Friday, November 17, 2017

{Friday Photo Bliss}

On Fridays I like to post snapshots I have taken during the week that make me happy.


Fall is here and it is once again in the 80's and muggy. 

That is OK, I will take it!


We ate delicious hamburgers on my low-carb/gluten-free Cloud Bread recipe. They had homemade mayo, avocado, and cheddar cheese. We love a big burger.



The guys and I went walking at the park. The kids can't resist a downed tree.


These clouds are gorgeous!


Duke got stung by a nasty Asp Caterpillar on his leg. You can see the outline of the Asp in blisters! The sting can be excruciating, but he must not have been stung too bad. He didn't complain much at all, but he is a pretty tough kid.

A few months ago I was working on the computer upstairs and two bloody kids suddenly appeared in front of me. They had been spinning on this giant plant holder with wheels in the driveway  (unbeknownst to me) and were both tossed off.  It looked like Duke had rubbed off most of the skin on his knee and Imp was covered with scrapes. 

The first thing Duke said was "Mom, don't be worried."

He knows me so well.

Then he told me what happened. Honestly they were more amused than upset about the experience. And like Paul always tells me, boys like a really impressive scar...


This week was warm enough to go wading at the creek, but cool enough to slow down the snakes and alligators. At least I told myself that. The combination of cool water and sand/rocks/clay/grass felt wonderful on our feet. 


The boys really enjoy being out in nature. Just like their mom. Today we plan on going back and bringing our fishing gear.


We don't see many beautiful fall leaves down here, but the Chinese Tallow-tree never fails to impress this time of year. The leaves are bright red and yellow and were floating down the creek like beautiful shiny little boats.


They were everywhere.


Duke and I couldn't stop laughing at Imp because he was pulling up his shorts while wading in 3 inch water. "Better safe than sorry" he told us. Crazy kid.


And one of my favorite holidays is almost here! This year I am thankful for so much, including that I bucked tradition and decided I will use paper plates this year instead of china. I am having a full house and I want to make it easy on my washing up.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!!

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

CoffeeShop "Thanksgiving" Photo Storyboards!


I am so excited about Thanksgiving. It is one of my favorite holidays because it involves family, friends, and food and no presents! I am hosting it at my house this year, so there will be more work. But it is worth it.

Today I have a set of Thanksgiving-inspired 12x12 storyboards for print or web. You can change all of the colors/text/borders to customize it for your own images. All three are layered psd files so you can add your images using clipping masks (tutorial and free action). You can also make them bigger, but do this before adding your images.

I want to thank Jill Wellington (Etsy ShopFacebook, Blog, YouTube Videos, Pixabay) for the lovely images used in my example above.

Download the CoffeeShop "Thanksgiving" Photo Storyboard Set!

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

CoffeeShop "Christmas Holly Mini Session" Cards!


I can't believe it is almost Thanksgiving. And then Christmas barrels in and suddenly it is 2018. You know how fast the next weeks are going to fly by, it is crazy!

I am going to try to get my Christmas designs out as soon as possible. Today I have a set of four 5x7 mini sessions cards for professional photographers. You can adjust everything (colors/text/designs) since it is a layered Photoshop .psd file. Print these or post them on the web. And like most everything you download on my blog, this has free commercial terms of use. I hope you make money using my designs!!!

I used free fonts from Font Squirrel and this winter holly on these cards.

I want to thank Jill Wellington (Etsy ShopFacebook, Blog, YouTube Videos, Pixabay) for the image I used in my example above.


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Monday, November 13, 2017

Pretty Presets and Pretty Actions Black Friday "7 DAYS OF DEALS"!

Pretty Presets and Pretty Actions, sponsors of my blog, have some amazing Black Friday specials going on all week! They call it "7 Days of Deals" and every day has a new special. Read all about it below.

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BLACK FRIDAY SALES

7 DAYS OF DEALS

This week, we'll be offering our BIG BLACK FRIDAY SALES.  Be sure you don't miss out.  Each collection listed below will only be on sale for ONE-DAY ONLY!  Starting at 12 am EST to 11:59 pm EST all week long!

Be sure to include a reminder on your calendar, phone or turn on notifications for Facebook or Instagram so you don't miss out!  These Black Friday sales only happen once a year.
  • Monday: The Winter Wonderland Collection
  • Tuesday: Pretty FILM: Bohemian & Pretty FILM: Pastels Collections
  • Wednesday: Bella Baby Collection
  • Thursday: Sugar and Spice & Enchanted Garden Collection
  • Friday: The Color Luxe Workflow Collection
  • Saturday-Sunday: SURPRISE
Tips for being notified: We'll alert you each morning to let you know about the sale!  You can also...
When you go to the Pretty Presets Facebook page, you can click on "Following" under the main image at the top.  Then, click on "See First" and "On" under Notifications.  That's it!   You'll be notified when each sale starts.
SHOP THE BLACK FRIDAY SALES THIS WEEK HERE

7 Days of Deals Starts Tomorrow!

This week, we'll be offering our BIG BLACK FRIDAY SALES.  Be sure you don't miss out.  Each collection listed below will only be on sale for ONE-DAY ONLY!  Starting at 12 am EST to 11:59 pm EST all week long!  No code needed.

Be sure to include a reminder on your calendar, phone or turn on notifications for Facebook or Instagram so you don't miss out!  These Black Friday sales only happen once a year. 
  • Monday: "Let It Snow" Brushes & Action Set
  • Tuesday: FILM Collection for Photoshop
  • Wednesday: LUXE Newborn Complete Collection
  • Thursday: Pretty Retouch & Makeup Collection
  • Friday: PURE Color Workflow Portrait Actions
  • Saturday-Sunday: Bubbles & Blossoms Overlays & Actions
Tips for being notified: We'll alert you each morning to let you know about the sale!  You can also...
When you go to the Pretty Actions Facebook page, you can click on "Following" under the main image at the top.  Then, click on "See First" and "On" under Notifications.  That's it!   You'll be notified when each sale starts.

Black Friday Sales Start Tomorrow!

SHOP THE BLACK FRIDAY SALES THIS WEEK
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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Pretty Actions "Holiday Magic Collection" Special, Only $15!

Pretty Actions, a sponsor of this blog, has their fun "Holiday Magic Collection" Photoshop/PSE action and brush set on special (through tonight) for only $15. You can read all about it below!

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Our Holiday Magic Collection is BACK...
 Only $15 through TONIGHT ONLY!

Add sparkle and a  whimsical glow to your Christmas photos using our Holiday Magic Photoshop Actions Collection.  Magical Christmas Glow Overlays and Sparkle Brushes are the perfect way to make the holidays shine! We hope these gorgeous actions, brushes, and overlays will make your editing just a little bit more fun today!
Includes Photoshop Actions, Photoshop Brushes, & Overlays for Photoshop CS3-CS6; Creative Cloud; and PSE 11-15
▪ Book Glow and Holiday Magic Applicator Actions
▪ Enhance Magic Actions
▪ Magic Color Actions
▪ Holiday Magic Brushes
▪ 4 "Book Glow" Overlays


HURRY, this collection is only available for the holidays!!

SHOP HOLIDAY MAGIC NOW
BUY THE HOLIDAY MAGIC COLLECTION
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Thursday, November 9, 2017

CoffeeShop "Lustrous Color" Photoshop/PSE Fine Art Action!


Today I have a brand new action I hope you love as much as me! It is called "Lustrous Color" and it really does a nice job of adding gorgeous color and light to your image and has an optional matte-effect layer. This can turn those dreary fall/winter or overcast-day images into gorgeous colorful works of art!

Simply run the action and adjust each layer to taste.

This action also looks great on outdoor portraits, but I would suggest painting most of the "Lustrous Color" layer off skin as it can turn it too red.





Original images used in this post: (lighthouse, fall, face, bird, couple, woman on road, purse).

Download the CoffeeShop "Lustrous Color" Photoshop/PSE action.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Photoshop Elements 2018 on Sale!

I am an Amazon Affiliate so any purchases made through Amazon links on my blog help support this site!

I have a new action coming out tomorrow! But until then I wanted to let you know about a PSE sale.

I need to update my PSE program (I have version 12) and I was shopping last week at Amazon and the newest version (Photoshop Elements 2018) was $99 which is more than I wanted to pay. Well, Amazon has dropped the price to $69.99 today! I wanted to give you a head's up in case you needed to upgrade too.

BTW, my actions will run in the newest version of Photoshop Elements! And they are so easy to load compared to the older versions of PSE. If you have PSE10 or below now would be a great time to upgrade. And those of you with PSE11-13 might want to consider it too!


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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