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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, 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.



Barbara said...

Marvelous great teaching blog

Becs said...

Love the end result - thank you for sharing your process. Your comment in your introduction made me smile - sometimes I have an idea of what I want to achieve too, but there is almost always at least a little serendipity along the way. :)

Jill said...

That was a beautiful transformation.

ShanLeigh said...

Very cool. I love how you show the steps you took to create your photo. Very helpful for newbies like me! ;)

Carol said...

I often wonder how someone achieved the image they post - thanks for sharing the 'how to' of you beautiful image.

Dotti said...

Love how you processed this photo! It was already a pretty photo to start with but you made it art. Thanks for the tutorial, too.

sherrygaley said...

Wow, Earl. That's a lot of work to capture your process. Good on ya and lovely work!

Sharon said...

Thank you for explaining so clearly how you got the finished photo. I usually shy away from using the vivid light mode, but you made it work so well! Great job on this edit!

Anki-itte said...

I like the picture with green leaves, it´s very nice.

Gracie said...

Very cool processing, Earl.

Lisa said...

Wow, thanks for the detailed tutorial! Working with textures is so much fun. Your finished product is fantastic.

Linda Kittmer said...

Great processing Earl. Thanks for sharing all of the steps. You've achieved a wonderful painterly effect.

CATHY said...

Beautiful Earl - lovely texture and colors and so helpful for you to show us how you did it - THANKS!

Angela Endor said...

Wonderful texture work Earl! Very creative indeed!

the teacup incident said...

Interesting processing Earl! It makes the flowers pop and the leaves have a lovely texture. Thank you for sharing it.

Rosie Grey said...

A wonderful photo to start with and an impressive processing! Thanks so much for sharing, Earl!

Lynne Daley said...

Very nice work, Earl! I love all your screenshots of how you came to the final image!

Pam said...

I love your tutorial!

Heather Smith said...

Thanks for the tips on using the blend if area. I've never even noticed those sliders. I'm definitely trying them out on my next picture.

Karla @Art Whisper said...

Wow Earl, you are so creative as I love how you explore all the possibilities that Photoshop has to offer. Such a great example you share in your images above along with a bit of family history in which I found very interesting....

I took your advice in regards to darkening my type on my new blog. I appreciate your suggestion even though I still feel ever timid expressing myself to the world wide web. This little type change can only make it easier for others to visit, right?.... I sure enjoy learning all this technical stuff and it's fun connecting with others like you who enjoy it too.

Thanks again.

Warm regards,

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