Thursday, December 14, 2017

CoffeeShop "Moody Blues" Lightroom Preset Set!


They are adding a new light at the intersection in front of my neighborhood and they had to cut the power most of the day yesterday. And they neglected to let any of us know! To make things even worse, they accidentally cut our phone line yesterday morning, so as of yesterday we have no internet or landline. So needless to say I am behind on work...

I don't create many Lightroom presets since I love the ones from Pretty Presets so much, but I get a lot of requests, so sometimes I get the urge to work on a set. Today I wanted to create a somewhat winterly moody edit, and I think this set is lovely.

You will have to apply it lightly to skin in portraits as it can make skin tones a little too cool.

Images used in this post (frost berries, woman, winter berries, horses).



Download the CoffeeShop "Moody Blues" Lightroom Preset set!

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Monday, December 11, 2017

CoffeeShop "Jesus is the Reason" Clipart and Overlay Set!


Today I wanted to post a new digital design set called "Jesus is the Reason". This set includes several nativity clipart digital designs and "Jesus is the Reason for the Season" text overlays. You can add color fill adjustment layers to change the colors of these designs or even clip any digital paperglitter pattern or glitter paper to them.

You can use these to design digital papers, websites, cards, storyboards, gift wrap, etc and post them on the web or print them out.

Like most of my designs on this site, these come with free commercial terms of use because I want to make it easy on you. You can create anything you want with these (paper or digital) and use them personally, sell them, or post them as downloadable freebies on your own website. I just ask that you don't repackage and sell them "as is". I want to keep them free!

Designs used in this post and in the designs (star, manger building, hollytree photo).

Download the CoffeeShop "Jesus is the Reason" Digital Design Pack.

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Coffeeshop "Christmas Tree" 16x20 Storyboard!


We actually had snow last night! That is a huge deal in south Texas. Our last real snow was in the 70's when I was a child. I took some photos this morning on my phone, but when we were walking outside it got cold and died and won't charge back up. Lately my 6s iPhone has been so buggy.  I think every time Apple has an IOS update they make sure that older phones get slower and have major issues so that you feel that you need to buy a new one. An Apple conspiracy??? ;-)

Of course I haven't been backing it up lately (too cheap to pay for iCloud), but I have most of my images except the ones I took this morning of the boys in the snow. I think Paul copied a few in case I can't get them off my phone. Hopefully he did and I can post them this weekend.

The worst part of this is we have to go to the Apple store during the Christmas rush to try to get my phone fixed. NOOOOOOOO! I have half a mind to buy a nice tiny digital camera and a stand-alone GPS for my car and just get a flip phone. It would be cheaper than getting a new iPhone and it would keep me from obsessively checking my phone all day.

UPDATE: After charging for over an hour my phone is working. I am backing up everything right now!

I have a new Christmas tree storyboard to share with you today. This one has an optional gold snowflake background, and you can change all of the colors to taste. This storyboard is a layered psd file so you can add your images using clipping masks (tutorial and free action).

You can even add some digital paper to the background! These storyboards can be printed or posted on the web.

A special thanks to Jill Wellington (Etsy ShopFacebook, Blog, YouTube Videos, Pixabay) for allowing me to use her images in my example storyboard above.

Download the CoffeeShop "Christmas Tree" 16x20 Storyboard.

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

CoffeeShop "Winter Angel" Artistic Photoshop/PSE Editing Tutorial!


I have been going back through my blog and had forgotten how many Winter/Christmas actions/tutorials/digital designs I have posted over the years. I thought it would be helpful to repost a few of my favorite the next few weeks in case you missed them the first time.

Here is a reboot of the CoffeeShop "Winter Angel" Editing Tutorial. I have been doing some personal editing using this tutorial and I really think this is a nice technique.


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Photoshop and PSE are incredible editing programs, but I usually prefer using Lightroom for my basic clean-edits (color/contrast adjustments). But where Photoshop and PSE really excel is when I want to create more complex artistic edits with textures, brushes, collages, and overlays like the angel wings seen above.

I love vintage photos and cards which feature adorable children with angel wings. So today I wanted to show you how I started with a summer image of a little boy and turned him into a fantasy winter snow-angel. This is a really fun technique and everything I use in this tutorial is a free resource found here on my blog or on the web.

This type of edit would also be gorgeous on a young man or woman.

I used a gorgeous image from Jill Wellington (Etsy ShopFacebook, Blog, YouTube Videos, Pixabay) on this tutorial. Jill is known for her beautiful use of light light and vivid colors, but I thought it would be fun to show you how you can take a summer photo and turn it into one that looks like it was photographed during the winter.


For those of you who prefer a warmer summer edit (I love both!), I will also show you how I edited this colorful version (seen above).


I also just posted a new tutorial called "Snow Angel" that contains some free angel wing pngs and vintage gold frame overlays.



Here is a beautiful reader edit from Mathilde Strochinski Photography using this tutorial. Mathilde also used my "Lovely Light" and "Velvet Mocha Matte" actions on this image before adding the angel wings. This would be so lovely on a Christmas card. ***Swoon!***

CoffeeShop "Winter Angel" Tutorial: Part 1

In the first part of this tutorial I am going to add the angel wings and remove much of the vibrant summer colors. On Part 2 I will continue the tutorial by running a winter action on this edited image and adding snow.



One of the reasons I used this gorgeous image from Jill was because I knew it would be easy to isolate the little boy from the background so I could add the angel wings. I found these wings at Pixabay and they can be downloaded for free here.




Now I will isolate the child from the background. I have already posted a step-by-step tutorial with more details, but I will do a quick walk-through here on one of my favorite selection methods.

Grab your Quick Selection Tool (W). Make sure you aren't using the Magic Wand Tool which is the first tool that comes up when you press "W".

Click and drag to select the little boy. Hold alt and click and drag to remove from the selection.



After I finished the selection, I went to the top menubar and clicked on the Refine Edge button (or go to Select, Refine Edge) and adjusted the settings until I had a clean selection.


Once the child was selected, I pressed Ctrl-J to copy him on a new layer.


I then clicked on and dragged and dropped the wings over on the image (between the boy and the Background) and Free-Transformed (Ctrl-T) them to fit.

I isolated the boy on a new layer rather than simply using the erasure tool or a layer mask to remove the extra wing that would covered his body because I like to have the ability to quickly adjust the placement of the wings. I also think this method is faster and looks more realistic.


This next step is optional but handy if you want to make sure your wing color tint matches the rest of the image. Watch Jill's video for detailed instructions.

Click on the Background and go up to the menubar and select Filter, Blur, Average. Grab your eyedropper tool (I) and click on the background color to select. Then Edit, Undo Average to recover the background.


Add a color fill adjustment layer over the wing layer (it will automatically fill with the color you just selected) and group it to that layer. The wings will look horrible but don't worry!


Put the color fill adjustment layer in Soft Light blending mode and adjust the opacity to taste. Now the color cast of the wings will match the rest of your image.


NOTE: If you would prefer to have a bright colorful angel edit, you can simply stop here or run a pretty action like Aphrodite Posh. I think this version looks like it belongs in a storybook. LOVE!

Continue to follow the tutorial below for the winter edit.


This next step is very important if you are using a summer image. The greens and blues have to be toned down.

Add a Hue/Saturation layer on top and dial down the Master Saturation until the background colors are very muted and winterly.


Then use a 100% soft black brush to remove that layer off any skin/clothing. I ended up removing it only from the skin in this version. I also went back and lowered the Saturation a bit more to remove additional green from the grass. I want the background to have soft-gray winter tones.

I think he is looking great and tomorrow I will post  Part 2 of this tutorial where I add a winter tint and beautiful snow using one of my favorite actions and finish the image up with a texture that can also be found here on my blog.

Click here to read Part 2 of the "Winter Angel" artistic editing tutorial.

If you are on a computer, mouse over the image below to see the before/after.



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, December 5, 2017

CoffeeShop "Paper Christmas" Digital Paper Set!


Today I have a new digital paper pack! This set contains six papers on brown kraft paper and I used a painterly effect on the Christmas/Winter clipart. I hope you enjoy using them in your own designs. These come with free commercial terms of use like most of my designs, so you can use them on designs you sell, no attribution necessary. :-)

These would look great as a background paper on this Christmas Tree Storyboard.

Download the CoffeeShop "Paper Christmas" digital paper set!

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Pretty Presets and Pretty Action FREEBIES!

I just found out Pretty Presets and Pretty Actions, sponsors of my blog, have some really nice free resources that I would like to share with you.  You know you love freebies, so this would be a perfect opportunity to give Pretty Actions and Pretty Presets a try! 

I use and love the Lightroom presets from Pretty Presets so much that I don't usually have to write any of my own. :-)

You can find the Pretty Presets free Lightroom Presets here and the Pretty Actions free Photoshop Actions here.  You can read more about them below. Give them a try, I know you will love them!

Here are some helpful blog posts if you're new to installing:


Both sites also offer free lightroom training and free photoshop training.  These classes have been taught by the incredible Amanda Padgett (a longtime internet friend of mine) who is an expert in both Lightroom and Photoshop.   Truly a great resource to learn and improve your editing skills.

You can read more about the freebies below! Click on the images/text to be directed to the Pretty websites to download them.
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Thursday, November 30, 2017

CoffeeShop "Winter Wonderland" Photoshop/PSE Fine Art Action!


Today I have a really fun winter action called "Winter Wonderland". This action applies a gorgeous winter tint to your images (and will eliminate greens!) and applies three different sizes of optional snow. If you live in my part of Texas this action is a necessity if you want a real winter portrait. ;-)

For full instructions on using this action, page down.

Photos used in my examples are from Unsplash (cattle, looking through foliage, wedded bliss, lovers by the lake)





(My boys several years ago.)


CoffeeShop "Winter Wonderland" Photoshop/PSE Action Tutorial:


Original image by: Fabrizio Verrecchia

Run "Winter Wonderland". A snow "Motion Blur" editing pane will pop up. Make adjustments if necessary.


This is the image after the action finishes running with no adjustments. You can make adjustments to the layers at this point to fine-tune your edit.  Adjust or turn-off the "Matte" layer if you want a higher contrast effect.

You can stop here with the beautiful winter tint or add snow!




There are three choices of snow (large, medium, and small flakes), just turn on the layer that looks best on your image. I used "large flakes" for this edit.

Snow Tips: If you want the snow to look bigger, just select the snow layer of choice and free-transform it (Ctrl-T) larger. You can also tilt it to make the snow appear to be coming from a different direction. And it is fun to combine several snow types and adjust each opacity to taste.


I then clicked on the "large flakes" layer mask to select it and grabbed a soft low opacity black brush to carefully remove the snow from their skin and part of their hair.


If you have too much green in your image (for example, you are editing a winter image taken in Texas), you can turn on either/both of the "Remove Greens/Yellow" layers and adjust the opacity to taste. If you turn on these layers you will most likely want to paint them off skin, hair, and clothing in portraits.

In this case I turned on the top "Remove Greens/Yellow" layer and adjusted the opacity to 50%, and painted it off their skin, hair and the flowers.

I hope you have fun using this action! I would love to see your before/afters on my Facebook page.

Download the CoffeeShop "Winter Wonderland" Photoshop/PSE Fine Art Action!


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