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, June 3, 2013

Collage Obsession Challenge ... 3 June 2013


For the first week of June 2013, we have a new Collage Obsession Challenge. This is the guideline we were given:

Collage Obsession - June Wedding
Spring time - weddings - bride and grooms anxious to begin their new life together. The challenge this week is to feature a bride or groom (or both) in your art work. I am giving you poetic license to create whatever mood you think suitable for your bridal couple, or maybe it is just a bride or just a groom.

For this challenge, I used some of the weekly freebie images from Dover. I thought you might be a little tired of all my old photographs that I have been using lately.

Here is my final product.



The siren song has lured them on a Wedding Cruise over the Seven  Seas.

Here is how I got there.

I was looking through some of the freebie images from Dover. An idea started to firm up about a wedding couple that heard the siren song in their minds and were lured into a wedding sea voyage over the seven seas. Here are the images I decided to use.







I started my college by opening a new 12 x 12-inch, 300 ppi, RGB, white background document. Then I brought in one of my retro, funky backgrounds that I had made. Please note which layers in the layers panel have their visibility on to see where I am in the panel.



Then I brought in Veronica and dressed her in a 17th century wedding gown from the internet. I put layer masks so that I could easily remove parts that were not needed for the image.



I did the same thing with Lucien. I dressed him in a 17th century man's wedding outfit. I again used layer masks so I could remove areas that were not needed.



Next I brought in the mermaid siren. Made a duplicate layer to work on. I changed her layer blend mode to Pin Light at 70% Opacity. I used a scrubbing brush on the layer mask to hide part of the image and to blend it into the background.



Next I brought in the ship and also made a duplicate copy to work on. I added a layer mask to the copy and used a scrubbing brush on the mask to remove portions and blend the ship into the background. I set the blend mode to Multiply at 60% Opacity.



Now my siren needed her song. So I brought in some music from the Library of Congress to use. I used a layer mask to hide the music from the mermaid and from near the couple's heads. I set blend mode to Divide at 70%. This changed the music from black to white.



Next I brought in the text layers. I used Papyrus font. I used a darker shade of blue that was sampled from the sky above the ship for the color of the text.



I wanted to darken the edges of the layout a little to give a little more emphasis to the center part. I did this by putting a layer of 50% gray as the top layer . . . set its blend mode to Soft Light . . . then used the Burn Tool to go around the edges to make the edges darker . . . changed Opacity to 80%.



And that is how I created this collage.



I hope you enjoyed seeing how I did this.

I am hoping to make a video in the near future on how to make your own retro, funky backgrounds. It is strange how you go about it, but a lot of fun. And so many possible ways to modify it along the way.

Live life fully.


Earl

36 comments:

Kaylene said...

Thank you so much for sharing your techniques. I love Dover images, well done.

Karla B aka Lady Skyclad said...

Gorgeous work Earl!

CATHY said...

Beautiful Earl...amazing how you dressed them! YOu put so detail into your collages. AND I an NOT tired of your own photos!

abby j said...

Wonderful collage, Earl...I especially love the hint of the mermaid on the wedding voyage! :)
Beautiful...all of it!

Ritva said...

Love your lessons - I learn something very time -Beautiful result :-)

Deann said...

I love how you have your mermaid just hidden away in the background a sweet surprise...beautiful work Earl!

linda said...

Very nice, Earl. Love the ship and the mermaid blending into the background.

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