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, April 30, 2013

Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen--30 April 2013

For today's Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen, Kim gave us the following:

Tuesday, April 30th theme is wise words.....

What does this mean?
Your photo must contain at least one layer of any of my textures...and  some form of words...whether it's in the photo or added in post....... totally up to you... 

Sound good? 

I am still going through my Mother's old Photograph album. For today's Texture 
Tuesday I used another of the old photos. This one is of my Uncle Hugo. I never met him. My Mother and her family were all born in Finland. Hugo came to the United States in 1902. He moved back to Finland in 1906. My Mother came to the U. S. in 1914. Hugo came to the U. S. to visit two of his sisters and a brother who were living there. His last visit was in 1923. That is when this studio portrait was taken in Los Angeles, California. I wasn't born until 1929. My sister was born in 1919 and remembers meeting our Uncle Hugo. 

I used one of my FREEBIE templates, EarlKDesign_template_02, for my layout. This is what the template looks like in its basic configuration. 

This template is very modifiable to suit your needs. There are many layers that you can turn off or on for what you want. If you want to see some more of the possible configurations, go to my Blog entry of 15 December 2010. You can download the template from that entry through 4shared. OR, you can download the template from Box by clicking HERE.

This is my completed layout for this Texture Tuesday.

I modified the template for one main photo. The bottom corner lines were moved a little to accommodate the text. Kim's texture kk_1412 was used twice. It gives a nice texture to the background that is similar to the background in the photo. The first time it was a Normal Mode and 100% Opacity. A copy of kk_1412 was then put on top of the first layer. The Mode was set to Multiply and 100% Opacity. I wanted to darken the left edge of the layout. But, it was now too dark all over. A used a layer mask with a black to white gradient on the mask to allow the darker texture only over the left edge. Now the layout background was the way I wanted it. I added a leaf motif down the paper strip using a brush that I made. I also used the leaf motif behind the text.

My wise saying is about newspapers. The quotation is attributed to Jim Bishop, an American journalist and author, who lived from 1907 to 1987. Today, with computers and the Internet, the newspaper made from malleable lumber is in its old age and may disappear. The newspaper had a life of one day. The digital news has seconds before later news is available. Time marches on.

If you download my FREEBIE template, I hope you find lots of use for it.

Live life fully.


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen 23 April 2013

Another Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen is here. 

Kim's guidelines for us this week was:

Tuesday, April 23rd theme is Free & Easy.... 
What does this mean?
Your photo must contain at least one layer of any of my textures...that's it..that's all.

Again this week I was going through my Mother's old 1916 photo album. I saw this photo and I just had to use it. I love the story associated with it. Here is the photo.

You will have to read the journaling on the layout to find out the story that goes with this photo.

I started with a layout template that I had made. 

If you would like to have this template, it is FREEBIE that you can download from my blog by clicking HERE.

I used parts of the template and modified it to suit my current photo. I used two of Kim's textures: kk_canvasmagic and kk_maybe.

Here is my final result.

That's all for this time.

Live life fully.


Sunday, April 21, 2013

Art Journaling with Nancy R Janitz 20 April 2013

For this month's Art Journaling Challenge, Nancy gave us this guideline:

     For this month's challenge, I'd like for you to journal about the SIGNS OF SPRING!

There have been very few signs of Spring in my neighborhood. Not even is the forsythia blooming. In fact, for this morning, 20 April 2013, we set a new record low temperature for this day in the Omaha, Nebraska, area. The temperature was 23 degrees F. The previous record was 24 degrees. So, I can't blame the plants for not wanting to poke their heads out.

For some signs of Spring, I looked at some of my photographs that I took at a special show, called the Secret Garden, at the Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha, Nebraska, in March 2010. I selected the following photo to use for the challenge.

And this is my Digital Art Journal layout that I made for the challenge.

For the layout, I used some of my brush strokes and masks that I had made. Here is the set of masks and brush strokes that I made.

If you would like to have this set, you can download them by clicking HERE. On the mask at the lower left, the hazy area is actually dots.

In my layout, I also used two of Nancy's flowers that she provided for the Challenge. They are the two tall light flowers on the left side of the layout under the title.

That's all for now.

Live life fully.


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen 16 April 2013

Another Tuesday has arrived and we have another Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen. Kim gave us the following guideline for today:

Tuesday, April 16ths theme is Celebrate.... 
What does this mean?
Your photo must center around the word celebrate....
Before you think... but...but... Hear me out...
there are so many ways to interpret this.... At first you might think.... a celebration party pic...(for me that would be tough... I rarely get out...and I am not joking... :)
Anyhow a party pic would  be fabulous... but it can be anything that comes to mind when you think of celebrate... a symbol, a memory.... whatever is meaningful to you.... After all...isn't that why we take photos.... capturing moments, memories...symbols of something meaningful? 
Or perhaps, maybe you are celebrating something personal...an accomplishment...and mile stone.... 
I've gone on.... enough... you get the 'picture'... I am sure..... 'smile'
Next Tuesday...let's CELEBRATE.

I was going through some of my photos from my Mother's old 1916 photo album and came across this photo of my Father-to-be and two of his friends. My parents were married in 1918. He and his friends were all bachelors and 25 years old. The time was 1916. The United States had not yet entered World War I. But, the young men were anticipating that we would be entering the war and that they probably would be drafted into the U. S. Army. They went to Tijuana, Mexico, to celebrate their time of freedom. I used this photo for today's Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen.

I opened a  new 12 x 12-inch, 300 ppi, RGB, with white background document in Photoshop CS6. Then I brought in the photo. I decided to have the photo extend from edge to edge. I moved the photo up so that their eyes were roughly one-third down from the top of the layout.  I put a Gradient Fill layer between the Background layer and photo layer. I used one of the Pastel Gradients that come with Photoshop. 

Then I decided that I wanted to have a hanging beaded curtain type design below the photo. I thought that would be sort of the flavor of old Tijuana. I made a brush that I used to create this beaded curtain. This is what my brush looked like. And it is on a transparent background.

After making some adjustments in the Brush Panel I was able to create this beaded design. I made the design at 14 x 14-inches so that I didn't have to worry about making it exactly 12 x 12-inch. And, I did it horizontally . . . it was easier for me to do it in that direction. 

Then I rotated this image 90 degrees so that the beads would be hanging vertically. I cropped it to 12 x 12-inch . . . brought it into the layout between the gradient fill layer sand the photo layer. I didn't like it in black, so I used Command / Control - I to invert the layer and now my beads are white. I left them at Normal Mode and 100% Opacity.

Then, between the hanging beads and photo layers, I brought in Kim's kk_annabelle texture. I changed the Blend Mode to Soft Light and kept Opacity 100%. This was not quite enough for me, so I duplicated the layer and kept the same settings. For this . . .

For what I was thinking of, the music will add to the layout.

The Black and White photo was now too stark. I sampled a brown color from the gradient fill layer so that color was in the Foreground Color. Then I added a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer above the photo layer and clipped it to the photo so that it only would modify the photo. Since the brown color was in the Foreground color, when I clicked to select Colorize, that was the color that was used. And I decreased the Saturation a little to 16.

And now my photo blends in better with the overall layout color.

Next I added in my text layers. I used the font Gill Sans for all the text. My Father and his friends were always together. That is why I thought of the title The Three Caballeros. That was also the title of a 1944 animated Disney feature film. And the song became a popular song. The Andrew Sisters used to sing it. In my youth in the Los Angeles area, I used to see and hear the Andrew Sisters live and in person. I added some of the words from the song they sang. That's why I thought the music from kk_annabele was appropriate for this layout.

Then just for a little touch of the time, from the internet I obtained an Uncle Sam Wants You poster from the World War I time frame. I added this to the upper right corner of the layout.

My finished layout now looks like this.

That's all for now.

Live life fully.


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen . . . 9 April 2013

We have another Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen today. I love these days. They give me the opportunity to try new things with textures. You may have noticed from some of my past Texture Tuesdays that I frequently do not just slightly texture my images. I usually try to create something that is more artsy for my final image. And, today is another example of that. I usually start with an image and maybe something of an idea of what I want. However, serendipity plays a large role in what happens along the way.

Kim's guideline for us today was:

Tuesday, April 9th theme is the 2-For eDition

What does this mean?

Your photo must contain at least 2 layers of any of my textures. That's it that's all..... 

So, for today I will go from this photo ...

. . . to this image.

And, here is how I did it.

I opened the photo in Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) and tweaked it a little bit. Then I opened it in Photoshop CS6 as my background layer.

I took this photo at the Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha, Nebraska, a few days after 
Christmas 2010. The flowers were a little beyond their prime, but still very beautiful.

Next, I duplicated the layer so that If I really went too wild in what I was doing, I would have the original image still there as the background layer.

Then I brought in Kim's kk_0802 texture. This is what it looks like at Normal Mode and 100% Opacity.

Then, I left the Opacity at 100%, but changed the Layer Blend Mode to Vivid Light.

I really liked what this does to the leaf area of the photo. It brings in these beautiful iridescent colors. But, I did not like what it did for the flowers. Then I thought about using the Blend If option in the Blending Options dialog.  I double clicked in the right side of the layer name area to open the Blending Options area of the Layer Style dialog.

You can  see it a little better here. Notice that in the General Blending area that it shows it is at Vivid Light.

In the Blend If area, I have left the This Layer sliders where they were . . . the Black at the far left, and the White at the far right. I changed the Underlying Layer sliders. I left the Black at the far left. But, I split the White slider and set the left-half at 59 and the right-half at 94. You can split the sliders by holding down the option / alt key while clicking on half the slider and dragging it away from the other half. Splitting a slider in half and moving the parts separately gives you smoother transitions.

If you haven't used the Blend If option before, you should try it and experiment a little with it. This can really do some very nice blending of an image into a layer below it. I think you will have fun with it.

This is how it looks while I am in the dialog. Notice how well it brought in the flowers and still kept the nice iridescence of the leaves.

Here is it without the dialog.

I was very happy with this. BUT . . . then I remembered that this was a 2-For eDition of Texture Tuesday. I needed another layer of a Kim Texture. I brought in Kim's kk_1301. This is what it looks like at Normal Mode and 100% Opacity. I like the green coloring . . . thought this would do something nice for the leaf area.

Then I changed the Layer Blend Mode to Hue at 100% Opacity . . . and double clicked in the layer name area to open the Blend Options dialog. In this case, I adjusted both the This Layer and Underlying Layer sliders.

For the This layer I split the White slider and set the left-half to 236 and kept the right-half at 255. For the Underlying Layer, I split the White slider and set the left-half to 129 and kept the right slider at 255. And I now have . . . 

I like the way the leaf area is now iridescent green and yellow . . . maybe more appropriate colors for leaves . . . but I liked the blues leaves, too. However, the flowers need a little more color. 

I duplicated the original flower image and brought it up to the top of the layer stack. And, I added a black layer mask. If your layer mask come in white, just invert it with Command / Control - I to change it to black. The black mask hides all of the layer. So my layout looks just the same at this point.

Then with a white round soft brush I painted over the flower in the upper left to allow that part of the layer image to show. This added the color to this one flower. I was planning to color in more flowers, but I like it this way so I left it with just coloring this one flower. I now have this . . . 

So I went from this . . . 

To this . . . 

And, this is where this adventure through Photoshop ends. I enjoyed creating this image. I hope that you found it interesting and maybe even helpful to you in some of your layer blending.

Life life fully.


Monday, April 8, 2013

Thursdays with Earl now available from this blog.

The eight episodes of Thursdays with Earl are currently not available through JessicaSprague.com. Jessica is redoing parts of her site and these episodes are currently not available. However, you can now download the pdf episodes directly from this blog. Just go up to the Pages menu at the top and click on Thursdays with Earl to go to that Page. You can download the individual episodes by clicking on the Episode number that you want.

You may find something interesting there.

All Episodes are FREEBIES. 

Live life fully.


FREEBIE Template from EarlK Design . . . Template 12

Here is a freebie template for you. This is Number 12 in my FREEBIE Series of Templates. 

This is what the template looks like.

The template is a 12 x 12-inch, 300 ppi, RGB, psd document. It is fully layered and can be easily modified to your needs. The download file is a zip file and needs to be unzipped to get to the psd file.

IF you would like to have this template, you can download it by clicking HERE.

I hope you can find a use for this template.


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen . . . 2 April 2013

Here I am with this week's Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen. Kim gave us the following guidelines

Tuesday, April 2nd theme is the free & easy eDition.

What does this mean?

Your photo must contain at least one layer of any of my textures. That's it that's all..... 

Sound good?

I searched through my photographs and decided to use the photo of a bonsai tree that was in an exhibit at the Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha, Nebraska, during November 2010. Here is the original image.

And, this is what I ended up with after doing a few things with the image.

I opened the original image . . . On top of the image I placed Kim's texture kk_providence . . . I changed the texture blend mode to Difference and left Opacity 100% . . .  Next I brought in another kk_providence texture layer and changed its blend mode to Soft Light at 100% . . . For the next layer, I brought in a copy of the original image and changed its blend mode to Difference at 100% Opacity . . . Then I used the Lasso Tool and created a selection around the tree and refined the selection to give me a blurry edge around the tree area . . . I selected the area outside the tree and with a watercolor brush I made, I painted in several layers of different colored watercolors that I blended . . . then at the top, I used another copy of kk_providence texture and set the blend mode to Divide with 100% Opacity. 

I thought that this gave  a nice Autumn look to the tree. Since the photo was taken in November, Autumn colors seemed appropriate.

If you are interested in making your own watercolor brush, take a look at Mark Johnson's Photoshop Workbench 302: Creating a Custom Watercolor Brush.

That's all for now.

Live life fully.