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.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Collage Obsession . . . Silhouette . . . 31 March 2014

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


This week's challenge is to incorporate a silhouette into your artwork. 

I was looking through some of my photos trying to come up with an idea of what to use to make a silhouette. I tried several images, but they didn't do it for me. I wanted something different. I finally came across some images of my granddaughter riding her horse. I thought this might be what I wanted to use. This is the image I started with, cropped to 12 x 12-inch, 300 ppi.

And, this is what I had at the end of my creation of a ride in a fanciful forest.

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

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Pixel Dimensions and Document Size

I was recently asked to explain how the Pixel Dimensions and Document Size in Photoshop are related and how to make changes to them. I tried to explain it over the phone, but I was getting a little more complex in my comments to have it really understood. So, I made this video in hopes that it will be more clear after seeing the video.

Pixel Dimensions and Document Size from Earl Kreins on Vimeo.

I hopes this helps.

Live life fully and enjoy.


Monday, March 24, 2014

Texture Tuesday . . . 25 March 2014 . . . Quiet

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

Next TT theme ....Tuesday, March 25th
Whatever your interpretation may be.... simply share a textured image that says 'quiet' to you.....

When I think of quiet, I think of my "quiet place." My quiet place is a place I go to in my mind when I want to feel completely relaxed and carefree. Even if I am sitting in a dentist's chair, I can go to my quiet place and let the dentist do his thing and not be anxious with what the dentist is doing. My quiet place is a lake where I am fishing. It's early morning . . . the sun is just starting to peek over the mountains . . . the dark of night is fading into day . . . all is still . . . just a few little ripples in the water . . . all is very quiet and peaceful. My image tries to convey my mental image of my quiet place to you. Try to visualize it in your mind and see and hear my quiet. Here is the image.

If you would like to see how I did this, click on the Read More>>>

Collage Obsession . . . 24 March 2014 . . . Weather

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


This week, please incorporate the idea of "weather" in your collages. Your art can be on the serious side, or the lighter side. (I've always wondered if it ever rains any other kind of animal besides cats and dogs.) You can show us the current weather in your part of the world, tell us you idea of perfect weather, or give us a fantasy weather scenario only you can imagine.

Since during all my active working life I was a meteorologist, I thought this was a perfect topic for me. But, it caused a lot of thinking. I thought about a series of photos about the different types of clouds. But, no… Then a bunch of other thoughts… Finally, I ended up with this.

If you would like to see how I did this, click on the Read More>>>

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Art Journal Challenge for March 2014 . . . Daydreaming

For March 2014 Nan Janitz gave us the following challenge:

I have a fun but a bit different challenge for you today... I am going to push you outside of your comfort zones okay?

Lately I have been drawing and sketching alot - as part of a an online class I am taking but also to push myself a bit with my art. To get away from using clipart for my creations and instead go to my imagination. It's been a bit daunting, somewhat terrifying but in the end I am creating things I never imagined. I also have found that drawing, or doodling, helps my mind and centers and calms me. I lose track of time and it's become like a meditation.

Now I know that most of us got into digital scrapbooking — and digital art journaling — to get away from pen and paper. However, what if we could marry the two - digi and traditional? Stay with me now....

What I would like to see this month is for you to DAYDREAM

Now. You can simply take that prompt and run with it and go all digital. OR...

You can use the prompt to begin doodling. 

A doodle is an unfocused or unconscious drawing made while a person's attention is otherwise occupied. Doodles are simple drawings that can have concrete representational meaning or may just be abstract shapes.

And incorporate those doodles into your page. Either use traditional pen and paper, or doodle right into your computer if you have a wacom pad. Or use your iPad to draw something and then incorporate that in your Art Journal Page.

Well now. I started to get a little worried about this. I just have never doodled. I just isn't something I do. I even asked my sister if she doodled. No. She never did either. I even took a couple of on-line doodling classes. Nope. It did not work for me. HOWEVER . . . in a way I do doodle digitally. I love the Pen Tool. And, I make a lot of things with the Pen Tool that could be considered doodling. So that's what I will do for this challenge. And, I just use my wired mouse while using the Pen Tool.

The daydreaming part was relatively easy. I am originally from Southern California with a lot of ocean fishing as part of me. Being in Nebraska now, I frequently daydream about being fishing along the California coast. 

I came up with this Art Journal layout for this month's challenge.

If you would like to know a little more about how I did this, click on the READ MORE>>>.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Texture Tuesday . . . Color . . . 18 March 2014

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

Next Tuesdays theme ....Tuesday, March 18th

I was revisiting my blog for some of the Photoshop techniques that I have shown in the past. A couple of them caught my eye and I decided to use them in my creation for this week's Texture Tuesday.

My final textured image is this. I hope it is colorful enough.

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

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Collage Obsession…Under…12 March 2014

For this week's challenge, Kaylene gave us:

The challenge for this week is the word or concept of "Under", of course this can meaning many things..part of a song...literally under an object etc. I am sure you will have a fun time creating your art work.

I recently had been looking at some of my images that I took at the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center, Bellevue, Nebraska. I took these photos in April 2005. The coming of Spring in the near future (hopefully) is what caused me to look at these photos. When I saw the photos with the wooden boardwalk through the forest, in my mind popped the song, "Under the Boardwalk." My boardwalk is about as far from the sea as you can get, but it's a boardwalk that I use. There were early Spring flowers blooming almost under the boardwalk. So that is how this came to be.

I started with this image of the boardwalk. 

And, the flower image I used is this.

To see what I did with these, please click on the Read More, below.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Texture Tuesday . . . From Above

Kim Klassen gave us this for Tuesday, March 11, 2014.

Next Tuesdays theme ....Tuesday, March 11th.

From Above.

I decided to use an image of paperwhites that was taken in my "garden" in my dining room. This photo was taken 8 January 2007 in the afternoon. My garden is on the floor by a window. At this time, there were some Christmas cactus (not in bloom) and the tray of paperwhites sitting on a concrete stepping stone that I had made. The stepping stone has a geometric design on it made from pieces of cut stained glass. The glass is a blue iridescent color. My garden has a wonderful blue frog in it. You can't see it very well . . .  it is painted on the jug along with flowers.

This is my original image, straight out of the camera.

And this is my final image.

If you would like to see how I did this, click on the Read More button and follow along with me while I show you what I did.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Collage Obsession . . . Monkey Business

For this week's Collage Obsession Challenge, itKuPiLLi gave us:

"Monkey Business"

The challenge for this week is "Monkey Business", you can express the word literally or metaphorically. You can use the image, or just the word, or both. Word don't have to show up in your collage.

My mind wandered around on this for a while. Then I thought about the monkeys in the Jungle at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo. That became my inspiration for the collage.

I used some jungle images from Dover. The leopard is also from Dover. The bananas from the Internet. And, the monkeys from the zoo. I blended all these to come up with this final image. The monkey would really like to get to those bananas, but he's not sure the leopard is going to let him get to them.

Live life fully.