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.



Thursday, September 11, 2014

New Blog - earlkdesign2.com - 11 September 2014

Much of my new work will now be on my new blog at

earlkdesign2.com

Please go there for my new work.

However, all the previous blog entries and items in the Tabs are all still here and active.


Live life fully and enjoy.

Earl

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Texture Tuesday…2 September 2014…Free & Easy

Continuing with my 1950s photographs for Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen. In the Spring of 1955, I went to Marken Island, in the Netherlands. At this time it was an island in the Zuiderzee. Nowadays, it is connected to the mainland by a causeway. But in 1955, I took the ferry boat that took you to Marken Island. That is me sitting at the back of the ferry boat in the lower photo. Marken is well known for its characteristic wooden houses. The small fishing town was a relic of the traditional native culture. It appeared to be wash day the day I was there. The laundry was being hung on the clothes line. I wandered around the island to see the interesting houses and to meet a few of the interesting people who lived on the island.

These are the two photos that I used for this Texture Tuesday.






And, this is what I ended with.


I used Kim's textures kk_breakfree and kk_warmsun for the layout.

To see how I made the sketches, you can visit my blog entry of 20 May 2014.


That's all for now.

Please go to Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen to see what others have done by clicking on this button.


Live life fully and enjoy.


Earl

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Texture Tuesday . . . 26 August 2014 . . . Free & Easy

We are continuing with the Free & Easy episodes for Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen. And, I am continuing with my 1950's photographs that I took then with a Leica M3 35-mm film camera. I used Kodak Panatomic-X black and white film. I also developed and printed my own photos. 

I was supposed to be going to Casablanca from Germany. However, it ended up with my having a several day stay in Lisbon, Portugal. Did not get to Casablanca.

Here is my final page layout.


There isn't much new to show you how to do it. So instead, I have a video I made showing you how to make your own multi-petal flower like the one in this layout. The flower in the layout is 20-petals around. The one I show how to make is 20-petals around. I have used Kim's texture kk_pinit10 for the background.

To see the video, click on the READ MORE >> >> >>


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Quick Tips With Earl Number 6

How to fade the edges of a photo

In this Quick Tips Number 6, I will show you a couple of ways that you can easily fade the edges of a photo so that the edges blend into the background. One method is to use the Gradient Tool. The other method is to use one of the selection tools, such as the Elliptical Marquee Tool, Rectangular Marquee Tool, or the Lasso Tool.

I will use this flower image in my video.



And blend it into this background. This background is the texture kk_pinit10 from Kim Klassen.



With this result.



Please watch the video to see how you can do this.



Fading Photo Edges from Earl Kreins on Vimeo.

I hope you found this video helpful. 

That's it for now.

Live life fully and enjoy.


Earl

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Texture Tuesday . . . 19 August 2014 . . . Free & Easy

Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen is here again. The theme is Free & Easy.

I am sticking with my 1950's photographs from Europe. In the Spring of 1955, I went to the Keukenhof Flower Festival. What a marvelous display of flowers. Along the roadside there were vendors selling garlands of bright yellow daffodils to decorate your automobile. My 1955 Ford, sea foam green in color, looked beautiful when all decorated. After seeing the flower displays, I headed out from Keukenhof into the country side. Along the way I saw this windmill that was working. I took a chance to see if I could get to see what was inside the windmill. I was very fortunate. I was invited in to see the workings of a sawmill. Wind power was being used to move the log and the saw blades to cut the log into boards. What an experience.

Here are the two images that I used for this layout. The windmill and the cutting of the log.





And this is my final layout.



If you would like to see how I did this, click on the READ MORE >> >> >>


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Texture Tuesday . . . 12 August 2014 . . . Free & Easy

Another edition of Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen. This is another Free & Easy edition. 

For this Tuesday, 12 August 2014, I have used another of my photos from the 1950s. At the time I was using a Leica M3 35mm film camera. I was using Kodak Panatomic-X Black & White film. I was developing my film and printing my own photos. 

The image I used is a photo of a flower merchant in the Trier, Germany, central market square on flower day, in 1955. Here is the image.



I used a technique that is somewhat similar to what I showed recently in an earlier Texture Tuesday episode. This is what I ended up with for my final image.



If you would like to see what I did, please click on the READ MORE >> >> >>


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Texture Tuesday . . . 5 August 2014 . . . free & easy


A free & easy edition of Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen.


I have been doing Texture Tuesdays since May 2011. I have missed very few. They have been a lot of fun for me. And, they still are. I appreciate all the textures that Kim has made for us. She has been most generous, as most of my textures I have received free by being on her Texture Mailing List.


For today's free & easy edition, I would like to show you how to create a photos tossed on 
a table collage effect. I will actually do it using only one image. Here is the image I started with.



I ended up with this.




I thought about it a little more. Using one more of Kim's textures, I now ended with this.




If you would like to see how I did this, click on the READ MORE >> >> >>



Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Texture Tuesday . . . free & easy . . . 29 July 2014

Another Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen. This is another free & easy eDition.

Cathy at Ma Vie Trouvee had suggested that I use some of my my photos that I took when I was living in Germany in the mid-1950s for some of my blog posts. This is a great idea. One of my favorite photos is one that I took in the small town of Spangdahlem in 1955. It is of a traveling woodworker journeyman. 



I used Kim's texture as a background paper for my image and ended up with this image.



If you would like to see how I did this, click on the READ MORE >> >> >>



Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Texture Tuesday . . . 22 July 2014 . . . free & easy

This is a free & easy edition of Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen.

I was looking through my photos to see what to use for this Texture Tuesday. I came across the photos I took at Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha, Nebraska, in March 2010, during their Secret Garden exhibit. I selected this image to use. These beautiful flowers were in a large planter that was in the shape of a swan. I have cropped the image so that only some of the flowers are in the image.



Then I saw this photo and thought that it would be nice if I could use the color of this image on the image of the orange flowers.



And, that is what I did. And, of course, I also used two of Kim's textures. I ended up with this.



If you would like to see what I did, please click on the red READ MORE >> >> >>


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Texture Tuesday . . . 15 July 2014 . . . Free & Easy

It's wonderful. Another Tuesday and another Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen. I love Tuesdays. Actually I have always loved Tuesdays. The new adventure has begun and a few more days to see what will happen during the week. 

This is another free & easy edition of Texture Tuesday. And it gave me a chance to use my new camera. I infrequently used my Canon 40D DSLR camera. It was just getting too big and bulky and old for me to use comfortably. Mostly I was using my point-and-shoot Canon PowerShot S90. This has all the basic controls of a DSLR without interchangeable lenses. But, the itch for a newer camera was upon me. I decided on the Canon G16. It again has all the controls but no interchangeable lenses. However, it has f/1.8 at wide angle and f/2.8 at 5X telephoto. This makes it nice for taking shallow DOF photos, such as in some still lives. So, I traded in my old Canon 40D and got the new G16. Happy, happy.

I set up a still life near the south and east facing windows in my dining room. I covered my folding table with a piece of dark patterned batik fabric. And used a white tea cup. saucer, and creamer. Here is my original photo.



And, after my editing, I had this.



If you would like to see what I did, click on the READ MORE >> >> >>


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Texture Tuesday . . . 8 July 2014 . . . Free & Easy

For this Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen we have a Free and Easy Edition. 

I used my new portable table for setting up my still life. I am still in love with the table top, so all I used for the still life was one of my vases. The vase I used is one called Snowberry, made by Ephraim Faience Pottery. The vase is about 5.5-inch high and 6.5-inch tall. Here is my original photo.




I tweaked the image a little in Lightroom 5 and then brought the photo into Photoshop CS6. Here is what I ended up with after my editing.



If you would like to see what I did, click on the READ MORE >>>>>


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Texture Tuesday…1 July 2014…Free & Easy

Happily, another Tuesday with Kim Klassen. This is another Free & Easy edition.

I am enrolled in Kim's Be Still - Fifty Two class. So far I have been mostly following along with the material and not really doing much. Much of the class is about still life photography and using Lightroom. Up to now I have been doing very little still life. One of my reason for not doing more is that I didn't have a very good place to set up a still life. Well, let me say that I could have found someplace, but still life photography was not usually my thing. Most of my photos are taken where I find something to photograph. Not much pre-planned. 

I figured that since I was in the Be Still class I needed to start trying something outside my normal box of photography. I needed a place to set up my still life . . . and something to put it on that was portable. I ordered a wooden, folding table that is eucalyptus hardwood with warm, mahogany brown tone. This is nothing like Kim's used and white for most things. I could set it up on my deck in the shade and have a great place to set up my still lives. It arrived and this is what it looks like.



This is my first set up for a still life using my new portable surface. It includes a vase that my mother bought in about 1925. She bought it in Los Angeles in a local little department store called Kling's Department Store. She liked it because it had all the palm trees on it. It reminded her of the street our home was on. There is a piece of cotton batik fabric, the book I was reading, and my glasses. I love the table top. I also love that the table is made from eucalyptus hardwood. There were many eucalyptus trees in Southern California. I love the fragrance from them. 

As I was growing up, the vase was sitting on the top of a room divider between our living room and dining room. When the day's mail was brought in, it was placed on the shelf leaning onto the vase. One of my early memories.

This is how my edited image looks after a little tweaking in Lightroom and then mostly in Photoshop. 





If you would like to see what I did, click on the READ MORE >>>>>


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Texture Tuesday . . . 24 June 2014 . . . free & easy


Another Tuesday means another Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen. For this Texture Tuesday, Kim gave us for our theme:

Next weeks theme ....Tuesday, June 24th
free & easy.

I was looking through some of my photos that I took at Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha, Nebraska. in November 2010. I came across this image of a chrysanthemum next to some oranges that were growing inside the floral display hall. I knew that I wanted to use it for this Texture Tuesday. Here is my photo that has been cropped and sized to fit my 12 x 12-inch layout page.



And, this is what I did to it after my editing.



If you would like to see what I did for this, click on the READ MORE >>>


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Texture Tuesday . . . 17 June 2014 . . . free & easy

For this eDition of Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen, Kim gave us this:



          Next weeks theme ....Tuesday, June 17th
          free & easy.

It always takes me a while to decide what I want to do for these free & easy editions of Texture Tuesday. I like to try new things with Photoshop. I had recently watched a video by Julieanne Kost that showed how to straighten tilted portions of a photo. Julieanne used Puppet Warp to do this. As I watched the video, my mind started thinking about how I could use Puppet Warp to create artistic versions of some of my photos. Puppet Warp, I believe, was added to Photoshop in CS5. I do not know if it is in PS Elements. I am using Photoshop CS6 on a Mac.
I started with this photo.

And, ended with this image.

If you would like to see what I did, click on the READ MORE >>>>>

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Texture Tuesday . . 10 June 2014 . . free & easy

For this Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen, Kim gave us the theme:



          Next weeks theme ....Tuesday, June 10th
          free & easy.

For this eDition of Texture Tuesday, I want to show you how to make a version of a mandala. Here are a couple of examples of what I mean.

I used this image to create this 8-section mandala. Each section is composed of two parts. One part has an image and the other part is a mirror image reflection of the first part.




Here is another example.



To show how to do this, I will use the following image to make this mandala.





I believe this can be done using Photoshop Elements. However, I am using Photoshop CS6 on a Mac.

To see how to make these mandalas, click on the READ MORE > > >


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Texture Tuesday . . . 3 June 2014 . . . Nature

Time for another eDition of Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen. For this Tuesday, Kim gave us:

Next weeks theme ....Tuesday, June 3rd.
Nature.

Personally, I like it a little better when Kim gives us a theme. The Free & Easy requires me to sort of get stuck with thinking about what to do for a starting point. With a theme, I have a starting point from which to see what I would like to do. I like the theme of Nature.

Still, I needed to come up with what to do. Nature, to me, seemed like a huge topic and what little part did I want to use. I went to the definition of Nature at Wikipedia. This is basically what it said:

"Nature" refers to the phenomena of the physical world, and also to life in general. It ranges in scale from the subatomic to the cosmic.

This didn't narrow it down much for me. I had a doctor's appointment. While waiting in the exam room waiting for the doctor to come in, I noticed that there was no music in the room . . . it was quiet. This gave me some quiet time. My mind started wandering. I started thinking about what I could for for Texture Tuesday. I realized I didn't have to narrow the topic down . . . I could create something about the whole of Nature. Round and round the ideas were bouncing in my mind. Then the doctor came in. But, I had already thought what I wanted to do. All I had to do was create what my mind had come up with.

 This is what I did for Nature for Texture Tuesday.



If you would like to see what I did, click on the READ MORE > > >


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Texture Tuesday . . . 27 May 2014 . . . Free & Easy


Another Tuesday and time for Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen. For this Texture Tuesday, Kim gave us:


Next weeks theme ....Tuesday, May 27th
free & easy....

For this eDition of Texture Tuesday, I was roaming the Internet looking for something interesting to do and show you. I found this technique for making painterly renditions of your image.

I started with this image of chrysanthemums that I took at the Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha, Nebraska, at the Fall Chrysanthemum Show, November 2010.



and after my edits, I had this:



If you would like to know more about this technique, click on the READ MORE > > >


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Texture Tuesday . . . 20 May 2014 . . . Black & White


It's time for another eDition of Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen.



For this eDition, Kim gave us
Next weeks theme ....Tuesday, May 20th
black & white..... 


I recently took the class Digital Artistry with Cilenia Curtis at Scrapaneers. I decided to use some of what I learned in the class for my Black & White eDition of Texture Tuesday.

I selected a Black & White photo of a gate that I thought was a beautiful gate slightly opened onto the inner area behind the gate. This image was from the Library of Congress archives. Here is the original black & white image. I have cropped the image to 9 x 12-inch, 300 ppi.


I started with a black & white image, but then with some editing, I ended up with this colorized version. However, I kept the gate basically black & white as a sketch.


If you would like to see what I did, click on the READ MORE >> >> >>


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Texture Tuesday . . . 13 May 2014 . . . YELLOW


For this eDition of Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen, Kim gave us:


Next weeks theme ....Tuesday, May 13th
YELLOW..... 
Guaranteed to bring some cheer.....


With the theme of YELLOW for this eDition of Texture Tuesday, I remembered some photos that I took at Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha, Nebraska, during a visit there in January 2012. I used two of my photos for this eDition. Both images have been cropped to a 12 x 12-inch, 300 ppi size. This first image I want to use for my main image and to help create a background image.



This second image I want to use to create a background for the first image.



This is what I ended with for this YELLOW eDition of Texture Tuesday.



If you would like to see how I did this, click on the READ MORE >> >> >>


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Texture Tuesday . . . 6 May 2014 . . . Cuppa


For this week's Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen, Kim gave us:


Next weeks theme ....Tuesday, May 6th.
Cuppa..... 
I Can just see all the cup thumbnails streaming in.
Happy sigh....... 

Last week my daughter and I had lunch at Stella's. We are fortunate to live very close to Stella's and its "World Famous" cheeseburgers. It’s the “World Famous “ cheeseburgers and the down-to-earth friendliness that continues to set Stella's apart from a state full of burger joints. The burgers are good and, well, greasy, and that’s part of what makes them so good. The hamburger meat is fresh, never frozen, rolled into a 6 ½ ounce ball, and hand pressed onto a cast iron grill. Stella’s attained it’s world famous status, thanks to the millions of Offutt Air Force Base airmen and officers who’ve frequented the establishment throughout the 78 years it’s been open, and subsequently spread the word at Air Force bases internationally.

For my photo, I used a mug from Stella's that I got in about 1985. My daughter was living in Bellevue, Nebraska, and I was visiting her. And, I had my first Stella's cheeseburger. Ummm, ummm, good. I took the photo on my front porch. I now live in Bellevue, NE. I cropped the image to fit in a 12 x 12-inch layout. 



And, with some editing, this is the image I ended up with for the theme "Cuppa."



If you would like to see what I did, click on the READ MORE >> >> >>.