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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.

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.

I opened my photo in Photoshop CS6. You can follow along where I am in the Layers Panel by noticing which layers are visible and active. The image is the size it came from the camera and is the background layer.

Next I duplicated the background layer. I like to make a copy of my original so that if I make a goof I still have my original as the background layer. Then I converted the image to a black and white image. You can use any method you like to make your black and white layer. I actually used NIK Silver Efex Pro 2 to convert my image. This is how out looks at 100% Opacity for the black and white layer.

Then I reduced the layer's Opacity to 60% so that you can see some of the color coming through. 

Now I brought in Kim Klassen's texture kk_stainedlinen. This is one of my favorite textures. I reduced the layer Opacity to 70% and set the Layer Blend Mode to Hard light. This gave a nice warming tone to the whole image.

Next, I brought in a corner design that came from Dover. It was a black image. I reduced the layer Opacity to 80%.

Then I added a solid color fill layer by clicking the button at the bottom of the Layer Panel . . . selected a brown color from the image for the color fill . . .  and clipped the layer to the corner image layer.

Next, I duplicated the corner image . . . Used Transform to flip it in the horizontal . . . used the Free Transform to resize the image smaller . . . moved it to the right corner . . . then added the same color fill layer clipped to it.

I am currently taking Amanda Taylor's class "The Art of Journaling" at Scrapaneers. I thought it would be nice to use one of the ideas that Amanda showed us. I used text on a path. I used the Ellipse Tool, with path set, to create an oval path around the flowers. So I could see where the path was more easily, I added a layer and filled it with white. 
And, I reduced its visibility to 50% so I could see where the path was being created. I made the path around the flowers. 

I turned off the visibility of the white layer. On a new layer, using the Horizontal type tool I paced my text on the path. I had used black for the text color. So I changed the blend mode to Divide. This made the text white. I then rasterized (simplified) the text layer. Then I created a second path for a larger oval and put my text on that path . . . Divide blend mode. I rasterized the text layer. Then I merged my two text layers into one layer. I moved the curved text to where I wanted them. And had this.

But, now I wanted my text to be below my texture layer so that the texture was also applied to the text. I moved the text layer below the texture layer.

I selected the top color fill layer since it was the top most visible layer. I was then able to create a composite layer of all the visible layers below it using the keyboard shortcut, Command + Option/Alt + Shift + E. This gave me all what was visible below in a single layer.

Now I can use the Filter > Lens Correction . . . select the Custom Tab . . . set Vignette Amount to -50 . . . click OK. This gave a nice darkening around the corners and sides so as to emphasize the central part pf image.

Here it is now. This is the final adjustment I made.

Here is my final result.

I hope you enjoyed seeing how I did this.

Live life fully and enjoy.



Prairie Jill said...

Beautiful result, Earl! Thank you for explaining how you did it - great processing!

Beverly said...

So lovely Earl! I love the text on a path! Thanks for sharing the process.

Viv@within the Frame said...

Lovely the text adds to the beauty..

Barbara said...

so wonderful Earl and love the process and you showing the steps is quite awesome.

Barb said...

Your final image is an amazing transformation of the original!

June Caedmon said...

Nice work, Earl! It's nice to see you again. I always enjoy visiting your blog :)

abrianna said...

Nice to see you again. I also noticed that green bottle painted with flowers-wonderful.

Dotti said...

Beautiful, Earl! Just beautiful. I always love to read the steps in your edits, too. I can just make out the blue frog on the jug. I have a feeling that jug is great fun.

Sheila said...

Beautiful! I love that you show the many steps that it takes to create the final image.

Kim Klassen said...

so good to see you at TT... and your edits are fabulous... always so great to see your process....

i hope you are keeping well my friend...

deb said...

gorgeous processing on your image ~ I don't have photo shop but enjoyed reading how you edited your photo. I especially loved the curved text ♥

Kelly Kardos said...

I just couldn’t get it together to play at Kim’s today so i’m off wandering and visiting those that did! wow...a lot of work went into this image Earl. The text seems to really work well with the photo.

Rob said...

Earl…beautiful! Thank you for sharing your how to in such detail. I am going to try this myself. I like paperwhites too.

peabea.com said...

Hi Earl...your photo editing always turns out so wonderful. Love it. :)

Nicki said...

Paperwhites are not the easiest to photograph (whites and red can give photographers fits) - but you have done a lovely job with your edit and added text.

Pam said...

Lovely! The cactus look like they have tiny buds, are they getting ready to bloom again?

lisa said...

Love your dining room garden! We can't have one because our cats like to eat the plants!! Paperwhites are one of my favorite indoor blossoms!
Visiting from Texture Tuesday.

The Artful Diva said...

I like your process - so interesting - have a great weekend!

Dina Lettre said...

I really love the text, Earl! So beautiful!

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