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.



Monday, May 13, 2013

Collage Obsession Challenge . . . 12 May 2013

For this week's Collage Obsession Challenge we were given the following:

Steps and Staircases

This week we'd like you to include an image of steps / staircases in your art. Some ideas to ponder: Where would your ideal staircase lead? What might be coming down the steps to enter the scene? What might you use as steps that you wouldn't ordinarily think of?

I thought about what I wanted to do for this challenge. Recently I have been looking at some of the NASA Hubble Space Telescope (HST) images that are available on the internet. There are some absolutely fantastic images. It is amazing to me that we are all a part of that beauty. I knew that one of my images had to be from the HST.

Here is the image I selected.



I opened a new 12 x 12-inch, 300 ppi, RGB, white background document. I brought in the HST image for the next layer. I used a Hue / Saturation adjustment layer to reduce the saturation a little. It was just a little too bright for me. I did it to the imge before I brought it into my layout, so you don't see the adjustment layer.



Frequently when I am playing music with iTunes, I have the Visualizer showing ( iTunes / View / Show Visualizer ). This gives some interesting patterns. I took a screen capture of this one. To me it looks like some of the electromagnetic radiations that might occur in space. Here it is at Normal layer blend mode and 100% Opacity.



I changed the Layer blend mode to Multiply and Opacity 40%. This now looks very spacey to me.



In the Library of Congress digital archives on architecture, I found this wonderful image of steps leading up to a beautiful gate. Here is the image after a did some modifications with levels and curves.



I used the Lasso Tool to make a selection around the steps and gate. I clicked on 
Refine Edge in the Option Bar to open the Refine Edge dialog. I clicked on Smart Radius to select it and I increased the radius all the way to 250 px. I also feathered the edge and had it output as a selection.



Then I had this selection showing.



I jumped ( Command / Control - J ) the selection to its own layer, moved the gate to where I wanted it, added a Hue / Saturation adjustment layer and colorized the steps and gate with a goldish color from the right side of the HST image. Turned off the visibility of the original steps and gate layer. The steps and gate are now rather well blended into the space layers. I now have my golden gate leading to the heavens.



For my flight into fantasy, I needed a bird. From Dover Books I have some nice line drawings from a coloring book. I selected this bird by using the lasso tool.



I had to do some clean-up and remove unwanted parts. I also used the brush tool to fill in gaps in the lines so that I could use the Magic Wand to select parts of the bird to color. I colored the bird and flipped it in the horizontal. I originally brought the bird in as a Smart Object. Then I copied that layer and rasterized (simplify) it. The rasterized layer is above the Smart Object so you see the rasterized layer. You could turn off the visibility of the smart object if you want. Here it is a Normal mode and 100% Opacity.



Then I changed the layer blend mode to Luminosity with Opacity 100%.



Then I duplicated the bird layer and changed that layer to Multiply with 50% Opacity.



Next I brought in another visualizer image that I screen captured. Here it is at Normal 100% Opacity.



I changed the blend mode to Multiply at 50% Opacity.



But now, the image is getting a little too dark for me. So, I duplicated the original HST image and have it just above the original in the layers panel. I changed its blend mode to Divide and Opacity 30%.



I was now happy with my image. I added in my text. Each line on a separate layer. I used Papyrus font. I gave each layer the same styles of Bevel & Emboss, Inner Glow and Outer Glow to make it more legible. I choose a color that was similar to the gold of the gate.


And this is my final image for this Collage Obsession Challenge.



I hope you enjoyed seeing what I did to make this collage. Maybe you found some things that you might like to try on some of your creations.


Live life fully.

Earl

39 comments:

bluegiraffe (Sherry) said...

Wow! I'm overwhelmed by the work you put into this gorgeous collage, and in documenting all of your process to share with us! You've given me some great ideas for new sources for images. Thanks so much for participating in Collage Obsession this week!

Grannie Annie said...

Wow thanks for sharing all your great computer knowledge with us Earl a beautiful collage!

Karla B aka Lady Skyclad said...

Fabulous work!

Karla xxx

Lizbethem said...

Thank you for showing us how you did this. I love seeing the process. Super collage, Earl.

Lynne said...

Fantastic image and thank you for being so generous by sharing the details of your process.

Electra said...

This is spectacular! Thank you for walking us through your creative process!

CATHY said...

wow - makes my head hurt - but always learning from you Earl - great image!

The Gossamer Tearoom said...

Hi Earl,
Thank you so much for your nice comments about my collage! I am so impressed with all that you are doing here on your blog!! I have just sort of taught myself Photoshop and I know I have a lot to learn, but it looks like you have lots to teach!!! I love your collage and I love that you included how you did it! I will be back to visit your blog again soon!

Betty

abby j said...

This is magical, Earl. Beautifully composed!! Thanks for sharing!

Jez said...

Your generosity in sharing the way you have created your image is amazingly wonderful - and so is the resulting Steps picture. I am OK with basic PSE techniques, but have been stumped as to how I could move on to develop some of the skills I see used in so much lovely digital artwork. Thank you. I shall enjoy looking back through your previous posts.

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