CoffeeShop Photoshop/PSE Tutorial: Gorgeous Autumn Colors Made Easy!


I had so many great comments about my newest action, Autumn Pop, that I decided to follow it up with a step-by-step tutorial on my two favorite ways to enhance fall colors using Hue/Saturation.  These are both very simple and effective methods and can be as subtle or dramatic as you want.


This is the "before" image from Pixabay.  I don't have many of my own photos to use in this tutorial as in this part of Texas leaves usually turn brown and fall off which makes for dull fall images.

I overdid the edits in this tutorial so you can easily see the difference on your computer/phone screen.  You can edit with a much more subtle hand.  :-)

Master Hue Saturation Tutorial:


This method is quick and easy and really enhances red.  Simple add a Hue/Saturation layer and only adjust the Master mode.  Dial down the Hue (-3 to -20) and dial up the Saturation (5-30%).  Play with both of these settings until your fall colors look gorgeous.


I like to add a bit of contrast, so I added a Levels adjustment layer on top in Soft Light blending mode and dialed up the midtones (middle gray slider, 1.00 to 2.39 in this screenshot) until my image looked bright.  If you don't move the middle slider to the left your image might look too dark.

This image is finished, but I have another method that selectively enhances both the red and yellow.

Red and Yellow Hue/Saturation Tutorial:


This method is much more dramatic and I love it.  Add a Hue/Saturation layer and select Reds and dial up the Saturation to taste.  I used 47% in this screenshot.


Next select Yellow and dial up the Saturation to taste.  I used +38% on this image.


I like to add a bit of contrast, so I added a Levels adjustment layer on top in Soft Light blending mode and dialed up the midtones (middle gray slider, 1.00 to 2.39 in this screenshot) until my image looked bright.  If you don't move the middle slider to the left your image might look too dark.

I love these methods and usually try both on an image to pick my favorite.  This is such an easy way to edit your fall images you might not find it necessary to use an action.  ;-)  Once you add your layers you can click and drag them on your other images to batch edit.

Here are all of the edits. I hope you have fun playing with your fall photos.  Please post your before and afters on my Facebook page, I love to see what you have done!


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CoffeeShop "Autumn Pop" Photoshop/PSE Action!


I am taking a break from doing laundry and steam-cleaning my carpets (yes, what a fun Sunday) so I could post a new action and mention that both ColorInc and Unitprints.com have their gallery prints 50% off right now!  Unitprints.com's sale is until the 20th and ColorInc's is until Oct. 24th.  Time to get your beautiful images off your computer and up on your walls.

I have had some readers ask me if I have an action that boosts fall colors.  Many of my actions are beautiful on autumn images, but I decided to write a quick one that is perfect if you just want a quick boost of color and contrast.

I downloaded the image above from Pixabay.  It is a great example of an image that looked more vibrant in person but is quite subtle onscreen.  The CoffeeShop Autumn Pop action allows you to enhance fall colors while boosting the contrast and lightening the darks.  All layers are fully adjustable and I would suggest adjusting the layers for each image for a perfect edit.  :-)

I also noticed that EveryDay Elements has a tutorial posted this week that allows you to add "faux" fall color to your images.  Check it out!

I will walk you through this action this week so you can see what is going on "behind the hood".  I hope you are enjoying your Sunday.  I have a few more chores I have to finish up but I plan on enjoying the great outdoors (our back patio) this afternoon.  We have sticks from the yard to burn in our firepit and the three males in my family are pyromaniacs…

Download the free CoffeeShop Autumn Pop Photoshop/PSE action.  You can also download it here.

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CoffeeShop "Thanksgiving" Digital Paper Pack!


What are your family plans for Halloween?  The last few years I would buy the kids a "scary" t-shirt from Walmart (I am too cheap and lazy to mess with costumes, BAD MOM) and we go trick-or-treating in our neighborhood.  They get what seems like 20 pounds of candy (from approximately 20 houses) and we read the ingredients and realize it is really bad for us so we toss it all in the trash.  I hand out some organic 85% chocolate bars I happened to stock up on as I knew I would toss their candy, and the boys are happy because chocolate is chocolate.

I feel guilty that we are begging for candy that we toss in the trash, especially when there are starving people in the word.  But I don't think anyone takes Halloween candy donations, and I would feel guilty giving someone else diabetes…  The kids don't care because they are all about collecting the candy, but I hate feeling like a bad mom/neighbor every Halloween (wasting "food" AND stealing candy from my children).

Rather than send out an email asking all of the neighbors to give out healthy treats (apples) and little fun toys (certainly leading to our house getting toilet-papered and having all of the neighbors think I am the crazy rat-lady at the end of the street), I sat  down with the boys and we decided to start a new Halloween tradition that does not involve going from door to door begging for junk food.  We are going to have a Twilight Zone/Munsters movie night with popcorn, cheeses, grapes,  olives, fancy meats, etc. and I will make my delicious gluten-free almond flour brownies for desert.  If it is cool enough we will also sit outside and roast hot dogs and apples on the fire pit.

My kids were actually really excited about our plans and I think this will be the best Halloween ever.  I know you might think I am a horrible and neurotic mom (candy won't kill them, they are kids and kids need junk food, it is an important part of childhood you horrible mean mom!), but years past we had so much candy that they were eating sugary treats daily through Easter.

We will still buy our yearly scary t-shirts from Walmart so we will be properly dressed for our Halloween Celebration.

On to one of my favorite holidays, Thanksgiving.  I had so much fun making a new digital paper pack for Thanksgiving-themed designs.  These 10x10 inch papers that would be perfect for website/blog backgrounds, storyboards, frames, greeting cards, and Facebook covers.  They are free for you to use personally or commercially, no attribution necessary. I just ask that you don't sell them "as is" since I want to keep them free.

I used free clipart from Clker to create the patterns for these designs.

I hope you find a use for these papers!  Download the free CoffeeShop "Thanksgiving" Digital paper set. 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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My Review of Pretty Presets "Color Luxe" Workflow Collection. I LOVE it!!!

I love using Lightroom and Pretty Presets.  Laura of Pretty Presets has been a sponsor and supporter of my blog for some time, and I am always excited when she sends me her newest Lightroom presets.  I heart Laura!  I don't just blog about Pretty Presets, I use them on my own images all of the time.

If you haven't used presets before, they are similar to Photoshop actions as they apply an edit to your image with just a click.  Presets are easy to tweak after you use them, and you can often combine several presets on one image to get your perfect edit.

Last week Laura sent me her newest preset collection called Color Luxe Workflow. This set is gorgeous on natural light images and not only artistic but practical.  It comes with 40 presets and 25 brushes.  Luckily my talented photography friend Margaret Jackson  sent me some of her recent senior SOOC images so that I could play around with my new PP presets.  I am so darn lucky!!!


With just a few clicks I went from nice to stunning.

I want to walk you through an edit using the Pretty Preset Color Luxe Collection.  Below I listed the 5 presets I used on the image in the order I used them.


Here is another edit using four presets. It took me literally a few seconds to edit.


And another edit using only two presets.


If you are a Lightroom user and love using presets, please check out the Pretty Presets Color Luxe Workflow Collection.

Whether you want a simple clean edit, dramatic matte, hazy softness, or color tint you will find it all here.  Darken/lighten/fix color casts/vignette; this preset collection will bring your images from ok to AMAZING.

If you have purchased and used the Color Luxe Workflow collection please leave a comment below.  I would love to hear what you think about it!

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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