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.



Sunday, December 30, 2012

Beyond Layers . . . Day 97 . . . with Kim Klassen

For Day 97 of Beyond Layers, Kim Klassen gave us a challenge. Kim provided us with an image and a magic texture. We were to use the photo and the magic texture to come up our version of the image. 

This is the image we were given.




And this is the magic texture. It is Kim's kk_chalkmagic.




Here is what I did with this image and this texture.


Step 1.  I opened the image in a new document. This had the image as the Background layer and is a locked layer. I knew that I probably would want to do something with the layer, so I double clicked on the layer name and changed the name to originalImage. The layer is now unlocked.



Step 2.  Next I brought in the texture that Kim gave us to use for the next layer. Here is what to looks like at Normal mode and 100% Opacity.




Step 3.  Normally, when working with a magic texture, what I would do next is change the Layer Blend Mode for the texture to Screen. So, that is what I did.




But, for my tastes, this gives too subtle of a change to the image. I like something a little more bold. I thought about this. Usually I put the texture layer on top of the image I want to use the texture on. What would happen if I put the image on top of the texture instead? This is what happened when I put the image on top of the texture and changed the image Layer Blend mode to Vivid Light with 100% Opacity.




Now, this is what I would call Not Subtle. And, I like it.

Step 4.  The flower is quite dark and I thought that I might want to have just the flower by itself to use at some point. I used the Quick Selection Tool to select just the flower from the image. Then I jumped the selection to its own layer with Command / Control — J. If I turn off the visibility of the originalImage and texture layers, you can see the extracted flower on its own layer.




Step 5.  At this point, I turned off the visibility of the extracted flower layer and I kept that layer at the top of my layer stack. I added in a new layer above the originalImage layer and below the extracted flower layer. I filled the layer with a medium brown color and set the Layer Blend mode to Soft Light and 100% Opacity. This gave me some nice brown tones in the upper part of the page.




Step 6.  Next I added a new layer above the brown layer and filled it with a violet color. I changed the Layer Blend mode to Saturation and reduced the Opacity to 50%. This gave me some nice violet tones in the bottom part of the page.




Step 7.  I wanted to do something different with the flower image. I used the extracted flower image to create a pattern of the flower. I then clicked on the Add new fill layer button at the bottom of the layers panel and s
elected Pattern. Then opened the pattern dialog and I selected the flower pattern that I had just made. I adjusted the Scale of the pattern and now I have this.



Step 8.  I decided that I wanted a gradient over the pattern images. I clicked on the Add new fill layer button at the bottom of the layers panel and selected Gradient. When the Gradient Fill dialog opened I clicked on the gradient image to open the Gradient Editor. I selected the Brown, Tan, Beige gradient from the Presets. If you don't find it in your Presets, you may have to load the Pastel Presets that came with Photoshop.


Then I clicked OK, OK. Then I clipped the gradient layer to the Pattern Fill layer below it, changed the layer blend mode to Soft Light and had Opacity 100%, for this.



Step 9.  I turned on the visibility of the extracted flower layer for this final step. And this is what I ended up with.




Now you may wonder why I did this or did that. I can tell you that I don't know why I did this or did that. It just grew as I went along. This was not a planned photo layout for a page. It was just a creation of mine that grew from the starting point of the image and texture that Kim gave us to see what we would do. As I went along, my mind went from here to there and suggested trying some of these things. I just went along for the ride. When I got to this point, I decided the journey had ended. I enjoyed my trip . . . . . I hope you enjoyed the ride with me.


Live life fully and enjoy your trips.


Earl

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