Thursday, May 5, 2016

CoffeeShop "Swirly Painterly" Fine Art Texture!


I have a real texture addiction, both making and using them. Luckily I have  the help of Topaz Impression Photoshop/PSE plug-in (app). I can easily whip up a new painterly texture whenever I want and then share it with you!

Today I have a new fine art texture I call "Swirly Painterly".  I kept this one in B&W so it won't change the color of your original image. I like to use it in Soft Light or Overlay blending mode.

I used this lovely flower image and beach grass image in this post.


Today I also wanted to show you how I combine  several of my textures and an action to create my own fine art. If you want to follow along with me  I have links to everything I used in this edit.

CoffeeShop Fine Art Tutorial: 


I found this lovely photo and wanted to make it darker, so I added a Levels adjustment layer (without any changes) and put that layer in Multiply blending mode.


Next I added one of my dramatic Beach Skies Overlays in Multiply blending mode. Tutorial is here.


Then I ran one of my favorite actions called "Fashionista Luxe" on the image. I love this so far!!!



Finally I added my "Swirly Painterly" texture, from this post, on top twice under the Matte layer.

I put one layer in Soft Light blending mode, 30% and the other on in Soft Light blending mode, 100%. I think this really creates a lovely piece of art.


 I would love to see your own work using my freebies on my Facebook page.

Download the CoffeeShop "Swirly Painterly" Fine Art Texture. You can also download it here or get all of my favorite fine art textures (plus photographer storyboards and digital designs) in one simple download 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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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

CoffeeShop Photographer Storyboard 16x20, Set #2!


Today I have a new set of 16x20 storyboards to share with you. One has borders, one does not. Actually this set has more than two storyboards as you can flip both of these on the side or upside down before adding your images. These storyboards can be printed or resized for the web and they are layered psd files so you can add your images using clipping masks (tutorial and free action).

I used some beautiful "Vintage Val" images by Jill Wellington (Etsy ShopFacebookBlogYouTube VideosPixabay) in my example storyboard.

Download the CoffeeShop "Storyboard Set 2, 16x20". 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. 

For complete info on installing all of my actions, click here.


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Pretty Presets Mother's Day Giveaway and SALE!

Pretty Presets, a sponsor of my site and the only presets other than my own that I use, has a Mother's Day Giveaway and SALE going on right now! Go visit their site and check them out before it is too late!

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

CoffeeShop "Honey Retro 2" Photoshop/PSE Action!


Today I have a brand new beautiful Photoshop/PSE action to share with you called "Honey Retro 2". I was never completely satisfied with the original "Honey Retro" action so I completely rewrote it and this new version is so much better!

"Honey Retro 2" is completely adjustable and on the right images can look stunning.

I wanted to thank Carmann for the gorgeous sunset image I used above, Pexibear for the beautiful floral image in my ad, and Jill Wellington (Etsy ShopFacebook, Blog, YouTube Videos, Pixabay) for the lovely floral image I used below in my action tutorial.


I ran "Honey Retro 2" on a photo I took from my front porch. I think this looks almost like a painting.

CoffeeShop "Honey Retro 2" Photoshop/PSE Tutorial:


I found this lovely image from Jill Wellington on Pixabay.


I ran "Honey Retro 2" on the image. All of the layers are adjustable. I usually keep "Light Burn" on, but on this image I turned it off.

On the  yellow color-fill adjustment layer, try changing the blending mode from Normal to  Soft Light, Overlay, or Multiply and adjust the opacity to taste. I usually keep it in Normal.


I also decided to add one of my favorite textures to this image called "Cracked Texture". I put it in Soft Light and dragged it under the yellow color-fill adjustment layer.


I love this final version! The colors are so pretty and the texture really adds so much.

I would love to see your own before and after edits on my Facebook page. :-)

Download the CoffeeShop "Honey Retro 2" Photoshop/PSE Action. 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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Friday, April 29, 2016

{CoffeeShop Family Flying Circus Adventures}: Chapter 2, "Hanger Crash Queen"

Interested to read more of the {CoffeeShop Family Flying Circus Adventures}! 

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After our experience dealing with unsafe rental airplanes and deciding the cost of purchasing our own plane was completely out of our means, Paul and I had put our dreams of flying on "hibernation-mode".


Meanwhile I was getting tired (slightly embarrassed?) of driving my "Granny Mobile" around. Sure, it is a powerful, comfortable car with the added bonus of having an actual tape deck (!!!), but it is a 2000 Grand Marquis with close to 100,000 miles on it and kind of lacks the "cool" factor. 

I decided I needed a new (or new to me) car so I went shopping and almost died of sticker shock. We hadn't purchased a car for over ten years (my husband drives a 2005 Ford Escape) and I had no idea cars were so expensive.

While I was looking at cars I was also "shopping" for used planes on-line, just for fun.  I was honestly surprised to see 4-person planes cheaper than many of the cars I had on my list. So I talked to Paul and we decided we would keep both of our cars (they are paid off), and for fun we would start looking at airplanes.

And unknowingly we entered a rabbit hole... 

(Hooks Airport)

And we got to see a whole lot of amazing war planes at various airports on the way down that rabbit hole (you can see some of them in this post)!

We spent hours and hours on-line, looking at ads, emailing people, and reading up on buying an airplane. It was a massive project since buying a plane is somewhat like buying a house. You can get a really cheap plane that ends up being a fixer-upper, so you have to shop very carefully, and sometimes for years, to find the right plane.

(Conroe Airport)

We started out looking at the cheapest planes around town just to learn the ropes, and boy did we see some junkers. And we also met a lot of "Liar-McLiars". People selling used-airplanes are no different than people selling used-cars.  

(West Houston Airport)

After six months or so we found out there were three important things we had to have before purchasing a plane. 

1) The engine must be in great shape and the plane must have been flown regularly. We didn't want a "Hanger Queen" (a gorgeous aircraft that sits in a hanger and is never flown).  Just like boats, planes must be used regularly to stay in peak condition.

2) The aircraft must have no damage history. If a plane is ever damaged that history follows it forever and really lowers the buyer pool and the price, even if everything else seems fine.

3) The plane must have all aircraft logs. Many people won't buy a plane unless it has every logbook from the day the plane was born. The logbooks must have every maintenance check, inspection, damage, and repair noted. 


 (Hooks Airport)

This check list might sound easy, but that is the Holy Grail of aircraft shopping and almost impossible to achieve when you are looking at 40-60 year old planes that are priced within the range of a basic new car. So we internet shopped, emailed what seemed to be a zillion people who were selling their planes, and made a list of potential ones we wanted to visit.

One of our scouting trips was to Taylor, Texas to see what appeared to be the "perfect" plane. It met all of our check lists, had amazing equipment, and was priced to sell.

(Pretty Piper Archer in Taylor)

When we got there we fell in love instantly. This Piper Archer was one sweet plane. Paul went up in her and was convinced this was it.  Since we had done our research and had looked at several planes already (we just knew enough to be dangerous), we sat down to look at all the logbooks. The person selling the plane for the owner (let's call him Sam) assured us once again that everything was there and that the aircraft had no damage history. 

The aircraft frame logs looks perfect, no reported damage history. Then Paul picked up the propeller logbook and flipped through it. He found a little piece of folded paper stapled to the final page, and as he is very detail-orientated, he carefully opened and read the brittle paper. 

It was an 1992 invoice from a repair shop that noted that they had replaced the aluminum "skin" on both wings, replaced the entire front window, and made major repairs to the roof of the plane. 


!!!Major Damage History Alert!!!

Note: This is not a photo of the actual plane, just what I imagined happened to it.

Paul pointed out this extreme damage repair (which should have been recorded in the actual airframe logbook) to Sam and he turned white as a sheet. He started stuttering and looked incredibly ill and he said "I was the one that did the prebuy (inspection) for my buyer last year, and I completely missed this form". 

Wow, I had no words. I could see Paul was incredibly disappointed and Sam knew that he was in hot water. Then Sam started back-pedaling, not wanting to lose interested buyers, and he said that maybe the plane had some hail damage that needed to be repaired. He noticed that the repair shop had the previous owner's phone number, so he decided to try to call him (on intercom) and ask what had happened to the plane. 

This was over 20 years ago, so Paul and I had no faith he would reach him, but we admittedly were curious and he made the call. And he reached the guy and we heard "The Rest of the Story".

(West Houston Airport)

This beautiful plane used to live in Maryland and was dearly loved by her owner and slept snug and warm in her fancy hanger. Maryland was having a really brutal winter and one night they got several feet of snow. The owner wasn't able to get out to check on his baby for several days, but when the snow was cleared off the roads he was able to drive to the hanger.

The heavy snow on the roof of the metal hanger caused the roof to collapse onto the plane. One 2x4 crashed through the front window and the wings and roof of the plane were covered in wood supports (which penetrated the thin metal skin of the wings), metal debris, and heavy snow for several days. 

The owner at the time had great insurance and they paid for the repairs in full and made her "good as new". But this plane had major damage history and was marked for life. Not to mention that it was not built to be crushed by heavy weight for days, so we questioned the integrity of the wings. 

Paul and I looked at each other and then Paul turned to Sam and told him  we wouldn't be buying the plane. Sam didn't look surprised and said he was going to call the owner and a person who had already made a low-ball offer earlier that day and let them know about the damage history.

We walked away, disappointed but also happy that we had noticed the damage history before really getting excited about buying this plane. 

(Hooks Airport)

As we drove away, Imp suddenly started violently throwing up all over the back seat (this was the car trip from HADES!) and we completely moved on from this Piper. However, a few days later Sam called and said they were considering an offer and wanted to see if we were still interested in the plane and wanted to make an offer. 

Yeah, I think Sam had a few screws loose...

So our search for the perfect, affordable, safe plane would continue.

To be continued!!!


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Thursday, April 28, 2016

CoffeeShop Photographer Storyboard Set #1: 16x20 Print or Web!


OK, I have a problem. I am completely clueless how to name all of these photographer storyboards I am designing for my blog. I can be creative all day designing goodies, but naming them just drives me crazy! So I am just going to start naming these storyboards by number (starting with #1 today) and size.

Today I have a new set of 16x20 storyboards to share with you. One has borders, one does not. Actually this set has a total of four storyboards as you can flip both of these on the side (before adding your images). These storyboards can be printed or resized for the web. The storyboards are layered psd file so you can add your images using clipping masks (tutorial and free action).

If you haven't tried using my Group-It action to load these storyboards please go download it now and give it a test drive. This action makes loading storyboards effortless and it can be used on any .psd storyboard you can find out there or ones you design yourself!

I used some beautiful "Vintage Val" images by Jill Wellington (Etsy ShopFacebook, Blog, YouTube Videos, Pixabay) in my example storyboard.

Download the CoffeeShop Set #1, 16x20. 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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Pretty Actions Freebie: Double Exposure Free Action Mini-Set!!!

Pretty Actions is a sponsor of my site and I just received this amazing deal in my email box! They have a new free action mini-set to create those really cool double exposure images. This is something I have been wanting to do myself and I have been watching videos trying to learn, but using an action would even be better. ;-)

Read all about it below and click on the link to go to the Pretty Preset Facebook Group to grab these actions before it is too late!