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.



Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Collage Obsession … 31 December 2013

Wishing you all a most HAPPY NEW YEAR.


For this week's challenge, Kaylene gave us this:

M is for MerrimentThis week's challenge is to take the meaning of merriment and create your own work of art from the following definition: "gaiety, fun or mirth"

Most of the merriment associated with my page was the merriment I had in creating it.

I normally do not use Adobe Illustrator very much, but for the last few days I have been going over some of my Illustrator classes and decided to use it to make parts of my layout. The layout was done in Adobe Photoshop CS6. I created some of the items in Illustrator CS5.1 and exported them into Photoshop.

Here is my page.


The flowers, butterflies, cloud and sun I created in Illustrator. I exported them into Photoshop for coloring and sizing. The flower in the upper left corner is a stamp I made in Photoshop. The design of squares and triangles is a Zentangle design I made in Photoshop. The background paper is one of my watercolor papers. The birds are a brush I have. I do not know where it came from. The dancing children are from one of the free downloads from Dover.

Be sure to visit Collage Obsession to see the other layouts that were created. If you haven't ever joined us for the weekly challenges, please do so and join in the fun.


That's all for now.


Live life fully and enjoy.

Earl

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Collage Obsession 18 December 2013

For this week's Collage Obsession challenge, Tiffany gave us this:

THE CHALLENGE
This week's challenge is to take your favorite holiday and give it a STEAMPUNK makeover! Choose any holiday you like: Christmas, New Year's Eve/Day, Valentine's Day, etc…

I selected to use Valentine's Day. Here is my finished Steampunk effort. This style is not my normal style. I hope it is punk enough.


I am not sure what watches and gears have to do with Valentine's Day. But that does seem to be what you do with Steampunk.

The outer border is a modified version that came from Dover. I modified it to fit a 12 x 12-inch page and moved the central flower to the side. The gears and watches came from the Internet.

That's all for now.

Be sure to visit Collage Obsession to see the other entries.


Live life fully and enjoy.


Earl

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Collage Obsession and Texture Tuesday . . . . . . . . . 10 December 2013

I will be using this same image for both Collage Obsession and Texture Tuesday this week.

For this week's Collage Obsession, Sherry gave us the following:


Season of Light

In the spirit of the holiday/winter season, this week's theme is "Season of Light." No matter where you live, and what kind of climate surrounds you at this time of year, there's a good chance that lights play a big part in your celebrations and traditions, even if it's simply enjoying a cozy fireplace on a cold day. So please incorporate "light" into your collage in some way.


And for this week's Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen we had another


Free & Easy Texture Tuesday



Here is my entry for both.



I used Kim Klassen's kk_felicity texture.

Please visit Collage Obsession and Texture Tuesday to see what others have done.


That's it for now.

Live life fully and enjoy.


Earl

Monday, December 2, 2013

Collage Obsession 2 December 2013

This week's Collage Obsession was posted by Linda. She gave us the following:


All Bundled up

It's just beginning to be winter here in Boston, but already folks have their down coats and fur lined hoods out.  And I'll bet most of us remember, as kids, being bundled up in snow pants and jackets and mittens and hats and scarves until we could hardly move. So that's our first wintry theme--All Bundled Up.

Here is entry for this week.



Pleases visit Collage Obsession and see the other collages. Please join us and post your collage for us to see.

That's all for now.


Live life fully and enjoy.


Earl

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Making camouflage patterns in Photoshop

Here is one way to make camouflage patterns using Photoshop. I used Photoshop CS6 in the video, but I believe that it all can be done using Photoshop Elements.

Here are some samples of what I made.



This video shows you how I did it.


Camouflage patterns using Photoshop from Earl Kreins on Vimeo.

I hope you find this useful.

That's all for now.


Live life fully and enjoy.

Earl

Monday, November 25, 2013

Collage Obsession 25 November 2013…Haiku

For this week's Collage Obsession, Kaylene gave us:


Haiku Poem and Illustration

Carrying on from last week I would like to challenge you to write or find a "Haiku" poem and combine it with an illustration. Below is an explanation of Haiku which is a Japanese poem.

A haiku consists of 3 lines and 17 syllables.
Each line has a set number of syllables see below:

Line 1 – 5 syllables
Line 2 – 7 syllables
Line 3 – 5 syllables

The sky is so blue.                        5
The sun is so warm up high.     7
I love the summer.                       5


Haiku poems don't need to rhyme, but for more of a challenge some poets try to rhyme lines 1 and 3.  The subject can be anything from nature or from your urban surroundings. Haiku can also be written in the format of 3, 5, 3 syllables.


I must still be with my head in space. I am not sure if what I have is a Haiku, but each line has the right number of syllables. 



That's all for now.

Be sure to go to Collage Obsession to see all the other creations.


Live life fully and enjoy.


Earl

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Collage Obsession 20 November 2013 . . . A Quote

These Collage Obsession challenges are so much fun for me. I really like being able to use my imagination on what I want to create using the theme for the week's challenge. If you haven't joined us in the fun at Collage Obsession, please do so. I think you will have some fun, too. Everyone is welcome to join us each week.

For this week, itKuPiLLi gave us this:

A quote

This time the challenge is to illustrate a quote, one of my favorites:

“There’s a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in." - Leonard Cohen

You can express the subject as you like, the text can but don´t need to appear in you collage. Let your imagination fly!

I always like some of Albert Einstein's quotes. Here is the one I chose to use:

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” ― Albert Einstein


The main image I used is from the ATS-3 (Applications Technology Satellite 3) from 10 November 1967. I was working at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center as a research meteorologist at this time. Launched in November 1967, the ATS-3 was in service for 34 years before finally being decommissioned in 2001. Among its widest-known achievements are the first full-disk, color Earth images transmitted from a satellite. It was really exciting in those early days of having meteorological data from satellites.

For my background I used images I captured on my iMac while playing music in iTunes and having the Visualizer turned on. And, I used the Blend-If portion of the Blending Options of the Layer Styles dialog in Photoshop CS6 to blend the images. Here is what I created.


Please go to Collage Obsession to see all the wonderful collages for this week.

That's all for now.


Live life fully and enjoy.


Earl

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Creating a Shadow Box using Photoshop

Noreen asked me if I would show how to make a shadow box using Photoshop. Here is a method that you can use either in Photoshop Elements or Photoshop CS. I used Photoshop CS6 while making the video. Those who are using PS Elements should be able to follow along.


Shadow box effect from Earl Kreins on Vimeo.


I hope you enjoyed seeing how this was done.


Live life fully and enjoy.


Earl

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Art Journal Challenge for November 2013

At Jessica Sprague dot com, Nan Janitz gave us the November 2013 Art Journal Challenge. The focus of the challenge is GRATITUDE.

To help us with getting started, Nan gave us this free download:



For my entry for this challenge, I decided to use each of the elements that Nan gave us in the freebie download plus some other things. And, this is what I ended up with for my art journal entry.




Here is a 13-minute video showing you how I did this.


artJournal-ekd-20131115-grateful from Earl Kreins on Vimeo.

Create your own art journal page and join us in the fun.
That's all for now. I hope you enjoyed seeing how I did this.


Live life fully and enjoy.


Earl

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Collage Obsession 13 November 2013 Open Theme

For this week's Collage Obsession challenge, Tiffany gave us the following.

This week is an open challenge. Please
submit something you have created in
any theme tell us a bit about it. (Perhaps 
why you decided to create it, what influenced
you, etc...)



I wanted to use a background that I had made using the method that I showed in Other Days with Earl Episode 20 - A Graphic Background.

This is the collage I created. I call it "WISTFUL."




Here is a 10 minute video showing you how I did it.


Collage Obsession 20131112 FreeForAll from Earl Kreins on Vimeo.

I show the link to the Other Days with Earl Episode 20 above near the top of this entry.

This is the link to Mark S. Johnson's Photoshop Workbench 405: Demystifying the Blend If Sliders Photoshop Workbench 405: Demystifying the Blend If Sliders.

That's all for now.



Live life fully.

Earl

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

ODWEarl Episode 20 ...A Graphic Background

A while back, I watched the movie Baby Boom with Diane Keaton. In it was a scene where she was walking through an area. Behind her, hanging on the wall, was a large wall hanging that was in a graphic design. It looked something like this.



I thought it would be nice to try to make something like this that could be used as backgrounds for digital scrapbooking. The basic design is nothing more than a repeating pattern. So I tried to make a few patterns that would simulate this. Here are a few of the things I developed. There are four videos showing you how I make these patterns. I split this up into the four videos so that each video is not too long and each shows a different aspect of creating these patterns.

I used Photoshop CS6, however, I believe that all can be done using Photoshop Elements.

This is one of the first I made. The design is different than that shown in the above image. There is no square in the middle of the pattern. The square pattern is cut into four triangular areas.



This video is Part 1 of Other Days with Earl, Episode 20. It shows how to create the above background design. The video is a little over 16 minutes long.



ODWEarl Episode 20 Part 1 from Earl Kreins on Vimeo.


In this example, I show you how to use gradients and patterns to fill in the triangles and some other things. In the video, I probably won't end up with these same colors. It will depend on what gradients I use in the video.




These following links take you to the information concerning gradients that I mention in the video.

Thursdays with Earl
Episode 5
Gradient Backgrounds
(Getting to Know Your Gradient Tool, Part 1)

Other Days with Earl
Episode 6
Gradient Tool – Gradient Editor
Noise Gradient
Getting to Know Your Gradient Tool, Part 3

Episode 5
Gradient Tool – Gradient Editor
Getting to Know Your Gradient Tool, Part 2


Here is the Part 2 video. The video is 9 minutes long.



ODWEarl Episode 20 Part 2 from Earl Kreins on Vimeo.

Next I want to show you how I created the background that is like the wall hanging in the movie Baby Boom. This is somewhat how it looked in the movie.



I show you in the following video, Part 3, how I made this. This video is a little over 15 minutes long.


ODWEarl Episode 20 Part 3 from Earl Kreins on Vimeo.

Next, I would like to show you how to create variations on this background. How would you like to make something like this?



The Part 4 video shows you how to do this. This video is 11 minutes long.


ODWEarl Episode 20-Part 4 from Earl Kreins on Vimeo.



That is all for this Episode 20 of Other Days with Earl. I hope that you enjoyed seeing what you can do in making these graphic designs. Also, maybe there were a few new tidbits that you learned about using Photoshop.


Live life fully and enjoy.


Earl

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Collage Obsession…20131103…Black White 1 Color

For this week's Collage Obsession, Sherry gave us the following:

Black, White, and One Color
This week we're asking you to create a collage using shades of black and white, and one color of your choice.


Here is what I did.

I started with this image.


And then  I used Julieanne Kost's method of posterizing an image. This method gives complete flexibility over what you can do. Then tweaking a little here and there and adding in the insect (from Dover Books), I ended up with this.



That's all for this time.

Live life fully.


Earl

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Collage Obsession . . . 30 October 2013

For this week's challenge, Linda gave us:

You can never have too much Halloween, but my thoughts turn to the other celebration this week--Dia De Los Muertes, the Day of the Dead.


Here is my entry.



Be sure to go to Collage Obsession to see the other entries. Also, join us and create you own collage.


That's all for now.

Live life fully.


Earl

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen…24 October 2013

This is for Kim with LOVE. This image is for Texture Tuesday and also for the 5th Weekly Challenge – “For Kim” (Oct 18th – Oct 24th) for Photoshop Artistry with Sebastian Michaels.

I used images from Kim's blog for my collage. I used Kim's texture kk_2110.

Here it is:



That's all for now.


Live life fully.

Earl

Monday, October 21, 2013

Collage Obsession-20 October 2013-Scarecrow

For this week's challenge, Kaylene gave us the following:

Scarecrow

This week I have chosen "Scarecrows" as our theme. The reason this came to mind was that the Rose Festival started yesterday in a nearby town and the regional schools compete in the scarecrow competition, I can hardly wait to see what they create this year. Of course scarecrows can be scary or friendly your choice. Create in any medium that suits your style.

Recently, I had watched a video by Mark S. Johnson called Photoshop Workbench 401:Magical Photo Composite. It was interesting to watch him create an interesting scene from existing items. So, I thought I could try my hand at creating my scarecrow scene from existing items. I used these items to create my scene. I obtained them from the Internet.


Here is my created scene. I also added in a couple of textures from Kim Klassen, kk_abstract and kk_2701. I thought that the combination of plaid and stripe should scare most things away.



That's all for now.


Live life fully and enjoy.


Earl

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Collage Obsession . . . 15 October 2013 . . . Patterns

For this week's Collage Obsession, Tiffany gave us this:


THE CHALLENGE:
Please feature a pattern or patterns in your artwork. It can be a focal point in your piece, or a small portion.

One example of a pattern that Tiffany gave us was this one.


I liked the idea of the squared off corner on the circle. But, I thought I would actually do it one more and give the circle two squared off corners. So, I created the design for the pattern.

I opened a new document that was 2 x 2-inch, 300 ppi, RGB, white background. I pulled in ruler guides so I knew where the center was located. I selected the Elliptical Marquee tool. I started drawing a circle from the center while holding down the Shift and Option / Alt keys so as to draw a circle from the center.


Then I selected the Rectangular Marquee Tool. I held the Shift key down so as to add to the existing selection. I started in the center and drew down to the lower right corner to add this area to the selection.


Then I did the same thing to add the upper left corner to the selection. Notice that I have this on its own layer. This way I can turn off the visibility of the background layer and have transparency.


You could now fill in the selection and you could make a pattern that was similar to the one Tiffany showed us, only with two squared corners.

BUT . . . that isn't what I wanted. All I want is what is NOT selected.

So, I inverted the selection, Shift - Command / Control - I , to select only the two corner areas in the upper right and lower left. I created a new layer and I filled this selection with black, the Foreground Color, and turned off the visibility of the Background layer. And I made this into my pattern by going to Edit / Define Pattern.


Now, I opened up a new document that 12 x 12-inch, 300 ppi, RGB, with a white background. Then I clicked on the icon at the bottom of the layers panel to add a Pattern Fill layer. I selected the pattern I just made. At a Scale of 100%, each pattern element will be 2 x 2-inch since that is size I used when creating the pattern. Since the central part of my pattern is transparent, you see the white of the background layer below the pattern. This type of pattern is what I call "bold dots." I call it bold since you use what isn't there. You use the transparent area.


I wanted a smaller pattern, so I reduced the Scale to 50%.


And, then turned off the visibility of the background layer to show the transparency. These are my transparent bold dots.


This was the starting point of my layout for this week's Collage Obsession. 

The other pattern that I used was actually a brush. I used one of my 5-petal flower brushes. I used it in different sizes. This is what the brush looks like.


Now, instead of going through the steps of what I did, I will refer you to my Episode 4-Bold Dots, Other Days with Earl. You can go there by clicking HERE.  From there you can download the freebie .pdf file that shows you all about using the bold dots and using the Brush Tool Option Bar blending modes of Behind and Clear. I used these two Brush blending modes along with my pattern layer and the flower brush to create my layout for this week. Here it is.


To finish it off, I added in a layer of Kim Klassen's texture kk_stainedLinen and I darkened the border area with a curves adjustment layer.

Here is the final version.



That's all for now.


Please go to Collage Obsession to see the other layouts. If you haven't entered the weekly challenges, you can do so and enjoy in the fun.


Live life fully.


Earl

Monday, October 14, 2013

Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen...14 October 2013


H A P P Y   A N N I V E R S A R Y   K I M   and   J O H N 

This Texture Tuesday is for you on your anniversary.


I have used images from Kim's blog for the images on my layout. I used Kim's texture kk_littlethings.

Here is my layout for this Texture Tuesday.



Please visit Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen and see all the wonderful layouts.

That's all for now.


Life life fully.


Earl