Wednesday, February 21, 2018

CoffeeShop "Aphrodite Vivid" Photoshop/PSE Fine Art Action!


I love all of my "Aphrodite" actions (I have several), but I wanted a version that had more contrast and color. So today I wrote my newest version, "Aphrodite Vivid".

This action really brings up the contrast and color in your image and adds a beautiful tint. It is completely customizable and looks great on outdoor images, especially ones with beautiful light. But it also can look lovely on many other types of images. I will walk you through an edit using it below.

The lovely image of the little girl I used in this action tutorial is from Andrea Bacle Photography.


CoffeeShop "Aphrodite Vivid" Photoshop/PSE Action Tutorial:


This is the original image.


This is the image with no changes after running "Aphrodite Vivid".  As you can see her skin looks sunburned, but it is an easy fix!


I turned on the "Reduce Reds" layer on top, but wanted to keep the vivid reds everywhere but on her skin. So I took a soft black brush and removed that layer off everything but her skin. Now her skin looks great but the rest of the image retains the vivid red color.


I turned up the "Vivid Color" layer to 35%.


Her face was too dark, so I clicked on the "Save the Whites" layer mask and used a soft low opacity black brush on her skin to brighten it.


 Finally, I increased the "Aphrodite Luxe" layer to 85%. I am really pleased with this edit. I hope you have fun playing with it too!

Download the CoffeeShop "Aphrodite Vivid" Photoshop/PSE Fine Art Action.

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Monday, February 19, 2018

CoffeeShop "Textured Sunset Dreams" Fine Art Photoshop/PSE Tutorial!


I am going to feature more fine art Photoshop/PSE tutorials on my blog so you can use my freebies to create your own original artwork! Today I want to show you how to edit with one of my Sunset Dreams actions (Photoshop/PSE) and then add a setting sun overlay and a beautiful painting texture to create your own custom art! This is a great technique for those special images you want to create for yourself or sell for wall art or print out for cards/calendars/etc.

You can grab the original images used in this post on Pixabay (dog, love).

CoffeeShop "Sunset Dreams & Texture" Fine Art Photoshop/PSE Tutorial:



I have two "Sunset Dreams" Photoshop/PSE actions. I am going to use the premium "Sunset Dreams Deluxe" first on this edit. This action is only found in my CoffeeShop Download Action/Preset pack, and applies a  beautiful sunset tint and automatically creates and adds a gorgeous sunset overlay so you don't need to add your own overlay. It is so easy and fast and the results are amazing! My download pack includes several premium actions you can't find anywhere else, and purchase of it makes this blog possible. :-)

If you don't have that action, you can get similar results using the "Sunset Dreams" action here on my blog and adding of of my Sunray/Sunburst overlays. I will walk you through that edit also down below. :-)


Run "Sunset Dreams Deluxe" on your image. If you don't have this action you can also use the one on my blog noted above! When the Levels adjustment settings pop up, adjust the sliders under the curve and the left Output Levels slider to adjust the contrast. It is preset to be matte, but you can adjust for more dramatic contrast. This can be further adjusted after the action finishes running.


I moved the sliders to apply a more dramatic contrast effect.


Now the action will create and add a beautiful Sunset overlay. Note: If you are not using the "Sunset Dreams Deluxe" action you will have to manually add a sunburst  texture. I walk you through how to do that that several steps below. But most other adjustments are similar.


Adjust the size and placement to taste. It can be adjusted additionally once the action finishes running.


This is the image after the action finishes. You can make adjustments to all of the layers to create you own custom edit. I will walk you through my edit of this dog image.


I clicked on the "Sunset Extreme" layer's mask and grabbed a soft black low-opacity brush and painted some of the effect off of the dog to lighten him somewhat.


I turned down the opacity of the "Add Light" layer to 30%. I did not turn on "Lighten Shadows" for this edit.


Then I added the CoffeeShop "Memories" texture.


And adjusted it to fit the image and moved it on top of the layers.



I put the texture in Soft Light blending mode at 85%.


You can also delete or turn off the "Sun" overlay layer if you would prefer this type of edit.


If you don't have the "Sunset Dreams Deluxe" premium action you can also use my "Sunset Dreams" action found here on my blog.

Run the action and adjust each layer to taste. Then open one of my Sunray/Sunburst overlays from this pack.


Drag the overlay on top and adjust the size and placement to taste (Ctrl-T for free transform). Then put the overlay in Screen Blending mode.


I think the finished result is so beautiful!

I want to show you one more edit using this technique.




I ran the "Sunset Dreams Deluxe" action and adjusted each layer as seen in the screenshot above. I also removed some of the "Sunset Extreme" layer off of the couple by using a soft low-opacity black brush on its layer mask.

I have a nifty trick I use to remove texture off of skin without affecting colors/contrast using Gaussian blur. I will post that tutorial this week.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! I would love to see your own edits on my Facebook page.

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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Thursday, February 15, 2018

CoffeeShop "Memories" Fine Art Texture/Overlay Pack!


One of the reasons I started this blog back in 2009 was because I loved the art of photography and photo-editing. You start with a decent photo and then you can use Photoshop to create magic.

I know you are like me these days and probably don't pull out your "real" camera as much as you used to do even just a few years ago. We all are shooting more with little camera phones and there are apps galore for editing. It is fast and easy and we get predictable results. Just like everyone else...

But no phone app I have seen compares to editing with Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. If you want to create real high-resolution custom art get on your computer!!! If you are new to editing you can pick up (affiliate link) Photoshop Elements for cheap. It allows you to use my actions and textures to create  gorgeous art for a fraction of the price of full Photoshop users.


(CoffeeShop Buttercream Luxe Action + Memories Texture in Soft Light)

So with this in mind, I am going to get back to my roots and start writing more editing tutorials and offering more professional artistic editing tools like textures/actions/presets. Today I made a new set of Fine Art textures. This set includes four beautiful textures that I usually use in Soft Light, Overlay, Screen, or Multiple blending modes.

I walk you through the edit of the dog below in this post. :-)


(CoffeeShop Sunset Dreams Deluxe Action + Memories Texture in Soft Light)

Original images used in this post: (Dog, Flowers).

Download the CoffeeShop Fine Art "Memories" Texture/Overlay Pack!

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day!


Happy Valentine's Day!

Paul and I started dating 30 years ago and we have been married for 25 years and never made much of a deal of Valentine's Day. I am not a candy/flower/jewelry type of gal and I don't like fighting the crowds going out for a Valentine's dinner.

I never made it easy on Paul because I am not big on receiving presents, especially the traditional Valentine ones. However, on our first Valentine's day he did such an amazing job picking out some gifts for me I knew he was "The One". I received one can of my favorite Pringles (the plain ones), a pack of my favorite Carefree bubble gum (the pack had been carefully opened on top and each stick of gum had a little heart drawn on the paper), and a book-on-tape of my favorite book at that time, "A Bridge Across Forever" by Richard Bach.

Swoon! Paul was not only gorgeous, intelligent, compassionate, manly, and sweet; he actually really knew me! And he proved to be a keeper; thirty years later and I still adore him.

But we haven't given each other any Valentine's gifts for years and years, and I decided to start a new tradition. Our boys are 10 and 13 and still at an age that they love to celebrate holidays with their parents, especially if the celebration involves food. So today we will have our First Annual (my 7th grade English teacher will hate that I wrote that!) "Family Valentine's Dinner Extravaganza!"

So tonight we will have a candlelight supper in the dining room. I made my famous chocolate cheesecake for Duke's birthday in December and froze the leftovers, so defrosted cheesecake will be the highlight. Everyone is excited and I hope this becomes a new Coffeeshop family tradition until the boys get their own sweethearts.

I hope you and your loved ones have a great day today!!!

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

CoffeeShop "Three Hearts Facebook Cover"!


Today I have a really fun Facebook cover with heart clipping masks. You can add photos to all three using the heart clipping masks (tutorial and free action) or keep a few of the hearts red. You could also add digital papers to the hearts.

I found this cute design here at Pixabay.

A special thanks to Lisa Rubel Photography (website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) for allowing me to use her images in my example Facebook cover.
Download the CoffeeShop "3 Hearts Facebook Cover".

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

CoffeeShop "Red, White, & Blue Valentine" Digital Paper Pack!


I am going to try to publish one Valentine freebie every day for the next few days. Today I have a really cool red, white, and blue Valentine paper pack. I love this combo of colors! You can use these papers anywhere you want, no attribution necessary.

Download the CoffeeShop "Red, White, & Blue Valentine" digital paper pack!

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"This and That" from Rita of CoffeeShop and "Beautiful Heart Overlays" from Jill Wellington

Rita of CoffeeShop: Another rainy day today, which means I will have some time to work on my blog. I have several Valentine-inspired freebies coming out in the next days so be sure to stop by and check them out! You can see all of my Valentine-inspired designs here. I also have some gorgeous fine art textures and a new action coming out next week. Want to see something specific here, leave a comment!

First business of the day: I have been working on updating my blog so you can easily find all of my free professional products for photographer and graphic designers. If you are new to my blog I am so happy you found me! And if you are a regular reader, I thank you so much. This site is only possible because you come and visit.

The CoffeeShop Blog is a one-woman run show by me (Rita). I work at home running CoffeeShop and also homeschool my two boys (Duke, 13 and Imp, 10). This blog is my creative outlet and I create all of the freebies I post here myself. Almost all of my freebies come with free commercial terms-of-use, so use them any way you want. If you make money off of them, that is even better!!! Just don't sell them "as is" as I want to keep them free here on my blog. :-)

You can access my freebies from the top menubar or click on the links below. You can also grab all of my favorites in a convenient download pack and help support this site. These download packs are filled with hundreds and hundreds of goodies and also contain exclusive Photoshop/PSE actions not found anywhere else. Plus you get free updates up to two years after purchase. 

I also do custom work including photo-editing and graphic design (storyboards, actions, papers, etc.). If you need help editing your images or have something specific you would like for me to create, email me and I will send you a quote.

Click on the links below to see all of my freebies!







Now on to the second business of the day. :-)

A week or so ago I posted a Facebook Valentine cover which featured some beautiful images by my friend Jill Wellington. I had a few questions from readers about where to get the really nice heart overlays used in her photos. Well, she creates them herself and sells them in her Etsy store! I asked her to put together a little post about them so you can check them out. 

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I will now introduce you to Jill Wellington (Etsy ShopFacebook, Blog, YouTube Videos, Pixabay).


Jill Wellington: Since November here in Michigan means snow, white
and often gray skies, I love that we get to 
brighten things up for Valentine's Day!

It's fun to create special Valentine portraits to share with family
and friends on social media and I have some simple ideas and
products in my Etsy shop to help make that easy.

Try photographing your subject blowing towards the camera,
then add my "Blowing Hearts" overlay you can get HERE.

NOTE: To add my overlays, you will need to use an editing program
that supports the use of layers such as Photoshop or Elements.

Simply PLACE the overlay over your photo and use the MOVE tool to resize,
stretch or move the overlay to enhance your photo.
Erase or mask off any hearts you don't want.


I also offer a "Heart Glitter" overlay:


Or, you can play with my "Heart Frame"


Try photographing your subject in front of a white wall.
A garage is a GREAT place for this as most garage walls are white,
and the light is exquisite in an open garage. 

Just don't shoot in direct sunlight.

Then you can add one of my "Heart Bokeh Overlays".


The Heart Bokeh Overlays come in a set with four colors.


For a more dramatic background, check out my set of 
pink, red and gold "Valentine Bokeh Overlays".



To add my overlays, you will need to use an editing program
that supports the use of layers such as Photoshop or Elements.

Simply PLACE over your photo and use the MOVE tool to resize,
stretch or move the overlay to enhance your photo.
Erase or mask off any hearts you don't want.

Lots of love on Valentine's Day!


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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