Welcome to EarlK Design!


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.



Thursdays with Earl


Thursdays with Earl (TWEarl)


Writing these articles was something that Jessica Sprague asked me to do in early 2009. I was honored and pleased to join in with her and have Thursdays with Earl associated with her. I like to share ideas and information. And, Jessica had given me this chance to talk to you and to show you some things that I think may be of interest to you. The initial thought was to have a new article every Thursday. This was not strictly adhered to but a total of eight episodes occurred during the period April 2009 to June 2009. At the time these episodes were written, I was using Adobe Photoshop CS3 for Mac. If you are on a different platform and different software, I hope that you will be able to translate my information to what you have.

(added on April 8, 2013)
These episodes are currently not available from JessicaSprague.com. Jessica is redoing the Freebies section of her site. That is where Thursdays with Earl have been available. So, the episodes are not available from her site at this time. However, you can now download the .pdf file that is associated with each Episode of Thursdays with Earl by clicking on the Episode number in the list of Episodes below. 

Here is a list of the titles of each Episode.

(Click on the Episode to link to the download for that Episode.)

Episode 1
A Flutter Book from a Single Sheet of Paper
Thursday, April 30, 2009

Episode 2
A Few Fluttering Thoughts
Thursday, May 7, 2009

Episode 3
Framing an Image
Thursday, May 14, 2009

Episode 4
Vignettes
(Soft fade effect)
Thursday, May 21, 2009

Episode 5
Gradient Backgrounds
(Getting to Know Your Gradient Tool, Part 1)
Thursday, May 28, 2009

Episode 6
Vignettes (Dark Corners)
Thursday, June 4, 2009

Episode 7
Celtic Knots and Others
Thursday, June 11, 2009

Episode 8
Repeating Object Shapes
Thursday, June 18, 2009