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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, May 14, 2013

Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen ...14 May 2013

Another Tuesday is upon us and it's time for another Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen. Our guideline for this eDition didn't come out until Monday, so i did not have a chance to give you many details. The guideline was:


Here is tomorrow's TT theme.
 
Black & White or Black & White with Just a Touch of Color.
 
The image much also contain one layer of any of my textures. :)
 
that's it.... that's all.


I used one of my old photos from my father's old photo album. This was taken probably early 1917. It shows him and others in a crew that was picking lemons during a record bumper crop of lemons in Southern California. Labor for picking the crop was is short supply. My father was one that helped pick the lemons. Here is my Black & White with Just a Touch of Color.


I created a background paper using two of my watercolor papers and Kim's kk_abstract texture. These were blended and then a hue / saturation adjustment layer was used to almost desaturate the background; but not quite. There is a slight hint of color left in the background. I cleaned up the old black and white photo a little and then gave it a slight sepia tone. I had created my tree using the pen tool. I added the colored lemons on my tree for the Touch of Color. 

That's all for now.


Live life fully.


Earl

30 comments:

CATHY said...

Another wonderful image and story! Thanks for sharing.

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Must have been a dusty job but a job nevertheless and money was scarce back then. I like that you melded the old and the new. Valerie

Amarie B said...

What a treasure to have old photographs like that! Love your edits. :)

A Garden of Threads said...

Awesome editing job to accompany a great story.

Dina Lettre said...

Beautiful background...and another amazing photo!

Barbara said...

So very nicely done.

Tammy said...

Very nice work, Earl!!

Carola Bartz said...

Earl, I like how you put together photo and background - it looks very harmonious to me.

The Artful Diva said...

You have the most amazing collection of family photos!

The Gardencat said...

Another great job.

I almost hate to say this, because you have so much more expertise at all this than I do but, would you consider maybe giving the photo in this a less hard edge, like the impression of a torn or frayed edge that works itself more gently into the background?

abrianna said...

I like the small hint of color in the background and the colorful tree. Your pages are inspiring.

http://vivhalliwell.com said...

So lovely, lots to look at I love the lemons behind part of the photograph and the photo perfect......

jodice said...

What a great job you did! This is awesome!

Anki-itte said...

It is interesting with old pictures when you get some facts to them.

Tori Beveridge said...

Absolutely beautiful! I love the lemon tree you created. You have such a treasure in your old photographs.

Sylvia said...

Great black & white with a lovely touch of lemon yellow !
So nice you still have that old photo of your father !
Nice week,
Sylvia

Angela said...

I just found your blog via Kim's Texture Tuesday and I am a fan. I love that you created the lemon tree in PhotoShop! Naturally, your use of the old treasured photograph makes it priceless.

Sharon said...

You have such a wonderful library of these historical photos! These are priceless. And your edit enhances the original. The lemon tree is cool! Nice job!

Becs said...

Love what you've done and these gorgeous old photos you have. Beautifully done with the touch of colour.

Prairie Jill said...

Beautiful page. It works so well in black & white, and I love the pop of colour in the lemons.

Sweetpea said...

ahhh CA ... me old stomping grounds ... this photo brings back such memories of the fruit industry & CA covered in groves. How fortunate that you have such a family photo in your collection & I'm inspired to see what you have done with it here.

Now I'm going to browse around your blog a bit, as it appears you've got all kinds of interesting stuff going on! and thanks for the visit over to my spot ;>]

Donna Hopkins said...

I have a passion for old photographs, too. You have awesome photoshop skills and a wonderful eye for color and design. I'm so glad I discovered your blog, and I deeply appreciate your willingness to share and teach your techniques. I'll stop by often!

Ahayes1225 said...

Wonderful photo. Everytime I visit I want to start working on my heritage photos...

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