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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, July 8, 2014

Texture Tuesday . . . 8 July 2014 . . . Free & Easy

For this Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen we have a Free and Easy Edition. 

I used my new portable table for setting up my still life. I am still in love with the table top, so all I used for the still life was one of my vases. The vase I used is one called Snowberry, made by Ephraim Faience Pottery. The vase is about 5.5-inch high and 6.5-inch tall. Here is my original photo.




I tweaked the image a little in Lightroom 5 and then brought the photo into Photoshop CS6. Here is what I ended up with after my editing.



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


I set up my still life in the living room off to the side of a large west window. The window has a fairly sheer drapery that allows nice lighting in the afternoon. I was using my Canon PowerShot S90 camera in RAW format. I used Aperture priority and set the aperture to f/2.8. I like to have a fast shutter speed so I eliminate camera shake while hand holding the camera. I adjusted to ISO to 1000, this gave me a shutter speed of 1/200 second. I opened the image in Lightroom 5.



















                           

















In the Basic panel, I increased the Exposure a little, decreased the Highlights, increased the Shadows, increased the Clarity and Vibrance, and decreased the Saturation. I then opened the adjusted image in Photoshop. I cropped the image.


Next, I brought in Kim's texture kk_2701. Here it is at Normal mode and 100% Opacity. I used the Free Transform to shape the textures to the size of my image.



I changed the mode to Color Burn and 50% Opacity.



This darkened the colors a little and gives a little more contrast. This darkened the shadow area which is good since I want to add my text in that area. And this is about what I want for my image. But I want a little scruffy border around the image.  I brought in Kim's texture kk_seriousmagic. Here it is at Normal mode and 100% Opacity.



I changed the mode to Screen and kept Opacity 100%. This is what I want for the image.



Now I want to add in some text about the Snowberry plant. I want the text to be within a shape that has the left side following the curve of the vase. There are several ways to make this for the text. I have a Mac computer and I have always liked the Apple logo of an apple with a bite out of it. I decided to make my text area by making a rectangle and then taking a circular bite out of the rectangle.

With the Elliptical Marquee Tool, I drew a circle from its center (by holding down the command / control key and shift key while drawing) that was bigger than the vase but that the curve was just about the shape of the circle of the vase. I filled in the circle and lowered the opacity so that I could see the vase below it.



Then, I drew a rectangle with the Rectangular Marquee Tool. I knew about how much space my text would take since I had already written it. I made the rectangle about the size I needed and where I wanted the text.



Then, while the rectangle layer is still active, I command / control clicked on the thumbnail of the circular area. This put a selection around the circle.




The rectangle layer is still active. I hit the delete / backspace key to cut the bite out of the rectangle.




I turned off the selection around the circle, command / control - D, and turned off the visibility of the circle layer. I held down the command / control key and clicked on the thumbnail of the rectangle layer to put a selection around the rectangle with the bite out of it.



Next, I turned off the visibility of the rectangle layer. All I need is the selection around its shape. 



Then, I opened the Paths Panel.



I clicked on the button at the bottom of the panel to Make work path from selection. The selection is now a path. And I have the work path active. In this computer image it is hard to see the path line, but it is there if you look carefully.


With the Work Path active, I went back to the Layers Panel. I selected the Horizontal Type Tool and clicked the cursor inside the path shape to select the shape for the text. I had copied my text and here I paste the text, command / control - V. The text flows into the area. I had selected the text to be Myriad Web Pro, bold, 18 pt, left adjusted, and white. I also increased the font size for the first word. The darker shadow area gives a good background for the text.



You can still see the path line. All you have to do is click the cursor somewhere in the gray area below the layers and that will deselect the path so it is no longer visible.



And, this is my final image.



I hope you enjoyed seeing how I did this.


That's all for now.


Life life fully and enjoy.

Earl

23 comments:

Prairie Jill said...

Oh, I love that vase! Such pretty colours and so delicate. I also love your page! Great texture and I really like the way you added the text.

Barb said...

Truly lovely! and thanks for the info on adding text.

Roxi -Coppercurls Designs said...

What an interesting vase. I had not heard of a snowberry bush til 2 years ago when visiting a nursery in SDak. It was pink and beautiful so I bought it and brought it home to TX where it has done pretty well. Great way to do your text and you explained it so well.

elizabeth said...

What an interesting post, Earl! It was fun to learn about your editing, the vase and the information about the snowberry plant.

Sheila said...

Cool processing! Love your post and that vase is so pretty. I've never heard of the snowberry, I'd love to see one.

Pat said...

Great tutorial and beautiful image!

Caz Sultz said...

I love your pretty vase and your processing is wonderful. Thanks for explaining how you shaped the text.

Rob said...

Earl, again...I am so thankful for people like you who explain your creative process with others. Love you picture, and your table too. And actually, the vase is quite nice as well.

kelly said...

earl this is so awesome! thank you for your sharing your workflow! i love the shaped text (something i have never quite mastered). a beautiful shot, so beautifully processed!

Sharon said...

The shaped text is fascinating. And your vase is such an appealing subject. You are good at using so many of the capabilities of Photoshop. This is lovely.

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