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, August 26, 2013

Collage Obsession Challenge . . . 26 August 2013

Our Collage Obsession Challenge for this week was posted by Sherry. Here is what she said:

Hi, everyone! Our theme will be CELESTIAL--anything having to do with the sky, sun, moon, stars, planets, etc.

I never know where my mind is going to go. While I was thinking about this topic, My mind hopped to, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams. So, I needed to do something that related to that.

I came up with this.

The house is from Dover Books. The brick path is from an Internet image. The image of Star Cluster NGC 2074 in the Large Magellanic Cloud is from the NASA Space Telescope. The rest is me, EarlK Design.

Please visit Collage Obsession to see the other challenge entries. 

That's all for now.

Live life fully.


Friday, August 23, 2013

Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen . . . 20 August 2013

We have for this week's Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen a Free & Easy version.

Kim has mentioned an online class by Sebastian Michaels on learning true “Fine-Art Photoshop” techniques to master the essential skills that will elevate your use of Photoshop and enable you to create canvas-worthy works of art. I am taking the class. It seems to be fantastic. So, you will see a little of what I have been learning in the class.

One of the first techniques Sebastian showed was to use Snapshots in the History Panel of using various Filter Gallery filters on the image . . . make a Snapshot of that filter . . . use a different filter . . . make a Snapshot . . . and do this for several different filters creating a Snapshot of each. Then Use the History Brush . . . select to paint using one of the filters . . . and paint in that effect of certain areas of the image. Select a different filter's Snapshot and paint with it in areas . . . etc. This way you can  create some wonderful images.

Here is an example of what I did using one image of a tulip blossom that I took at the Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha, Nebraska, in March 2010.

Here is the original flower.

I opened the image in Photoshop CS6. I used the photo in the proportions that my camera gives me, which is 3648 x 2736 pixels. I did not crop the image.

Then I used different Filter Gallery filters to add the effect to the duplicate image layer. Each time I found a filter that I liked, I made a Snapshot of that in the History Panel. I did this for four different filters. Then using the History Brush, I painted in the various Snapshots over parts of the flower. In this manner I created this image which I believe is a more artsy version. And, I had full control of what I did during the process. Thus I feel like it is my creation with Mother Nature's initial help.

Next, I added in Kim's texture kk_carol at Multiply Blend Mode and 100% Opacity. This gives a nice unifying color and texture to the entire image.

And, lastly I added in my signature at the bottom right.

And, that is how I went from this

to this.

Please visit Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen and see all the other entries for this week. There is some wonderful work posted there. You will enjoy.

That's all for now.

Live life fully.


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Collage Obsession Challenge . . . 19 August 2013

For this week's Collage Obsession Challenge, Linda gave us the follwing:

A Color Challenge--Purple!

Ah, purple, the color of royalty--and known by many names--lavender, lilac, mauve, periwinkle, plum, violet, amethyst, heliotrope, magenta, mulberry, orchid, pomegranate, wines, blue-violet, bluish red, reddish blue

Let's all get out our purple painta and purple crayons, gorgeous purple butterflies and glorious purple background papers and have a purple blast!

Here is my entry for this week.

The woman is from a vintage women photo. Unfortunately I do not know from where. The rest are all from me, EarlK Design.

Be sure to go to Collage Obsession to see the other entries for Purple.

That's all for now.

Live life fully.


Friday, August 16, 2013

Digital Art Journal Challenge . . . 16 August 2013 . . . Silence

For the month of August 2013, we have the challenge that Nancie Janitz gave us:

       The prompt I picked for this month's challenge is SILENCE.

Nancie also gave us a great painted background that we could use if we wished to do so. I wished to do so. This is it after I changed it to 12 x 12-inch at 300 ppi. Check the Layer stack to see what is visible to see where I am in the discussion.

I duplicated the background image for the next layer. And I clipped in a Gradient Map Adjustment layer to the copied image. I left the gradient at a background to foreground gradient. This turned the image to a black and white image. I reduced the Opacity to 70%. this allowed some of the color of the underlying image to come through.

Next I added in a layer of texture that I captured from within the iTunes Visualizer. This is it at Normal blend mode and 100% Opacity.

Then I changed the blend mode to Screen and left Opacity 100%. What I am doing is building up a rather noisy background to contrast with my silence to make the silence even "stronger."

Next I brought in another layer that I captured from the iTunes Visualizer. I turned off the visibility of the layers below this layer so you can see what it looks like at Normal mode and 100% Opacity. Much of the layer is transparent.

Then, I changed the layer blend mode to Linear Dodge and still at 100% Opacity.

For the next layer, I used the on-line program called Scribbler Too, that Kaylene, at Collage Obsession, mentioned in her collage for this week. Using Scribbler Too, I created this scribble. Here at normal mode and 100% Opacity.

I changed the blend mode to Subtract and Opacity to 30%. And this was enough for my noisy background.

Finally, I brought in my layer of silence. This is an image of the lake at sunrise when all is calm and quiet. This is my SILENCE.

All that was left to do was add in the title and subtitle and my signature.

That is how I created my silence for this layout.

Here it is

I hope you enjoyed seeing how I did this.

That's all for now.

Live life fully.


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen . . . 13 August 2013

We have another Free & Easy for this week's Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen.

I selected a photo of a geranium That I took a couple of years ago in the entry hall of the Lauritzan Gardens, Omaha, Nebraska.

Here is the original photo. I left the photo in the proportions that my camera gave me.

I duplicated the background layer so that I would have a copy of the original photo if I needed it later. On this copy layer, I used the Filter Gallery three different times. Each time with a different filter. When I used a filter, I then took a Snapshot of the filter for the History Panel. That way I could use the History Brush later and paint in the filter on only certain areas of the photo. This is what my image looks like after I did this.

Next I made another copy of the background layer (original photo) and put it at the top of the layer stack. I changed the layer blend mode to Linear Burn with Opacity 100%. This darkened up the image and brings the eye to the red of the flower.

Then for the top layer I brought in Kim's texture kk_bestill. I set it to Color Burn with Opacity 100%. This darkens the image more and leaves only a little of the green showing. 

I liked this, so this is my final image for this week's Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen.  Be sure to visit Texture Tuesday to see what the others have done.

That's it for now.

Life life fully.


Collage Obsession Challenge . . . 11 August 2013

For this week's Collage Obsession, Sherry gave us the following:

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Kings and Queens

This week we are challenging you to create a collage featuring kings and/or queens. Use your imagination and show us your concept of royalty--it could involve people, animals, birds, chess pieces, playing cards, fantastic creatures...whatever! 

I thought about this for a while. I had recently come across, on the Internet, a site that showed English coins. To limit the number of possible images for a layout, I decided to use the English coins that had the Queen on them. 

Here is my entry for this week.

To create this, I used three of my freebie watercolors and blended them to give me the basic background for the layout. You can download many freebies from my blog by going there and clicking on the top menu "Freebies."

Then I added in some images that I extracted from the Visualizer in iTunes. The music was Herb Alpert's "Lonely Bull." This gave me the splats and squiggles on the background. Then I added the vertical strings of dots. All that created the background.

Next I created the overlapping circles in which the coins were placed. I actually only made one such image of overlapping circles. Then I used the Free Transform to resize and rotate them as needed. And, I used the Gradient Map Adjustment Layer to recolor them. 

Then using text on circular paths, I entered the Queen's name and her dates. I also added in the title and subtitle.

Then I added in a Lens Correction Filter and gave the corners and edges a little vignette to darken them and lead the eye toward the central part of the layout.

And, that is how I did it.

Please go to Collage Obsession to see the wonderful entries that others have posted.

That's all for now.

Live life fully.


Sunday, August 11, 2013

Change generic folder envelope to another image

Here is  brief (4.5 minutes) video on how to change the generic envelope folder icon to another image on a Mac using Photoshop.

Change generic envelope folder to another image from Earl Kreins on Vimeo.

I hope this video is of interest to you and you find it helpful.

Live life fully.


Friday, August 9, 2013

Friday Finds with Kim Klassen . . . 9 August 2013

My Friday Find with Kim Klassen for today I actually found on my granddaughter's Facebook. She recently posted some of her travel photos and I had not seen them until today. I am using one of her photos she took in Malta.

This is my Friday Find for today.

That's it for me today.

Check out the other Fridays Finds to see what others have found.

Live life fully.


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Special Texture Tuesday for Kim and Family . . . . 7 August 2013

This is a special Texture Tuesday for Kim and her Family.

Some images from Dover Books. Of course, Ben is from one of Kim's photos. Texture used was Kim's kk_3112 at Hue blend mode, 60% Opacity.


Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen . . . 6 August 2013

This texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen is a another Free & Easy.

This morning we had thunderstorms in the area. But by the afternoon it was a beautiful day with blue skies and white fluffy clouds. So, I took a drive through the country side. It is mainly farm land in this area . . . mostly corn and soy beans. I drove along one of my favorite roads. It goes for about 15 miles through the farmland with very little traffic. I took several photos along the way showing the road ahead of me and what was on the side of me. I am in  East Central Nebraska.

In the photo of the road ahead of me, if you were to go about 5 miles straight ahead, as the crow flies, beyond the hill at the horizon, you would be at the Missouri River and on the other side of the river would be Iowa.

Here is my Free & Easy textured page.

You can imagine all the green that was in the original photos. I used Kim's texture kk_July-1 to give it some warm gold tones to indicate the heat of the day. It was in the upper 80's degrees. I set the texture blend mode to Hue. Then I added in Kim's texture kk_providence at blend mode Divide. This brightened the image while keeping the gold tones in the sky. Then I added in the dark brown strokes to help delineate the individual photos.

And that is what I did.

That's all for now.

Live life fully.


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Collage Obsession Challenge . . . 5 August 2013

Our challenge for this week is

This week topic is gardening, show us your garden or manifest your dream garden or express the topic as you like.

Where I live, in a forested area, it is not very conducive to gardening. Not only is it quite shady, but the deer eat almost everything planted. I have some golden spirea for foundation planting, and a few other things, too, but not much. So, my mind goes back to times when I used to do a lot more gardening.

When I was in Junior High School, in Los Angeles, California, World War II was going on. The school had an Agriculture class. I took this class for two years. It was fantastic. Mainly because the teacher, Kenneth C. Holland, was a great teacher. We learned how to till the soil, plant the seed, weed, care for the plants, take care of the tools, harvest the crop, and even how to sell the crop. Since World War II was going on, having a home Victory Garden was the thing to do. In our class we planted mostly edible plants. We had such things as carrots, radishes, kohlrabi, lettuce, turnips, etc. We actually sold our carrots, radishes, and kohlrabi at lunch time to the other students. Our proceeds went into getting things we could have for our class. Mr. Holland not only taught us about agriculture, but on the few rainy days we had, he would show use how to collect butterflies and insects to make a collection, he would bring his banjo and play for us and have a sing-along. And other interesting things. I learned a lot from his class that has lasted a lifetime.

My mother had a very nice flower garden in our backyard. The backyard lost most of its flowers and became our Victory Garden. We had carrots, radishes, kohlrabi, turnips, lettuce, peas, string beans, cabbage, and some others. We already had a fig tree, apricot tree, and a peach tree. In addition to the Victory Garden, we raised a few chickens for the eggs and to eat.

So, my entry for the Gardening Collage Obsession Challenge is about Victory Gardening.

That's it for now.

Live life fully.


Thursday, August 1, 2013

Collage Obsession Challenge . . . 30 July 2013

Another Collage Obsession Challenge. Tiffany gave us the challenge of


For this week's challenge, please create something that's inspired by Summer. Your piece may be light-hearted or serious as you wish…
Create whatever moves you!

For some reason, when I saw what the challenge was, my mind flipped back to a wonderful summer day in 1962 when my two children were young and we were living on the Island of Guam. We were driving around the island for an outing. On the southern end of the island we encountered to two boys on their water buffaloes. They were happy to have their photo taken with my two children riding with them on their buffaloes. Here is my entry for this week.

Please go to Collage Obsession and see the other entries for this challenge. Make your own collage and join in the fun.

That's all for now.

Live life fully.