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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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

CoffeeShop "Photographer Storyboard 16x20 and 8x10 Set #21"!


Today I have a set of three professional quality photographer storyboards that are 16x20 and can be resized to 8x10 for print or posted on your website or social media.

These storyboards are layered .psd file so you can add your images using clipping masks (tutorial and free action). 

Original images used in this example (girl at beach, backpack guy, black hat girl, tattoo, red shirt girl).

Download the CoffeeShop "Storyboard Set #21".

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Friday, January 6, 2017

{Friday Photo Bliss}

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


There is a field by our house with some round hay bales and I knew if I brought the kids there I would be able to shoot some photos of them just being themselves.






We  went for our first 2017 family walk through the greenbelt by our house.

It was in the 80's. Today it is in the 30's. This weekend it will be in the 20's. Next week it will be back in the 80's.

Rollercoaster weather down here in SW Texas.


We noticed some giant raccoon tracks on this walk.

Wait, these are quite big for a raccoon.


And there appears to be a giant dragging tail print between the tracks.

Alligator!!!

That day the boys would not go anywhere near the creek. I told them alligators are everywhere in Texas, and yesterday when they were playing in the creek the alligator was probably still around and didn't eat them.

Or Piper the dog.

But they were not convinced.


Paul brought the boys and their best friend for a little flight in the Texas Gooney Bird.


I absorbed some Vitamin D.


Duke got some immunizations. I sent this image to Paul and he asked if Duke had really passed out. This was a reasonable question because once years ago when they were taking his blood Duke turned completely white and passed out.  So now every time he gets a shot they make him lie down for 10-15 minutes.

He thinks this is quite annoying.

And no, he did not pass out and was very grown-up and took his shots like a man.


We did some creek exploring.


Which resulted in mud...


And the boys climbed some trees.

Basically, a normal week at the CoffeeShop house!

Have a wonderful weekend!!!

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

CoffeeShop Lightroom Tutorial: "Sapphire Lights" & Adding Light Via Gradient Filters!


I released a new Lightroom Preset set this week called "Sapphire Lights". Today I wanted to show you how you can adjust the "Sapphire Lights" light effects on your own images. 

Download the "Sapphire Lights" Lightroom preset set to follow along with this tutorial!


CoffeeShop Lightroom Tutorial: "Sapphire Lights" & Adding Light Via Gradient Filters


Open your image. This one is an image of my younger son, straight from the camera.


I ran the "CoffeeShop Sapphire - Upper Right Light" preset on the image and wanted to adjust the light effect coming from the upper right.  This light effect is created using the Lightroom "Gradient Filter" tool.

I clicked on the "Gradient Filter" button on the Basic menu on the right of my screen. You can also type "M" to  open the filter.



As you can see, there is a little black circle on my image which is the center of the "Gradient Filter" light effect the action applied to the image.

You will also notice that a new menu opened up, it is the "Gradient Filter" adjustment menu. But it is not showing the settings of the filter applied by the preset, you have to click on the black circle to see those settings.


If you hold your mouse over the black circle you will see red where the effect is added. Click on the black circle to make adjustments to the settings.


Now you can see the settings for the light effect and also where the gradient is applied. I want to drag this light effect farther to the left so that there is more light falling on his face.


  I clicked and dragged the black circle slightly down and to the left.


Then I made adjustments to the settings. I added more yellow to the Temp, and also adjusted the Exposure and contrast settings (adding more light) and fine-tuned the Dehaze.

Once you are finished adjusting the light's position, color, contrast, and haze; click Close and the changes are saved.


Now I have my finished image and I love it! You can go back at any time and make more adjustments, just type "M" and click on that black circle to see the settings.

I hope you enjoyed this little Lightroom tutorial.

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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