Welcome to EarlK Design!

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.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

FREEBIE EarlKDesign Template 11A ... Holiday Special

Here is a FREEBIE  Holiday template that you can download for your use. It is the 25 Days of Christmas.

The template looks like this.

It is a fully layered psd file, 12 x 12-inch, 300 ppi, RGB. Each of the brown and yellow squares can be used as clipping masks to clip your photos, papers, elements, etc. I have added in only a few to show you examples of how it is done. You can change the background to whatever our want. You can change the title and subtitle if you want. The garland and the red ornaments can be deleted if you wish. In fact, for those of you who like to use paths, in the Paths Panel there is the path for the grid for the squares. You can stroke the path with your own brushes to create what you want. Here I used a brush to create the green garland and then used a hard round red brush to create the ornaments.
You can download the .psd file by clicking HERE.

I hope you find a use for this template.

Happy Holidays.

Live life wondrously.


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

FREEBIE Watercolor on Art Paper ... 01-06

Here is a set of six watercolors on art paper that you can have as a FREEBIE.

This is what they look like.

They are all 12 x 12-inch, 300 ppi, RGB, jpg files. If you zoom in to 100% magnification, you can see the watercolor paper texture.

You can use them for many things. You could use them for backgrounds, clip them to various shapes or text, use them as textures on your photos, etc...

You can download them by clicking HERE.

I hope you find a use for them and enjoy using them.

Live life fully.


Monday, November 26, 2012

Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen ... 27 November 2012

Another fun Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen. However, this is the last one for 2012. For this eDition of Texture Tuesday, Kim told us ...

Let's talk next week's TT.....the last Tuesday of the month...and the last TT for 2012.....another Free & Easy eDition.... Let's meet back here in 2013 for a new year of TT......
That's it...that's all.

I looked through some of my photos to see what I wanted to use for this Texture Tuesday. I came across the statue of the sandhill cranes that is by a small pond at the Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha, Nebraska. I decided to use it. I have also been playing around with making groupings of some of my elements into clusters. I have been playing around with making some gold styled letters with enamel on them. So I decided to use all these things together to make this eDition of Texture Tuesday. Here is the photo that I will use.

And, this is my final layout.

And, this is how I did it.

Step 1.   I opened a new 12 x 12-inch, 300 ppi, RGB, white background document. I brought in for the layer above the background layer a cluster that I made from some of my flower and leaf elements.

I am using Photoshop CS6. However, I have a hard time seeing the default gray text on the dark gray background of the CS6 interface. So, I went into the Photoshop Preferences / Interface / Appearance / Color Theme and changed it so that I have the dark text on a light background. This is similar to how it is in CS5 and is easier for me to see the items. That is why my CS6 does not have the dark appearance.

Step 2.  Next I brought in Kim's texture kk_cherish. This is how it looks when added to the layer stack at Normal Mode and 100% Opacity. It is a beautiful texture with subtle coloring and a border.

I then changed the Layer Blend Mode to Linear Burn and kept the Opacity 100%. This allows the cluster to show through.

Step 3.  I wanted more of the coloring from the texture so I duplicated the layer, Command / Control - J, and kept the blend mode as Linear Burn, but decreased the Opacity to 50%. This gave me what I wanted.

Step 4.  Next I brought in my photo. Here it is at Normal Mode and 100% Opacity. I used the Free Transform, Command / Control - T, to resize the photo and put it where I wanted it.

Step 5.  I used the Lasso Tool to draw a selection around the birds. I am going to refine the edge of the selection so that the image will blend into the layers below. Here is the selection that I made.

In the Options Bar, I clicked on Refine Edge to open the Refine Edge dialog.

I set the Edge Detection Radius to 250 px, the Adjust Edge Feather to 50 px, and had the Output Output To set to Selection. This gives me my refined edge selection as a selection on the layer image. I clicked on OK, and my refined edge selection is now showing. It may look about the same here, but it is now the refined edge.

Step 6.  I now jumped the selection onto its own layer, Command / Control - J, and turned off the visibility of the layer below the new layer, the image layer that had  the selection showing. You can see how nicely the birds blend into the background. I have the layer blend mode at Normal and the Opacity 100%,

Step 7.  I want the bird image to be a little darker. I duplicated the layer, Command / Control - J, left the mode at Normal and left the Opacity at 100%. This made it just the way I wanted it to be.

Step 8.  The last thing to do was to bring in my title. I created the title in another document and then brought it into this document. I used a  technique that gave me a golden letter with an enamel area in the letter.

And this is my finished layout. Here it is by itself.

I hope you enjoyed seeing how I did this.

As Porky Pig would say, "That's All Folks!" And, that is all for 2012. Texture Tuesday will start again in 2013.

Until next time ... enjoy life.


Monday, November 19, 2012

Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen ... 20 November 2012

It's time for another  Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen. Kim's guidance for us for this eDition was:

It's been awhile since we've had a theme.....and I love to dream.... So let's share a 'dream' themed photo... Shall we.... ??
That's it...that's all.

So, I started with a dream in mind. My dream was of a surreal field of grain gently blowing in the wind. I get some strange dreams sometimes.

I started with this image. This photo was  taken against some black velvet fabric.

Then with the magic of Photoshop CS6, using numerous layers including one of my watercolor textures, Kim's kk_dream texture, and a couple of pattern fill layers and a gradient fill layer, I ended up with this.

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

That is all for now.


Monday, November 5, 2012

Beyond Layers with Kim Klassen ... Day 82

In Day 82 of Beyond Layers with Kim Klassen, Kim gave us a photo and a challenge. Here is what she gave us.

"I took the photo from the pier at Huntington Beach.... The woman looks a bit like a duck, don't you think? I couldn't help but wonder what she was thinking?

Today I have a challenge..... simple...but it should be fun..... Let's dive in.

Today's Challenge

Download my sample photo

Feel free to edit the photo, or keep it just the way it is..... Find a perfect quote and add it to the photo."

Here is Kim's original photo.

To me the woman really did look like a duck and she was standing there among the other water birds. I am sure the other birds were mainly thinking about where is my next item that I can eat. I got to wondering what the woman might be thinking. With her standing quietly staring off into the far distance of the ocean, I suspected that she was just embracing the strength of the ocean and the feeling of awe that comes with being of one with Nature. There is a feeling that you cannot get at any other place than the ocean. I know ... I was born in Los Angeles and the ocean is part of me.

My immediate thought for the perfect quote to go along with this photo was the 16th century proverb, "Birds of a feather flock together." That is what I used. 

This is what I ended up with.

This is what I did to achieve this version of Kim's photo.

•  I started with the original Kim's photo. 

•  I added in the quote. I sampled a color from the ocean for the color of the text. I used Adobe Caslon Pro italic for the font. 

•  For the attribution, I used Adobe Caslon Pro regular in the same color, but a regular not italic, and a smaller size to give contrast between the quote and the attribution.

•  Then I added in Kim's texture kk_iAm. I changed the layer blend mode to Hue and kept the Opacity 100%. To me this gave a nice iridescent sheen to the wet sand in which the woman is standing.

My mind kept wandering back to all the wonderful times I have spent at Huntington Beach, California, during my life. I really have enjoyed seeing Kim's photos of Southern California during her recent trip there.

Enjoy your photography and scrapbooking.