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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.

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.