Thursday, July 20, 2017

CoffeeShop "Midnight B&W" Fine Art Photoshop/PSE Action!


I am so excited to post a new B&W Fine Art Action I call "Midnight B&W". I have been seeing these intense B&W edits out there with dark shadows and bright mid-tones/lights and I love how they look. So this week I wrote my own custom action to get a similar effect. You can adjust the contrast of this action from a matte-effect to pure drama.

The photos of the boys in this post are mine. I went down a rabbit hole and looked at old photos of my kids on my computer. I have thousands and thousands to choose from and it was quite overwhelming. Not to mention it was a bit bittersweet journey since my boys are so big now. 

I wanted to thank Jill Wellington (Etsy ShopFacebook, Blog, YouTube Videos, Pixabay) for the image of the woman with the bubbles and the photographers at Unsplash and Pixabay for the other images used in this post (girl in woods, girl with teddy, woman in blue coat, girl with camera).





CoffeeShop "Midnight B&W" Photoshop/PSE Action Tutorial:


Open your image and run "Midnight B&W".


Preset settings


My settings 

When the  Brightness/Contrast adjustment pops up adjust both sliders to taste.  I wanted very bright whites and dark shadows.


Preset settings


Dramatic Contrast settings



Soft Matte settings

When the Levels adjustment layer comes up, adjust the sliders under the curve and the black slider under Output Levels to taste. This is preset for a "matte-effect", but you can adjust it from a soft-matte to dramatic contrast pop.


This is the image after the action finishes running. You can adjust each layer to taste.



If you are working on a portrait and the eyes are too dark, click to select the "Add Light to Eyes" layer and use a soft white brush to add light back into the iris. You can also adjust the sliders on that Levels layer for more eye enhancement.

You can use the "Paint in Light" layer to add light to skin or highlight part of your image.

I hope you enjoy this new action!

Download the CoffeeShop "Midnight B&W" Photoshop/PSE Action.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

CoffeeShop 16x20 "Chalkboard Storyboard Set #33"!


Today I have a new storyboard to share with you! This one is 16x20 and can be printed or used on the web. The center is a chalkboard for text/logo, but you could also use it as a clipping mask and add a center image.

This professional storyboard is a layered psd file so you can add your images using clipping masks (tutorial and free action). You can also change the border color.

New action coming out this week!!!

A special thanks to Lisa Rubel Photography (website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) for allowing me to use her stunning images in my example storyboard.

Download the CoffeeShop "Chalkboard Storyboard Set #33".

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

CoffeeShop Sponsor Post: Pretty Preset's "Enchanted Garden Collection" FLASH SALE!!!

I took out my "real camera" yesterday evening so I could shoot a few photos of the boys in the backyard. It wasn't the best shoot as it was getting dark, the boys had "pool hair", and the mosquitos were eating all of us alive.

But I did manage to get a few decent photos. Today I am editing them using some Pretty Presets. I love Photoshop but I also love Lightroom and I use them both all of the time.

Pretty Presets are not only a sponsor of my blog, they sell the only presets I use besides my own.  I received an email this morning that they are having a flash sale on their "Enchanted Garden Collection" and I wanted to post a few photos from my shoot yesterday where I used some of the presets in that set.

I posted my SOOC RAW and then the edited images with no adjustments. I love how they all turned out! I posted these photos because I wanted to point out that you don't have to be a professional photographer to use Pretty Presets, they also look great on snapshots of your crazy kids. :-)

You can read all about Pretty Presets sale below my photos or click here to be directed to their site and special.

Next time I will review the Pretty Presets "Pretty Film Bohemian Collection", also on special right now and another preset set that I love to use in my editing.






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[FLASH SALE] Enchanted Garden Collection!


We're so excited to help save you time with the Enchanted Garden Collection. Perfect for your beautiful summer sessions! You can customize your own signature style using the quick post presets, and finish your image with our Mini-Brush Collection for that perfect one-of-a-kind look. Your spring & summer photo sessions will be infused with soft, sunny light and beautiful bright color!

These presets will work beautifully on children, family, boudoir, engagement and wedding sessions. Optimized for Lightroom 5, Lightroom 6, and the Creative Cloud.

Included in your download are 20 Pretty Presets, 9 Post-Presets, and 17 Brushes for only $39.
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"With just a few clicks, what I'd spent an enormous amount of time to achieve before, was completed within minutes."

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Lilac + Creamy Center from Enchanted Garden Collection

"I recently bought the Enchanted Garden Collection. I love the variety of presets and tools that comes with this collection. It helps give my photos a little something extra and saves me time editing.-Jessica R.

"I am new to Lightroom and have limited experience with Photoshop. I find editing a photo, to look the way I want, to be intimidating and frustrating. I stumbled onto using presets while searching for tips and ideas on how to edit. The before and after photos for Pretty Presets captured my attention as they depicted exactly what I was trying to accomplish.

Imagine my delight when I purchased the Enchanted Garden Collection. With just a few clicks, what I'd spent an enormous amount of time to achieve before, was completed within minutes. The results were even more stunning than trying to edit without the presets.

The video tutorials were a tremendous help as well. For anyone new to using Lightroom, I highly recommend using the Pretty Presets products." -Lisa P.

"I think I I own just about every preset you sell, simply because they are all versatile! I will always come back for more pretty presets!-Mariah J.
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Pretty Edits from the Enchanted Garden

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Sweet Cream from Enchanted Garden Collection
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Gardenia + Creamy Center from Enchanted Garden
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Bluebell B&W + Warm Center from the Enchanted Garden
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Enjoy watching quick edits from the Enchanted Garden Collection

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

CoffeeShop "Sunset Dreams Deluxe" Exclusive Photoshop/PSE Action!


Happy Sunday! I wanted to let you know that I have just added another exclusive action to the CoffeShop Action/Preset Download Pack. This new Fine Art Photoshop/PSE action is called "Sunset Dreams Deluxe" and it automatically builds and applies a beautiful sunset overlay on your image and adds warm late-afternoon light. It is fully adjustable, and the action does everything so you don't have to mess with any sun overlays/textures!



I also wrote a step-by-step tutorial which is included with the action. 

The CoffeeShop Action/Preset download pack contains hundreds of my favorite actions and presets from this blog and several additional exclusive actions and action sets that can't be found anywhere for free (including this blog!) in one download.  You can read all about it on this page. Purchase of my download packs support my this blog so thank you for checking them out!


If you have purchased the Action/Preset Pack or Mega Download Pack (everything in the Action pack plus professional digital designs for photographers) within the last two years you can email me (email address located on the bottom of this page) for the most updated pack, including this new action! 

I wanted to thank the photographers at Unsplash and Pixabay for the images used in this tutorial. (boy and teddyholding handscouple on rocksflowers, girl on trail, knight, horses, girl and dog, woman in red)







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Friday, July 14, 2017

{Friday Photo Bliss} San Marcos Tubing and BBQ in Giddings!

On Fridays I like to post snapshots from the week that make me happy.


Last Saturday we decided we wanted to go tubing in San Marcus, TX. We do this at least once every summer, it is a family tradition. Since San Marcos is almost three hours away we booked a hotel for Sunday night. 

We had a gorgeous view of the Texas State University campus from our room. Both my sisters went to college here. I am the only Aggie in our family and I married an Aggie. 

I have to confess the town of San Marcos is much nicer than College Station and would be a great place to retire. They have an really nice airport here. It would be a nice place for the Gooney to hang out.


We rented tubes from the Lion's Club Sunday late-afternoon.

We were lucky, the weather was perfect (mid-90's and sunny) for tubing in cold spring-fed water. 

Usually Paul and I have a cool glass of wine floating down the river, but I was doing the Whole30 and not drinking any alcohol for the month. Paul didn't want to make me feel jealous and drank sparkling water with me. 

It wasn't quite the same... ;-)


We were the only nerds with swim shirts and no tattoos (and no alcohol).

San Marcos is a college town and tubing is a great place to people watch.


The kids had a blast.


And so did their mom.


Paul had a waterproof phone case so we were able to capture a few photos of our watery adventure.

Here is Paul giving me "Blue Steel". Or is that "Duck Lips"? Whatever it is, he has to stop!!!


Now Paul is giving me the "Don't drop my camera in the river or I will kill you!" look. Luckily I was completely sober and the phone  was fine.


On the drive home Monday we stoped at the Gidding's City Meat Market to pick up some delicious BBQ to go. This is also a family tradition after a day of tubing.


It was only 10:45 so the restaurant was almost empty.

More BBQ for us!

We were only gone for 24 hours, but it was a perfect family trip.

Have a great weekend!!!

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