Saturday, March 25, 2017

{Friday Photo Bliss}

I am one day late with my {Friday Photo Bliss}. The pollen has been crazy here and I haven't felt 100% thanks to allergies. I usually don't have a problem but this year everyone I know is suffering. Probably because it has been spring since January. ;-)


Some pretty flowers, oops I mean weeds. We didn't eat these.


If Piper is going to pull, he might as well give someone a ride. He is 80 pounds now and he can pull with 1pp (Piper Power).


The creek is low so we are able to get across once again to explore the other side.  If you look closely where Duke is staring in the water you will see a giant snakeskin... I was scared to walk back across those boards!


We found several new greenbelts leading to a really nice subdivision close to the airport. It is so pretty back here! We also found blackberry bushes full of flowers so we will go blackberry picking the next weeks. We love fresh blackberries.


Of course one the boys told their best friend about the blackberries so we had to go back so he could explore with us. I even convinced Paul to join us. Paul loves a good adventure hike, unless of course the weather is nice and then he would rather be flying.


 We didn't find many ripe blackberries, but the boys were able to entertain themselves just fine.

Have a wonderful weekend!!!

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

CoffeeShop "Birthday Storyboard 10x10 Set #26"!


I wanted to put together a new birthday storyboard set and I think this one is really practical and pretty. The download contains two 10x10 storyboards for print or web, with your standard  pink and blue backgrounds. But each one is completely adjustable. 

You can change the chevron background and ribbon to any color you like or even add a simple color background or any digital paper. These are layered psd files for Photoshop/PSE so you can add your images using the provided clipping masks (tutorial and free action). I used this font on the storyboards but you can easily change it.


The gorgeous images used in my example storyboard are from Jill Wellington (Etsy ShopFacebook, Blog, YouTube Videos, Pixabay).

Download the CoffeeShop "Birthday Storyboard 10x10 Set #26".

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

CoffeeShop "Sweet Pastel" Photoshop/PSE Fine Art Action!


Spring is here and I just wrote a brand new beautiful spring-inspired fine art action to share with you today! I call this one "Sweet Pastel" and it is lovely on so many images such as portraits, florals, still life, etc. It is also fully adjustable.

Do you want to download hundreds and hundreds of CoffeeShop actions, Lightroom presets, and digital designs in one file? I currently have a special going on with my CoffeeShop Action Download pack. Purchase of this pack gives you hundreds of my favorite actions (including exclusive ones not found here for free!!!), all of my favorite holiday digital designs, and free updates for up to two years after your initial purchase! For $4 more you can upgrade to my Mega Download Pack (second "buy now" link) which includes everything mentioned above and hundreds of professional storyboards, textures, frames, etc.

This blog is a one-woman business created and run by me. I design everything you can download on this blog myself and purchases of my convenient download packs support this site and allow me to keep on posting freebies and tutorials. In fact, without my generous readers and sponsors The CoffeeShop Blog wouldn't even be possible. So I really appreciate every purchase and donation. I have best readers!!! :-)

Original images used in this post (pink flowers, purple flowers, model and building, model and flowers, close-up portrait, grass).








CoffeeShop "Sweet Pastel" Photoshop/PSE Action Tutorial:


This is the original image.


This is the edit after running "Sweet Pastel".

I usually only adjust a few layers (Contrast Boost and Save the Whites).


For this edit I turned down the opacity of Contrast Boost  to 18%.


Then I turned off the Save the Whites layer completely. 


I love the final edit on this image. So pretty and feminine. I would love to see your own edits using this action on my Facebook page.

Download the CoffeeShop "Sweet Pastel" Photoshop/PSE Action.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

CoffeeShop "Shabby Chic Bunny" Digital Spring/Easter Paper Pack!


I can't believe it is already Monday... Today I wanted to share a new spring/Easter-inspired digital paper pack with pretty roses and bunnies. This one contains five papers that you can use personally or commercially, no attribution necessary.

I found the pretty illustrations over at Pixabay.

I have a new preset set, storyboard set, and action coming out later this week, so be sure to stop by!!!

Download the CoffeeShop "Shabby Chic Bunny" Digital Paper Pack.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

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


Today I have a beautiful new fine art Photoshop/PSE action called "Sapphire Luxe". This action adds a gorgeous dramatic cool tint to your image and it is completely adjustable. 

If you want to download the original images I used on this post, you can find them on Unsplash (dog, leather bag, ivy woman, baby shoes).




CoffeeShop "Sapphire Luxe" Photoshop/PSE Action Tutorial:


I opened this beautiful original image and ran "Sapphire Luxe". The screenshot above is the image with no adjustments. As you can see, I will need to adjust the layers on this edit as it is too blue and dark.


I start with the "Add Light" layer. Click to select the layer mask and grab a soft white low opacity brush. Click on any areas you want to lighten, such as skin. I clicked directly on her face and neck. 

I will adjust the  contrast later so I don't worry so much about it being too light at this point. However, I can also adjust the opacity if needed.


I lowered the opacity of the "Blue Luxe Extreme" layer to 34%. You can also use a soft dark brush on the layer mask to selectively remove it from your image. I love the color now, but I need to add some definition and contrast.


I turned on the "Define" layer. I love using this layer on portraits as it really defines hair and eyelashes without affecting the skin. Adjust the opacity if needed and/or use "Overlay" blending mode to increase the effect.


My final step is to adjust the contrast so I click and open the "Levels" adjustment layer on top. I lowered the midtones and raised the highlight slider a bit until I was happy with the contrast. If you want a more Matte-Effect, slide both the left shadow slider and dark "Output Levels" slider to the right.

I hope you enjoy using this action! I would love to see your before and afters on my Facebook page.

Download the CoffeeShop "Sapphire Luxe" Photoshop/PSE Action.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

CoffeeShop Sponsor SALE: Pretty Lightroom Preset and Photoshop/PSE Action Specials!

Pretty Preset and Pretty Actions are both sponsors of my blog. I use Pretty Presets all of the time in Lightroom, I love all of the sets and they are the only presets I use besides my own. Today I wanted to post some Lightroom preset and Photoshop/PSE action specials over at Pretty. Read all about them below!

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