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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.



Wednesday, October 16, 2013

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

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


THE CHALLENGE:
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.


Earl

31 comments:

sheila 77 said...

This is wonderful, Earl. Thanks for all the details of how you made it. The finished pattern is fascinating and very clever.

Deann said...

Wonderful layering Earl a lovely collage.

Tiffany said...

Earl, you are so generous to show us the steps you took in making this fabulous piece. Thank you so much! It's a wonderful pattern, and I appreciate it even more knowing how it was created. (I haven't tried Photoshop yet, but it's on my list of things to do!)

evasmoodboard said...

wonderful collage, thanks for sharing :)

Diane said...

Very mod looking-- like 60s op art. Love it!

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