CoffeeShop Valentine Frame Facebook Cover!


After I posted my new set of Matte Lightroom Presets, I received some comments that you wanted me to post a "Matte Effect" tutorial and action set for Photoshop/PSE.  So that will be my next project and the posts will come out in the next day or two.  I love when you make suggestions for my blog, so thank you!!!

I will also post a tutorial on split-toning and adding haze to your Matte images in both LR and Photoshop/PSE.

Today I am posting a simple Valentine Facebook cover so you can post photos of your sweeties.  This is a png file with a transparent background that works in most editing programs, and you can simply add a color fill layer or digital paper underneath it.  You could also use this as a website header, just resize before you add photos.

Add your images behind (under) the frames and Free-Transform them to fit.  Grab the eraser tool (E) and erase any of the image falling outside of the frame. Then flatten the template and post up to Facebook!

If you want the little heart frame in this cover you can download the adjustable one here.

Download the free CoffeeShop Facebook Valentine Cover. 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.


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CoffeeShop Lightroom "Matte Color" Preset Set!


Low-contrast "Matte" editing, which creates an image that looks like it was printed on matte paper, has been really popular for some time now.  Check out the images on Unsplash, many of them are edited using this type of "matte" technique. When this first came out a few years ago I wasn't sure about it, but now I love using it on my own edits, especially wall art.

I recently upgraded to LR5 so all the more reason to play and create new freebies for my blog.  I had a hankering to design a set of matte color presets and I think you will really enjoy this set.  This has five presets (Blush, Burgundy Wine, Cool Breezes, Drama, and Heavenly) and a Reset preset (I am a poet and didn't know it).


I ran "Burgundy Wine" on this version.  Aside note:  I have issues with both typos AND spelling.  As I was working on this post I noticed I had spelled Burgundy two ways, both wrong. I named the preset "Burgandy Wine" and on my ad I had spelled it "Burgendy Wine".  After looking at both versions I thought the correct spelling was "Burgundy" but I had to look it up to confirm before updating all of the misspelled files.  ;-)

I hope you enjoy playing with this new matte preset set. I will create a B&W version next.

If you are new to loading presets you can follow this great tutorial at Pretty Presets. And make sure to check out their weekly preset specials and sign up for the  free "Mastering brushes and gradient filters" webinar coming out in a few days. Just page down to the bottom of the page to register for free.

Download the free CoffeeShop "Matte Color" Lightroom Preset Set for LR4 and up.  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.


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CoffeeShop Tutorial: How to Get the "Matte Effect" in Lightroom!


For some crazy reason completely out of the blue I decided that I was tired of my laundry room being such an eye sore and decided to actually do something about it.  It is a tiny room and I figured I could paint and organize it in a day or two.  Yep, I really believed that to be true.

That darn little room is just like a tiny clown car, but instead of being stuffed with clowns it was stuffed with junk.  Once I pulled everything out of the room so I could paint, my entire kitchen was a disastrous junk pile. I think I almost gave my husband a stroke when he walked in the door and tripped over the mess.

After several trips to Lowe's and one trip to Hobby Lobby and three days of patching, taping, and painting, the walls are done.  They are painted in "Universal Khaki" which is as exciting as you can imagine.  But they are nice and clean.

So the painting is done and my husband has hung up all of my key and coat racks, but my kitchen still looks like it was hit by a bomb.  I have a small kitchen and no closets downstairs (the house was built with plans from a house that was turn-of-the-century 1900's) and no place to store all of the junk I have accumulated.  So I am going to have to purge and organize both the laundry room AND kitchen.

Yes, I just gave myself at least another week of work...  At the minimum...

Finally I was able to get on the computer tonight and I wanted to post this little tutorial on how I edit using the "Matte Effect" in LR.  This type of flat, low-contrast editing that resembles a matte print is all the rage right now, yet so simple to achieve on your own.  You will find many sample of images editing with this type of method at Unsplash.  It looks beautiful on landscapes and still life images, but it can also be very beautiful on portraits.

CoffeeShop Lightroom Tutorial:  "Matte Effect"


A few months ago I went to Hamilton's Pool Preserve twice with my family and I was able to take some really pretty fall pictures.  After I edited this image I decided I wanted to add a "matte effect".

To do this, go down to your Tone Curve in LR. This is like Curves in Photoshop and so easy to use.  If your Tone Curve looks different than the one in my screenshot above, just click on the bottom right corner to switch.


All you have to do is grab that bottom left point and drag it up and out until you are happy with your image.  The further right you drag it, the darks get darker and the higher you drag it you add more haze.  So play around with that one point until you are happy with the image.

In this case I liked the result except for the black shadowy area under the rocks.  It was too dark and I was losing some of the greenery.


Instead of playing around with the Tone Curve I just went up to the Basic Pane and upped my Highlights, Shadows, and Blacks until I was satisfied with the edit.


Here is an image from Enchanted Rock.  I added the "matte effect" as well as some split-toning.


Here is one of my images from Palo Duro Canyon  (the second biggest canyon in the US). We went there last spring and I am in awe.  I was able to capture this photo on my iPhone using an HDR app. I opened it in LR and applied the "matte effect" using the Tone Curve method.

I hope you enjoy this little tutorial!  I will have some LR presets and also a tutorial/action set for Photoshop/PSE coming out later this week.  Anything to get out of purging and organizing.  ;-)

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 "Rosy Lights Effect" Photoshop/PSE Action!


Yesterday I was thinking about Valentine's Day (the boys keep on bringing it up because I told them we will make homemade chocolates for their grandparents and friends this year) and I was inspired to write a new action that would be beautiful on Valentine images. CoffeeShop "Rosy  Lights Effects" adds a beautiful adjustable pink to orange light-effect to you images and has an optional Matte layer.

CoffeeShop "Rosy Lights Effect" Photoshop/PSE Tutorial:


I am using this stunning image from Jill Wellington on this tutorial.   Jill just put out a beautiful new set of snow overlays you should check out on her blog.


Run the action.  You will see the light effect placed on your image and you should adjust it to fit. Just grab the corners and  pull it out until you are happy with the size and placement.  If you can't see the bars to move it, just Ctrl-0 (that is zero) to zoom out and back in.  Press the check when you are finished moving it.


This is the image after the action finishes running.  You can adjust the opacity of the Rosy Light layer (it is in Screen blending mode) or even try it in Soft Light blending mode.  I usually like to mask some of the Rosy Light layer from my portrait's skin.


I clicked on the Rosy Light layer's mask and then painted over her face with a soft black brush at 100% and her arms and legs with a 40% brush.  Then I dialed down the Rosy Light layer to 67%.


If you want a Matte effect you can turn on the middle Matte layer and adjust its opacity as I did in this  screenshot.


Try the Rosy Light layer in Soft Light blending mode also.  I dialed this one down to 67%.  Soft Light adds more contrast/reduces haze.


Here is the final image.  I think I will take it one step further and remove some of the color from the grass on the bottom. I used a 40% soft black brush and brushed over the entire lower part of the image.


Here is my finished image!  I think this is a really pretty edit for portraits and I hope you enjoy playing with it.  I would love to see your "after" images over on my Facebook page.

Download the CoffeeShop "Rosy Lights Effect" Photoshop/PSE action. You can also download it here.

Do you want to download my favorite CoffeeShop PSE/Photoshop Actions (including this one) 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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