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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.



Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Create your own Retro, Pop Art, Funky Backgrounds

How would you like to make your own backgrounds that are Retro , Pop Art, and Funky. They are very easy to make and can become addictive. Be warned!

I learned the basic technique from a tutorial that Pete Collins showed on the NAPP site. I believe that it was sometime in 2011.

Here are some examples of the type of thing you can do. I show you this in this Part 1 Video.



I usually create my backgrounds at 15 x 15-inch size so that I can crop them down to 12 x 12-inch to eliminate some of the edges which sometimes are not too attractive.

I have created this video to show you how to make these backgrounds. One common feature in all of them will be the ripple pattern like someone threw a handful of gravel on a smooth pond surface. The video is about 20-minutes in length. The first 10-minutes show you the basics. The last 10-minutes show you some of the things you can do to get various designs.



Retro, Pop Art, Funky Backgrounds from Earl Kreins on Vimeo.

I was going to stop at this point with showing you the basics and some ways to color the design. However, I just had to make this Part 2 video to show you how to keep the color of the ripples and use them as an overlay onto your page layout.

For example, like this:



Here is the Part 2 video. It is 6-minutes long. It shows you how to keep the color.



Part 2-EKD-RetroPopArtFunky from Earl Kreins on Vimeo.

Then I remembered something else to show you. This necessitated making the Part 3 video to show you this. Part 3 shows how to color like this:



The Part 3 video is a little over 7-minutes in length.



Part 3-EKD-RetroPopArtFunky from Earl Kreins on Vimeo.


I hope that you enjoyed seeing how to make these Retro, Pop Art, Funky backgrounds and can find a use for them in your endeavors.


Live life fully.


Earl

12 comments:

Nancie Rowe Janitz said...

Earl!! This is amazing!! I have to try this when I get home! I love the effects...

robyn47au said...

Earl you make it all sound so easy. Can't wait to have a try.Thanks so much.

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