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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.

Monday, March 24, 2014

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>>>

I wanted a rather stormy background for the layout. Using a method of creating my own watercolor brush that Mark S. Johnson shows in his Photoshop Workbench 302: Creating a Custom Watercolor Brush, I made my own watercolor brush. 

I opened a new document that is 12 x 12-inch x 300 ppi with a white background. I used my watercolor brush to paint in a stormy-looking watercolor background for my layout.

Next, using a method of creating rain that Mark S. Johnson shows in his Photoshop Workbench 414: Rain Revisited, I created the rain over my page. It is really a neat technique.

Next I  brought in an image of cumulonimbus cloud. These are the clouds of heavy rain showers and thunderstorms. Here is my first cloud image at Normal mode and 100% Opacity.

I changed the layer blend mode to Lighten and kept Opacity 100%.

Then I brought in my second cloud layer. Here it is at Normal mode and 100% Opacity.

I changed the layer blend mode to Lighten and changed the Opacity to 50%.

Now I wanted some text. I used the Pen Tool to create a path. Then I wrote on the path. I created the path to go up and down such as the air currents in a cumulonimbus cloud.

Then I added in a new layer . . . used Pen Tool to create a path . . . added in my updraft text . . . added new layer . . . Pen Tool for path . . . added text for downdraft.

Then I selected the Line Tool. In the Option bar at the top,  clicked on the little gear to show the arrowhead options. I selected the arrow to be at the End and set the Weight to 15 px. Then drew in my arrows.

Now I needed to bring in Jupiter, the Roman God of the Sky and Lightening to command over it all. Here he is at Normal mode and 100% Opacity. I held down the Shift key and clicked on the layer mask to turn it off so you can see it without the mask.

Then I held down the command / control key and clicked on the layer thumbnail to put a selection around the image of Jupiter. I then added the layer mask by clicking on the layer mask button at the bottom of the layer panel. The mask allows only the image area to be visible on the layer. I selected a black brush and painted on the layer mask (click on the mask to make it selected) to hide the sharp edges around the image.

I changed the layer blend mode to Overlay, changed Opacity to 70% and changed Fill to 60%.

Next I created a composite layer at the top of the layer stack using command / control  + option / alt + shift + E. I then right clicked on the composite layer and converted it to a Smart Object. You can tell it is a Smart Object by the little icon in the lower right corner of the thumbnail. Since it is now a Smart Object, I can now use the Smart Filters. I used the Filter > Lens Correction > Custom Tab. I set the vignette to-15 to darken the corners and edges a little. Having this as a Smart Filter allows me to go back into the filter and make changes if I want to do so.

And, that is how it was done to give me this.

I hope you enjoyed seeing this. Check out Mark S. Johnson's site. He has a lot of useful information.

If you haven't done so, please join us at Collage Obsession with your creations. Come over and see what others have done.

That's it for now.

Live life fully and enjoy.



bluegiraffe (Sherry) said...

Wow! Great effects and tutorial, Earl!

indybev said...

What a great interpretation of the challenge! Thanks so much for the tutorial, Earl!

Deann said...

This is great Earl it makes me smile trust a guy to turn an art challenge into a weather report..love it!.

Electra said...

My goodness, Earl, this is spectacular! And thank you for all the wonderful freebies, I never noticed that on your blog before and am thoroughly enjoying myself. Your watercolours are lovely!

lauren bergold said...

oh *WOW*!!! i can't decide what i love more, the collage itself or the explanation of how you did it. i think it's a tie--both are equally awesome! (plus... you made your own watercolor brush!!!!!! holy moly! that's SO COOL!!!) :)

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