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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, June 24, 2014

Texture Tuesday . . . 24 June 2014 . . . free & easy


Another Tuesday means another Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen. For this Texture Tuesday, Kim gave us for our theme:

Next weeks theme ....Tuesday, June 24th
free & easy.

I was looking through some of my photos that I took at Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha, Nebraska. in November 2010. I came across this image of a chrysanthemum next to some oranges that were growing inside the floral display hall. I knew that I wanted to use it for this Texture Tuesday. Here is my photo that has been cropped and sized to fit my 12 x 12-inch layout page.



And, this is what I did to it after my editing.



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




I am using Photoshop CS6 on a Mac.

I opened a new 12 x 12-inch, 300 dpi, RGB, white background document.




Next, I brought in my photo. I love the diagonal line through the image caused by the location of the flower and the oranges. I like how the flower is noticed first and then the mild surprise by seeing two oranges growing on the tree. Remember, this is November in Nebraska. Not usually noted for growing oranges.



Then, I decided I wanted to let the viewer know where this was. So, using the Type tool, I added in the title for the image. In the Character panel, I modified the leading to have the lines of text close to one another.



And I used centered text and white so you could see it more easily against the background. You could use any color for the text as it doesn't matter since I will be clipping in an image into the text.

There are several ways to clip an image into a shape. I will use the following method. With the Type layer active, go to Type > Create Work Path. Type are vectors. So you can create a path for them. This creates a path for our text. (You can use this method for any path that you have. Such as you can create a path using the Custom Shape tool and setting in its option bar for a path. Also you can use the Pen Tool to create your path.)



In the Path panel (if yours is not there, you can open it from Window > Paths), make sure the text path is selected. You really don't have to open the Path panel and select the path. It should already be selected in the panel when you Create Work Path in previous step. But, if you do, here is what it looks like.



Now go back to the Layers panel, and with the text layer active, go to Layer > Vector Mask > Current Path. If Current Path is dimmed out, make sure the path is selected in the Path panel.



This put a vector mask on the layer that allows only the text to be seen. All the rest is hidden. You can see this in the mask thumbnail.



I looked through some of my watercolor papers to select one that I want to clip into the words. Here is the one I selected. I brought it in at the top of the layer stack so that it is above the text layer. I thought the colors would go nicely with the greens and orange in the photo. If you would like, go to the Freebie page of my blog and there are some of my watercolors that you can download. They are FREE.



I then clipped the watercolor into the text. You can do this from the Menu, Layer > Create Clipping Mask. Or, you can use the keyboard shortcut.



And, the watercolor now shows only in our text. And, I think the colors go nicely with the image.



I want to modify the text using layer styles. I went back to the text layer, making it active. I double clicked in the layer to open the Layer Style dialog. I clicked on the words Drop Shadow to open the Drop Shadow dialog. I also increased my view so I could see what I was doing to the text.



I increased the distance to 31 px, and to smooth the shadow, increases the Size to 70 px. Then I clicked on the words Bevel & Emboss to open the Bevel & Emboss dialog. I increased the size to 20 px.



I like how the text now looks. The individual letters look like they could be cardboard cutouts. I clicked OK and changed the view area back to where I had it before.



Next, I want to use Kim's texture kk_lightpaper2. Here it is at Normal mode and 100% Opacity. It is at the top of the layer stack.



I changed the Layer Blend Mode to Hard Light and reduced the Opacity to 60%. This gives a slightly hazy warmer tone to the image. This makes it look like a hazy summer day in the orange grove.



But, I did not want the texture to be over the text. I liked the color of the text without the texture. So, I held down the command / control key and clicked on the text thumbnail. This put a selection around the text. You do not have to have the text layer selected to do this. You can leave the texture layer selected.



Now, with the texture layer active, hit the delete / backspace key to delete the texture from within the texture. You can see in the layer thumbnail that it is gone from the text.



Use command / control + D to deselect the selection from around the letters.



Now, I thought it would be nice to use one of Kim's magic textures to finish this. I used kk_seriousmagic. Here it is at Normal mode and 100% Opacity. I thought this would give a nice edge treatment.



I changed the blend mode to Screen and left Opacity 100%.



I was now pleased with my result of the editing. Here is the final result.



I have always wondered who got to pick and eat the oranges.

I hope you enjoyed seeing what I did with my image. 

Make sure you go to Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen to see what others have done.


That's all for now.

Live life fully and enjoy.

Earl

33 comments:

elizabeth said...

I love it! Your processes are fascinating!

Barbara said...

Beautiful processing, love your embossed words!

Michelle B said...

I love the flower! Great job processing.

Barbara said...

Fun edit, you can see why they call these mop mums, they really have crazy heads. So full of pedels

Dotti said...

Mop mums are wonderful, aren't they? And you've done a beautiful job with this one. I want to visit Lauritzen Gardens, looks wonderful.

Caz Sultz said...

Love the mum ! So unusual :) Super editing too !

Dina Lettre said...

What a fun combination in the photo..and I love the edit.

Prairie Jill said...

Beautiful edit, Earl!

Sheila said...

Wonderful processing! I've never seen a mum like that before!

peabea said...

Very nice Earl. Always love seeing what you've chosen to share. :)

Sharon said...

That watercolor layer really makes this superb. You have another winner here, Earl!

Pat said...

Beautiful work!

Barb said...

The softness that you created with the edit is stunning. Very nicely done.

traveller2006 said...

I really like what you did with the text, must give that a go

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