I am sticking with my 1950's photographs from Europe. In the Spring of 1955, I went to the Keukenhof Flower Festival. What a marvelous display of flowers. Along the roadside there were vendors selling garlands of bright yellow daffodils to decorate your automobile. My 1955 Ford, sea foam green in color, looked beautiful when all decorated. After seeing the flower displays, I headed out from Keukenhof into the country side. Along the way I saw this windmill that was working. I took a chance to see if I could get to see what was inside the windmill. I was very fortunate. I was invited in to see the workings of a sawmill. Wind power was being used to move the log and the saw blades to cut the log into boards. What an experience.
Here are the two images that I used for this layout. The windmill and the cutting of the log.
And this is my final layout.
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I opened a new document that is 12 x 12-inch, 300 ppi, RGB.
I like the square grid within the windmill blades and the linearity of the saw blades. I used one of my watercolor papers that shows a faint grid in it. I opened this paper above the background layer. Here it is at Normal mode and 100% Opacity.
It's hard to see the faint grid. Here you see the paper at 100% view size.
Since the images are about a sawmill, I wanted the coloring of this watercolor paper to be a little more brown, or wood color. I decided to add a Color Overlay Layer Style to this layer. I doubled clicked in the layer outside the name area. This opened the Layer Style dialog. I clicked on Color Overlay to open its dialog. It opened with the default red color . . . not what I want.
I clicked on the red color box next to the Blend Mode. This opened the color picker dialog. I selected a medium brown color.
Then, I clicked OK. This took me back to the Color Overlay dialog. I selected Color Blend Mode and Opacity 30%. Then clicked OK.
I now have my watercolor paper more of the wood tones.
Above the texture layer, I brought in my two photo layers. I had resized them to 4 x 6-inch before bring them in.
In keeping with my liking the linearity within the photos, I decided to use a line type frame for both photos. I used one of my favorite brushes to make the lines. It is the Graphite Pencil brush that is found in the Dry Media Brushes. I selected the Brush Tool. To open the Dry Media Brushes, I clicked on the menu item in the upper right corner of the Brush Preset Picker. And I selected Dry Media Brushes. I opted to append them to my Brushes Preset Picker.
In the Preset Picker, I selected the Graphite Pencil.
I opened the Brush Panel and adjusted the brush to how I wanted to use it to draw my lines for the frames. In the Brush Tip Shape, I made to Size 50 px.
In the Shape Dynamics, I set Size Jitter to 50%, Control Off, and Minimum Diameter 50%.
Then, I left Scattering, Texture, Dual Brush, and Smoothing as they were and went to Transfer. In Transfer, I set Opacity Jitter to 50% to give some lighter and darker variation to the brush.
That is how I set the Graphite Pencil Brush to draw my line borders. To draw my lines, I opened a new empty layer above my photo of the windmill. I made sure that layer was active. With my Brush Tool selected, I clicked my mouse and held it down at the upper left of my image. While holding the mouse down, hold the Shift key down and keep it down. Now drag the mouse to the right. Holding the Shift while dragging keeps the line straight. When finished with the line, release the mouse then let go of Shift. I had black as my foreground color since I wanted black for the line color as the photo is mostly light.
Then, I did the same for the other sides. Remember . . . Click . . . Shift . . . drag . . . release mouse . . . release Shift.
Then I hit X to switch my foreground color to white. I want white for the line frame for the sawmill photo. I put a new layer above the sawmill photo. On that layer I drew in my lines for the frame. Remember . . . Click . . . Shift . . . drag . . . release mouse . . . release Shift.
I now have my frames on the photos.
Since I had been to the Keukenhof Flower Festival, I decided to use a photo of tulips. I put this photo on its own layer just above my watercolor layer.
I changed the blend mode of the tulip layer to Screen and kept Opacity 100%.
I wanted the flowers layer to be slightly darker. I brought in Kim's texture kk_red in as a layer above the flowers layer. Here it is a Normal Mode and 100% Opacity.
I changed the texture blend mode to Color Burn and kept Opacity 100%,
Then, I added in the title layer just above the kk_red texture layer. I opened the Character Panel. I increased the character Horizontal Scale to 140% and the Vertical Scale to 140%. This gives me a little wider and taller character. I wanted a little more bold letter for what I was going to do.
What I want to do is to create just a stroke outline of the letters. Then I am going to paint some watercolory paint under the stoke-type letters to give the letters some character.
I double clicked in the type layer to open up the Layer Style dialog. I selected Stroke by clicking on the Stroke name, not the check mark box. I used a stroke size of 3 px, Outside, Black color. You don't see the stroke since the letters are also black. Then I clicked OK.
Then I changed the Layer Fill, not Opacity, to 0%. This leaves our Stroke layer style and hides all the black of the text. So I now have just outline letters. And the inside is transparent.
If you don't have the Fill in your Photoshop, you can just use a stoke type letter to begin with for the title.
Next, I held down the command / control key and clicked on the type layer thumbnail. This put a selection around my transparent letters with just the stroke showing.
I want to constrain my painting to just the area around and under the letters. I want to expand my selection. I went to Select > Modify > Expand. This opened the dialog.
I expanded by 30 px.
The selection is now bigger around the letters.
Now, I selected the Brush Tool. In the Brush Picker I selected one of the watercolor brushes. I believe these brushes are from Cilenia Curtis. It doesn't matter which brush . . . just use a scruffy one.
Then I opened the Brush Panel. I used a Size of 124 px and a Spacing of 50%.
Next, in the Shape Dynamics, I set Size Jitter 100%, Control OFF, Minimum Diameter 50%, and Angle Jitter 100%.
In Transfer, I set Opacity Jitter 50%.
In the foreground / background color in the Tool Bar, I selected an orange and brown from the image. I opened a new layer under the text layer. I paint on this layer. The paint is constrained within the selection. I alternate between foreground and background color by using the X-key to switch between them. I mostly just click paint, not drag paint.
I do this to all the letters.
Then, using the Vertical Type Tool, I wrote in the date. Then I did the same as with the title and crated the painting under the date.
I decided that I needed another photo in the upper right area. I used a photo of tulips. I put it at the top of the Layer Stack. I put a new layer above it and as shown above I drew in the border. I used a dark brown for the color.
Next, I brought in my text layer at the top of the Layer stack.
I was almost through with what I was doing. I thought about having a little more border around the whole layout. Above the kk_red texture layer, I brought in Kim's kk_februarymagicedges. This is what it looks like at Normal mode and 100% Opacity.
I changed the blend mode to Soft Light at 80% Opacity.
This is what I want for my layout. Here it is.
That's it for this time. I hope you enjoyed seeing what I did along the way.
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