Wednesday, January 18, 2017

CoffeeShop "Merlot Luxe" Photoshop/PSE Fine Art Action!


I have been wanting to create a new matte enhancement which would add burgundy tints to the shadows, and after playing for a few hours this week (it is so gloomy, rain rain rain)  I created my newest fine art Photoshop/PSE action which I called "Merlot Luxe".

This enhancement is completely adjustable and has an optional "matte-effect" layer. I love creating both "glossy" and "matte" edits with "Merlot Luxe" and I absolutely love this effect! You can even paint some light back into the image to highlight selective areas. And try running this action on B&W images too, it is gorgeous!

I personally think this action looks best on images with darker backgrounds, but I have run it on all types of images and been pleased with many of the results.





 (in this image I first ran "Lovely B&W" and then "Merlot Luxe")

Original images I used in this post (forest, girl with camera, holding pinecones, couplewoman with child, red mug).

CoffeeShop "Merlot Luxe" Photoshop/PSE Action Tutorial:




I ran "Merlot Luxe" and adjusted the Levels adjustment pop-up layer for a soft "matte-effect". I usually adjust the shadows under then curve and the left Output Levels slider, but in this case I also moved the midtone slider under the curve.

You can make further adjustments to this layer after the action finishes, so don't worry too much about it at this point.


This action will darken images, but it is so easy to selectively paint back light by painting on the layer mask of the "Merlot Luxe" layer with a soft low opacity black brush.


This is what the original "Merlot Luxe" mask looks like. The black areas are hiding (masking) the "Merlot Luxe" layer.


To add back light in the center of the image, I clicked to select the "Merlot Luxe" layer mask and grabbed a soft black 20% opacity brush and clicked a few times in the middle.


Now you can see that the area around the couple is brightened/lightened.

I usually also play with the "Adjust Contrast", "Color Pop", and "Vignette" layers.


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! I would love to see your own edits using this action on my Facebook page.

Download the CoffeeShop "Merlot Luxe" Photoshop/PSE action.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

CoffeeShop "Valentine Digital Paper Set"


Today I have a new Valentine-themed digital paper pack. Like most of my digital paper packs, you can use this commercially, no attribution necessary. Just don't resale the digital papers "as is", I want to keep them free. :-)

Download the CoffeeShop "Valentine Digital Paper Pack".

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

CoffeeShop "Fine Art Texture Set #2"!


Today I have a set of three beautiful fine art textures. I usually use them in soft light, overlay, screen, or multiply blending mode.

Images used in this post (field, ferris wheel, girl, owl, flowers, cold girl).


(original image and the brown texture from this pack)


(original image + CoffeeShop Secret Garden action and the dark texture from this pack)


I will walk you through my edit of this ferris wheel image.


This is the original image.


I ran the "Cashmere Rose Mini" action on the image and made no changes.


Then I added the dark fine art texture from this pack in Overlay blending mode, 100%.


I copied the texture layer (Ctrl-J) and put this one in Soft Light blending mode, 50%.


I wanted to soften the dark contrast (add a matte-effect), so I added a Levels adjustment layer and moved both the black shadow slider under the curve and the Output Levels black slider to the right.


I hope you enjoy playing with these new textures! I would love to see your own edits on my Facebook page.

Download the CoffeeShop "Fine Art Texture Set #2".

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

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Friday, January 13, 2017

{Friday Photo Bliss} Hiking and Fishing and Turtle Soup

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


Piper sees my hiking boots and instantly knows what we will be doing that day.

We both love to hike.


I always call Piper my third son, but I didn't realize that the park ranger at Huntsville State Park would notice Piper's family resemblance.


I love when I am able to capture that perfect family photo.


Me and my two-legged sons.

I don't wear makeup when I hike. Scary, I know.


Someone is getting hungry!



But I just feel exhilarated. We are hiking! Life is GRAND!!!


I am very much like Piper in that way.


We also like to nap after a long hike.


Two days ago we went fishing. We were so excited to catch dinner.


Thank goodness one of my kids finally caught something, I was getting hungry.


Turtle soup anyone?

OK, fine, let him go, we are picking up BBQ for dinner.

I will tell Paul we caught a cow in the creek. ;-)

Have a wonderful weekend!!!

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

CoffeeShop "Lovely B&W" Photoshop/PSE Action!



Today I am so excited to introduce my newest B&W Photoshop/PSE action called "Lovely B&W". This action applies a fully-adjustable tinted B&W effect on your image with an optional "Matte-effect".


I think this action is so lovely on portraits.

I wanted to mention that this action is included (along with many actions not found for free on my site) in my CoffeeShop  Action Download Pack. Purchase of these packs support my site, and one of the many benefits of getting the packs is you get free updates up to two years after your initial purchase! This is a great deal because I update the pack several times a month with my newest goodies. If you want an updated pack just email me. :-)

I am releasing three new fine art textures this week that are gorgeous applied with this action. I hope you will love them as much as I do!

I used two beautiful images from Unsplash in this tutorial (girl in forest, girl on beach).

CoffeeShop Lovely  B&W Photoshop/PSE Action Tutorial:



Here is the gorgeous  original image.


I ran the "Lovely B&W" action. A Curves adjustment layer will pop up so you can adjust the matte-effect to taste. Her shirt is too dark, so I am going to move the point to the left to lighten the shadows.


Now the shadows are slightly brighter and I can see the detail in her shirt.


The brown tint is applied and then a Levels adjustment layer will pop up. You can adjust the sliders under the curve for custom contrast.


You can see my settings above, I added some more light to the image.

However, the top of her head is slightly blown-out now.


So I clicked to select the "Contrast Adjustment" layer's white layer mask and grabbed a soft black brush at 50% opacity and painted on the top of her hair.

I could also adjust the "Tint" layer's opacity, but I like the brown in this edit.

I love this B&W edit! I would love to see your own edits using this action on my Facebook page.

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

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