Monday, February 27, 2017

CoffeeShop "Texas Yellow Rose" Digital Paper Pack!


How is it already Monday? I was having fun playing with the gorgeous design elements at (affiliate link) The Graphics Fairy Premium Site and decided to put together a vintage yellow rose paper pack to share with you.

I am one of the instructors over there and my next tutorial on their site is going to show you how I make these lovely papers!

You can use these papers however you like, personally or commercially. And you don't have to give me any credit. I just ask that you don't sell them "as is".

Download the CoffeeShop "Texas Yellow Rose" Digital Paper Pack!

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Friday, February 24, 2017

{CoffeeShop Family Flying Circus Adventures} Chapter 9: "1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Planes EVERYWHERE!"


Back in March of last year we bought a little 1970's 4-seater Piper and we have had many fun flying adventures.  Interested in reading more of the {CoffeeShop Family Flying Circus Adventures}? PrologueChapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3,  Chapter 4Chapter 5, Chapter 6, Chapter 7, Chapter 8, Entire series (newest posts first).

A special thanks to my husband Paul who flies the plane and edits all our videos. Please subscribe to his Texas Gooney Bird YouTube channel if you are interested in following our adventures. It would make his day!

Today's post has an accompanying video you might enjoy. You can watch it here or embedded down at the bottom of this post.


It was a gorgeous day and we decided to take the Gooney up for a short flight.

You never know what cool planes you are going to see at the airport. I want a Piper Cub!


Yep, it was perfect flying weather. The Woodlands are gorgeous from above!

We had one little scare during this leg of our journey. I was enjoying my view out the window from my 1st class seat (all four seats are 1st class on the Gooney) when I felt the plane moving to the right and Paul mumbling something about dodging a bird.

I looked out the window expecting to see a small bird flapping by and was slightly shocked (OK, very shocked) to see five giant turkey vultures playing "chicken" with our plane. YIKES!

Our neighbor pilot just told us a story about his friend who hit a vulture midair. The bird went through his front window and landed in the back seat. He had to fly and land his plane with a hole in the windshield and a very angry vulture flapping around in his back seat.

When he finally got down to the ground, he opened up the door and the bloody bird jumped out and ran off. He said the back seat looked like a slaughterhouse...

Not my idea of fun!


We survived the vulture attack and started getting ready to land at Conroe's Lone Star Airport.

I love this airport so much. It is gorgeous out there and the runways are HUGE.


After all of the excitement we were ready to grab some lunch from the Black Walnut Cafe.


As you can see, Paul likes to eat outside on the patio while admiring his proudest possession.

No, not his kids. His Piper! ;-) OK, I am kidding. The kids come before the plane. But he does adore that little bird.

We had a nice lunch and headed back to the Gooney to fly home. 

Oh no, Paul lost the keys!


But luckily we found them. Oops!


Bye Lone Star Airport!

Other than some mild turbulence, the flight back to Hooks was uneventful. No wings fell off, no large birds played chicken with our prop, no drone or laser pen attacks, and the windows stayed intact.

Everything was uneventful. Until we had to land...


I noticed we had passed the Christmas tree farm by the airport and was making a comment when I realized that Paul was completely silent, in his most severe concentration pilot mode.


Hooks has two runways. The nice large one and the tiny one that resembles a country road. Guess which one we had to land on today.  Planes were everywhere. We had a brutal tail wind. And don't forget the wake turbulence from the jet that just took off.

OH NO!


I look calm here, but I am really freaking out. And I have to be quiet so Pilot Paul can concentrate.

Imp is never stressed.  I am surprised he isn't napping.


Watch the entire scary adventure right here!

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

CoffeeShop "Storyboard Set #24, 5x7 for Print or Web"!


Today I have a new 5x7 professional photographer storyboard set to share with you. You can change the colors of the borders and the text box on bottom and print or post them on the web. They are both layered Photoshop/PSE files so you can add your images using clipping masks (tutorial and free action).

In my examples above I used the Ostrich Sans font.

I hope you find these useful!!!

Original images in the B&W storyboard (fur hat, swimsuit, tattoo, woman in black shirt). "Vintage Val" images by Jill Wellington (Etsy ShopFacebook, Blog, YouTube Videos, Pixabay).

Download the CoffeeShop "5x7 Storyboard Set #24".

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

CoffeeShop "Beauty and the Beast" Fairy Tale-Inspired Lightroom Preset Set!


If you follow my blog you probably know that I love to use and write my own Photoshop actions. If I use Lightroom presets I generally stick to the gorgeous ones from Pretty Presets (they are sponsors on my site and the only presets I used besides my own). But sometimes I get an urge to create some presets of my own.

Today I am trying to capitalize ;-) on the popularity of the new "Beauty and Beast" movie coming out by releasing a new fairy tale-inspired Lightroom preset set. This preset set has three presets:"Beauty and the Beast", "Add Light", and "Reset it All".

The "Beauty and the Beast" preset is a lovely pastel-tinted matte-enhancement and can be magical on many types of images. I really love using it on outdoor images with pretty light. Like all presets, it is easy to tweak for your own images.

You can use the "Add Light" preset on top of "Beauty and the Beast", alone, or on top of other presets/edits.

If you need instructions for loading Lightroom presets, please go check out this page on Pretty Presets. Make sure you unzip the file before loading them.

Check out my other Lightroom presets here.

I used these original images from Unsplash in this post (girl in road, wedding couple, flower and wedding couple, girl in field, red berries, sweater and lace girl).





CoffeeShop "Beauty and the Beast" Lightroom Preset Tutorial:




This is the image after running the "Beauty and the Beast" preset with no adjustments.


Then I clicked on the "Add Light" preset in the set.

If you want to adjust the light you will have to adjust the graduated filter (M).


 Find the Graduated Filter tool as seen in the screenshot above circled in yellow. Click on it.


Look at your image and you will see all of the graduated filters marked with a gray circle, as seen above. You can hold your mouse over the gray circle to see a red tint where each filter is applied on the image.

Click on the gray circle and you will be able to adjust its settings.


I don't change much on this gradient filter, but I do adjust the exposure to add/remove light and also adjust the clarity. Feel free to adjust any of the sliders to taste.

You can also grab the gradient and move it around your image. In this case I should move it up because I feel there is too much light on her face.

Once you are satisfied with your edit, click Close.

I hope you enjoy this new Lightroom preset set! I would love to see your own edits on my Facebook page.

Download the CoffeeShop "Beauty and the Beast" Lightroom Preset Set!

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Monday, February 20, 2017

CoffeeShop Professional Storyboard Set #23, 3x3!


Today I have a brand new professional photographer storyboard set. This one contains two nine-photo storyboards (with and without white borders) that are 20x20 inches and can be printed or posted on the web.

These storyboards are layered psd files so you can add your images using clipping masks (tutorial and free action). Make sure you check out my loading action, it really makes loading these multi-image storyboards quick and easy!!!

Original Images from Unsplash used in this post (woman in black shirtgirl in hat, girl with pink flowers, guy on train bridge, girl in field, guy by wall, blue face guy, cornrow style, girl in bathing suit).

Download the CoffeeShop "Storyboard Set #23".

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

CoffeeShop "Buttered Toast" Fine Art Photoshop/PSE Action!


Today I have a brand new fine art Photoshop/PSE action called "Buttered Toast". This action applies a beautiful warm enhancement to your image that is fully adjustable. This effect is lovely on so many outdoor images!




CoffeeShop "Buttered Toast" Photoshop/PSE Action Tutorial:




Run the action. This is the image with no adjustments. I think her skin looks too red, so I will make some adjustments.


I turned off the "Buttered Toast 1" layer. I could also have adjusted the opacity and/or painted on the layer mask.

Now her skin looks much better.


I also decided to turn down the opacity of "Butter Toast 2" to 25%. The beauty of this action is that it can be as dramatic or subtle as you like!

I would love to see your own edits using this action on my Facebook page!

Download the CoffeeShop "Buttered Toast" Photoshop/PSE Action!

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Pretty Actions "Film Collection" Action Set 44% OFF!

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