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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 22, 2014

Texture Tuesday … Simple … 22 April 2014


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



          Next weeks theme ....Tuesday, April 22nd.
          SIMPLE

I thought about simple. I can do simple. At least I thought I could. You'll have to tell me how I did.
I decided to start with an image of a vase that I have. The name of the vase is Milkweed. It was made by Ephraim Faience Pottery.


And, this is my simple eDition for this Texture Tuesday.

I am using Photoshop CS6. However, Photoshop Elements users . . . did you know that Elements lets you adjust the Fill Opacity (not just the layer Opacity). I'll tell you more when I show how I did the shadow flower.
If you would like to see how I came up with my "Simple" eDition, click on the READ MORE >>>


I opened a new 12 x 12-inch, 300 ppi, white background document. I converted the locked background layer into a regular layer by holding down the option / alt key and double clicking on the word background. This by-passes the naming dialog and gives me the name layer 0.
I sampled the background color behind my vase image. I added a color overlay layer style of this color to the layer 0. 

Then I brought in my vase image. I used the free transform ( command / control - T ) to resize and place the image. And I did a little work around the edge of the image to make it blend into the background.

Now, my vase needed a flower. I used one that I had made and saved as a .png file so that it had a transparent background. I used the free transform to resize and move it into the vase.

Then I double clicked on the flower layer thumbnail (or, anywhere in the layer except the layer name) to open the Layer Style dialog.

In the Advanced Blending area, I set the Fill Opacity to 0. And the flower is no longer visible. But . . . select Bevel & Emboss ( I used the default values). And, you now see the edges beveled & embossed, and it is transparent. 
For you who are using Photoshop Elements, you can go to simplytiffanystudios to see how you can adjust the fill opacity.

You could leave it like this, but I decided to also add a Drop Shadow by selecting Drop Shadow. I used the default values.

If I zoom in, I can see that the bottom of my flower doesn't look like it fits into the vase. 

So, I put on a layer mask. Then, using a black round hard brush, I painted out the little bottom area over the lip of the vase.



The shadow flower looked a little lonesome since it was transparent. So next I brought in one of my "ish" flowers to keep it company. You can go to my blog to see how easy it is to make you own ish flowers by clicking HERE. You can make your own more quickly than it would take me to show you how I made this one. I left my flower making in a Group folder.



Next, I brought in Kim's texture kk_stainedLinen. Here it is at Normal mode and 100% Opacity.



Then I changed the layer blend mode to Divide and lowered the Opacity to 40%.


That is my final eDition for this Texture Tuesday.



I hope you enjoyed seeing how I did this. And, PS Elements user, if you didn't know how to adjust the Fill, I hope you now know how.

Be sure to to go to Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen to see what others have done with "Simple."

That's all for now.


Live life fully and enjoy.

Earl

29 comments:

Prairie Jill said...

Lovely piece, Earl! That vase is so beautiful, and I love your flowers.

PS Thanks for the link to Fill Opacity for PSE. I'm on my way to check it out now.

Carmel said...

Beautiful vase Earl ... you have done some very clever editing. Thank you for the heads up on the Fill Opacity.

Linneas Atelje Magasin said...

Very beautifully done, I must try this sometime!

Barbara said...

So colorful and I love the embossed flower!

Viv@within the Frame said...

What a wonderful vase and thanks for sharing your process...

Dina Lettre said...

Ha...that is so fun, Earl! Great job.

Nicki said...

Simply creative! Love that vase.

Michelle B said...

Your simple image is great! Thanks for showing us your technique.

Donna Hopkins said...

You make your art seem effortless, and that's a kind of simple, too! Lovely vase and digital flower - simply creative.

jeanette Ulbl said...

wow Earl.....you are so creative......just simple and beautiful.....
greetings from Munich

Denise Fabian said...

Lovely work, Earl. Love that vase!

Barb said...

Just lovely work!

Donna said...

Thank you so much for your tutorial!

Sherri Cassell said...

I love your design, it is so happy and whimsical! Thank you so much for sharing your technique! I am so glad I found your blog and thanks for visiting mine.

abrianna said...

Cute flowers and wonderful design.

Sheila said...

Earl - this is so fun! Love your flower and your 'simple' image!

Caz Sultz said...

Love your vase and your end image is wonderful ! Thanks for sharing how you did it :)

cathy @ ma vie trouvee said...

I love the feel you have created with the real vase and the hand drawn flower. I would love to see a page full of those flowers!

Bonnie Jakobsen-Martin said...

nicely done ..

elizabeth said...

Your edits are always creative, unusual, fun and educational!

Sharon said...

You did indeed do simple so well, Earl! I love the whimsical flower. Thank you for sharing this process with us, too!

Jill said...

Well that was fun to read how you did this. I really like the embossing you did. I've tried that before but I needed more guidance like you've given here. Thank you.

June Caedmon said...

You're anything but simple, Earl! Beautiful art you have made here!

Roxi -Coppercurls Designs said...

You are so clever!

Sylvia said...

So beautifully done, Earl !
Thanks for the tutorial !
Have a nice weekend,
Sylvia

Carola Bartz said...

This is a very creative way of doing "simple". I like it a lot!

peabea said...

You're always amazing with your knowledge of editing. Lovely and thanks for the tip on Elements. Appreciated. :) Love what you've done here and shared with us.

peabea said...

Had to come back and tell you the fill in my elements worked. Thanks for directing me to that site. :)

lisa said...

What you did with the processing is fantastic, but I can't get over how much I LOVE the vase! The color is really wonderful!

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