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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 28, 2013

Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen ... 4 June 2013

[This post for Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen is for 4 June 2013 eDition. I had posted it in anticipation of the TT for May 28. But, life happened. So this is now for both weeks.]

Another week has gone by and it's time for another Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen. For our guideline, Kim gave us:

Tuesday, May 28ths theme is Mini May.....

What does this mean?

Your photos must contain at least one texture from today's Mini-May set.

That's it....


Welcome to TT.... the Free & Easy eDition.

This week's TT challenge details are...

Your photo must be layered with at least one of my textures. That's it.....that's all.

I am still in the mode of using photos from my father's old photo album. I am still using my young sister as my main focus. She is 10 years older than me so many of these photos were taken before I was born. The photo that I am using for this Texture Tuesday was taken when she was about three years old. Her grandfather would frequently take her to a portrait studio in downtown Los Angeles to have her picture taken. Here is the portrait.

I talked to my sister today, 27 May 2013, on the phone, and she said that the beads she is wearing are red in color.

And here is my finished layout.

To see how I got there, you can follow along from here. Since I have shown how some of the things are done in previous blog entries, I may not show some of the techniques again here. To see where I am, notice which layers have their visibility on or off.

The first thing I did was to open a new 12 x 12-inch, 300 ppi, RGB, white background document. Then using the Pattern Stamp Tool (As I have shown in previous blog entries), I stamped over the whole image one of my watercolor papers that I had previously made into a pattern. It is at Normal mode and 100% Opacity.

Then for the next layer, I used the Pattern Stamp Tool to paint a different watercolor over parts of the layer. I changed the Blend Mode to Pin Light at 60% Opacity.

Next I added in a Pattern Fill adjustment layer, using a pattern that I had created before. They are tiny little flowers. Here is the pattern at Normal Mode and 100% Opacity.

I rasterized (simplified) the layer and then deleted the layer mask. Then changed the layer blend mode to Overlay with Opacity 15%. This gave a nice little overall texture from the flowers in the pattern.

Then I brought in an image of a woman from a Dover Book. Here she is at Normal mode and 100% Opacity.

Then I changed the layer blend mode to Soft Light with 50% Opacity.

Then, each on its own layer, I brought in the two bottom corner flowers and the top left corner bird element. All three are from Dover Books. They are all at Overlay mode and between 40% and 90% Opacity.

Next I brought in two of my flower-ish flowers that I made by drawing them with the mouse and a hard round black brush. Then I colored the flowers. Here they are at Normal mode and 100% Opacity.

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

Next I brought in the photo of my sister. I placed her on a scalloped mat and gave both the image and the mat a slight Bevel & Emboss and drop shadow.

Next I brought in two layers of Kim's kk_grungeframed texture from her Mini-May set. The lower layer is at Multiply mode and 40% Opacity and the upper layer is at Multiply and 30% Opacity. That gives a very nice border to the page.

And for the last layer, I added in my journaling. I used Palatino Bold font for the text.

And that is how I created my page.

I hope that you found it interesting to see how this was done. I really like using the Pattern Stamp Tool to create backgrounds from my watercolor papers. In case you may not have noticed many of my watercolor papers are available as freebie downloads in earlier blog entries.

Live life fully.



Vianna said...

How lucky you are to have such precious photographs of your family .... and your scrapbooking always does them justice. Thank you for sharing the process with us; I learned a lot from you.

Anonymous said...

LOvely intricate work, Earl. So happy you and your sister are still in touch.

Anonymous said...

Brilliant work, Earl.

Barbara said...

So a work of love you can tell went into this. Lovely work.

Linda said...

This is beautiful! Really a lovely tribute to your sister!

Barb Brookbank said...

Beautiful work! The photo is exquisite!

Sharon said...

What a lovely photo, and a treasure to have. Your edit is exquisite and brings out the beauty of the original photo. How fortunate you are to have your sister with you, still. Blessings!

Emily S said...

I love how you incorporated your photo into a page layout. I am a year into scrapbooking and love how the two blend together very well!

CATHY said...

Beautiful - love the flowers. Very unique. and a precious photo of your sister!

Dotti said...

As you know, I adore these old family photos that you're sharing. And I love the pages you're making, perfect for the period. And this may be my favorite.

Anonymous said...

What a pretty little girl. I bet she is so touched that you do such wonderful photography and use her as one of your subjects. Love that you have the older photos to share, and the editing on this one is wonderful.

Sylvia said...

What a lovely photo of your sister !
You've created a wonderful layout, beautiful floral pattern and colors !
Nice weekend,

The Artful Diva said...

you have very creative ideas!

Linda Kittmer said...

Earl, you have such talent in creating these beautiful layouts! The shot of your sister is wonderful. She has such an adorable smile!

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