Next weeks theme ....Tuesday, June 3rd.Nature.
Personally, I like it a little better when Kim gives us a theme. The Free & Easy requires me to sort of get stuck with thinking about what to do for a starting point. With a theme, I have a starting point from which to see what I would like to do. I like the theme of Nature.
Still, I needed to come up with what to do. Nature, to me, seemed like a huge topic and what little part did I want to use. I went to the definition of Nature at Wikipedia. This is basically what it said:
"Nature" refers to the phenomena of the physical world, and also to life in general. It ranges in scale from the subatomic to the cosmic.
This didn't narrow it down much for me. I had a doctor's appointment. While waiting in the exam room waiting for the doctor to come in, I noticed that there was no music in the room . . . it was quiet. This gave me some quiet time. My mind started wandering. I started thinking about what I could for for Texture Tuesday. I realized I didn't have to narrow the topic down . . . I could create something about the whole of Nature. Round and round the ideas were bouncing in my mind. Then the doctor came in. But, I had already thought what I wanted to do. All I had to do was create what my mind had come up with.
This is what I did for Nature for Texture Tuesday.
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I had decided that I wouldn't narrow it down. I would go all the way from the cosmic to the subatomic. I envisioned my layout having the cosmic as a background and other scales going down to the subatomic. I wanted separate images in each of the letters in the word nature. I selected my images. Here they are:
My images go from the cosmic to the subatomic. The cosmic image is from the Hubble Space Telescope. It is the Galaxy NGC 4449. Next down in scale I have used an image of the Earth from space. This image was from NASA. Next, I used an image of the Northern Lights to indicate a scale of nature smaller than the whole earth but still large in size. Then I used a photo of rock peaks near Sedona, Arizona, that I took in 2006. Still smaller in scale, is the photo of an elk I took at the Omaha Wildlife Safari, Nebraska, in 2008. Next down the scale is the photo I took of some cactus plants in the Phoenix, Arizona, area in 2006. And then finally, down to the subatomic scale of a computer enhanced photo of sub-atomic particle collision in a linear accelerator’s ‘bubble chamber’. This came from the Internet. I now had the images I wanted to use. All I had to do was put it all together.
I started by opening a new document that is 12 x 12-inch, 300 ppi, RGB, with a white background. Using a rather thick font at a large size I created each of the letters in the word nature, each on their own layer. The font I used is called Earl-Neuland. It is not available. It is one that I made. You can use any font that has a big area in which to clip a photo. Such as Impact.
I put each letter on its own layer so that I could move each independently, modify each letter in width and height, and use each to clip a photo into. I moved the letters into approximately the view you see here. However, I selected each letter, such as the N and modified it in the Character Panel.
You can see that I used the font at 288 pt size. And I scaled the letter by 110% vertically and 110% horizontally.
I did this for each letter, varying what was needed, so that they seemed visually to be about the same width and height when they formed my grouping of letters.
The next thing I did was to group the letters into a Group. You do not have to put the layers into a group. You can just leave them as individual layers. However, grouping can help keep the layers panel from getting too cluttered. I selected each letter layer and the put them into a group that I named NATURE.
The letters are all within the group NATURE. If you toggle the little toggle in front of the folder, it opens the folder and you can see all the items inside the group. You can toggle the group open and closed.
Next, I brought in the image of Galaxy NGC-4449 just above the background layer.
I'll clip into each of the letters one of the photos I selected. But, before I do that I want to create an offset image of the letters in a different color to create a sort of 3D effect to the letters. I duplicated my letters group.
Then, I turned off the visibility of the duplicate layer and made the original NATURE layer the active layer. And, I double clicked in layer to open the Layer Style dialog.
I selected Color Overlay and this opened the Color Overlay dialog. It generally opens with this red default color. But this isn't the color I want.
I remember reading a while back that a couple of scientists at the Johns Hopkins University had named the average color of the universe "cosmic latte." I thought that would be an appropriate color for the offset letters. The hex number for cosmic latte is #FFF8E7, or RGB=255, 248, 231. So, I clicked on the red colored box to open the Color Picker dialog. I set the hex code for cosmic latte.
Then I clicked OK and then OK again. The letters are now the color of the universe, cosmic latte.
Then, I turned on the visibility of the copied layer; but, left the cosmic latte colored letters layer the active layer. Then with the Move Tool active, I used the right arrow and down arrow to nudge the letters a little to the right and down. This gave me a nice highlighting to the letters.
However, I again double clicked in the layer to open the Layer Style dialog. I selected Bevel & Emboss. this opened the Bevel & Emboss dialog. For Depth I used 200%, Size=10 px, and Soften=5 px.
Then, while still in the Layer Style dialog selected Drop Shadow. I left the values at the default values.
Then I clicked OK. Now the cosmic latte layer group has a color overlay, bevel & emboss, and a drop shadow. Having the letters in a group made this very easy since I could apply the styles to the group instead of having to do it with each letter.
Next, I activated the copy layer and toggled to open the group.
Then I started bringing in the photos that I wanted to clip to each letter. Here I brought in the image of the earth from space and clipped it into the letter N. You can use the menu, Layer > Create Clipping Mask, or use the keyboard shortcut.
Then I clipped in the other photos into the other layers. I used the Free Transform to size and position the part of the photo I wanted in the letter.
Then I created a text layer at the top and inserted the text I wanted. I used white for the color of the text.
Now I selected Kim's texture kk_annie to use to give a slightly warmer cast to the overall image and to sort of unify all the colors since the colors came from a variety of sources. This is what kk_annie looks like at Normal mode and 100% Opacity,
Here is what I now have when I change the texture's blend mode to Multiply, and kept the Opacity 100%. The texture blends all the colors and even slightly colors the white text so it isn't so stark white. It also brightens up the galaxy image.
And this is my finished edit for this Texture Tuesday with the theme of NATURE.
I hope you enjoyed seeing what I did. My final image was very much like what I had envisioned while thinking about what to do while sitting in the quiet doctor's exam room. While thinking about it, I didn't know what images I would use for the letters. The selection of photos came later in the process.
Please visit Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen to see what others have done for this eDition of Texture Tuesday.
That's all for now.
Live life fully and enjoy.