For the month of June 2013, Nancie gave us the following for the guideline for this month's challenge.
Okay, are you ready for this month's challenge? I wanted to do something a bit different than what we usually do. Our prompt this month is not just a thought starter but also is a jumping off point for you to explore on your own. Our prompt is "COLORFUL". What does this word mean to you? In what ways is your life "colorful"? Is it in the people you know? Your daily activities? Or is it something that is visually stunning and full of color that excites you? Artwork? Photography? Landscapes?
Here is my finished layout for the challenge.
If you would like to see how I did this, follow along.
Nancie also gave us this beautiful painted background for a starting point. I opened up a new 12 x 12-inch, 300 ppi, RGB, with Nancie's painted background for my background layer. In the layers panel, please note which layers have their visibility on or off to see where I am in the layers panel.
Earlier today, I had received my weekly freebie images from Dover. There was one page of images that I thought would do very well for creating this challenge. This is the image from Dover.
Using the Polygonal Lasso Tool, I selected each item onto its own layer and used the items for the corners and the center. For the center, I duplicated and flipped both in horizontal and vertical to make the center go all across the image. Here they are in place with layer mode Normal and Opacity 100%.
Then I changed the layer mode of the two corners to Hard Light with 50% Opacity. And changed the center to Soft Light with 100% Opacity.
Next, in another document, I created this Retro, Pop Art, Funky background with transparency between the ripples. You can see how to create such backgrounds by going to my blog at
Then I brought this into my challenge layout. I kept layer blend mode at Normal and Opacity 100%.
Then, in a separate document, I made one of my ish flowers. I colored it in with colors that I had sampled from the challenge document.
You can see how to make the ish flowers by going to my blog at
I had offset the black lines of the flower.
I moved the flower into the bottom left of the challenge layout and changed the blend mode to Vivid Light at 50% Opacity.
Next I put in the title of the layout. I used the Oriya MN font. In the Character Panel, I set the Horizontal Scale of the letters to 175% to make them wider letters. I sampled a pink color from the layout for the text color. Then I set the blend mode to Overlay with 100% Opacity.
And that is how I created my challenge layout for this Digital Art Journal challenge.
And, here again is my final layout.
I hope you enjoyed seeing how I did this.
Live life fully.
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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.