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.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Photoshop tip when using Gradient Fill Adjustment Layer

I posted this tip in a comment on Kim Klassen Cafe

The tip is about how you can move the gradient around in your image while the Gradient Fill dialog is open. In case you missed seeing this in Kim Klassen Cafe, I want you to see it here on my blog. I used a short video to show the tip.

Here is the video.

MovingGradient from Earl Kreins on Vimeo.

I hope you enjoy this tip and find it useful.

Live life fully.


Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen . . . 26 February 2013

Another Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen

These are the guidelines that Kim gave us.

Tuesday, February 26th's theme is Like a Dream.
Show us your dream-like photos.....soft, gentle whispery photos.
Your image must contain at least one of my textures. Check out the blanket of light tutorialHERE if you want to add a little extra dreaminess to your photo.
That's it. That's all.

For this Texture Tuesday I decided to have a video that shows you what I did to go from this image.

To this image.

Watch the video to see how I did it.

dreamyImage from Earl Kreins on Vimeo.

I hope that you enjoyed this week's Texture Tuesday.

Let me know which you prefer, the inline tutorials or the videos. 

Live life fully.


Friday, February 22, 2013

Spraguemate Challenge Participants 22 February 2013

This entry is for those who participated in the Jessica Sprague Spraguemate Challenge for February 22, 2013. The challenge was to scrap a page about your passion. If you posted your challenge in the 2013 Spraguemate Challenges Gallery and then left a comment in the Spraguemate Challenge Forum telling us that you had posted your Challenge in the Gallery, here are the two videos that you can view to see how to use the EarlK Design Make a Flower kit that was your gift for participating. Those of you who participated will have the password to view the videos. 

If you aren't aware of the Jessica Sprague Spraguemate Challenge, go to jessicasprague.com and join in the fun. The Challenges are posted in the Forums - General Forum. This challenge is run by the people that are members of the site. There is a new challenge posted each Friday. You have a week to post your challenge entry in the 2013 Spraguemate Challenge Gallery. Then there is a new challenge.

Here is Part 1 video. You should have the password if you participated in the February 22, 2013 Spraguemate Challenge.

makeAFlowerPart1 copy from Earl Kreins on Vimeo.

Here is Part 2 video. 
You should have the password if you participated in the February 22, 2013 Spraguemate Challenge.

makeAFlowerPart2 copy from Earl Kreins on Vimeo.

This was my entry for the challenge. The two flower elements were made with the EarlK Design Make a Flower kit

I hope that you had fun participating in the challenge. Enjoy the EKD-Make a Flower kit.


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen . . . 19 February 2013

Another day for another Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen. These are fun days!

This is what Kim gave us for the challenge.

Welcome to TT.... the Downton eDition
This week's TT challenge details are...
Your image must contain at least one layer of any of the Downton I Collection Textures. 

I started with the idea of using only one texture from the Downton I Collection, but I actually ended up with one from Downton I and one from Downton II. I used my Ephraim Faience Pottery Dandelion vase photo as my starting image. Here is what the original photo looks like.

I photographed the vase on a piece of Batik fabric. The vase is about 7-inches tall and 3-1/2-inches in diameter. Most people think of dandelions as weeds. But, to me, a weed is an unwanted plant, and I definitely want dandelions, so it is not a weed to me.

Step 1.  I opened the photo in Photoshop CS6.

Step 2.  Next I added a Gradient Fill layer and used a light blue to transparent linear gradient. I left the layer at Normal Mode, but reduced the Opacity to 50%.

Step 3.  I added in the Downton I Collection kk_sybil texture. I changed the layer Blend Mode to Divide and left Opacity = 100%.

Step 4.  Then I added in the Downton Collection II kk_anna texture. I changed the layer Blend Mode to Divide and changed the Opacity = 70%.

This gives me a nice soft look for my image. I was happy with the previous image with only the kk_sybil texture, but I like this with the two textures even more.

So, this is what I have ended up with.

That is all for this Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen. 

Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love. 

Albert Einstein

Life life fully.


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen . . . 12 February 2013

Another Tuesday is here and time for another Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen. Here are Kim's challenge details.

This week's TT challenge details are...
Your image must contain at least one layer of any of my textures and center around the theme LOVE.... 

I was going through some of my old photographs that I had scanned from some of my parent's old photo albums. I found just the perfect items for this challenge. I found the portraits of my parents taken before they were married and were courting. And, I found the Valentine card that my father sent to my mother at this time. They were married in 1918. These photos and card are from 1917. I used kk_loveinlayers and kk_dustyrose textures from Kim.

I am sorry, but I have not had a chance to give you the details of how I created the layout. I had some electrical problems in the house and was not able to use my computer for a while. Fortunately all is fine now.

Here is how my final page looks.

"A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new."  Albert Einstein

Live life fully.


Thursday, February 7, 2013

Making your own repeat patterns

Many of us use a repeating pattern on our scrapbooking layouts to create a background for our pages. Photoshop comes with many patterns for you to use. And, you can get a lot of them from the Internet. But, wouldn't it be nice to quickly create your own pattern to exactly fit what you want to do for your page?

I have made this video to show you one way of creating your own repeating patterns. I have used Photoshop CS6 to create the two patterns shown in the video. You can use earlier versions of Photoshop CS; but, I am not sure if Photoshop Elements has the Filter Offset. It may, I just don't know.

Since it is close to Valentine's Day, in the video, I use red hearts while creating the repeating pattern. I show you how to create these two repeating patterns.

And, I will show you how to use these patterns to make your 12 x 12-inch layout paper. Such as this one.

And, if you feel a little adventurous, I even show you how to do something like this with these two patterns I make in the video.

In the video I used a heart shape to create the repeating patterns. You can use any shape or element that you want to use. A friend of mine, Pats, emailed me some swirls she had made on her iPad Mini. I used them to create a pattern and create this paper.

If you would like to see how to make your own repeating patterns, watch the video. You will need to enter the PASSWORD to view the video. The video is 25 minutes long.

The password is pattern

Enter the password to view the video.

I hope that you found this video helpful and that you continue to enjoy your use of Photoshop in your scrapbooking.

Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions. Imagination is more important than knowledge. - - Albert Einstein

Live life fully.


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen . . . 5 February 2013

Tuesday is here and it is time for another eDition of Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen. If you want to join us in the fun and get some beautiful free textures from Kim, just click on this link and see how you can join us.

Here are the guidelines that Kim gave us for this challenge.

I'd love to see something colourful... a photo that POPS....

Tuesday, February 5th's theme is Make it Pop... Color Pop that is....

Your image must contain at least one layer of my textures and it must POP....  red, green, pink...  any pop of colour you wish to share..... Sound good?

Here is the photo that I decided to work on for this challenge.

Step 1.  I opened the image in Photoshop CS6.

Step 2.  Kim's texture minus 45 was the texture I decided to use. I like its warm color and thought it might make the red pop. Here is what kk_minus45 looks like at Normal Mode and 100% Opacity.

Then I changed the layer Blend Mode to Color Burn and kept Opacity at 100%.

This deepened the reds and darkened the background so that the red flowers pop a little.
Step 3. I thought that this was going in the right direction, so I duplicated ( Command / Control - J ) the layer for the next layer. I again used the same Blend Mode of Color Burn and Opacity 100%. A little bit of good used twice might make it even better. And, it did.

Step 4.  Well . . . if it worked again, let's do it again. I duplicated the layer again . . . . . and kept the Color Burn Mode at 100% Opacity.

Step 5.  I'm on a roll. Let's see what happens if I do it again. Again, I copied the texture layer and kept Mode of Color Burn and Opacity 100%.

I thought about trying it again, and I actually did try it; but, too much of a good thing is not always good. So this is where I stopped. I like the way the background darkened and the red flowers deepened in color and almost seems to pop off the page.
So this is my final image for this challenge.

I hope that you enjoyed seeing what I did for this challenge.
"Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person." - Albert Einstein

Live life to the fullest and enjoy.