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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, May 27, 2014

Texture Tuesday . . . 27 May 2014 . . . Free & Easy

Another Tuesday and time for Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen. For this Texture Tuesday, Kim gave us:

Next weeks theme ....Tuesday, May 27th
free & easy....

For this eDition of Texture Tuesday, I was roaming the Internet looking for something interesting to do and show you. I found this technique for making painterly renditions of your image.

I started with this image of chrysanthemums that I took at the Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha, Nebraska, at the Fall Chrysanthemum Show, November 2010.

and after my edits, I had this:

If you would like to know more about this technique, click on the READ MORE > > >

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Texture Tuesday . . . 20 May 2014 . . . Black & White

It's time for another eDition of Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen.

For this eDition, Kim gave us
Next weeks theme ....Tuesday, May 20th
black & white..... 

I recently took the class Digital Artistry with Cilenia Curtis at Scrapaneers. I decided to use some of what I learned in the class for my Black & White eDition of Texture Tuesday.

I selected a Black & White photo of a gate that I thought was a beautiful gate slightly opened onto the inner area behind the gate. This image was from the Library of Congress archives. Here is the original black & white image. I have cropped the image to 9 x 12-inch, 300 ppi.

I started with a black & white image, but then with some editing, I ended up with this colorized version. However, I kept the gate basically black & white as a sketch.

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

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Texture Tuesday . . . 13 May 2014 . . . YELLOW

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

Next weeks theme ....Tuesday, May 13th
Guaranteed to bring some cheer.....

With the theme of YELLOW for this eDition of Texture Tuesday, I remembered some photos that I took at Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha, Nebraska, during a visit there in January 2012. I used two of my photos for this eDition. Both images have been cropped to a 12 x 12-inch, 300 ppi size. This first image I want to use for my main image and to help create a background image.

This second image I want to use to create a background for the first image.

This is what I ended with for this YELLOW eDition of Texture Tuesday.

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

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Texture Tuesday . . . 6 May 2014 . . . Cuppa

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

Next weeks theme ....Tuesday, May 6th.
I Can just see all the cup thumbnails streaming in.
Happy sigh....... 

Last week my daughter and I had lunch at Stella's. We are fortunate to live very close to Stella's and its "World Famous" cheeseburgers. It’s the “World Famous “ cheeseburgers and the down-to-earth friendliness that continues to set Stella's apart from a state full of burger joints. The burgers are good and, well, greasy, and that’s part of what makes them so good. The hamburger meat is fresh, never frozen, rolled into a 6 ½ ounce ball, and hand pressed onto a cast iron grill. Stella’s attained it’s world famous status, thanks to the millions of Offutt Air Force Base airmen and officers who’ve frequented the establishment throughout the 78 years it’s been open, and subsequently spread the word at Air Force bases internationally.

For my photo, I used a mug from Stella's that I got in about 1985. My daughter was living in Bellevue, Nebraska, and I was visiting her. And, I had my first Stella's cheeseburger. Ummm, ummm, good. I took the photo on my front porch. I now live in Bellevue, NE. I cropped the image to fit in a 12 x 12-inch layout. 

And, with some editing, this is the image I ended up with for the theme "Cuppa."

If you would like to see what I did, click on the READ MORE >> >> >>.