paid attention to what the adjustment was doing to the cactus I was interested in.























I then added a black layer mask and painted with a soft white brush over the area of that cactus thus revealing the adjustment only over that cactus.





























Step 8. Next I wanted to lighten up the background foliage at the top of the image a little. I added another Levels Adjustment Layer and clipped it in. And adjusted the sliders to where I wanted that area to be.....and not paying attention to what was happening to the rest of the image.





























I then added a black layer mask and painted with a soft white brush over the area thus revealing the adjustment only over that area of the image. You can see the area of the mask that I painted in the layer mask.





























Step 9.  Next I thought about converting this to a black and white image. So, I made a composite layer that included all the visible layers below it in one layer. With the top adjustment layer the active layer, I used the keyboard shortcut to make the composite layer above it. I clicked all together the Command / Control + Option / Alt + Shift + E keys. This creates the composite layer at the top of the layers stack. It looks the same as it is all the visible layers below it in one layer. And, I made sure it was clipped in.





























Step 10.  Then I added in a Black & White Adjustment Layer. And, since it is clipped in, it doesn't change the zigzags to B & W. I used the Preset adjustment of High Contrast Red Filter. 




























Step 11.  I was just about happy with this when I thought that the reddish cactus in the upper middle could show a little color. So, with the B & W Adjustment Layer still being the active layer, I held down the Command / Control key and clicked on the thumbnail of the original tan zigzag layer to give me a selection around the chevrons.






























Then, with the selection made and the active layer being the Black & White Ajustment Layer, I added a layer mask to the layer. The mask now allows the photo area to be seen and the zigzags hidden.





























Then with a 30% Opacity soft black brush I painted over the cactus area I wanted to show the color of the layer below. I kept the mouse down for the whole painting so that it all was just at 30% opacity.





























Step 12.  I added in a title layer, a subtitle layer, and a journaling layer. I used Optima Extra Black for the title, Optima Bold for the subtitle, and Optima Regular for the journaling.






























And, this is enough for this one image to bear.


I hope that you noticed how you can stack multiple Levels Adjustment Layers and then mask them to just modify the areas of an image that you want to modify. And, you can do this with any of the Adjustment Layers, not just the Levels Adjustment. This can be a powerful addition to your techniques.



My final page now looks like this.





































You can click HERE to download the template. It is in a zip file, so you will have to unzip it to get to the file. It is a fairly large download.....about 125MB.

This just shows you some of the things you can do with this template. For instance, if you wanted the zigzags going horizontally instead of vertically, you could just rotate that layer by 90 degrees. You can fill in the Levels Adjustment masks with black and then use a white brush over the area you want for your image. You can add more Levels Adjustment layers. If you don't want journaling, then just hide the visibility of that layer. Bring in your own paper above the background layer, and modify its color if you wish. Etc.....Etc.....

I hope you learned a few new things to help you with your scrapbooking.

That's all for this posting.


Live life wonderfully.


Earl

18 comments:

Suresh kumar said...

Thanks for your grateful informations, this blogs will be really help for Photoshop tutorial.

Nannypie said...

Very nice. Thanks for the tutorial.

harsh dhawan said...

Hey thanks for that step by step photoshop tutorials . We are waiting for your further tutorials.

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