CoffeeShop "Margaret" Digital Paper Pack!


I wanted to let you know that Color Inc has a "Back to School" Sale: 50% Off Gallery Wrapped Canvas and Unitprints has a "Share for 20% Off" Sale.  Both of these specials start at 2PM today (Friday).

And I have a website/blog design "Back to School" special of my own.  Get a beautiful new custom website or blog design and receive the CoffeeShop Action/Preset Pack as a gift (no coupon code necessary).

Today I am posting my newest free digital paper pack called "Margaret".  I was inspired by this Design Seeds color palette.  You can use these papers as website backgrounds, in storyboards, in cards, etc.  Have fun playing with them!

Download the free CoffeeShop "Margaret" digital paper pack. 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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CoffeeShop Fantasy Portrait Photoshop/PSE Tutorial!


Today I wanted to post a Photoshop/PSE tutorial on one way I would do a "Fantasy Portrait" edit.

For most of my images I prefer simple, clean edits, but there are times I really want to go all out and create something amazing and unreal.  Today I wanted to show you how you can use Hue/Saturation layers to add brilliant fantasy color to your outdoor portraits.  Not only is it easy, but incredibly fun!

I used a beautiful image from Vanilla Tree Photography (Facebook) in this tutorial.  If there is interest I can put together an action.  :-)

CoffeeShop Fantasy Portrait Photoshop/PSE Tutorial:


I love this clean-edit image, but I wanted to take it to the next level and make it more dramatic by adding vivid color and additional light.


1.  I wanted the background to be a magenta-reddish color, so I added a Hue/Saturation layer and put the Hue at -73 and the Saturation at +6.  Yes, she is really scary looking, but we will fix that in the next step.


2.  I used a soft black brush, clicked on the layer mask, and carefully painted out the girl.  I also removed some of the color tint from the tree she is leaning against.


3.  I think she looked too yellow, so I added another Hue/Saturation layer over the background, selected Yellow, and moved the saturation down to -41.  I lost quite a bit of brilliant color in the background, so I used a soft black brush at approximately 50% and painted over the background to return some of its reddish color.


4. I wanted to add some additional light, so I created a new layer on top and used a soft white brush at 40% opacity and clicked on areas that would have light leak between the trees.


5.  I wanted to soften light effect a bit, so I added a motion blur to that layer (see settings above, adjust for your own image).


6.  Her face was a bit washed out from the extra light, so I added a layer mask to the top light layer and used a soft black brush at 80% and clicked on her face to remove some of the light.


7.  Finally, I wanted to add some contrast, so I added a Levels adjustment layer on top, put it in Soft Light, and then moved the Gamma (middle) slider to the left until I was pleased with the contrast "pop". This really brightened the image.


Here is my final image after cropping off some of the left side.  I know this type of edit is not for everyone, but I really love the fantasy aspect of this image and hope it inspires you to go and have fun creating your own art!

Questions?  Please leave a comment.  And I would love to see your Before/Afters on my Facebook page!!!

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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Tubing in San Marcos, TX

You might have noticed I skipped my normal Sunday post this last weekend.  My husband and I decided last minute (Sat. night) that it was time to make our traditional August road trip to San Marcos, TX to go tubing.  We hadn't gone yet this month because Imp had to recover from strep throat, and if you have kids you know that if you have a small window where everyone is well you better make time to go on your holiday.

So Sunday morning I was frantically packing clothes for our trip, asking my neighbor if she could watch our dog and rat, and watering my flower garden; and thus had no time to get on the computer.


We had a great time floating down the river on our Lion's Club rental tubes and cheap boxed white wine and plastic wine glasses.  The kids enjoyed sparkling water and bacon jerky (yes, bacon jerky!).  Please ignore my hair and goofy grin…  Sometimes it is better when you don't have your camera phone easily available.

The water was cold and crystal clear, and our tubing neighbors were friendly and just as happy as we were to enjoy a flawless 100 degree Sunday afternoon.  We floated for about an hour along the peaceful river, lined by beautiful shady trees.


Toward the end the boys enjoyed the rope swings tied to massive cypress trees.  You can see Duke flying through the air and Isaac hanging out safely on his tube trying to thaw.

Then we enjoyed the small rapids at the end of our peaceful float (Imp and Duke's first time to go down the "white water" and they did great!), grabbed the bus back to where we started, and enjoyed a nice swim in the river. And froze our rears off once again.

The perfect ending of a Texas Tubing Day of Fun has to be some Mexican food at Garcia's and bedtime at 9:30. Yes, we were that wiped out!

As we were driving home the next day we decided that we might have to do a replay either this weekend or next weekend…  Sometimes it is fun to break our summer tubing tradition and go twice in August.   I better stock up on more sunscreen, bacon jerky, and sparking water!  ;-)

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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Introducing Ashe Design, A New CoffeeShop Sponsor!

I wanted to introduce a new CoffeeShop sponsor, Ashe Designs. You can read about their photography templates and actions below and bookmark their site for their monthly freebie.  Welcome to my site Ashe Design!

Also, click here to read about Unitprints.com 99¢ 8x10 sale and ColorInc. Pro's 35¢ 5x7 Express Prints + Free Shipping sale.  And want more freebies?  Here are 40+ Freebies for Photographers from Pretty Preset.

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