Tuesday, June 27, 2017

CoffeeShop "4th of July" Facebook Cover Set!


I have a few more "4th of July" designs I wanted to get out to you this week. Today I have two patriotic Facebook covers. One has space for text or a logo, the other one just has photo cutouts. These are Photoshop/PSE layered psd files and should look good on both computers and phones.

They are also included in my CoffeeShop Holiday Design pack, which is free with any purchase of my download packs (actions/presets, professional digital designs). If you have ordered any of my download packs within the last 2 years and you want all of the new designs included in the updated packs (including the Holiday designs), please email me (link on bottom of page) and I will send it out to you. All of my packs come with 2 years of free updates AND exclusive actions not found for free anywhere, and I update them weekly with new stuff!

Download the CoffeeShop "4th of July Facebook Cover Set".

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Monday, June 26, 2017

CoffeeShop "4th of July" Digital Paper Pack!


I hope everyone had a great weekend. Today I have a brand new free digital paper pack inspired by the 4th of July! These would  be nice on  storyboards, cards, Facebook covers, or printed out. I hope you enjoy playing with them.

Tomorrow I have an amazing new action coming out, so be sure to stop by and check it out. :-)

This month you can grab all of my favorite holiday digital designs in one download for free if you buy any of my download packs. :-)

Download the CoffeeShop "4th of July" Digital Paper Pack!

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Friday, June 23, 2017

CoffeeShop "Cabernet Afternoon" Photoshop/PSE Fine Art Action!


I usually post my {Friday Photo Bliss} photos today but I had finished this new action and loved it so much and couldn't wait to share it with you. I call it "Cabernet Afternoon" and it is a lovely red-wine tinted action that is fully adjustable and even has an optional B&W layer.

This action is one of the hundreds of actions and presets in my CoffeeShop Action/Preset Download Pack. This pack includes almost every action and preset found on this blog and several exclusive actions you can't find for free anywhere! If you purchase any of my download packs you can get free updates up to 2 years after purchase which is a big deal since I usually update them weekly! And pay $4 more and get hundreds of professional photographer storyboards, textures, papers, etc in the download. The CoffeeShop Blog is a one-woman show (me!) and my download packs support my blog and make all of my freebies possible. :-)

I wanted to thank the generous photographer at Unsplash for providing royalty free images. Elena Ferrer-White Flowers and Girl Holding Flowers, Aliasfan1k Braided Hair, Mitchel Lensink Purple Flowers, Ivan Jevtic Woman Holding Flowers, Annie Spratt Flowers in Jug.

CoffeeShop "Cabernet Afternoon" Photoshop/PSE Action Tutorial:




Run the "Cabernet Afternoon" action on the image. When the Levels adjustment layer pops up, adjust the sliders under the curve and on the Output Levels to taste.

You can make further adjustments later. In this case I lighted up the midtones quite a bit so her hair wouldn't be too dark, but I am going to paint the background out later to darken it.


This is the image after the action finishes running. You can adjust the opacities of each layer or paint on the layer masks.


As I mentioned earlier, the Levels adjustment was great to lighten her hair but too much for the background. So I clicked on the layer mask for "Levels 1" and painted on the background with a soft black high opacity brush to remove the extra light.


I also wanted to remove some of the "Cabernet" layer off of her hair. I used a soft 30% black brush to paint some of the color off.


You can also adjust the opacity of the top "Add Light" layer and/or selectively paint on the layer mask.

I love this edit!


If you want a pretty tinted-B&W, turn on the "Tinted B&W" layer and make adjustments on the other layers to taste.


When I use the B&W option I usually go back to the "Levels 1" layer and lighten up the midtones.

I hope you enjoy this new action!

Download the CoffeeShop "Cabernet Afternoon" Photoshop/PSE action.


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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

CoffeeShop "Sneak Peek" Blog Board Set #1!


I hope everyone on the path of Tropical Storm Cindy is staying safe! In the current computer models we are west of the worst of the storm but are expected to get plenty of rain. Since they built our city and much of the surrounded area on a swamp, lots of rain usually results in lots of flooding. But thankfully our house is pretty high. I just hope we don't get any new leaks...

I am finishing up a new sunbeam/burst action but it isn't finished quite yet, so today I wanted to share a set of professional "Sneak Peek" Photoshop/PSE blog boards. They are fully customizable and you can also remove the "Sneak Peak" text and use them to display your favorite images on your websites/blogs/social media.

All three are layered psd files so you can add your images using clipping masks (tutorial and free action). Check out all of my other free photographer templates or grab all of my most popular ones in one download and help support my site! You can even get hundreds of my most popular actions and presets for only $4 more. :-) The download packs make this site possible, so thank you!!!

A special thanks to Lisa Rubel Photography for allowing me to use her beautiful images in this post!

Download the CoffeeShop "Sneak Peek" Blogboard Set #1.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

CoffeeShop "Sunray/Sunburst Overlay Set and Photoshop/PSE Tutorial"!


I have a fun week planned here on my blog. Today I have a step-by-step tutorial on one way to design your own custom sunray/sunburst overlays. I am also including a free downloadable set of three high-resolution ones you can use on your own images.

I also have a gorgeous sunray action coming out this week and another editing tutorial, so please come back and visit!

I wanted to design some new sunray overlays and found this amazing tutorial on creating them. I have used other methods but this was one of the easiest way I have ever seen to quickly design your own. I ended up modifying the tutorial for my own overlays and posted my method below.

Toward the bottom of this post you can grab three high-resolution sunray overlays I designed to share with you.

I used a fashion image by Tamara Bellis in my tutorial below and ad.


Original image by Matt Aunger



Original image by Alex Grodkiewicz


Original image from Flaunter .com




The beautiful image of the children on the bridge are from Andrea Bacle Photography. Andrea is not only an amazing photographer but a personal friend. I wanted her to introduce herself to you since I will be featuring some of her images on my blog. Thank you so much Andrea for helping me out!!!

Andrea is a travel photographer and a coach for women with photography businesses. She teaches boss babes how to get focused—fully booked and profitable—so they can focus on shooting with passion. Hop over to her Facebook community of fabulous small business owners and get your business jumpstarted!

CoffeeShop "Creating Custom Sunray/Sunburst Overlays" Tutorial:



This is one of many ways to create your own custom sunray overlays. I start off creating a new black document 6000x6000 pixels .


Grab the circle marquee tool and set "Feather" to 250 px. Hold shift and draw a small circle inside the black background. You don't want to make this too big because the sunrays might get cut off.

Create a new layer and make sure it is selected. Don't put your sunray directly on the background layer.


Make sure your foreground/background is black/white (as seen above) and then Filter

Click CMD-D to remove the marching ants selection.


Go to Filter

Set the amount to 100 and the Blur Method to "Zoom". Click on the example in the box where you want the light coming from. In this case I am creating sunbeams from the upper left corner. You can also make them from the top or right.

Repeat the Radial Blur one more time to smooth out the rays!


Now you can move the sunbeam layer if you want.


Duplicate the sunray layer (Ctrl-J) so that the rays are more defined.  Merge these two layers before going on to the next step.


I like to pull out the bottom edges of the sunrays so I go to Edit


Pull the bars until you are satisfied with the rays.


I think these look pretty nice but I want to add more contrast.


I added a Levels adjustment layer and moved the highlight and midtone sliders to the left.

You can stop here and save your sunray, or add some custom color to the rays.


I added a beautiful golden tone to them by adding an orange Color Fill adjustment layer in Soft Light blending mode.


Now Merge Visible (Shift/alt.option/cmd/D) or flatten and save your new sunray overlay!

Now I will show you how to add it to your image.


Original image by Tamara Bellis



Drag the overlay on the image and Free Transform (Ctrl-T) it where you want the light.

It is best to cover your entire image with the overlay if possible so you won't notice any lines, especially if you have dark shadows. If you can't do this and notice a line where the overlay is not covering the image, then click on the overlay layer and use a black brush to paint on the transparent areas.


Put the overlay in Screen blending mode.


Duplicate the layer (Ctrl-J) to add more light and adjust the opacity of that layer to taste.

I usually like to add some golden color to the rest of the image.


Add a dark-orange Color Fill adjustment layer.


And put this new layer in Soft Light and adjust the opacity to taste.


I love how this looks! If you are working with a portrait you might want to use a soft low-opacity black brush on the sunray layer mask to paint off some of the haze.

I would love to see your own before/afters on my Facebook page!

Download the CoffeeShop "Sunray" Artistic Overlays.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

{Friday Photo Bliss}: Airman 1st Class, "Cool" Plane, Rare Squirrels, Bambi, and Crazy Hair!

On Fridays I like to post my most recent images that make me happy.


Say hello to the newly promoted Cadet Airman 1st Class of the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program! He really loves CAP and is completely self-motivated to study for his promotions.  I can't say enough about this program, I wish I had done this when I was his age.


Yesterday Paul calls me from work and said he could take a long lunch and wanted to fly to Conroe to eat. So we had a few minutes to get everything together and meet him out there.

Thank goodness we are spontaneous!

Of course the heat index was around 100F, making it a rather hot adventure.


We aren't the only ones braving the high temps to eat at The Black Walnut.


You never know what interesting aircraft you are going to see at the airport. What a pretty Decathlon! I love the paint job.


We also saw several Blackhawks flying into our home airport.


Another great way to spend your day when the heat index is around 100F is picking figs.


And don't forget about the blackberries. You can see we have our 50 SPF shirts, hats, sunglasses, and jeans (for snake and sun protection).  Laugh all you want, but we saw many sunburned families out there. My kids hate to wear sunscreen so they are stuck covering up.


When we went to the park last week Imp noticed a little creature tucked in a corner of the boardwalk.


It was a tiny fawn, carefully hidden away by her mama. She is just beautiful!


We also had some beautiful black squirrels harassing us for food. We have plenty of gray and some fox squirrels at our house (we "feed the birds" but they don't get much of the food) but we have never seen such dark gray/black ones.

I looked it up and it appears to be an East Texas Black squirrel and they are pretty rare.

Rare black squirrels and Bambi, what a great walk!!!


Finally, Imp and hair products should never meet. ;-)

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!!

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

CoffeeShop "Facebook Cover #32"!


Today I have a brand new Facebook cover to share with you. This one should look nice on computers and phones. It is completely adjustable and you can change the colors and/or remove the bars and even add a pretty digital paper on the background.

It is a layered Photoshop/PSE file so you can add your images using clipping masks (tutorial and free action).

I wanted to thank Lisa Rubel Photography for allowing me to use her images in my example above.

Download the CoffeeShop "Facebook Cover #32".

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