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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 18, 2013

Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen - 18 June 2013

Wonderful Tuesday. And, another Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen. For the Summer, the theme is Free & Easy.

I am feeling in the need for the ocean. So I looked through some of my photos and found this one with the single seagull flying  just over the surface near the water line. It has the soothing feeling that I get from the ocean. Here is the original photo. My son-in-law took the photo a couple of years ago.

And, this is what I did with it.

Let me briefly show you what I did. See which layers have their visibility on to see where I am in the Layers Panel.

I first brought in photo into a 12 x 12-inch, 300 ppi, RGB new document. Using the free transform, I slightly enlarged the image to fill the page size.

I noticed that the horizon was not horizontal, it was tilted at an angle. In order to straighten the horizon and not have to do any cropping of the rotated image, I used a neat little trick of using the Content-aware Fill that is available. And, my horizon is now horizontal. I did this on a duplicate image layer.

Here is a short video showing you how to rotate the image and then get rid of the empty areas around the image without having to crop the image.

EKD-20130617-ContentAwareFillRotate from Earl Kreins on Vimeo.

Next I did several things using adjustment layers. First I added a Channel Mixer adjustment and set it to Monochrome to give me a B&W image. Then I used the Posterize adjustment and posterized it at four levels. Then I used a Gradient Map adjustment and colored it with the four shades of blue.

Next, I added Kim's texture kk-violet. I set the Blend Mode to Luminosity at 20% Opacity. This lightened up the image a little.

But now my lone little seagull sort of disappears. I needed to highlight the seagull. I duplicated the straightened image and the Channel Mixer adjustmernt layer and brought them to the top of the layer stack. I turned off the visibility of the photo; filled the layer mask with black to hide the layer; in the Channel Mixer dialog, I set the Output Channel to red; then painted on the mask with white to color in the area around the bird. This is what I ened up with.

Amd, that is how I got my final layout.

I hope you liked what I did here.

And, I hope that you liked the Content-aware Fill technique of straightening the horizon.

Live life fully.



The Artful Diva said...

You need an ocean - come see me. I live on the gulf coast of FL - we've got tons of ocean here!

kelly said...

really cool processing...thank you for sharing your workflow!

Laerte Pupo said...

Thanks for this processing.

Sylvia said...

So lovely, beautiful editing !
Thanks for showing the rotation trick !
Have a nice week,

Tammy said...

Very creative work, Earl!

Dina Lettre said...

I always like "straight", too. :) Wonderful edit, Earl...and now, I want to head to the beach!

peabea.com said...

Very nice. You are such an expert with your photos. As always, love visiting and viewing what you share.

Sharon said...

Thanks for sharing this great way to straighten without having to crop. I'll have to try this! I seem to turn up with lots of tilting photos. And I always hate cropping down the edges. Good to know!

Carola Bartz said...

Wow, this is awesome - the image and your explanation. I like the straightening without cropping.

Becs said...

I'm in need of the Ocean too! Great edit.

Lisa said...

Very creative! I'm always in need of the ocean! :-) Love the shot.

Ahayes1225 said...

I love content aware fill... I have used it a few times. Thanks for the lesson.

Jez said...

I just love the way you go through so many adjustments from photograph to finished image to produce a wonderful, peaceful picture, and so generously give information about your process.

Mariane said...

Oh so beautifully done, Earl - Thank you for visiting my blogs :)

I have a few you know ;) -

Have a great week


Prairie Jill said...

Beautiful processing! Makes me want to go to the ocean, too.

Denise G said...

Funny I found this, just after I did a picture rotation and then cropped out the missing parts. So wished I saw your video first. Thanks for sharing. I am a first timer to your blog, but will be looking around for many more great tips.

Thank you.

Roxi -Coppercurls Designs said...

Awesome Earl! Love your posterized image. Nice tutorial too. Amazing how well that content aware works.

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