Monday, May 22, 2017

CoffeeShop Sponsor: Pretty Preset's Fan Faves Preset Collection SPECIAL SALE!!!

Pretty Presets is a sponsor of my site and also the only Lightroom presets I use besides my own. They have their Fan Faves Limited Edition Collection on special $25-off (only $39) for the next 48-hours. You can read all about it below!

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[48-Hours Only] Fan Faves Limited Edition Collection

THE FAN FAVES LIMITED EDITION COLLECTION RETURNS FOR 48-HOURS + SAVE $25 TODAY!!
Back by popular demand... our FAN FAVES LIMITED EDITION! We've had SO MANY requests to bring back this AMAZING collection! This will NOT be released again!! This is your LAST CHANCE to enjoy exclusive presets in the Fan Faves collection, as well as some of our most popular retired presets and of course a selection of our current fan favorites. Come check out our Fan Faves Limited Edition Collection.
Today, you can save $25 off (normally $64, on sale for $39)! Don't miss out on this 48-HOUR SALE! Get them before they're retired. They will not be brought back.
So, not only is this collection filled with all the TOP PRESETS for quick edits, but it will also cut your editing time drastically. Not to mention the fun you'll be having with your new collection of presets. What are you waiting for?  Come enjoy them here!
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BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: FAN FAVORITES LIMITED EDITION

As I was searching through all the different preset bundles, I found myself only really needing a couple from each one. Found the favorites bundle and KNEW I HAD to get it. Used them on my most recent shoot and my client was SO INCREDIBLY HAPPY! Definitely will be purchasing the next faves bundle. -Britany C.
One of my favorites! I bought this one at the last second when I hadn't planned on buying more just yet, and glad I did. This is becoming my go-to, it has so many great presets in one collection! -Jennifer W.
I am so glad I purchased the Fan Faves, these presets are great and it has speeded up my workflow. -Dorothy R.
Where normally I tend to favor only a handful of presets from a bundle. I truly found all from Fan Faves, my faves. Loving all these presets. --Sandra M.
Love, love, love!
I love how easy Pretty Presets are to use, as a mom spending lots of time on the computer is not on option. They make both my job as a photographer and mom possible! -Alesha B.
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Saturday, May 20, 2017

{Friday Photo Bliss} Galveston Island

Fridays (or Saturdays in this case) I like to post snapshots of our week that make me happy.


Paul and I are celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary this month. So we decided to book a last minute trip with the boys to Galveston Island last weekend.  It is wonderful to live only 1.5 hours away from the beach.


The weather was perfect and as soon as we checked in our room at the Hotel Galvez we ran out to the beach.


I saw some lovely pink jellyfish so I decided against swimming, but the boys couldn't wait to get in the water.


The grownups did go into the water up to our ankles. Notice Imp back there "bathing" himself in mud.


We have never stayed at the Galvez and I had not realized that it was a such a short walk to the historic Pleasure Pier.


So the guys ran over there to check it out.


After the kids decided that they would rather play on the beach than ride terrifying rides, they jumped back into the water.

I love how Duke sits out there and enjoys the view.


I did manage to get a few shots of me and my boys. Duke is so tall.


The next morning after a giant buffet breakfast we put on our new swim shirts and went out to the beach. It was Monday and we were one of the few families out there.


The seaweed hadn't been cleaned off the beach yet, but I found it strangely beautiful. It glows in the morning sun.


Here is Paul in front of our  hotel. The Hotel  Galvez was built in 1911 and supposedly is haunted. Unfortunately we didn't hear or see any ghosts and the kids were quite disappointed. ;-)


I honestly don't know what was going on in this photo. I think Imp jumped and splashed Duke. The water was cold and Duke was upset. That face just cracks me up. I think this is one that I will enlarge and hang up at my house.


So Imp was sent off in punishment to build a sandcastle while Duke played by the water.


After some time Duke forgave Imp and allowed him back into the "Sacred Older Brother Bubble" and they played in the wet sand by the water's edge.


Then Imp showed Duke his sandcastle. Don't ask me what Paul was doing back there. I guess he is just a natural model.


Then Imp took great pleasure in kicking his sandcastle into a million pieces and we headed back to the hotel to swim in the pool.

It was the perfect mini-vacation.

Have a wonderful weekend!!!

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

CoffeeShop "Hand-Painted Borders" Facebook Cover!


Today I have a new Facebook cover/Website header to share with you! This one has "hand-painted" borders and you can change the color of both the borders and the background striped paper. You can also make the background a solid color or add any digital paper or texture.

I created the painted border effect by using a normal round brush in Photoshop and then going over it with   Topaz Impressions painterly filter to make it look hand-painted. If you do any type of design work you should check out the (affiliate link follows) Topaz Impressions plug-in. I just added it to my filter collection in Photoshop and PSE and I can paint anything now!

I used some beautiful images from Jill Wellington (Etsy ShopFacebook, Blog, YouTube Videos, Pixabay) in my example Facebook cover above.

Download the CoffeeShop "Hand-Painted Border" Facebook Cover.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

CoffeeShop "Golden Bliss" Fine Art Photoshop/PSE Action!


Today I have a new fine art Photoshop/PSE action called "Golden Bliss". This action applies a beautiful subtle golden tint and is fully adjustable. It looks great on all types of images includes nature shots, portraits, and still life.

Images used in this post are from Unsplash (flowers, swimming kids, hair, tattoo, blueberries, holding hands, married).





CoffeeShop "Golden Bliss" Photoshop/PSE Action Tutorial:




Run "Golden Bliss". Adjust the contrast to taste when the Levels adjustment layer pops up. I usually fine-tune the three sliders under the curve.


This is the image after the action finishes running. Two of the layers are turned off.


I usually turn on "Lighten Darks" and adjust the opacity.


Then I turn on the "Hand-drawn Vignette" layer and paint out the middle of the image using a soft black brush on the layer mask and adjust the opacity of the layer to taste. This will darken the edges.


I hope you enjoy using this new action.

Download the CoffeeShop "Golden Bliss" Photoshop/PSE action!

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Pretty Presets & Pretty Actions 25% off Mother's Day Sale!!!

Happy Mother's Day!

Pretty Presets and Pretty Actions are both sponsors of my site and I wanted to pass on their Mother's Day sale post. Buy anything from the Pretty family for Lightroom or Photoshop/PSE and you can get 25% off through Monday.

Read all about it below. :-)

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Through Monday enjoy INCREDIBLE savings on EVERYTHING PRETTY! Enjoy 25% off your entire purchase at Pretty ActionsPretty Presets, and Pretty Forum using code "MOMDAY".
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