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.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Collage Obsession . . . 30 October 2013

For this week's challenge, Linda gave us:

You can never have too much Halloween, but my thoughts turn to the other celebration this week--Dia De Los Muertes, the Day of the Dead.

Here is my entry.

Be sure to go to Collage Obsession to see the other entries. Also, join us and create you own collage.

That's all for now.

Live life fully.


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen…24 October 2013

This is for Kim with LOVE. This image is for Texture Tuesday and also for the 5th Weekly Challenge – “For Kim” (Oct 18th – Oct 24th) for Photoshop Artistry with Sebastian Michaels.

I used images from Kim's blog for my collage. I used Kim's texture kk_2110.

Here it is:

That's all for now.

Live life fully.


Monday, October 21, 2013

Collage Obsession-20 October 2013-Scarecrow

For this week's challenge, Kaylene gave us the following:


This week I have chosen "Scarecrows" as our theme. The reason this came to mind was that the Rose Festival started yesterday in a nearby town and the regional schools compete in the scarecrow competition, I can hardly wait to see what they create this year. Of course scarecrows can be scary or friendly your choice. Create in any medium that suits your style.

Recently, I had watched a video by Mark S. Johnson called Photoshop Workbench 401:Magical Photo Composite. It was interesting to watch him create an interesting scene from existing items. So, I thought I could try my hand at creating my scarecrow scene from existing items. I used these items to create my scene. I obtained them from the Internet.

Here is my created scene. I also added in a couple of textures from Kim Klassen, kk_abstract and kk_2701. I thought that the combination of plaid and stripe should scare most things away.

That's all for now.

Live life fully and enjoy.


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Collage Obsession . . . 15 October 2013 . . . Patterns

For this week's Collage Obsession, Tiffany gave us this:

Please feature a pattern or patterns in your artwork. It can be a focal point in your piece, or a small portion.

One example of a pattern that Tiffany gave us was this one.

I liked the idea of the squared off corner on the circle. But, I thought I would actually do it one more and give the circle two squared off corners. So, I created the design for the pattern.

I opened a new document that was 2 x 2-inch, 300 ppi, RGB, white background. I pulled in ruler guides so I knew where the center was located. I selected the Elliptical Marquee tool. I started drawing a circle from the center while holding down the Shift and Option / Alt keys so as to draw a circle from the center.

Then I selected the Rectangular Marquee Tool. I held the Shift key down so as to add to the existing selection. I started in the center and drew down to the lower right corner to add this area to the selection.

Then I did the same thing to add the upper left corner to the selection. Notice that I have this on its own layer. This way I can turn off the visibility of the background layer and have transparency.

You could now fill in the selection and you could make a pattern that was similar to the one Tiffany showed us, only with two squared corners.

BUT . . . that isn't what I wanted. All I want is what is NOT selected.

So, I inverted the selection, Shift - Command / Control - I , to select only the two corner areas in the upper right and lower left. I created a new layer and I filled this selection with black, the Foreground Color, and turned off the visibility of the Background layer. And I made this into my pattern by going to Edit / Define Pattern.

Now, I opened up a new document that 12 x 12-inch, 300 ppi, RGB, with a white background. Then I clicked on the icon at the bottom of the layers panel to add a Pattern Fill layer. I selected the pattern I just made. At a Scale of 100%, each pattern element will be 2 x 2-inch since that is size I used when creating the pattern. Since the central part of my pattern is transparent, you see the white of the background layer below the pattern. This type of pattern is what I call "bold dots." I call it bold since you use what isn't there. You use the transparent area.

I wanted a smaller pattern, so I reduced the Scale to 50%.

And, then turned off the visibility of the background layer to show the transparency. These are my transparent bold dots.

This was the starting point of my layout for this week's Collage Obsession. 

The other pattern that I used was actually a brush. I used one of my 5-petal flower brushes. I used it in different sizes. This is what the brush looks like.

Now, instead of going through the steps of what I did, I will refer you to my Episode 4-Bold Dots, Other Days with Earl. You can go there by clicking HERE.  From there you can download the freebie .pdf file that shows you all about using the bold dots and using the Brush Tool Option Bar blending modes of Behind and Clear. I used these two Brush blending modes along with my pattern layer and the flower brush to create my layout for this week. Here it is.

To finish it off, I added in a layer of Kim Klassen's texture kk_stainedLinen and I darkened the border area with a curves adjustment layer.

Here is the final version.

That's all for now.

Please go to Collage Obsession to see the other layouts. If you haven't entered the weekly challenges, you can do so and enjoy in the fun.

Live life fully.


Monday, October 14, 2013

Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen...14 October 2013

H A P P Y   A N N I V E R S A R Y   K I M   and   J O H N 

This Texture Tuesday is for you on your anniversary.

I have used images from Kim's blog for the images on my layout. I used Kim's texture kk_littlethings.

Here is my layout for this Texture Tuesday.

Please visit Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen and see all the wonderful layouts.

That's all for now.

Life life fully.


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen 8 October 2013

This is another Free & Easy Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen. I thought I would do a layout that had to do with happy thoughts and happy memories. I made a collage of scenes from around the Big Sur area of California. I included "A Spoon Full of Sugar" from Mary Poppins and "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" from the Disney movie Song of the South. I used the two textures that Kim gave us today, kk_day and kk_wake.

Here is my layout for this Texture Tuesday.

Please join us with your own layout for Texture Tueseay with Kim Klassen. Be sure to go there to see all the other beautiful work.

That's all for now.

Live life fully.


Collage Obsession . . . 7 October 2013

For this week's Collage Obsession, Tiffany gave us:

Please feature something vintage in your art. It can be vintage fashion, cars, photographs, etc... There are many possibilities!

Here is my collage for this week.

The man is my father-to-be and the lady is my mother-to-be. The time is 1916. They were dating at this time, but not yet married. I am not sure if this is how he asked her, but it fits into this collage this way. A couple of years later they were married. My sister came along in about 2 years and then I came in 10 years after that.

Please go to Collage Obsession to see what others have done.

Please join us with your own collage. They are fun to make and we would enjoy seeing what your do.

That is all for now.

Live life fully.


Thursday, October 3, 2013

Collage Obsession . . 3 October 2013 . . Dream

For this week's challenge, Sherry gave us:

Your Dream View

In your wildest dreams, what view would you love to see outside your window? Maybe you yearn to see trees made of chocolate and flowers made of gumdrops...or stars that sparkle even the daytime. Even if your dream view is a bit more "down to earth"- serene mountains or a beautiful beach-- please share your interpretation of it with us in your collage.

For my collage, I used a view from my bedroom window. I have trees outside my bedroom window. Currently they have leaves and give me a wonderful view. But, in a few weeks, they will be bare and still give me a wonderful view of their branches. I used one of these wintry views. I actually love to see the bare branches with all the intricate designs that they make. My original photo was taken during the day. Here it is.

But, since this supposed to be a dream sequence, I used the image in the Difference layer blending mode. This gave it a nighttime appearance. And for my dream part, there is the lovely illusion of Liz with her violet eyes appearing.

I actually met Liz at a dance at UCLA. She was 19 years old and really . . . really . . . 

What more could a 19 year old boy want to see? She was really a dream.

This is what i can see in my minds eye outside my bedroom window.

Please visit Collage Obsession to see the other collages.

That's it for now.

Live life fully.


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen-2 October 2013

This is my entry for this week's Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen.

The texture I used was Kim's kk_silence.

Just this brief entry for today.

Please go to Kim's Texture Tuesday to see all the other entries.

That's all for now.

Live life fully.