Tuesday, September 19, 2017

CoffeeShop "Enchanted Woods" Fine Art Photoshop/PSE Action!


Today I have a brand new action called "Enchanted Woods". This action creates a cool and moody edit as it makes the greens more blue and removes yellow tints, slightly darkens the image, and allows you to do a custom contrast adjustment. This can be a really gorgeous edit on outdoor image/portraits with lots of greenery. 

I have step-by-step instructions posted below.

Original images used in this post (woman, man, flowers, girl in white shirt, baby shoes, man and dog).







CoffeeShop "Enchanted Woods" Photoshop/PSE Action Tutorial:





Run "Enchanted Woods" and adjust the contrast when the Levels adjustment comes up. It is preset for a slight matte-effect, but you can adjust the sliders under the curve and the left black "Output Levels" slider to add more contrast.

I also often move the right white "Output Levels" slider slightly to the left to tone down the whites.


After the action runs adjust each layer to taste. The first adjustment I did for this image was turn down the "Darken Shadows" layer to 25% and use a soft black brush on the layer mask to remove it from the center of the image. This adds a slight vignette effect.


I turned down the Desaturate layer to 50%.


I painted the "Remove yellows" layer off the woman. If you have anything yellow in your image such as flowers that you wish to keep yellow, you will want to turn off this layer or paint it off. I usually remove it from skin and lower the opacity to 50% or so.


Finally, I clicked on the "Enchanted Woods" layer and used a soft black low-opacity brush and removed some of it off her hair. This added some pretty highlights. You might want to remove some off skin too if needed

I hope you enjoy my newest action! And I would love to see some of your before/afters on my Facebook page.

Download the CoffeeShop " Enchanted Woods" Photoshop/PSE action.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Pretty Presets NEW "Bella Baby Complete Workflow" Special!!!

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Friday, September 15, 2017

{CoffeeShop Family Flying Circus Adventures} Chapter 11: "Running (Flying) From Hurricane Harvey"


Back in March of 2016 we bought a little 1970's 4-seater Piper and we have had many fun flying adventures.  Interested in reading more of the {CoffeeShop Family Flying Circus Adventures}? PrologueChapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3,  Chapter 4Chapter 5, Chapter 6, Chapter 7, Chapter 8, Chapter 9, Chapter 10Entire Series (newest posts first).

A special thanks to my husband Paul who flies the plane and edits all our videos. Please subscribe to his Texas Gooney Bird YouTube channel if you are interested in following our adventures. It would make his day!



When Hurricane Harvey was heading our way we were terrified. We weren't in the direct path where it hit as a Cat. 4 in Rockport, TX, but we were on the dirty side of the storm and the weather folks were predicting that it would head our way, stall, and drop over three feet of rain in some areas. This is a huge deal since Houston was built on a swamp and thus very flood-prone. And guess what, the weather folks were right.  We had almost 30 inches at our house over several days and one part of town supposedly had over 50 inches, a record for the continental US.

Our house is not in the part of our subdivision in the flood plain (the photo above shows our neighbors' houses that are next to the creek), but almost any house in our area can flood if several feet of rain get dumped on it during a short amount of time. Thankfully our house was fine this storm, but last year our Gooney Bird hanger flooded thanks to the ten inches of rain we had one afternoon and we were really worried that this storm could potentially turn her into a boat.

Unfortunately we couldn't move our house out of Houston, but we could move our plane and have one less thing to worry about. But where do we move her? Could we end up not flooding here as badly as predicted but, ironically, send her off somewhere where she floods? ARGGGHHH!

I don't have many photos of this flying adventure since I was sick with a horrible coughing disease and was incredibly anxious, but my (hot) husband Paul made a video all about our Hurricane Harvey-Gooney Bird adventures and you can watch it below or via this link.



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Thursday, September 14, 2017

CoffeeShop "Distressed Fine Art Texture Set"!


I have been busy working on a few new actions and they are almost ready to post. I also designed a new set of distressed fine art textures that I could share with you today. One is a neutral gray, and the other is a beautiful soft green.

To create these textures I started with this original texture and used the clone brush to modify different areas and added two additional textures over it. As a final step I ran the Topaz Impressions filter over it to add a painterly effect. I am really happy how these turned out and hope you enjoy using them on your images.

I used a gorgeous photo from Bloom in my example above.


 (original with CoffeeShop Autumn Luxe action and this texture in soft light blending mode, 2X)


(original with the green texture in multiply and soft light blending modes)


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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

CoffeeShop "Storyboard Set #36, 20x10 and 10x5 Hand-Drawn Frames"


I hope that everyone that was in the path of Irma is doing OK. I really hope we are finished with hurricanes this year. It has been a brutal summer with all of the fires in the NW and the hurricanes down here in the South.

Today I wanted to post a brand new storyboard set. This one has two storyboards (20x10 and 10x5) with "hand-drawn" frames from the (affiliate link) Graphics Fairy Premium Site. I love their site because you can use all of their graphic designs personally or commercially!!! I am an instructor over there and post monthly tutorials in case you are interested. :-)

In this new storyboard set you can change the background color, the frame colors, and even the dot colors! Add images using clipping masks (tutorial and free action). You can print or post this storyboard on the web. I added the 10x5 version as it is easy to print on a home color printer. You can add something firm for the backing and display it on an easel.

A special thanks to Lisa Rubel Photography (website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) for allowing me to use her stunning images in my example storyboard.

Download the CoffeeShop "Storyboard Set #36".

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Friday, September 8, 2017

{Friday Photo Bliss}: Games, Walks, Butterflies

This week has been beautiful with blue skies and cool breezes. But we know that Hurricane Irma is approaching Florida and our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in her path. Please be safe!


The greenbelt finally dried up so we were able to check out the drainage area to make sure no fish were trapped. We found many tadpoles and minnows, but no alligator gars this time. We were quite disappointed.


I told the boys if they wanted to play any video games they needed to play board games first. So they taught themselves Scrabble. I was laughing inside because both of these boys are the WORST spellers. Just like their mom... ;-)


Not so bad! Imp won by 3 points.


And they also learned how to play backgammon. When I was taking this photo I was trying to get Piper's face in the screen and didn't even notice Imp. I tell you, this kid is Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes.


Imp made homemade enchilada sauce for chicken enchilada's. They were amazing!!!


And remember these caterpillars that we found in our parsley during the hurricane?


Here is one of the butterflies!

Please be safe out there on the Southeast Coast.

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

CoffeeShop "Autumn Fabric" Digital Paper Pack!


Yesterday we felt a hint of Autumn in the air. Instead of highs in the 90's as it has been most of the summer, the temperature stayed in the 80's which was so nice. I am sure it will get hot again, but we are enjoying these few days of pleasant weather and gorgeous sun. We really need to dry out after Harvey's rain.

And I wanted to mention that we are thinking of everyone in the path of Irma and hoping it heads away from land. Please stay safe. November and the end of this hurricane season can't come too soon...

This cooler weather inspired me to design a new digital paper pack. This one contains various fabrics in Autumn-inspired colors. You can use these papers on cards, websites, storyboards, etc. And they come with free commercial terms of use. 


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