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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.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

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.



Jez said...

I looked st this week's challenge and couldn't come up with an idea, so I think your original take on the theme is such a good idea. And do you know, I've never seen an image of a William and Mary coin before. They all look good sgainst your background.

CATHY said...

a very interesting take on this week's theme earl! Do you own the coins?

Selma said...

I like it. Nicely different view!

bluegiraffe (Sherry) said...

Great take on this week's theme, Earl! And I remember well the TV show "Queen for a Day." :)

Deann said...

Coins from other countries and other times are so interesting what a great take on this challenge Earl.

sirkkis said...

Great idea, Earl! Interesting, too.

Incipient Wings said...

this is very interesting!!!I really like it:)
thank you for dropping by Earl.

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