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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 >>>


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Texture Tuesday . . . 17 June 2014 . . . free & easy

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



          Next weeks theme ....Tuesday, June 17th
          free & easy.

It always takes me a while to decide what I want to do for these free & easy editions of Texture Tuesday. I like to try new things with Photoshop. I had recently watched a video by Julieanne Kost that showed how to straighten tilted portions of a photo. Julieanne used Puppet Warp to do this. As I watched the video, my mind started thinking about how I could use Puppet Warp to create artistic versions of some of my photos. Puppet Warp, I believe, was added to Photoshop in CS5. I do not know if it is in PS Elements. I am using Photoshop CS6 on a Mac.
I started with this photo.

And, ended with this image.

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

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Texture Tuesday . . 10 June 2014 . . free & easy

For this Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen, Kim gave us the theme:



          Next weeks theme ....Tuesday, June 10th
          free & easy.

For this eDition of Texture Tuesday, I want to show you how to make a version of a mandala. Here are a couple of examples of what I mean.

I used this image to create this 8-section mandala. Each section is composed of two parts. One part has an image and the other part is a mirror image reflection of the first part.




Here is another example.



To show how to do this, I will use the following image to make this mandala.





I believe this can be done using Photoshop Elements. However, I am using Photoshop CS6 on a Mac.

To see how to make these mandalas, click on the READ MORE > > >


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Texture Tuesday . . . 3 June 2014 . . . Nature

Time for another eDition of Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen. For this Tuesday, Kim gave us:

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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