Monday, August 22, 2016

CoffeeShop "Beach Dreams Rosy Sky" Photoshop/PSE Action!


Today I have a brand new action called "Beach Dreams Rosy Sky". This action lets you paint on a gorgeous rosy-ivory tint to the sky and beach of any beach image, including portraits.

If you want to see the "Action UnWrapped" Tutorial where I walk you through the entire edit without an action, you can visit this page.

I like to run the "Beach Dreams Water & Sky" action on my beach portraits first before running this action.


This is the edit I will walk you through today below using the action. The gorgeous original image is by Jessica Edwards Photography. You will have to paint on layer masks to use this action, so if you are new to them please go read this tutorial.


 (edited with "Sanibel Beach Dreams")

If you want to grab the full "Sanibel Beach Dreams" Photoshop/PSE action that is an all-in-one beach edit  (retouching, blue sky and beach, gorgeous sand, rosy-ivory vintage effect), it is now a part of my CoffeeShop Action Download pack.  Purchasing my convenient download packs support this site and keep everything here free! And to thank you for your support there are several actions included as a special gift that are not found for free here on my blog (Sanibel Beach Dreams, Magic Retouching Make-Up Kit, and the Watermarking Kit).  Plus you can request free updates up to two years after purchase (and I update them weekly!).


CoffeeShop "Beach Dreams Rosy Sky" Photoshop/PSE Action Tutorial:


I first ran "Beach Dreams Water & Sky" on this image. Then I clicked on the top layer to select it (in this case Pretty Water and Sky) and then ran "Beach Dreams Rosy Sky".

There won't be much of a change before you paint on the layer masks to add the rosy-tint.


I used a white soft brush on the "Rosy Pink Sky" layer to add that layer to the sky.


I used a soft white brush to add "Rosy Sky Boost" to the sky and her legs. Then I used a gray brush to add the effect to her entire body. I also reduced the opacity of that layer to 35%.


I left "Vintage Ivory" as-is, but reduced the Brighten layer on top to 75%.


I love the gorgeous colors in the final edit! I would love to see your own edits using the action over on my Facebook page.

Download the CoffeeShop "Beach Dreams Rosy Sky" 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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Friday, August 19, 2016

CoffeeShop "Quilt Board #3" 12x12 Photographer Storyboard


TGIF!!! Today I have a new quilt-inspired photographer storyboard to share with you. This storyboard is a 12x12 layered psd file so you can add your images using clipping masks (tutorial and free action). You can use this on your websites/blogs/social media or even print them on cards or put them on your wall. Add four of them together to make a small "quilt"!

Here is the first and second of the series.

The images in my examples above are from the talented Jill Wellington (Etsy ShopFacebook, Blog, YouTube Videos, Pixabay).

Download the CoffeeShop "Quilt Board #3" photographer storyboard. 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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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

CoffeeShop "Dramatic Beach Sky" Free Overlay!


Today I have a new artistic beach sky overlay to share with you. These are so fun to add to your images and they can really make a beautiful addition. I have several more tutorials and beach overlay free downloads, you can find them here.

One of the things that make my beach sky overlays special is I add a blurred mirror image on the bottom. This way when you add the sky to your own beach image you will see some of the gorgeous light reflected on the water and sand.

I created this gorgeous new beach overlay  from this original image and Photoshop and the Topaz Impression Photoshop/PSE plug-in (app).

If you want to check out a gorgeous beach action, you can download "Beach Dreams Water & Sky".



In this tutorial I used this original image from Rachel Taylor Photography.



Drag the sky overlay on top of your image and place the middle line on the horizon.  Then free-transform (Ctrl-T) the overlay to fit. 

I put the sky overlay in Multiply blending mode at 80%. 



Then I clicked to select the sky overlay layer and used my quick selection tool to select the couple. I Gaussian blurred the selection to remove the sky texture but not the color from the couple. 

Then I selected the water and sand and used the Gaussian blur filter to blur the sky reflection until it looked subtle.




Their skin was lobster red, so I added a Hue/Saturation layer on top and reduced the Red's saturation and increased its lightness. Then I filled the layer mask with black and painted this layer just on the couple. Then I dialed down the opacity to taste.

The key to this step is reducing the skin redness without making them look unnatural. Your skin will look reddish when you are looking at a gorgeous sunset.  ;-)



I hope you enjoyed this new tutorial! 

You can download the CoffeeShop "Dramatic Beach Sky" overlay. 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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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

{CoffeeShop Family Flying Circus Adventures}: Chapter 5, "And Rita is UP!"

Interested to read more of the {CoffeeShop Family Flying Circus Adventures}?

PrologueChapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3,  Chapter 4Entire series (newest posts first)

A special thanks to my husband Paul who flies the plane and edits all our videos. Please subscribe to his Texas Gooney Bird YouTube channel if you are interested in following our adventures. It would make his day!


So our Texas Gooney Bird was home, safe and sound in our hanger, since March 15th this spring. Paul brought her up a few times and she flew like a dream. March 28th was a gorgeous spring day and Paul told us he was ready to bring us up for the first time in his baby.

OK, let's do this. After all, I have flown a few times in a small plane in my 20's. I am prepared. This would be the boys' first flight in a small plane, and I couldn't wait to see what they think. This is going to be fun!


The boys were so excited, but when we got to Hooks airport I started feeling a bit of anxiety. Paul told us we were going to fly from Houston to Conroe, then Brenham (home of Blue Bell ice cream), then back home. Three short and sweet flights.

I can do this!


"Come on Mom, we are leaving!"

With every cell in my body screaming at me to jump in the car, drive home, and hide under the bed, I reluctantly dragged myself into the aircraft. If that plane was going down with my family, I was going down with it.

Yes, I am a bit (OK, incredibly) melodramatic at times.

"I am going to be busy flying and I don't have the GoPro's set up yet, so could you take some photos and movies of the flight?" asked my excited husband.

"Sure, then I can post them on my blog!" I replied, hoping that I would be alive to blog again.

We took off and everything was going great. The flight was smooth,  the scenery was amazing, and the boys did not throw up.


And this was the only photo I took with my phone. I think one of the times I was checking to make sure my seat belt was securely fastened I accidentally hit the camera button.

Did I mention that I am a professional blogger and photo-editor? Yeah, I don't think I can edit this photo and make myself look good.

Oh well, there is always next time.


We made it to Conroe and had a delicious breakfast.

And I was doing pretty well.


"Come on Rita, we have to get to Brenham so we can grab some ice cream and make it home on time."

OK, I can do this.


They both look pretty competent.


And Imp is Mr. Cool. I noticed he spent most of last leg of the journey eating or napping, which is pretty incredible as the flight was only 20 minutes long.

OK, I feel really good about this. I am going to take tons of photos this time! I can't wait to blog about our adventures.

Then we hit some minor turbulence.


And this was the only photo I took on that leg of the flight. I was too busy holding tightly to Imp's hand and the window frame and making sure the wings weren't getting torn off and frantically searching the sky for planes, birds, lasers, drones or aliens that could potentially slam into us and cause us to plummet to our death in a giant blazing fire ball.

I have a very active imagination.


Deep breaths.

We safely made it to Brenham. I told myself we only have to survive one more flight back home. Then we can put the plane up for sale (heck, give it away, who cares!) and move on with our lives.

I obviously didn't share this plan with Paul.


But kids, while we are here on solid ground,  go stand in that snake and fire-ant-filled bluebonnet patch so I can take our traditional "Bluebonnet Family Photo".


OK, I can do this. Just one more flight. 

I was becoming a complete mess. I had conquered death two times, but was I going to be that lucky this time? Had I pressed my luck too far? 

As I write this I mentally see Paul and the boys rolling their eyes at me. They think I am slightly (incredibly) dramatic at times.


OK, so far so good. Not only am I looking out the window, I am taking a photo. Both wings look securely fastened which is a good thing. 

I also make sure the gas caps are on properly so our fuel won't float out, causing our engine to stop in mid-air. 

And I see there are plenty of fields for emergency landings. 


Wow, it is pretty out here in the country. I like Brenham.


Look kids, there is a lake. Must be Lake Conroe. We are getting close to home!


Wow, you can really see the Houston urban sprawl from up here. But strangely enough, it is attractive from the air.

Now Paul has to find Hooks airport so we can bring this baby home. Hooks has two runways, a big roomy one and a teeny-tiny one. The tiny one looks like a pothole-filled asphalt one-lane country road much too tiny to drive on, let alone land a plane.

So guess which runway we had to land on...

And I had the courage (barely) to actually record it on my phone.

Home.

We made it home.

Alive.

[Note from Paul, the pilot:  Hooks has two parallel runways, one that is 100 feet wide (you can see it on the right in the video above), and the one we landed on which is only 35 feet wide.  Most public airports around here have runways 50 feet wide or more, some as wide as 150 feet.  35 feet might seem pretty wide, but when you are approaching the runway at 80 mph and usually have some crosswind to boot, it can be a little hair raising at times.  Walking the tightrope--what a blast!]


What you don't see in this photo is me kissing the ground. And crawling into the car and texting my mom that we were alive.

I didn't want her to worry.

I was so over-stimulated and overwhelmed and overexcited that when we got home I fell asleep almost instantly on the couch.

After my refreshing nap I felt much better and told Paul I think I was ready to go up again soon.

Maybe?

The saga continues!


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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Sunday, August 14, 2016

CoffeeShop "Beach Dreams Water & Sky" Photoshop/PSE Action!


Happy Sunday!  Well, it is not such a happy weekend for parts of LA and TX. The rain has been intense on the Gulf Coast. I hope all of my LA readers are high and dry. I know it is scary over there right now.

We were supposed to go to the beach (Galveston Island) this weekend but couldn't leave town due to the heavy rains. My parents are still at their old house but are not flooded in yet. The rain is coming in waves which allows it to somewhat drain away before the next heavy one hits.  Hoping and praying that this rain is not a repeat of the two 500-year floods we had a few months ago.

Our yard is soaked but so far so good. It is a perfect day to read, watch movies, and write actions.

Today I have a gorgeous new Photoshop/PSE action called "Beach Dreams Water & Sky". This action allows you to paint gorgeous bright browns and blues on your beach images and is part of my favorite beach edit "Sanibel Beach Dreams".  

You can read the complete step-by-step Action UnWrapped tutorial to see what is going "under the hood" when this action runs.

Next week I will be releasing the next action that goes with this set called "Beach Dreams Rosy Sky". This action allows you to hand paint in a stunning rosy-ivory vintage effect on the image. I love adding this to beach portraits!


 (edited with "Sanibel Beach Dreams")

If you want to grab the full "Sanibel Beach Dreams" Photoshop/PSE action that is an all-in-one beach edit  (retouching, blue sky and beach, gorgeous sand, rosy-ivory vintage effect), it is now a part of my CoffeeShop Action Download pack.  Purchasing my convenient download packs support this site and keep everything here free! And to thank you for your support there are several actions included as a special gift that are not found for free here on my blog (Sanibel Beach Dreams, Magic Retouching Make-Up Kit, and the Watermarking Kit). 

One of the many perks of purchasing my action packs is that I will send you updated packs up to two years after your initial purchase. And I usually update them weekly with new goodies! If you have purchased my action download pack within two years send me an email and I will send you the newest version with "Sanibel Beach Dreams" and all of the other actions I have added since your purchase. :-)

Now let me show you how to use today's action on your image.

CoffeeShop "Beach Dreams Water & Sky" Action Tutorial:



 The gorgeous original image is by Jessica Edwards Photography.

If your image needs a pretty sky, you can read this Beach Sky tutorial. I have several free beach sky overlay sets. If you want to check out some beautiful sky overlays for purchase, you should check out Pretty Actions.


Run the action on your image. Other than a slight added brightness, there will be no other noticeable changes. You have to paint on the layer masks with a soft white brush to add the effects on your  image. You can also change the colors or blending modes of the layers if needed.


Beach Sand: I used a soft white 100% opacity brush on the "Beach Sand" layer mask to add the bright brown to the sand, hat, and the girl. I kept that layer at 100% opacity. 



The white area is where I added the "Beach Sand" layer. You can see this type of effect on your layer mask by clicking on the layer mask while holding the alt/option key.


Water:  Click on the "Water" layer mask and use a soft white brush to paint on the beach water. Then adjust the opacity to taste (62% in this edit).


Sky: Click on the "Sky" layer mask and use a soft white brush to paint on the sky. Adjust the opacity to taste (43% in this edit).


Go back and adjust the opacities of the layers if needed (I lowered the opacity of the water to make it less blue). You can also click to open up the top "Brighten" Levels adjustment layer and adjust the sliders to taste.



I hope you enjoyed this edit! Go grab the "Beach Dreams Rosy Sky" action for your next editing step!

Grab the full "Sanibel Beach Dreams" deluxe action in my download pack.



Download the Free CoffeeShop "Beach Dreams Water & Sky" 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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