Saturday, August 27, 2016

Pretty Presets, A CoffeeShop Sponsor, Introduces NEW Seasonal Bundles with Discounts and BONUS!

Pretty Presets, a sponsor on my site and the only Lightroom presets I use besides my own, has some amazing specials right now.  Please read all about them below!

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NEW: Introducing Seasonal Bundles with discounts and BONUS!

We're so excited to offer you SEASONAL BUNDLES! We have a Spring and Summer Bundle and a Fall and Winter Bundle. Included in these bundles are all the best presets for those seasons.
During this seasonal bundle release, you can enjoy up to $29 in savings on each bundle.
The Sugar and Spice and Winter Wonderland Collection are included in the Fall and Winter Bundle. The Enchanted Garden and Summer Collection are included in the Spring and Summer Collection.
Plus, we've also added an AMAZING BONUS! Purchase one of these two bundles through August 30th and you'll also receive a 50-page ebook all about offering successful mini sessions to your clients ($40 value).
These mini sessions can help build your client base and offer relief during the slower seasons.  Successful mini session weekends can bring in an estimated $500-$1500. Don't miss out on this incredible gift with purchase!
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Purchase today and enjoy this AMAZING gift with purchase ($40 Value)

This is the perfect way to build your client base and bring in extra income during the slow season. This ebook will be included as a special gift with purchase, when buying a seasonal bundle, through next week. Here's what is covered within your eBook:
▪ Why You Should Make Mini-Sessions Part of Your Business Plan
▪ Choosing a Mini Session Theme
▪ Creating Buzz for Your Mini Sessions
▪ Details, Details, Details: Communication and Timelines
▪ Pricing Your Mini Sessions for Profit
▪ Selling To Your Mini Session Clients
▪ Pretty Packaging for Your Mini Session Orders
▪ Top 10 Mini Session Tips
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What's Included In Each Bundle?

Pretty Spring and Summer Bundle Includes: Enchanted Garden Collection + Summer Collection + Mini Session eBook ($40 value)
Pretty Fall and Winter Bundle Includes: Sugar & Spice Collection and the Winter Wonderland Collection + Mini Session eBook ($40 value)
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Friday, August 26, 2016

{Friday Photo Bliss}

On Fridays I like to post snapshots I took during the week that make me happy (and usually crack me up). 


My dear grandmother (Gata) turned 94 this week and Paul and I threw her a pizza party with Paul's Perfectly Delicious Homemade Pizza. Gata still lives alone in her apartment, walks to church, and has a younger beau. She is also sharp as a tack and in great shape.

She is living the life!


I was amused watching Paul and the boys play Apples to Apples. We eat mostly a primal diet and stay away from gluten and limit carbs, and apparently it has made an impression on the boys.



This license plate completely cracked us up.


Piper played with our neighbors dog Mack. Mack looks similar to Piper and has a tendency to jump his fence and cruise around the neighborhood. Then I get calls letting me know that my dog is out. So now when Mack is running around I throw him in the backyard to play with Piper until I see his owner looking for him.


Last week Paul was in his clinic talking to a female contact-lens rep. He noticed that she wouldn't meet his eyes and looked very eager to get out of there.

A few hours later he noticed that  his black scrubs had come apart at the seams and he had apparently unknowingly been flashing his tidy-whities at her. Instead of being completely embarrassed (I certainly could have been), he just commented that maybe he should wear black underwear with his scrubs in the future.

Such a problem solver. ;-)

I don't know who is more weird. Paul, for taking a photo of this embarrassing situation, or me for posting it on my blog... ;-)

Check your seams and have a great weekend!!!

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

CoffeeShop Fall Mini Session Photographer Template Set!


I had a Facebook reader ask me to put together some fall templates (before it is too late this year!) so today I have two I wanted to share with you. Here is the link to another one. And if you want something more custom just leave a comment and I will try to get it done!

I am going to have a few pumpkin patch mini-session templates coming out in early Sept. :-)

You can change all of the colors (background, text, etc.) and the storyboards are layered psd files so you can add your images using clipping masks (tutorial and free action). I used these two fonts (1, 2) on the storyboards and you can download them if you don't already have them.

These can be used for print or web and you can use them commercially, no attribution necessary. :-)

Download the CoffeeShop Fall Mini Session Template Set. You can also download it here.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

CoffeeShop Fall Mini-Session 2 Photographer Template!


I have had some requests for more fall mini-session photographer templates, so today I am posting a new 5x7 one.  I have two more coming out this week. If there is something specific you would like for me to design and post, please leave a comment below. I love new ideas!

You can change the font type and colors, change the frame color, and add your image using the clipping mask (tutorial and free action). I used these two fonts (2) on the storyboards and you can download them if you don't already have them.

This mini session template can be used for print or web and you can use it commercially, no attribution necessary. :-)

I used a gorgeous image by Jill Wellington (Etsy ShopFacebook, Blog, YouTube Videos, Pixabay) in my example above.

Download the CoffeeShop Fall Mini Session Template 2. You can also download it here.

Do you want to download my favorite CoffeeShop PSE/Photoshop Actions and Lightroom Presets or Design Elements in one convenient zipped file AND help support this blog? Just click here for my action pack or here for a download of some of my most popular design elements, storyboards, and textures.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

CoffeeShop "Beach Dreams Rosy Sky" Photoshop/PSE Action!


Today I have a brand new action called "Beach Dreams Rosy Sky". This action lets you paint on a gorgeous rosy-ivory tint to the sky and beach of any beach image, including portraits.

If you want to see the "Action UnWrapped" Tutorial where I walk you through the entire edit without an action, you can visit this page.

I like to run the "Beach Dreams Water & Sky" action on my beach portraits first before running this action.


This is the edit I will walk you through today below using the action. The gorgeous original image is by Jessica Edwards Photography. You will have to paint on layer masks to use this action, so if you are new to them please go read this tutorial.


 (edited with "Sanibel Beach Dreams")

If you want to grab the full "Sanibel Beach Dreams" Photoshop/PSE action that is an all-in-one beach edit  (retouching, blue sky and beach, gorgeous sand, rosy-ivory vintage effect), it is now a part of my CoffeeShop Action Download pack.  Purchasing my convenient download packs support this site and keep everything here free! And to thank you for your support there are several actions included as a special gift that are not found for free here on my blog (Sanibel Beach Dreams, Magic Retouching Make-Up Kit, and the Watermarking Kit).  Plus you can request free updates up to two years after purchase (and I update them weekly!).


CoffeeShop "Beach Dreams Rosy Sky" Photoshop/PSE Action Tutorial:


I first ran "Beach Dreams Water & Sky" on this image. Then I clicked on the top layer to select it (in this case Pretty Water and Sky) and then ran "Beach Dreams Rosy Sky".

There won't be much of a change before you paint on the layer masks to add the rosy-tint.


I used a white soft brush on the "Rosy Pink Sky" layer to add that layer to the sky.


I used a soft white brush to add "Rosy Sky Boost" to the sky and her legs. Then I used a gray brush to add the effect to her entire body. I also reduced the opacity of that layer to 35%.


I left "Vintage Ivory" as-is, but reduced the Brighten layer on top to 75%.


I love the gorgeous colors in the final edit! I would love to see your own edits using the action over on my Facebook page.

Download the CoffeeShop "Beach Dreams Rosy Sky" Photoshop/PSE Action. You can also download it here.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

CoffeeShop "Quilt Board #3" 12x12 Photographer Storyboard


TGIF!!! Today I have a new quilt-inspired photographer storyboard to share with you. This storyboard is a 12x12 layered psd file so you can add your images using clipping masks (tutorial and free action). You can use this on your websites/blogs/social media or even print them on cards or put them on your wall. Add four of them together to make a small "quilt"!

Here is the first and second of the series.

The images in my examples above are from the talented Jill Wellington (Etsy ShopFacebook, Blog, YouTube Videos, Pixabay).

Download the CoffeeShop "Quilt Board #3" photographer storyboard. You can also download it here.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

CoffeeShop "Dramatic Beach Sky" Free Overlay!


Today I have a new artistic beach sky overlay to share with you. These are so fun to add to your images and they can really make a beautiful addition. I have several more tutorials and beach overlay free downloads, you can find them here.

One of the things that make my beach sky overlays special is I add a blurred mirror image on the bottom. This way when you add the sky to your own beach image you will see some of the gorgeous light reflected on the water and sand.

I created this gorgeous new beach overlay  from this original image and Photoshop and the Topaz Impression Photoshop/PSE plug-in (app).

If you want to check out a gorgeous beach action, you can download "Beach Dreams Water & Sky".



In this tutorial I used this original image from Rachel Taylor Photography.



Drag the sky overlay on top of your image and place the middle line on the horizon.  Then free-transform (Ctrl-T) the overlay to fit. 

I put the sky overlay in Multiply blending mode at 80%. 



Then I clicked to select the sky overlay layer and used my quick selection tool to select the couple. I Gaussian blurred the selection to remove the sky texture but not the color from the couple. 

Then I selected the water and sand and used the Gaussian blur filter to blur the sky reflection until it looked subtle.




Their skin was lobster red, so I added a Hue/Saturation layer on top and reduced the Red's saturation and increased its lightness. Then I filled the layer mask with black and painted this layer just on the couple. Then I dialed down the opacity to taste.

The key to this step is reducing the skin redness without making them look unnatural. Your skin will look reddish when you are looking at a gorgeous sunset.  ;-)



I hope you enjoyed this new tutorial! 

You can download the CoffeeShop "Dramatic Beach Sky" overlay. You can also download it here.

Do you want to download my favorite CoffeeShop PSE/Photoshop Actions and Lightroom Presets or Design Elements in one convenient zipped file AND help support this blog? Just click here for my action pack or here for a download of some of my most popular design elements, storyboards, and textures.

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