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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, January 22, 2013

Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen . . . 22 January 2013

Brrrrrrrrrrr . . . minus 43 degrees is cold. That is what Kim said it was at her home in Canada last Sunday. In Omaha, Nebraska, today it is 14 degrees with a little snow. That sounds a lot warmer than minus 43.

As given to us by Kim, our Texture Tuesday for today was . . .

Our theme this week is...you guessed it.... Free & Easy.... 
the only requirement...your image must contain at least one layer of any of my textures. That's it... 

I have been playing around with making some postcard style images, especially the sort of old hand colored looking images. Since this is a Free & Easy eDition, that is sort of what I did for the challenge. Also, I was playing around with Black & White.

Step 1.  I selected a flower image to use for my photo. This is the original photo.

I opened the photo in Photoshop CS6.

Step 2. Next, I wanted to change to a black and white image. I used the Create Adjustment Layer button at the bottom of the Layers Panel and selected Black & White. It opened the Black & White panel. I did not like any of the presets in the preset drop down. I used Auto, and liked the results. The settings shown are what Auto gave me. Here the Opacity of the layer is 100%.

I then changed the layer Opacity to 50% to let some of the color show through.

Step 3.  Next I clicked on the Create new adjustment  button and selected Color Balance. This opened the Color Balance Panel. It opened with Tone: Midtones. 

I set Highlights, Midtones, and Shadows as shown. And, I had Preserve Luminosity checked. 

Step 4. Next I added a Curves Adjustment Layer. I adjusted the curve into a somewhat S-shape to add a little more contrast to the image.

Step 5. Next, I thought I would change what I already have into a black & white image again.  You can just use a Black & White Adjustment Layer for this step. However, I have NIK Silver Efex Pro 2 software that I can use inside Photoshop CS6 to convert to Black & White. That is what I did. Use whatever method you like to convert to Black and White. Here it is at Opacity 100%.

Then I reduced the Opacity to 70% to see a little of the color below.

Step 6.  Next I brought in the Color Balance adjustment layer, as I did before. And, I adjusted the Highlights, Midtones and Shadows as shown. I left the layer Opacity = 100%.

Step 7.  Next, I added a Curves Adjustment Layer, as I did earlier. And,  adjusted the curve into the slight S-shape to give a little more contrast in the image.

 I thought this was like a somewhat faded hand-colored image on a postcard.

Step 8.  Next I wanted to use one of Kim's textures. I brought in kk_flourish. Here it is at Normal Mode and 100% Opacity. I like the rough plaster look and the flourish in the upper left corner.

Then I changed the Blend Mode to Multiply and kept Opacity = 100%.

Step 9.  But the texture was too much over the flower. I added a Layer Mask by clicking on the Add a Mask button at the bottom of the Layers Panel. Then using a soft black brush at fairly
low opacity of 30%, I made sure the mask was selected by clicking on it, I painted over the flower area to decrease the amount of the texture showed over the flower.

To me, this now looks like it could be on an old 
postcard, or maybe on an old seed package. I like it.


 is how it looks.

Thank you Kim for this Texture Tuesday Challenge. And, thank you for seeing what I did.

Live life with fun and 



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