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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, April 8, 2014

Texture Tuesday …for the love of…8 April 2014

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

     Next weeks theme ....Tuesday, April 8th
     for the love of ______? whatever comes to mind.....

I chose "for the love of learning."

I always like to learn something new. So, I thought about learning something new about Photoshop. There are so many things that can be done with Photoshop. I am using Photoshop CS6. There are many places on the Internet where you can find out a lot of information about what Photoshop can do. I have used Photoshop since it first became available. And, there is still so much that I don't know about what it can do. It is a tremendously capable program. So I poked around and found the Color Lookup Adjustment Layer. This is new in CS6. I didn't know anything about this . . . so. 

This is the image I started with. I cropped it into a square format, 12 x 12-inch, 300 ppi.

And, this is what I ended with after using the Color Lookup Adjustment Layer, and a couple of Kim's texture.

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

I started by opening my flower image as a 12 x 12-inch 300 ppi document. My granddaughter, Julianna, took the photo in August 2009 on the deck of her house.

Then I opened the Adjustments Panel and clicked on the Create new color lookup adjustment layer button.

Here is a closer look.

This opens the Color Lookup Panel in the Properties panel.

Here is a closer view.

The Color Lookup Table (LUT) is quite interesting. What happens when you select a certain LUT is that the colors in your image are converted to others colors as defined in the LUT. As just an example, say you have a red in your image. A particular LUT may say that red becomes a light blue. It depends on the LUT as to how the colors are converted. Adobe Photoshop CS6, comes with a bunch of these LUTs. When you click on the drop down menus above, you can see the names of the various tables. If you click on one of the names, your image colors will be converted to that table's corresponding colors. If you click on the drop down menu for 3D LUT you see this list of conversions.

If you click on the Abstract drop down you get these.

If you click on the DeviceLink drop down you get these.

If in the 3D LUT menu you click on EdgyAmber.

The image turns to this.

If you select FoggyNight, you get this. 

I used the FoggyNight LUT so my image now looks like above. 

Then I copied my background flower layer and put the copy at the top of the layer stack.

I changed the layer blend mode to Divide and lowered the Opacity to 70%. Usually I just cycle through the blend modes (with the move tool selected, hold down the Shift key down and press the + key to go forward through the modes and - to go backward through the modes) to see which one I like best. That's how I selected Divide. And I just liked it better at Opacity=70%.

Then, I added in a Color lookup adjustment layer. I selected the Gold-Blue LUT from the Abstract drop down menu. I liked what this did to the image.

Remember, since these LUTs are adjustment layers, you can open them up just like any other adjustment layer and change them if you want or need to change them.

I changed the adjustment layer blend mode to Color Burn and kept the Opacity 100%. What a pop in color this did.

Now I brought in Kim's texture kk_cora. Here it is at Normal mode and Opacity=100%. I wanted to add in some red tones into the image.

I opened the Layer Style panel by double clicking in the texture layer. 
I changed the layer blend mode to Luminosity at the top of the panel. In the Blend If section at the bottom of the panel, I split the white slider by holding down the option / alt key and dragging the left half of the slider to the left. I moved the left half of the white slider to 204 and left the right half at 255. Moving the white slider to the left makes the lightest parts of the layer become transparent so you see the underlying layer through it. Splitting the slider gives smoother transitions. You can see how the image looks behind the panel. It's real time in that it shows you what you are doing as you move the sliders.

Next, I brought in Kim's texture kk_2801 for the top layer. Here it is at Normal mode and 100% Opacity. I like this transition from browns to reds across the page. 

The I opened the Layers Style panel by double clicking on the texture layer. I set the blend mode to Hue. In the Blend If, for This Layer, I split the white slider and moved the left half to 227 and left the right half at 255. This makes a little of the light part of the layer to become transparent and show some of the layer below. Then I split the white slider of the Underlying Layer. I moved the left half to 177 and left the right half at 255. This allows some of the underlying image to show.

And I now have this after clicking OK.

This is my final edit of the image. I now have this rendition of my original image thanks to the new color Lookup Table adjustment layers in CS6 and Kim Klassen's textures.

I hope you enjoyed seeing how this was done. The color LUTs gives me a whole new realm of Photoshop to play in. I hope you have CS6, or more, and can play with this, too.

If you are interested in more information about using this new adjustment layer, here are two places to visit. 

Julieanna Kost's (of Abobe) blog entry on the Color Lookup Adjustment Layer in CS6.
Here she has a free download of a .psd document that allows you to see your image in all the LUTs at once in a document. This way you can see how you image will look in all of the LUTs so you can decide without having to cycle through each LUT.

The other place is Mark S. Johnson's Photoshop Workbench 361: Photoshop’s Color Lookup Adjustment Layer. Here Mark has a video on showing the use of the color Lookup Adjustment Layer.

Come join us at Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesday. See what others are doing with their "for the love of __________________."

And, if new to Texture Tuesday, do your thing and show us what you have done. It's fun.

That's it for now.

Live life fully and enjoy.



elizabeth said...

Wow! That is an amazing edit!

Barbara said...

Learning should be my word too, but I chose "editing" instead. Wonderful how you've convert your flower into this stunning piece of art. I love to learn more about Photoshop too (although I'm a PSE user) so your blog is a wondeful place to enhance my skills. Thank you for that!

Anonymous said...

What a fantastic transformation! I like both images very much!

Donna Hopkins said...

Earl, Every time I stop by I forget to compliment you on your banner. I love the cool graphic design and the sleek look. Thank you for introducing me to the Color Lookup Adjustment Layer. I'll check out the resources you mentioned and see if I can take one of my pictures and follow along with your instructions. I really love the artful creation you've made from a simple flower picture. Thank you for sharing. Oh, and I hope will enjoy the Granpa special at Starbuck's soon - I may try your order of coffee with steamed heavy cream, too!

Dina Lettre said...

Such a fun edit, Earl!

Trina Ford said...

Absolutely stunning! Thank you so much for showing how you did this...I will be back giving it a shot:>

Michelle B said...

Lovely textured image. I love learning too. I think there is no end to what can be learned in Photoshop. Even if we did learn everything, they would make a new version of PS and there would be more to learn again. :)

karen c said...

This looks great! I really like the edgy look and the artistic finish. Thank you for sharing the details -

The Artful Diva said...

All your labor made this a beautiful composition!

Melinda said...

Wow, Earl- beautiful image! And now I've learned something too- two things actually. I understand better now how to use the Luminosity blend mode- and I love the Color LUT! I had never seen that before- awesome! Thanks so much for sharing your process!

lisa said...

I can tell you definitely love learning! You always put so much effort into posting the screen shots to your tutorials. It makes it really easy to follow your directions. This is such a lovely flower and the end result is beautiful.
Visiting from Texture Tuesday.

abrianna said...

That color layer panel does look like fun. I have no intention of going to the cloud though...

Wonderful shot.

Kim Stevens said...

Love of learning....perfect.....and your image turned out so beautifully!

Barb said...

How gorgeous! and thanks for the tip about this new feature!

Sheila said...

Cool! What an awesome edit - thanks for the tutorial! Thanks for learning something new and sharing it with all of us!

Jenmcb said...

Beautiful technique, I like the richness of the colors with the textures and color changes.

Rob said...

Earl, this is incredible…I love it a lot. I so wish I could do this but alas, I only have PSE. Sigh of regret. Love your stuff, and your tutorials. I have learned a lot from you.

Sharon said...

That is a stunning effect! I love how you just looked up the effect and learned it and applied it right away. You are intrepid, Earl!

June Caedmon said...

Great tutorial, Earl! Great job on your image!

Prairie Jill said...

Oh, what an interesting adjustment.Maybe it's a good thing I only have PSE - otherwise I'd spend hours just playing with those colours. I love the effect you created here - it's a beautiful piece.
PS I love learning, too!

Viv@within the Frame said...

Earl thanks so much for all the information and for visiting my blog.

Pat said...

What a beautiful image!

deb said...

gorgeous! both the image and texture.

Dotti said...

This is an awesome piece of art! You never cease to amaze me, Earl! {BTW, my father's name was 'Earl'.}

veredit - isabella kramer said...

Very creative and very artsy edition !!

Pam said...

Wow! I love what you've done with it!

Pam (Pamela Greer Photography)

Rosanna said...

Love the final photo! And thank you so much for sharing the process, I've bookmarked this page...thanks!

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