Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Pretty Presets (A CoffeeShop Sponsor) Flash SALE: Sugar & Spice Collection!!!

Pretty Presets is a sponsor of my site and they make the only presets I use besides my own. I am a huge fan!!!  Today they have a flash sale on their beautiful "Sugar and Spice Collection". You can read all about it below.

They also have some weekly specials on a few other preset sets (like one of my favorites, Bohemian). Click here to see them!

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FLASH SALE: Sugar & Spice Collection


We are so excited to share our Sugar & Spice Collection with you! Don't miss out on this FLASH SALE today at Pretty Presets
Through 1 pm EST today we're offering you $15 OFF with the code "FLASHSALE". After 1 pm, you can enjoy $10 off through 11:59 pm EST with the same "FLASHSALE" code. Don't miss out on this savings. Perfect for your end of summer and fall sessions!
You can add beautiful jewel tones and rich warm colors to your images with easy one-click presets. Customize your own signature style using quick post presets, and finish your image with our Fall Mini-Brush Collection for that perfect one-of-a-kind look. Your Fall photo sessions will be infused with soft, sunny light and deep, dramatic color.
Luckily for you, you can grab the loved Sugar & Spice Fall Collection for a steal of a price.

Included within your download are: 20 Pretty Presets, 9 Post-Presets and 14 Brushes. This collection works best in Lightroom 5, Lightroom 6 and in the Creative Cloud.

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INCLUDED WITHIN DOWNLOAD:

Pretty Presets Included: Ambrosia, Cafe Au Lait, Cashmere, Chestnut, Clover, Gingersnap, Harvest Moon, Honeycrisp, Juniper, Mystic Gold Haze, Mystic Gold, Olive Branch, Radiant, Saffron, Seagrove, Sienna, Silver Birch, Velvet Dusk, Vintage Autumn, and Wild Harvest {Backlit}.
Pretty Preset Posts: Add Drama I, Add Drama II, Soft Center Light, Soft Vignette, Warm Vignette, WB Cool It Down I, WB Cool It Down II, WB Warm It Up I, WB Warm It Up II
Sugar & Spice Brushes: Add Dark and Detail, Add Light, Balance Magenta, Balance Yellow/Orange, Color Yellow to Plum, Enhance Greens, Enhance Oranges, Enhance Yellows, Kill the Grass, Tint it Blue, Tint it Brown, Tint it Plum, Tint it Red and Tint it Yellow.

"They make editing a breeze!"


"So in love w/PP’s Sugar & Spice Collection! I just wrapped up an engagement shoot and the presets really made some of the photos ethereal!" -Nichole P.
"Sugar and Spice rocks! I love this preset collection. I love it makes the trees and leaves pop more autumn like and colorful especially if it was green originally, to begin with! Wild harvest (backlit) is my favorite one in this collection to use the most! Thank you!" -Juliane B.
"Amazing! I love pretty presents because they are so easy to use and make editing go by so much faster." -Ryanne O.
"I am a portrait & wedding photographer from California! Things are very dry here, I love how much Pretty Presets enhance the colors in my photographs! Loving all of the preset collections & brushed u have purchased! They make editing a breeze!"Mackenzie R.
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Monday, August 21, 2017

CoffeeShop "Cracked Glass Plate" Fine Art Texture/Overlay


Duke and I are still sick (coughs can last forever and really wear you down) but everyone else is getting better. What a month we have been having here at the CoffeeShop house. I am ready for cooler weather and a healed family. I know my husband Paul is ready for me to be back to normal. I get really grouchy when I am sick...

Today we are watching the eclipse. I think we will see around 2/3 of it in this part of Texas, and so far it has been amazing. We go out there every 10 minutes or so with our eclipse glasses provided by Paul. I wish we could have gone up north to see the full eclipse, but traveling would have been a nightmare with our bad coughs, so everything worked out ok. I hope everyone  in the path of the eclipse is enjoying this once-in-a-lifetime event. :-)

I have a new fine art texture/overlay to share with you today. I used this free texture and combined a few other textures and created this moody cracked glass plate effect. I use this one in soft light and overlay, but you can try some of the other blending modes too. I love using it with a B&W action. In fact, I wrote a new one that works perfectly with this overlay and I will post it later this week.






I want to thank the talented photographer at Unsplash for sharing their photos (woman with dog, flower, fox, roses, acorn, cat).

Download the CoffeeShop "Fine Art Cracked Glass Plate" Texture.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

CoffeeShop "Sneak Peek" Professional Photographer Storyboard Set #2!


Today I have a brand new set of 1000x1000 "Sneak Peek" web-boards. These are professional-photographer layered .psd files and you add your images using clipping masks (tutorial and free action).

I used the free fonts from FontSquirrel.com on these storyboards.

A special thanks to Lisa Rubel Photography (websiteFacebookInstagramTwitter) for allowing me to use her stunning images in my example storyboards.

Download the CoffeeShop "Sneak Peek Web-Board" Set #2.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

CoffeeShop "Buttercream Vintage" Fine Art Photoshop/PSE Action!


So I am still living in the "House of  Sick".  The kids are still not 100% and now Paul and I apparently caught something. Oh well, at least it is too hot and humid to go out anyway, so it is a good time to be sick. I am trying to be optimistic, is it working?

Today I wanted to post a new action called "Buttercream Vintage". This one looks amazing on beach images but you can run on it so many other types of images. It is fully adjustable and you can have anything from a high-contrast to matte-effect edit.

A special thanks to the photographer at Unsplash for the images used in this post (flowers, surfer, girl with white t-shirt, girl running).


CoffeeShop "Buttercream Vintage" Photoshop/PSE Action Tutorial:




Run the action and you will see a Levels pop-up, preset for a matte-effect contrast adjustment.


If you want to add more contrast simply move the shadow sliders (the one on the left under the curve) and the black Output Levels slider to the left. Now this image really pops.


This is the image after the action finishes.


For this edit I turned on the "Recover Highlights" and "Define" layer. You can also adjust each layer's opacity to taste.


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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Thursday, August 10, 2017

CoffeeShop "Sunflare Overlay Set #1"!


Today I have a brand new sun flare overlay set! I designed these yesterday and I really love them. These are actually easy to create and I will put together a tutorial showing you how I do it later this month. I will also write a tutorial about how to edit these for your own images and a easy trick to apply these horizontal landscape overlays on a vertical portrait image.

I usually use these overlays in Screen or Soft Light blending mode or a combination of the two.

I want to thank Bloom Photography for the gorgeous bird/flower image and the talented photographers at Unsplash (dogholding hands and walkingholding handsguitar).




In this edit I used Sunflare 3 in Screen 100% and Sunflare 4 in Soft Light 53%.




In this version I used Sunflare 2 in Screen 100% and Sunflare 1 in Screen 60%.

I hope you enjoy playing with these new overlays!

Download the CoffeeShop "Sunflare Overlay Set 1".

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

CoffeeShop "Chamomile Tea B&W" Fine Art Photoshop/PSE Action!


I was supposed to post  this yesterday, but it was so stormy yesterday I didn't want to turn on my computer.  Luckily we didn't float away or have any new leaks, so I am back!

Here is my newest tinted B&W action called "Chamomile Tea B&W". This action is so pretty on so many different types of images and it is fully adjustable.



I wanted to thank the generous photographers at Unsplash for the images I used in this post. (succulent, bridal bouquet, woman in white, baby shoes, woman with flower in hair, ferris wheel) and Jill Wellington (Etsy ShopFacebook, Blog, YouTube Videos, Pixabay) for the gorgeous portrait I used in my tutorial below.

CoffeeShop "Chamomile Tea B&W" Action Tutorial:




Run the "Chamomile Tea B&W" action on the image. This is what the edit looks like with no adjustments. Adjust each layer's opacity to taste and/or paint on the layer masks.


For this edit I turned on "White Rescue" add adjusted the opacity to 64% to recover detail on her white dress.


Then I turned on "Brighten Shadows" and adjusted the opacity to 61%. This is such a pretty soft-looking edit!

Download the CoffeeShop "Chamomile Tea B&W" Photoshop/PSE Action.


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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Sick Children and Homemade Soap Progress


Imp is still sick and Duke is in slow recovery from the "Coughing Disease From Hades".  Mom prescribed lots of liquids, chicken bone broth, and cuddles with their favorite rat Oreo.

Yes, my kids cuddle with rats.

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So I have been stuck at home nursing my sick boys for two weeks and counting. I could have cleaned the house and caught up with laundry, but instead I used the time to work on my August tutorial for the Graphic's Fairy site and also I made more soap!


Quite a bit of soap in fact. I had made several batches months ago and I didn't want to make any more until I was running low. We really aren't that dirty and don't need that much soap. However, I always make extra for gifts. But finally the soap pile was getting low and I gave myself permission to make more.

I purchased the "Pure Soapmaking" book and it really encouraged me to try cold process soap-making. The book is very beautiful and easy to read, and I love the tips for creating pretty swirls and fancy soaps. Some of the examples use specialized soap-making equipment I don't own, but I can modify them quite easily. This book is very inspirational.


Cold process soap can be prettier than hot process, but it takes weeks to cure. I am impatient so this drives me crazy. But look at these gorgeous flower soaps! I used this flower silicon mold.

When I started making soap one of my favorite soap-making blogs was The Nerdy Farm Wife. I love that she only uses natural products in her soaps. And she is about to publish a soap-making book called "Simple & Natural Soapmaking".  I preordered it just to be able to watch her free video soap-making class.  Here is the link to read all about it (I am not a Nerdy Farm Wife affiliate, I just love her stuff!).

If you preorder the book (before Aug. 8th) you get the classes for free. I have already watched all of the available ones and they are amazing. The videos and printables contain soap recipes, step-by-step instructions, tips/tricks, etc. I wish I had watched these before I started making soap, but they are also great for the more experienced soap-maker. I learned so many new things!

I also ordered her previous book "101 Easy Homemade Products". I kept on checking it out from the library and decided it was time to give back to The Nerdy Farm Wife. ;-) This book is full of amazing natural products you can make for your body, home, pets, etc. Again, I love that Jan only uses natural products and most of her recipes use inexpensive ingredients.


So what to do with all of this new soap? I have to use it/get rid of it so I can make more. Luckily I have friends and family that will take some of it off my hands.

Today I worked on some new packaging prototypes. Previously I made these adorable gift bags, but I was ready for a new challenge. I decided I needed a company name (I am not going to sell soap, I just love to make logos) so "Dogwood Trail Naturals" was born, named after a favorite street from my childhood. I will probably have a new company name for the next batch. ;-)

I wrapped the soaps in some pretty paper from Hobby Lobby (the 12x12 scrapbooking paper packs, 40% off with coupon!) and then designed my labels in Photoshop. I am cheap and didn't want to buy sticker paper, so I printed them out on printer paper and then cut them out and pasted them on with a glue stick. I think they turned out great!!! I might add some twine or ribbon to really fancy them up.

These soaps are for my friend Gina, then I have to make a set for my mother and sisters. By then I will have received my new soap-making book and I can make more soap!!!

Yes, I might be a bit addicted.

Have a great weekend. I have a new beautiful action coming out Monday. :-)

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