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, March 26, 2013

Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen . . . 26 March 2013

Another Tuesday has come and we have a new Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen. This is what she gave us as guidelines:

Tuesday, March 26th's theme is flower power.

What does this mean? I'm sure you already know.

Your photo must contain at least one layer of any of my textures, and it must have a little 'flower power'......  No need for more information... take it away friends.... 

Sound good?

I have been creating some hand-drawn flowers in Photoshop CS6. I use the Pencil Tool and draw with the mouse. Flower Power comes at a perfect time for me. The hand-drawn flowers are of the artsy type. My flowers are flower-ish. If you haven't read Peter Reynolds' book "ish," you should try seeing a copy of it. Ish will let the artist in all of you come out.

This is what my flowers look like. They are very flower-ish.

I needed to use my flowers for today's Texture Tuesday. So I created a house with the Pencil Tool . . . colored in the house . . . put the house in my layout . . . planted some flowers around the house . . . brought in the 1882 song "Home! Sweet Home!", words by John Howard Payne and music by Sir Henry Bishop . . . used my hand-drawn doodle borders for the page and the flower photograph.  I used Kim's kk_cherish texture over the music and background layers. I used kk_cherish at Liner Burn blend mode and 50% Opacity. For the flower photograph, I used a layer of kk_cherish texture at Linear Burn Mode and 50% Opacity and then one more layers of kk_cherish at Soft Light and 100% Opacity to brighten the colors of the flower.  This is what I ended up with.

Live life fully.


Friday, March 22, 2013

Create your own seamless repeating pattern

How would you like to create your own seamless repeating patterns so that you can make your own papers with the pattern you created?

The method I will show you can be done, I believe, in both Photoshop Elements and Photoshop CS. As long as what you are using has Define Pattern and the Filter / Offset, then you can do this. I am pretty sure, at least the newer versions, Elements has these.

I have a movie that shows you how to do this. I used several flowers that I have created to make my pattern. You can use anything you want. The Custom Shape Tool has some good images you can use for your pattern. You could even just use some dots or circles or some such. 

Here is the movie. It is a little over 11 minutes long. You can make your patterns more quickly than this once you see how to do it.

I hope you find this informative and useful.

Live life fully.


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen . . . 19 March 2013

Today we have another Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen. Kim's guideline for today is:

Tuesday, March 19th's theme is Wise Words.
What does this mean? 
Your photo must contain at least one layer of any of my textures, and it must contain words... The words can be in your photo....or you can add them in post..... 
Sound good?

I had recently seen a quotation from Albert Einstein that I thought was both appropriate for this and funny, too. So I am using his quotation for my Wise Words. 

I did not have a photograph for what I wanted to do. I needed an image of a man dressed in slacks and sport jacket. So, I made a silhouette of a man and had to dress him appropriately for my layout. Here is my man.

I unfortunately need to keep this entry brief. So I will more or less tell you what I did. I brought in one of my watercolor papers for a background. Then I put on top of this Kim's kk_februarymagic texture. I changed its blend mode to Screen at 100% Opacity. This gave some nice texture to my watercolor paper. Then I brought in my man. 

Next I brought in a black and white image of Albert Einstein. I changed the blend mode to Pin Light at 100% Opacity. Next came the text. Then I dressed the man in appropriate clothing to go along with the quotation. 

Next, at the top of the layer stack, I brought in Kim's kk_abstract texture. I set the blend mode to Color and Opacity 50%.

And this is what I ended up with for my final layout.

Live life fully.


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Beyond Beyond with Kim Klassen . . . Day 7 - If These Chairs Could Talk

The challenge Kim gave us was to use her photo of the famous chairs at the ACE Hotel in Palm Springs, California. Here is Kim's challenge:

This Week's Challenge
Download the chair image. It's a full size (crooked and all) jpeg, so you should have lots of editing wiggle room.
Watch today's videos for a few editing tips. 
Pop back and share your chair edit in the link up below.

I watched the videos, but Kim's comments about the chairs caught my attention. I thought I would do something crazy with the image instead of the normal approach. I had been watching Mark S. Johnson's Photo Vault 44 episode on using Lloyd Williams' amazing (and free) kaleidoscope templates.
I decided to use the chair image in one of Lloyd's kaleidoscope templates. You can have a lot of fun doing this and come up with some amazing images. And that is what I did.

Here is the original image.

I opened the chair image in ACR. And moved  lot of the sliders. I wanted the image to be quite bright and colorful.

The image now looks like this.

Next I used Lloyd's Kaleidoscope_8_LoRez template and got this result.

I also tried some of Lloyd's other templates, but I like this one. So it is my challenge entry. 

Live life fully.


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen . . . 12 March 2013

I am here with today's Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen challenge. Our challenge is:

Tuesday, March 12th's theme is Anything Goes
What does this mean? 
Share a recent favourite photo...iPhone, textured, not textured.... 
That's it...that's all

I recently received from a friend of mine in Albuquerque, New Mexico, some email photos of pictures that she had taken of the Sandia Mountains with the light just so that the mountains have a watermelon color. In Spanish, Sandia means watermelon. They really do have a watermelon color with the right light. I mentioned  previously to her that you shouldn't throw away an image. Just keep it . . . it might come in handy later. So, she also sent me one of her non-keeper type images. I had to use it for today's Texture Tuesday.

A few years ago, I was visiting in Albuquerque. My friend and I ate at the Frontier Restaurant. A most interesting restaurant. On the outside there are murals painted on the building . . . very realistic looking. The photo I am going to use is one that I took of a landscape view looking toward the Sandia Mountains.

Here is the original photo. The mural is about 10 feet tall by 15 feet wide. If you look closely, you can see the concrete block structure of the building. It is really a very nice mural.

Step 1.  I opened my photo in Photoshop CS6.

Step 2. Then I brought in my friend's non-keeper image. Here it is at Normal Mode and 100% Opacity. I thought that this would be a good texture to use to blend with the mural image. The blurry watermelon color stripe near the middle of the image is the  Sandias.

I changed the Layer Blend Mode to Soft Light at 100% Opacity. And this just makes the mural sparkle. All the flowers are brighter. The whole image is just brighter giving it a more lifelike appearance. 

I was happy to be able to use my friend's non-keeper image for a texture to enhance my image of the mural at the Frontier Restaurant, Albuquerque.

 I went from this

To this

I hope you enjoyed seeing how I used a photo that probably would be thrown out as a texture to improve another image.

Live life fully.


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen . . . 5 March 2013

Time for another Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen. Kim's guideline for today was

Tuesday, March 5th's theme is Free & Easy.
What does this mean? 
Share a recent favourite textured photo. Easy Peasy.....
Your image must contain at least one layer of any of my textures. That's it...that's all

I was looking through some of my wintery photos and came across this one of the three mailboxes that are in front of my house. I live on a circular drive and have three of the mailboxes in front of my house. I was working on something in Photoshop and a quirky thought came to me and the mailboxes would fit in nicely with my thoughts. Here is my original photo.

Step 1.  I opened the photo of the mailboxes in Photoshop.

Step 2.  The next thing I did was to bring in a texture. Here is the texture I used at Normal Mode and 100% Opacity.

Can you guess what texture that is? It is a Google Map Satellite image over Australia. I have found that Mother Earth has some very interesting places that can be used for textures.

I changed the layer blend mode to Difference and reduced the Opacity to 30%. This gives the image a slight night-time look and some iridescence in the shadows and on  the snow.

Step 3.  Next I brought in one of Kim's new textures, kk_0303. Here it is at Normal Blend Mode and 100% Opacity.

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

This increased the night-time appearance and the iridescence. And I like this for my image. So here is my textured image of the mailboxes.

But, then . . . 

My mind frequently takes strange quirky twists and turns. Here is what I was thinking. Alice, over at JessicaSprague.com had come up with the idea of putting some of her photos into virtual envelopes until she was ready to scrap them. She had the photos sticking out of the envelope so that you could see them. I thought that would be nice thing to do with my mailboxes photo. So that is what I did.

Step 4.  I opened up a new document for my envelope. I opened a 12 x 12-inch, 300 ppi, RGB white background document. 

Step 5.  Next I brought in my layer with the envelope. I put a rather large drop shadow so it stands out from the background. Notice which layers have the eyeball turned on showing that layer is visible. I have already put the photo into the envelope. There is more in the Group on this layer than I want to show for this Texture Tuesday. But, you see the photo in the envelope. 

Step 6.  The next thing I did was bring in a layer just above the background layer that is Kim's kk_violet texture from her Downton II collection. Here it is at Normal Mode and 100% Opacity.

Step 7.  I did not want the green color. I sampled a blue from the photo and added a Solid Color Fill layer with the blue color. Then I changed the blend mode of the color fill to Hue and kept Opacity 100%.

And this is what I end up with.

Normally, we put envelopes into the mailbox. However, my quirky mind decided to put the mailboxes into the envelope.

Hope you enjoyed this episode of Texture Tuesday.

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning . . . Albert Einstein 

Live life fully.


Monday, March 4, 2013

Beyond Beyond with Kim Klassen ...Day 6 - From Above

In Day 6 of Beyond Beyond (2B) with Kim Klassen, Kim gave us this challenge:

Set up or find a from above scene to shoot…. it does NOT have to be a still life.... shoot what you love.

I am developing a love for Lightroom, too, as Kim has. One of my main uses is finding images that I want to use. I remembered the photos I took of some blooming Paperwhites in my indoor garden. With Lightroom I was able to get to the photos quickly. And there was just the one I wanted to use. This is the photo.

In the photo, you can see the Paperwhites and the Christmas Cactus that I have growing in pots on a stepping stone. My indoor garden is in the corner of my dining room near a window. I made the concrete stepping stone. There are iridescent blue glass squares set in an abstract pattern set in the concrete. You can even see the two lady bug stones sitting in my garden.

I wanted to do something special with the image. Serendipity plays a large role in my "playing" in Photoshop. So this is what I did.

Step 1.  I opened my photo in Photoshop. The layer is at Normal blending mode and 100% Opacity.

You can see all my layers in the Layer Panel, but the one I am talking about will have the eyeball in front showing it is visible. The ones without the eyeball are not currently visible.

Step 2.  Next I brought Kim's texture kk_abstract. Here the texture is at Normal Mode and 100% Opacity. I transformed it to fit over the image.

I then changed the layer blend mode to Soft Light and kept Opacity 100%.

Step 3.  Then I made a Composite layer ( Command / Control - Option / Alt - Shift - E ) to give me a copy of what is visible below all on one layer. So it looks about the same as what was seen. Then I changed the layer blend mode to Luminosity and reduced the Opacity to 50%.

Step 4.  Next I brought in my favorite of Kim's textures . . . kk_stainedLinen. Here it is at Normal Mode and 100% Opacity.

I then changed the layer blend mode to Multiply and Opacity 100%. 

When you look at this, you might wonder what is he doing to this poor photo? 
Well . . . I thought the same thing. I considered what to do next. I came up with putting a copy of my original photo on top of all this. 

Step 5.  That is what I did. I brought in a copy of the original photo for this layer. But, then . . . . . I changed the layer blend mode to Hard Mix still at 100% Opacity. And, to me, this looks like a beautiful stained glass window.

Step 6.  However, the Paperwhites get very blown out. So I bought in another copy of the original photo for the next layer. I added a black layer mask to the layer so that none of the image is showing. Then, making sure that the mask is selected, by clicking on the mask in the layer (you will see the double lines around the mask), I used a soft round white brush to paint over the central Paperwhite blossoms to let them show at Normal Mode and 100% Opacity.

And, now I have what I want. To me, I have a stained glass window of my Paperwhites.

So, I went from this 

to this

I hope you enjoyed seeing how this was created. As I said, Serendipity plays a large role in what I do. 

Live life fully.