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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, 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.

Earl

31 comments:

Barb Brookbank said...

What a cool idea!

Kathryn said...

What fun, great processing and I love how you changed things up.

graciebinoya.com said...

Excellent idea! It turned out beautiful.

Pieni Lintu said...

Great job with editing!!! Love the original too!

CATHY said...

I really like how you put it in the envelope!

Barbara said...

looks really nice, and enjoyed seeing your steps

Cathy said...

This turned out really cool Earl! i especially like how you used a texture for the background, and how you fixed it to match the photo beautifully : )

Micki said...

This is just delightful (I love your quirky turn of mind!) and very much appreciate your "how-to" -- Thanks!

Prairie Jill said...

Oh, I love it!! Very quirky! Love the idea of using a satellite image as a texture, too. Must try that!

travelintoadventure@gmail.com said...

That's so coolish -- great idea.. and thanks for the steps...
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