CoffeeShop "Haze Off" Lightroom Preset: Removes Haze and Adds a Golden Tone!




OK, I am really a crazy rat-lady now.  I have blogged about how much our family adores our little rat Domino.  When we got her I did not do my research and had no idea that it was best to get rats in pairs. They are very social and need a buddy so they won't be lonely when we aren't around.  We play with Domino all of the time, but she needs a nighttime snuggle/play buddy.

I didn't want to get another pet store rat as they are infamous for getting sick (and bred mostly for snake food…), and I finally found a pet rat breeder in Texas with babies!  We hope to get one-two babies and I am also getting two babies for my niece and nephew.  The breeder just sent me a photo of our baby ratties and I wanted to share.  They have beautiful silver coats and will be ready to come home in a few weeks.  We are only getting females as I don't want the rats to overtake the humans in our house.

Yes, I am nuts.  ;-)

Today I am posting a new free Lightroom 4 and up preset called "Haze Off".

I created this action to run on some images I took at the beach last week.  It was early morning and there was a beautiful haze in the air. However, when I started editing the images I decided I wanted to remove some of the haze and add a golden tint so the images would look like they were taken in the late afternoon.  I am really happy how they turned out, and I hope you enjoy using this preset on your own outdoor, hazy images.

I have some digital paper and a really nice Photoshop retouching tutorial coming out this week.  My creative mojo has come back!!!





I just realized I have a lot of photos of the boys running away from me and my camera.  ;-)

Download the CoffeeShop "Haze Off" Lightroom (4 and up) preset.  You can also download it here.

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.

For complete info on installing all of my actions, click here.


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CoffeeShop "Dreams of Neptune" Photoshop/PSE Action!


Today I am excited to post a new free action called "Dreams of Neptune".  This is a fully adjustable action that adds a color tint, lens blur, and haze to your images.  It looks really lovely on wedding, senior, and female portraits shot outdoors.

Mouse over to see the "before" image.




I ran Dreams of Neptune on this lovely photo I found on Pixabay.  When prompted adjust the lens blur to taste.  This layer will have a black layer mask so you won't see any lens blur unless you paint it back in when the action is completed.

In this image I removed a bit of the Red Tint layer from the background with a 50% black brush, removed Haze from the couple, and added some lens blur around the edges of the image to soften the trees.  If you are new to layer masks I have a Layer Mask Tutorial posted here.


I ran Dreams of Neptune on this gorgeous image from Vanilla Tree Photography.  In this edit I turned off the Red Tint layer, used a soft low opacity black brush on the Haze layer to remove some haze from the girl, and changed the Neptune Tint from Soft to Overlay blending mode and removed most of it from the girl.

It is so important to play with each layer when you use artistic actions like this one.  Turning off a layer, adjusting the blending mode/opacity of layers, and painting on layer masks can turn a really plain image into a stunning piece of art.  :-)

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

Download the CoffeeShop "Dreams of Neptune" Photoshop/PSE action.  You can also download it here.

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.

For complete info on installing all of my actions, click here.


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PaintCandy Freebies and ColorInc. and Unitprints.com Specials!

I just finished putting my newest free action together and it is coming out tomorrow. I will also have some Halloween papers and a preset (plus a review of the new Pretty Preset set) coming out early next week.  My niece and nephew are visiting and the kids are here in the room watching Star Wars (the 4th one that is the actually the first one that came out) and I actually have uninterrupted time to work.

Today I wanted to post a few specials that you might be interested in checking out. Just click on the ad to read more about them.

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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.

For complete info on installing all of my actions, click here.


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Pretty Presets "Color Luxe" Workflow Collection Release!!!

Laura of Pretty Presets just released a new Lightroom Preset/Brush collection called Color Luxe Workflow. If you have been following my blog you know that I don't create many Lightroom presets because I usually end up using Pretty Presets on my own images. Why reinvent the wheel?  ;-)

I have also received a copy of the presets from Laura (a birthday present, so excited!) and I am going to be playing with them this week and will let you know what I think.  If they are anything like her other sets I know I will love them.  I am a Pretty Presets addict.

If you don't own Lightroom yet you are really missing out.  If you are on a budget and don't want to rent Photoshop (I am still mad at Adobe, I hate renting computer programs, arggggh) but still want to be able to create your own photo art, then think about buying PSE (Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 just came out) and Lightroom.  They are a power couple and will allow you to edit just like the big guys, on a small budget.

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The Pretty Presets Color Luxe Workflow Collection will help you create beautiful color images in your own signature style!


This unique collection includes 40 Pretty Presets + 25 Brushes and can be used on any of your images taken in natural light.  You can use this collection in Lightroom 4, Lightroom 5 and the Creative Cloud.  This collection can be used on both RAW and JPEG images. 


The Color Luxe Workflow Collection Includes:
40 Presets:
  • 6 All-in-One Color Presets
  • 6 Base Presets
  • 6 Color Pop/Color Fade Presets
  • 6 Exposure Presets
  • 6 Tinting Presets
  • 6 Toning Presets
  • 3 Vignette Presets
  • 1 Reset Preset
25 Brushes:
  • 15 Color Brushes
  • 2 Contrast Brushes
  • 2 Exposure Brushes
  • 3 Color Correction Brushes
  • 3 Change Color Brushes

Additional Details:
  • 40 Presets + 25 Brushes
  • Presets work on RAW and JPEG images
  • Compatible with Lightroom versions 4-5, and LR Creative Cloud
  • Video Tutorial and instructions included

REVIEWS: 
"I absolutely love these Presets! It is my first purchase ever and I couldn't be happier. Thank you."  - Karyn P.
" Let me just say I'm into my first foray of paid sessions, they are terrifying and i'm always a bundle of nerves. I have just bought 2 presets and brushes. I am in awe that these are my pictures. Honestly, it's the first time I looked at my work and said I'm worth my fee. Thank you for putting together such amazing collections so that i can transform a picture into a keepsake." - Brandy S.
"Thank you so much for having such awesome goodies.. Love my new presets." - Terese
"I am SO in love with your presets! You do an amazing job!! I just finished up editing a senior session that I did using your edits and I can’t stop looking at them! Your presets took the pictures to the next level! Thank you!” - Katie
“Oh boy! it is 11 pm and I am playing with your presets…. I have to get up at 4:30 am. I absolutely LOVE them. I just had to let you know.” - Lilla
“Thank You, I am learning/playing with LR and have been looking for presets. Yours are beautiful. I found them easy to download and import with your instructions. Thanks again!” - Michelle
“If anyone’s contemplating buying her presets…don’t! They are SO WORTH IT!” - Joy
"Wow, yet another set of AWESOME presets...your presets are by FAR the best I have used. INCREDIBLE!" - Manuel


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