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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, June 11, 2013
Yeah . . . . it's another Tuesday and time for Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen. For our guideline for this and for the next few Texture Tuesdays, Kim gave us
....from here forward....over the next few months.... the Texture Tuesday Theme will always be
Free & Easy......
What does this mean?
Your photos must contain at least one of my textures....
That's it....that's all....
Well, I am back to using my old photos from my mother's old photo album. My only wish is that she would have written some comments about the photos. Nothing written at all. And going back in time almost 100 years is hard to come up with much information. Fortunately, between my sister and me, we can come up with a lot of it. So, all you photographers out there, please annotate your photos so that years later people will know who, what, where, when,why of the photos they are looking at.
Here is my finished layout.
If you would like to see a brief rundown of how I did this, follow along. Notice what layers have their visibility on or off to see where I am in the Layers Panel.
I created a new 12 x 12-inch, 300 ppi, RGB, white background document in Photoshop. I am using Photoshop CS6. I used a Color Fill adjustment layer to add a light brown color to the background. Then I brought in Kim's kk_cosmo and kk_0802 textures. These added in a nice gentle texturing over the background. On kk_cosmo I used blend Mode Hue at 100% Opacity. And then on kk_0802 I used Multiply at 70% Opacity. I have the layer masks off at this point because I haven't used them yet. The red X in the mask shows it is off. You can turn the mask off and on by holding down the Shift Key and click on the mask thumbnail.
Next, I brought in my four stripes with the wave in it. All four stripes are in shades of brown.
Then, under the stripes layer, I brought in the photo of my mother. I placed it so that her head was lined up with the wave in the stripes. Then I added a black layer mask to the photo layer. I used a scruffy brush to add white to the mask to let the image show and have a rough border around her. I also added a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to the photo and colorized the image with a 10% Opacity sepia.
Then I went online to Google Maps and got a copy of the current day map of the area around MacArthur (Westlake) Park. I converted the map to black and white and set the Blend Mode to Luminosity at 15% Opacity to have just a hint of the map in the background. I put the park to the right of my mother's image. I still needed the map to show a little more, so I duplicated the layer with the map and set it to Luminosity at 10% Opacity. Then, I put a layer mask on each of the texture layers and using a soft black brush, I removed some of the texture so that the area over the park was a little more visible.
While I am thinking about it, here is a video showing how I went about making the four stripes with a wave in them. The video is 16 minutes long. You don't need to watch the video to see how I made my layout. It is just some additional info that you may like to see how it is done.
Stripes with a wave from Earl Kreins on Vimeo.
After the video intrusion . . . . .
Next, I brought in a grouping of flowers that I had made. I put it under the layers with the photo. I made it in shades of blue. I thought the blue would go nicely with the browns.
But . . . . . the blue overpowered the photo on the layout. So, I added a Hue / Saturation adjustment layer to the grouping of flowers and colorized it to a sepia color at Normal Mode and 100% Opacity. Much better . . . . . at least I think so.
I thought that the layout needed a little pop of color. I made sure that the layer with the four stripes was the active layer. Then, using the Magic Wand Tool . . . make sure Contiguous is checked and Sample all Layers is NOT checked . . . I clicked on the next to the bottom layer to select it.
Keeping the selection, I added a new layer above the stripes layer. On this new layer I filled in the stripe selection and then added a Color Overlay layer style and changed the color to a soft red to blend in with the browns. Now I have my pop of color.
Next, I wanted a border around the layout. I brought in Kim's kk_annie texture. I used it at Multiply and 70% Opacity.
Next, I brought in my journaling layer and the title layer. I used Palatino font with a dark brown color for both.
And, that is how it was done to get to this finished layout.
I hope you enjoyed seeing how I did this. Maybe you may have enjoyed the video, too.
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