Wednesday, January 17, 2018

CoffeeShop "Intensity" Photoshop/PSE Fine Art Action!


After some dreary color winter days, I have been in the mood for a very vibrant edit. So I wrote a new action called "Intensity". This enhancement is amazing! It adds brilliant color and light. You can also adjust the contrast from subtle to dramatic to matte. I hope you love this effect as much as I do!

I have a tutorial on how to use it posted below the before/after images.

Images used in this post: (Succulents, Bride, Winter Berries, Love, Girl in Field, Xmas Tree Kiss).


This is my photo of my son. :-)




CoffeeShop "Intensity" Photoshop/PSE  Action Tutorial:





Run the CoffeeShop "Intensity" action. Adjust the Levels pop-up to taste.


In this example above I made it a "glossy" dramatic contrast.


In this example above I adjusted the sliders for a "matte" contrast.


This is what the image looks like after the action finishes running, with no adjustments.


Adjust the "Vibrance" layer's opacity. I usually keep it at 50% and paint if off skin by using a soft black low opacity brush on its layer mask. 


Keep the "Define" layer in "Soft Light" blending mode or change it to "Overlay" for more drama.


Finally, I sometimes grab a soft low opacity black brush and click on the "Vignette" layer mask to remove some of the highlights from the center of the image.

I would love to see your own edits using this action on my Facebook page!

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Monday, January 15, 2018

CoffeeShop "Winter Stone" Fine Art Texture/Overlay!


We are finally starting to feel human once again after spending two weeks in "Flu Hades". We are weak and left with bad coughs, but we are excited about life once again. It seems that so many people are sick this winter, so I know we aren't alone. But it feels so great to be getting better!!!


I have a brand new action coming out this week, but today I wanted to post a really pretty texture I made. I think this one is so lovely!  It has a gorgeous cool tint that really adds so much to your images. I like to use it in Soft Light, Overlay, Screen, or Multiply blending modes. You can also desaturate it or use it with any of my actions.




In the two edits above I ran my "Bluebell Mist" action and adjusted it to add just a hint of bluebell tint, and then added this texture twice in Soft Light. I love the texture/tint in these two edits!

Original photos used in this post: (hydrangea, lovers by lake, woman, roses, winter berries, boy asleep).

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

CoffeeShop "Amethyst Luxe" Fine Art Photoshop/PSE Action!


We are still dealing with the flu in our house, but it appears that we are over the hump and just need to allow ourselves to heal completely. This sickness really wiped us out. Paul had the flu shot and he was just as sick as the rest of us, so at least I am not wracked with guilt that I didn't get the kids and myself immunized. We never get the shot and we haven't had the flu in years, but this winter it really hit Texas hard. 

Today I decided I was going to get some work done on the computer and I finally finished putting together my newest Photoshop/PSE action called "Amethyst Luxe". This edit applies a beautiful subtle amethyst tint and looks amazing on so many types of images. I think you will love it!

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I wanted to thank the photographers for the images I used in this post: (winter berries, wilting hydrangea, robin, lost athlete).



CoffeeShop "Amethyst Luxe" Photoshop/PSE Action Tutorial:




Run CoffeeShop "Amethyst Luxe" and adjust the Levels sliders under the curve and the left Output Levels slider for a final contrast adjustment. You can make further adjustments to this layer after the action finishes running.


Then adjust each layer to taste. In this example I increased the opacity of the "Lighten Shadows" layer.


I also increased the "Color Tint 1" opacity to add more of the subtle tint.


Finally I added my Cracked Stone texture in Overlay blending mode.

I hope you enjoy using this new actions! I would love to see your own edits on my Facebook page.

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Monday, January 8, 2018

CoffeeShop "Triangles" 16x20 Storyboard Set!


I have one thing on my mind this week. FLU. Yes, we all still have the flu here at the CoffeeShop house and it has been miserable. But today I noticed that everyone seems like they might be on the other side of the worst of it. I am cautiously optimist that this is true. ;-) But our house is still filled with the sound of hacking and complaining and sniffling. What a way to start the new year!

Needless to say I haven't worked at my computer in days. I have this amazing new edit that I need to put into an action, but I just haven't had the energy to do it yet. I hope to post it tomorrow. But this morning I felt good enough to put together a fun new 16x20 storyboard set for you.

This set has optional color triangles on the side so you can grab colors on your images to embellish it. You can also turn these boards on their sides before adding your images so this set really contains 4 different storyboards! I think this set would also be lovely with pretty papers or designs in the cutouts. You can also change the white background color or add a pretty textured paper.  Once you are finished, print or post them on the web.

These storyboards are layered psd files so you can add your images using clipping masks (tutorial and free action). I probably would never put together my own storyboards without my nifty action. It saves so much time!

I wanted to thank Jill Wellington (Etsy ShopFacebook, Blog, YouTube Videos, Pixabay) for the pretty floral images I used in my example.

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Happy 2018 and An Update On Our Family "Adventures"!

UPDATE 1-3-18; We all have the flu with high temperatures, body aches, sore throats, coughs, you name it. My new action will be a little late, I hope to get it out tomorrow. Until then I am going to go back to bed. 

Happy New Year!!!

I realized that I haven't been blogging as much here and I miss it. So I wanted to take a few minutes and catch you up on what we have been doing. 


We had a great Christmas. My sisters were in town and we were busy visiting them at my parent's house, but Christmas Eve we just stayed at home and enjoyed the peace and quiet. All three of our boys were excited to open presents.

Yes, I consider Piper the Dog as one of my sons. The annoying one I want to adopt out half the time. ;-)  But darn it, he is just so cute!


Paul and I don't exchange gifts, but we enjoyed our coffee while the kids opened their presents. Give me coffee and I am in heaven.


Piper promptly tore up and ate most of his new chewy penguin toy and then tried to crawl up in my lap. I have an 80-pound lap dog...


Christmas Day we headed over to my parent's house and hung out with my sister Heather and her kids. It was a relaxing day; so relaxing I forgot to take any photos of my parents or sister!  



The day after Christmas our oldest was headed out to the Air Force Civil Air Patrol Cadet Winter Encampment where he would spend 6 days in Bastrop, Texas at Camp Swift for leadership/basic training.

If you have children and haven't checked out the CAP program you really should. It is such an amazing organization. Check out all of the classes they can take. Duke can't wait to sign up for the glider, flying, and cyber-security classes.

We had to have him at the airport at 3:45 AM to catch his van ride. The day after Christmas. Thankfully Paul drove him there. I helped get Duke ready that morning and it was like trying to coax a coma patient to get dressed. Duke is not a morning person...

The boys can't bring phones so we knew the only way we would be able to check in on him is by looking through the photos they would post every day. This was hard on me since this was the first time my son had been away from home that long.


I was worried Imp would be lonely, but his cousin came and spent most of the week at our house and they had a blast. Here you can see them posing with their new laser guns.

Meanwhile I was  haunting the first day CAP photos posted and couldn't find any with Duke! I convinced myself that the van was abducted while en route and Duke was working as a mule for the Mexican drug cartel on the Texas border.

I have a really active imagination. I was going to call the emergency CAP number and insist that I see a photo of my boy holding that day's newspaper, but Paul told me that I needed to stop being crazy because I was going to embarrass our son. Plus he asked me where in the world were they going to even find a paper newspaper? ;-)

Yep, Paul is the sane (and sometimes sarcastic) one in our relationship. 



But the next day I saw my sweet boy in some photos.  HE IS ALIVE!!! 

Here is his Delta Flight, you can see him on the far right.



They had a busy week with classes, projects, training, and they even had some time to play. You can see my guy, third to the left. His flight had 5 girls and 10 boys and they all looked like they were having a blast. 



I love that they really concentrated on teamwork. 


And this photo made me so proud. Look at these kids! 

Wait, does one of those boys have a sick mask on his face?


Yep...


That sure looks like a sneeze...

Oh boy.


Needless to say, when we picked Duke up on Sunday he was fighting a virus. He looked like death-warmed-over and said he started feeling bad the day before around lunch. He was running a fever and had one of those razor-blade-swallowing sore throats and a cough.

My poor baby!

But we were so excited to have our (sick) boy back. And he had had a wonderful time, up to that morning when he had to help scrub down the barracks. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, right? After all, his CAP's motto is "First or Not At All".

We couldn't wait to get on the road. I promised him a hot coffee from Buc-ees and we would stop and have Mexican food at Brenham. He was sick but he was also starving and he LOVES Mexican food.


And wouldn't you know, 2 hours from home, our car died on the side of the 290 highway. And of course we were getting that arctic cold front and it was COLD!

Luckily having AAA finally paid off and we had the car (and ourselves) towed back to our house. Our car mechanic just happened to be in and we were able to drop off the car. But as it is a holiday who knows when we will get it back. Our Escape has over 130,000 miles on it and I am not surprised it is getting a little grouchy with age. Luckily my 2000 Grand Marquis is a kid and only has 95,000 miles on it. ;-) Yep, we might be car-shopping in the near future. 

But back to my story.  We were in a warm truck with recycled heated air for almost two hours with a sick, feverish kid... It doesn't take a genius to figure out what happened 48 hours later.


The next day it was so cold (for Texas). Paul is a heat-loving guy and this is his outfit he wore when we went on our walk with Piper.

Duke stayed in bed as he was running 102F. But thankfully his fever broke during that night and he is feeling much better today. Weak, but well enough to build his LEGO set he received on Christmas.

Glad we got that walk in because the rest of us woke up this morning with headaches, a cough, and scratchy throat.

It is going to be a long week. But I made a big pot of chicken soup in my Instant Pot, and everyone knows chicken soup heals everything.

Hope you had a wonderful New Year!!! I have a new action coming out tomorrow, so be sure to stop by.

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Friday, December 29, 2017

CoffeeShop "Cracked Stone" Fine Art Texture/Overlay!


Today I have a brand new fine art texture/overlay. This one looks gorgeous on so many types of images. I like to use it in Soft Light, Overlay, Multiple, or a combo of those blending modes. You can also combine the texture with an action and additional overlay as I have done in the example below.

Original images used in this post: (Bird, Roses, Couple, Ballet).

CoffeeShop "Cracked Stone" Texture/Overlay Tutorial:





I ran one of my favorite actions on this image, Vintage Blue Luxe, and adjusted the settings to taste.


Then I added the stone texture in Multiply blending mode (100%) under the "Soften the Blue" layer and painted the texture off the ballerina with a soft black brush on the layer mask.


As a final step I added one of my "Sublime Sun" overlays on top in Screen blending mode. I think this completely changed the mood of the image and I love it!

I would love to see your own edits on my Facebook page.

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

CoffeeShop "New Year 2018" Storyboard Cards!


Today I wanted to share a simple 5x7 New Year 2018 storyboard set. The lettering is in gold glitter and you can add your own family name and change the bottom color. These would look great printed or posted on the web.

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

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