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, November 27, 2013

Making camouflage patterns in Photoshop

Here is one way to make camouflage patterns using Photoshop. I used Photoshop CS6 in the video, but I believe that it all can be done using Photoshop Elements.

Here are some samples of what I made.

This video shows you how I did it.

Camouflage patterns using Photoshop from Earl Kreins on Vimeo.

I hope you find this useful.

That's all for now.

Live life fully and enjoy.


Monday, November 25, 2013

Collage Obsession 25 November 2013…Haiku

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

Haiku Poem and Illustration

Carrying on from last week I would like to challenge you to write or find a "Haiku" poem and combine it with an illustration. Below is an explanation of Haiku which is a Japanese poem.

A haiku consists of 3 lines and 17 syllables.
Each line has a set number of syllables see below:

Line 1 – 5 syllables
Line 2 – 7 syllables
Line 3 – 5 syllables

The sky is so blue.                        5
The sun is so warm up high.     7
I love the summer.                       5

Haiku poems don't need to rhyme, but for more of a challenge some poets try to rhyme lines 1 and 3.  The subject can be anything from nature or from your urban surroundings. Haiku can also be written in the format of 3, 5, 3 syllables.

I must still be with my head in space. I am not sure if what I have is a Haiku, but each line has the right number of syllables. 

That's all for now.

Be sure to go to Collage Obsession to see all the other creations.

Live life fully and enjoy.


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Collage Obsession 20 November 2013 . . . A Quote

These Collage Obsession challenges are so much fun for me. I really like being able to use my imagination on what I want to create using the theme for the week's challenge. If you haven't joined us in the fun at Collage Obsession, please do so. I think you will have some fun, too. Everyone is welcome to join us each week.

For this week, itKuPiLLi gave us this:

A quote

This time the challenge is to illustrate a quote, one of my favorites:

“There’s a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in." - Leonard Cohen

You can express the subject as you like, the text can but don´t need to appear in you collage. Let your imagination fly!

I always like some of Albert Einstein's quotes. Here is the one I chose to use:

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” ― Albert Einstein

The main image I used is from the ATS-3 (Applications Technology Satellite 3) from 10 November 1967. I was working at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center as a research meteorologist at this time. Launched in November 1967, the ATS-3 was in service for 34 years before finally being decommissioned in 2001. Among its widest-known achievements are the first full-disk, color Earth images transmitted from a satellite. It was really exciting in those early days of having meteorological data from satellites.

For my background I used images I captured on my iMac while playing music in iTunes and having the Visualizer turned on. And, I used the Blend-If portion of the Blending Options of the Layer Styles dialog in Photoshop CS6 to blend the images. Here is what I created.

Please go to Collage Obsession to see all the wonderful collages for this week.

That's all for now.

Live life fully and enjoy.


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Creating a Shadow Box using Photoshop

Noreen asked me if I would show how to make a shadow box using Photoshop. Here is a method that you can use either in Photoshop Elements or Photoshop CS. I used Photoshop CS6 while making the video. Those who are using PS Elements should be able to follow along.

Shadow box effect from Earl Kreins on Vimeo.

I hope you enjoyed seeing how this was done.

Live life fully and enjoy.


Saturday, November 16, 2013

Art Journal Challenge for November 2013

At Jessica Sprague dot com, Nan Janitz gave us the November 2013 Art Journal Challenge. The focus of the challenge is GRATITUDE.

To help us with getting started, Nan gave us this free download:

For my entry for this challenge, I decided to use each of the elements that Nan gave us in the freebie download plus some other things. And, this is what I ended up with for my art journal entry.

Here is a 13-minute video showing you how I did this.

artJournal-ekd-20131115-grateful from Earl Kreins on Vimeo.

Create your own art journal page and join us in the fun.
That's all for now. I hope you enjoyed seeing how I did this.

Live life fully and enjoy.


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Collage Obsession 13 November 2013 Open Theme

For this week's Collage Obsession challenge, Tiffany gave us the following.

This week is an open challenge. Please
submit something you have created in
any theme tell us a bit about it. (Perhaps 
why you decided to create it, what influenced
you, etc...)

I wanted to use a background that I had made using the method that I showed in Other Days with Earl Episode 20 - A Graphic Background.

This is the collage I created. I call it "WISTFUL."

Here is a 10 minute video showing you how I did it.

Collage Obsession 20131112 FreeForAll from Earl Kreins on Vimeo.

I show the link to the Other Days with Earl Episode 20 above near the top of this entry.

This is the link to Mark S. Johnson's Photoshop Workbench 405: Demystifying the Blend If Sliders Photoshop Workbench 405: Demystifying the Blend If Sliders.

That's all for now.

Live life fully.


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

ODWEarl Episode 20 ...A Graphic Background

A while back, I watched the movie Baby Boom with Diane Keaton. In it was a scene where she was walking through an area. Behind her, hanging on the wall, was a large wall hanging that was in a graphic design. It looked something like this.

I thought it would be nice to try to make something like this that could be used as backgrounds for digital scrapbooking. The basic design is nothing more than a repeating pattern. So I tried to make a few patterns that would simulate this. Here are a few of the things I developed. There are four videos showing you how I make these patterns. I split this up into the four videos so that each video is not too long and each shows a different aspect of creating these patterns.

I used Photoshop CS6, however, I believe that all can be done using Photoshop Elements.

This is one of the first I made. The design is different than that shown in the above image. There is no square in the middle of the pattern. The square pattern is cut into four triangular areas.

This video is Part 1 of Other Days with Earl, Episode 20. It shows how to create the above background design. The video is a little over 16 minutes long.

ODWEarl Episode 20 Part 1 from Earl Kreins on Vimeo.

In this example, I show you how to use gradients and patterns to fill in the triangles and some other things. In the video, I probably won't end up with these same colors. It will depend on what gradients I use in the video.

These following links take you to the information concerning gradients that I mention in the video.

Thursdays with Earl
Episode 5
Gradient Backgrounds
(Getting to Know Your Gradient Tool, Part 1)

Other Days with Earl
Episode 6
Gradient Tool – Gradient Editor
Noise Gradient
Getting to Know Your Gradient Tool, Part 3

Episode 5
Gradient Tool – Gradient Editor
Getting to Know Your Gradient Tool, Part 2

Here is the Part 2 video. The video is 9 minutes long.

ODWEarl Episode 20 Part 2 from Earl Kreins on Vimeo.

Next I want to show you how I created the background that is like the wall hanging in the movie Baby Boom. This is somewhat how it looked in the movie.

I show you in the following video, Part 3, how I made this. This video is a little over 15 minutes long.

ODWEarl Episode 20 Part 3 from Earl Kreins on Vimeo.

Next, I would like to show you how to create variations on this background. How would you like to make something like this?

The Part 4 video shows you how to do this. This video is 11 minutes long.

ODWEarl Episode 20-Part 4 from Earl Kreins on Vimeo.

That is all for this Episode 20 of Other Days with Earl. I hope that you enjoyed seeing what you can do in making these graphic designs. Also, maybe there were a few new tidbits that you learned about using Photoshop.

Live life fully and enjoy.


Sunday, November 3, 2013

Collage Obsession…20131103…Black White 1 Color

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

Black, White, and One Color
This week we're asking you to create a collage using shades of black and white, and one color of your choice.

Here is what I did.

I started with this image.

And then  I used Julieanne Kost's method of posterizing an image. This method gives complete flexibility over what you can do. Then tweaking a little here and there and adding in the insect (from Dover Books), I ended up with this.

That's all for this time.

Live life fully.