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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 15, 2014

Texture Tuesday … Perfectly Imperfect … 15 April 2014

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

          Next weeks theme ....Tuesday, April 15th
          Perfectly Imperfect......

For this, I decided to try something a little different with some of Kim's textures. Here is my original photo. I liked the proportions of the image straight out of the camera, so I used the image just as it was.

I ended up with this image. I think it fits the Perfect … Imperfect rather nicely. The flowers are rather perfect to start with, but end up rather imperfect in that they look like they have withered and are now dying.

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

I started with my flower image straight out of the camera. I liked the proportions as they were instead of cropping to a 12 x 12-inch format. I opened the image in Photoshop CS6.

What I want to do to the image is to give it a grungy white border all the way around the image. This is what I had in mind to start with. Since my flower image came in as a Background Layer and is locked, I held down the option / alt key and double clicked on the word Background. This by-passes the dialog to name the layer and names it Layer 0 and it's now also unlocked. I then held down the command / control key and clicked on the Create new layer to add a new layer below the flower layer.

Then I filled in the new layer with white. I used the keyboard shortcut of command / control + delete / backspace (with Foreground / Background color at black / white). For the method of getting the grungy border, I need a white layer below the flower image.

Next, I want to use a layer mask in which I have pasted one of Kim's textures to create my border. I clicked on the Add layer mask button at the bottom of the layer panel. This added the layer mask filled with white to allow all the layer to show.

What I now did was select the texture I wanted to use to add into the mask, not the image. But, in order to add the texture to the mask, I have to make the mask active and then select it so I can paste the texture into the mask itself. The white will let the image show through, the black will hide the image letting the white background show, and the shades of gray will let varying amount of image show. 

I clicked on the layer mask. This makes it active. You can see the border around the mask thumbnail showing that it is active.

Then I held down the option / alt key and clicked on the mask thumbnail. This makes the mask open in the image area so that I can paste the texture on it. 

I then opened in its own document the texture I chose to use. The texture is Kim Klassen's kk_earthenwareframed. Here it is at Normal mode and Opacity 100%.

As the texture is, it will hide most the image and let the border of the image show. This is just the reverse of what I want. I want the border to hide the image to let the white background show, and hide little of the image. I duplicated the layer just so you can see what it looked like before I invert it.

Then I inverted the image with command / control - I. This gives me the darker edges and lighter insides.

Where it was light before is now dark. But, I want the darks to be darker and the lights lighter. I opened a Levels Adjustment Layer by clicking on the button at the bottom of the layers panel. And I adjusted the sliders to increase the dark and lighten the light.

Here is a closer view so you can see what I did. I moved the black slider to 104, the mid slider to 0.37, and the white slider to 159. 

Then, back in the Layers panel, I used command / control + A to select the whole image. And then used Edit > Copy Merged to select the image. I used the Copy Merged since there are several visible layers and I wanted the copy to be what I see on the screen.

It doesn't matter that it is blue. When it is pasted into the layer mask, it becomes shades of black and white. However, if you want you can change it to black and white before you copy it. I went back to the flower image document . . . made sure the mask was still selected and the the mask was still showing in the image area by holding down the option / alt key and clicking on the mask thumbnail. Then I Pasted the texture on the mask, command / control + V. The texture was 12 x 12-inch . . . my flower image is smaller than 12 x 12. I used the Free Transform, command / control + T, to make the texture fit the image. You don't have to do this, but I want the edges of the texture to be at the edges of the image. I could have saved myself a little work if I had cropped my flower image to a12 x 12-inch, but I like these proportions for this image.

Then I used the option / alt + clicking on the layer mask in the layer to go back to the image being seen through the mask.

Now, this hides too much of the flower for me. What I did was to duplicate the layer . . . then went back to the texture document and adjusted the Levels slider to give me a lighter central area. I opened the texture document. It was still where I left it. I looked at the levels adjustment I had done before . . . seen here.

I adjusted the sliders to give me a lighter central part. I moved the black slider to 70, the mid slider to 0.37, and the white slider to 108.

Then, back in the Layers panel, I used command / control + A to select the whole image. And then used Edit > Copy Merged to select the image. Then went back to the flower document and pasted this modified texture into the Layer Mask as I did before. 

Using option / alt + clicking on the layer mask, we see what this does. Here it is at Normal mode and 100% Opacity.

At 100% Opacity, it blocks out too much of the white of the previous layer. So . . . I reduced the Opacity to 40%. This gave me the look I was looking for. And, I still have my nice white grungy border.

Next, I want to use one of Kim's magic textures. I selected kk_magicscratches. The texture is 12 x 12-inch. I used the Free Transform to fit it into my smaller flower image. This is what it looks like at Normal mode and 100% Opacity.

Quite often with the magic textures I change the layer blend mode to Overlay. I this case, I found that I liked the Lighten Mode better. So here is what it looks like with the Lighten layer mode.

Here I have enlarged the image to 100% so you can see what this gives me. This is the part of the image near the bottom center.

I wanted a few more of the scratches up near the top of the image. I decided to do this by using the same texture layer and rotate it 180 degrees. I duplicated the texture layer . . . used the Free Transform to rotate the texture 180 degrees.

I made sure the layer blend mode was at Lighten and Opacity was 100%.

I thought that the image could use a little more pizzazz. At the top of the layers stack, I added a Curves adjustment layer.

Then I gave the curve a little of an "S" curve to add a little more contrast by making  the whites with detail a little whiter and making the blacks with detail a little darker. 

Next, I wanted to make the purple color a little redder. I decided to do this by using another of Kim's textures . . . kk_red. Here it is at Normal mode, 100% Opacity, and Transformed to fit the image . . . and on a layer below the magic layers and above the top flower image layer.

I then changed the layer Blend mode to Hue and Opacity 50%.

That was my final edit for my image. Here it is at the end of all this.

I hope you enjoyed seeing how this was done.

You can use any of your textures in a layer mask. This can give you some interesting results. Try this . . . it can be a lot of fun seeing how your textures can create some fantastic things for you.

Be sure to go to Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen to see what others have done for this eDition with the theme      Perfect . . . Imperfect.

That's all for now.



Prairie Jill said...

Wow!!!!! What a wonderful piece - I think it's one of my favourites of all of yours. And thank you so much for the step-by-step instructions. I hadn't thought about using a texture as a mask - what a great idea.

elizabeth said...

I love this edit! The original photo was quite lovely to begin with as well.

Carmel said...

Your edit has captured your image so well. Great shot and the editing is amazing.

Anonymous said...

Hey Earl,
thanks for the great instructions!
Wow,iI take off my hat to them!
Beatiful your result.

Barbara said...

I've been always afraid to get over the top with layers, but you've convinced me to play with them outside my comfort zone. I love your edit!

Viv@within the Frame said...

Truly lovely thanks for all the instructions too.

Beverly said...

Amazing transformation, and I love the end look. It's so beautiful!!

Barb said...

What a transformation, I agree! It's gorgeous!

Heather Smith said...

I wanted to try the invert feature after seeing what Kim did with it last week and forgot to try it. Your final image reminds me of a photo transfer technique result. Mine never transfer completely but have the gist of the photo and a few imperfect scratches that didn't lift. I'm always inspired by your techniques. Thank you for sharing!

Dotti said...

Such a wonderful use of multiple textures and layer! And I don't know, Earl, but it looks perfectly perfect to me!

Kim Stevens said...

Wow, what a beautiful end result you achieved with those layers, beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Love the beautiful color of the flowers in your first image. The end result is very nice also even if it's mean to be imperfect, it turned out perfectly wonderful also.

Sheila said...

Wow, Earl, your process is so cool! Thanks for showing the steps - I need to try this. Love your image!

Pat said...

Lovely work.

June Caedmon said...

Love your final image, Earl! I have never used textures as a layer mask before - definitely need to try that! Thanks for always teaching me something new - and fun!

Sharon said...

This texture gives this photo such a different look, and I love it! The original has its own beauty, but the texture gives it so much character.

Lyn said...

Love it, so perfectly imperfect.

Rosanna said...

Another winner! Thanks again for showing us how you did it. I hope to try this sometime...soon!

Barbara said...

I have to disagree, looks pretty perfect to me, love how you have so much fun with your edits....so great to see.

Donna Hopkins said...

Every week, you come to my home as my own personal Photoshop Tutor. Love the effect of the textures. Sometimes I think digital cameras record colors as too vivid or super saturated, and I like the softer look of your edit. Either way, you make magic happen!

Carola Bartz said...

What a beautiful change to the original photo - I love it! Thank you for the detailed and thorough explanation of your process!

CATHY said...

What a great choice of textures for this...and it is amazing how you transformed this image. Great job earl : )

abrianna said...

Beautiful as always.

Ahayes1225 said...

Great job, I was wondering what kind of flowers are they? Spring flowers are just wonderful.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for explaining your complete process. This is just the sort of tutorial I like - really clear instructions with screen shots at every step of the way. I've never used a texture as a mask either so I'm going to give this a try. I love the final result - just perfect!

The Artful Diva said...

great work as always! I hope you enjoy a Blessed Easter.

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