Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Help me name my newest CoffeeShop Free Action!

I need your help in naming my newest free portrait action (which is being fine-tuned as you read this). This action is your one-stop action for portraits and should be run on an unedited image. It does everything CoffeeShop PowderRoom 2 does, but includes 1) Levels adjustment layer for color/contrast correction 2) High Pass filter sharpening layer 3) Brighten layer 4) Vivid color layer filled in with a black layer mask so you just paint in vivid color where you want it 5) Soft color pop layer 6) dodge/burn layer 7) and completely automatic vignette layer. All of these layers can be turned off and on and are completely adjustable.

The image below shows all of the layers involved in this action. This action is not for the faint-hearted new user as it involves layer masks and some basic understanding of Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. You can also check out my CoffeeShop Layer Mask Tutorial . If you want to be a successful image editor, you need to learn layers! Don't be scared of them, once you pick it up they are simple.

People always ask me where to start when you are first trying to learn Photoshop Elements or CS. I always tell them the only photo-editing books I have bought are Scott Kelby's. His sense of humor might not thrill everyone, but he is an excellent teacher and his books are so easy to follow and actually fun. I still refer back to them all of the time. You can find the links to his newest Photoshop Elements and Photoshop CS4 books to the left. Check them out, they will save you so much time! I also have the link to my favorite photography book of all time, UnderStanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson. This is the book that finally helped me understand how to use my camera and not set it on the "idiot" mode. He explains exposure, aperture, and ISO and how they all work together. If you are scared to stop using the A or P mode, please read his book!

I was calling this CoffeeShop Pretty Portrait, but I am not happy with that name as it excludes males. ;-) I would love if you could leave comment with a name suggestion. Hope everyone is doing well and editing their Christmas photos!


CoffeeShop ????

65 comments:

  1. How about "The Whole Shebang"?

    Totally looking forward to this one! The only thing I don't like about the updated PR2 is that it creates a copy and PR1 didn't. I prefer to work on the original, but it's great nonetheless so I can handle it! :)

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  2. What about CoffeeShop Perfect Portrait?

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  3. How about "Coffeeshop Action: The Works."
    Unlike Missy, I prefer to work on a duplicate copy just in case I mess up I can always go back to the original.
    Thank you for sharing your work.
    Kait

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  4. I think you said it yourself. Coffeeshop One Stop Portrait.

    I am really looking forward to this!

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  5. I can easily write two versions, one that works on a duplicate, one that doesn't. I will also make one version like that for PowderRoom 2 and include it in the zipped file. I will try to get it done tonight and I will make a note of it on my PowderRoom 2 blog post so you know it is there. I love when people give me suggestions!

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  6. I think of it like "Star Treatment" since the male and female stars portrait's always go through a process like this before being published. We can all be a star!

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  7. How about Stunning Portraits Action

    Or, Eye Pleaser Portrait Action

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  8. How about Pristine Portrait?

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  9. I was thinking Extreme Portrait Makeover, but I like Perfect Portrait, the Works, and Star Treatment better... :)

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  10. What about 'One Stop Pop' - says it all??? :-)

    Julie www.photographybyjuliem.com

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  11. Thanks so much for mentioning my layer mask tip! I'm just as pleased as punch that I wasn't the only one in the world not to use it already.

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  12. What about CoffeeShop Polished Portrait

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  13. Pretty as a Picture
    Portrait Perfect
    Semi-Pro Portrait
    Shine On
    Radiant Capture

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  14. Coffee Shop * Espresso (*you could add in any coffee terminology here- I'm not familiar with it- but I think Tall? or is that a small... I never know- anyway, whatever the term is grande, maybe? for a large drink in coffee shops!)

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  15. How about *Magic Portrait*? As I read through all the layers this will add I thought, "this is just like magic!"

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  16. Portrait Pop
    "Extreme" Makeover
    Give it to me black and strong
    hmm.will keep thinking...

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  17. How about Coffeeshop "All that and more" Portrait.

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  18. agree with Joanie! your actions are like magical!!

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  19. How about "beauty within" action....just a thought off of the top of my head

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  20. I really like Coffee Shop Portrait Perfect. Or Coffee Shop Breve, cause it's super rich and full of all the good stuff!!

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  21. How about "Beauty Within".

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  22. Perk Up Portraits
    Did you ask the Peas? They are very creative!

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  23. I was just reading over all the other suggestions- how about a combination of something similar to trishia said---Coffee Shop Portrait "Expresso"- instead of Espresso!!??

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  24. hmmmm coffee shop sweet and equal?

    coffee shop

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  25. CoffeeShop...
    Picture Perfect
    Portrait Pop
    Bling Bling
    Proud Portrait
    Portrait Recipe
    Portrait-a-Latte
    Portrait to Go
    Portrait in a Box

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  26. portrait plus

    can't wait to see the new action!!

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  27. how about "coffee shop drive-thru" since you can do everything from start to finish made to order lol, ok its late..I might very well be the only one that thinks that name is cool..kids do that to you!

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  28. and I think I'm reading that right, but will this action work in Elements 7.0, If so WOW I can't wait..it looks like an amazing set!

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  29. I have to agree with Natalie "CoffeeShop Perfect Portrait" :) but a lot of these wonderful ladies have come up with great titles :)

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  30. I was going to say the same thing as Mel, CoffeeShop Drive-Thru.

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  31. You got some great suggestions. I like Perfect Portrait or maybe Total Touchups. Can't wait to get this when you release it.

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  32. "Everything but the sink"
    "The Full Cup"
    "Bakers Dozen"

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  33. "Everything but the sink"
    "The Full Cup"
    "Bakers Dozen"

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  34. JennH says: Portrait Polish

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  35. JennH's DH says : non-dairy creamer
    : )

    Coffee Mate, might be copyright enfringement...it's late, and anything is funny at this point.

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  36. How about the: "Magazine Cover" Action, or the "Va-Va-Voom" action?

    If you wanted to stick to your Coffee Shop theme, then you could call it the, "Whipped Cream Topping" Action or something :)

    Can't wait to try it out!

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  37. OK, looking up coffee terms...I am on a roll!

    Corretto - Means ′corrected′ or laced with an alcoholic spirit or liqueur.

    Espresso Con Panna - A shot of espresso topped with whipped cream.

    You could name it after us PEAS! LOL
    Peaberry: Normally, each coffee cherry contains two beans. Occasionally, a cherry will form with only one bean. These are called peaberries and are frequently separated and sold as its own distinct varietal. New Guinea is one of the more popular ones.

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  38. Hmmmm, how 'bout CoffeShop Completo!

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  39. wow! this looks great, I cannot wait to use it :)

    I like Perfect Portrait, take it up a knotch, Venti Portrait, Face Works

    whatever you name it I am sure it will be AWESOME

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  40. Rita,

    When I was head Barista at a local coffee shop, our very best best best coffee concoction was called "the Nirvana"-- how about something called "Portrait Nirvana"

    This sounds like a GRRRREAT action and I can't wait to see it! You have single handedly made the photos of my dreams a reality!

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  41. You are so awesome girl.

    How about Coffeeshop PowderRoom HD (High Definition)

    I have a question about your actions though, I can't figure something out. Could you e-mail me so I can try to explain it to you? I would really appreciate it.

    Thanks, Kay (kswietek@cox.net)

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  42. how about CoffeeShop's Fresh-brewed Portrait? i'm liking the "Drive-thru" though it really stuck out to me, lots of great ideas though.

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  43. I cannot wait for this!!!! You are amazing!!! I like what someone said "the Whole Shebang" you could also use " Portrait Makeover" or "Magic Portrait" or "The Big Kahuna"

    I love the last one...anyway...I CANNOT wait for this, I will send you some photos I use it with once it is out!! Thanks Rita!

    -JESS

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  44. looking awesome Rita!!!
    I do like the coffee shop 1 stop portrait!!
    Mary

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  45. When are you going to share with us? I am anxious to try it out!!

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  46. Just wanted to thank you for all you do! Your an angel to share all of your work and talents and ideas with us, and to do it for free is just incredibly kind. I have just gotten into photography and was spending countless hours doing the same routine post-processing steps to family portraits. Now I have a way to do it all in one!! Thanks so much! You are such a life saver!

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  47. How weird, I was coming to comment and tell you "the whole shebang"...and it look like I'm not the only one who thought that.
    You are amazing thanks for all you do! Can't wait for this one!

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  48. Why not keep it simple and name it CoffeeShop Portrait....the name says it all :))

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  49. How about Venti Portrait Macchiato?
    Meaning venti-large macchiato-marked in coffee it would apply when coffee or steamed milk is "marked" or "topped" with espresso, milk, caramel or other flavors that are not mixed into the drink.

    I think it applies for the portrait because it is "marked" or "topped" with layers of edits to improve the original.

    What do you think?
    Terry

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  50. I agree with some of your other readers, I love the idea of using something along the lines of CoffeeShop **** Espresso or Expresso, maybe either *Grande* or *One Shot* or something else along those lines to fill in the gap...

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  51. I was thinking Perfect Portrait as well. After scrolling through the comments, I like the Celebrity and Extreme Makeover references too.

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  52. Rita, How about the words "pleasing portraits" to describe the new action you are working up? Love you actions and having fun using them. Thank you for all you do. Marilyn

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  53. Hey, me again! I was stopping by to see if you had chosen something, and got to reading the comments. I wanted to enter a few more in:)

    - The Big Bang!
    - All in One Portrait
    - Time Saver Portrait
    - The Face Lift
    - Rita's Special Combo
    - Magic Touch Portrait

    Thats all I can think of for now...I hope you find something you like out of all our comments!

    Have a great night:)

    Jess

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  54. How about Portrait Elite or CoffeeShop Cream of the Crop Portrait.

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  55. CoffeeShop Cream of the Crop Portrait. Or Portrait elite.

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  56. Caffetteria*
    The CoffeeBreak








    *coffee shop in italian

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  57. I like Coffeeshop Mixer or I really like the Portrait Nirvana or Coffeeshop Nirvana.

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  58. "F.A.C.E. action"

    Great work, thanks

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  59. How about Power Portrait?

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  60. I like "Magical Portrait" as a few others have mentioned. When I first saw your post, I thought "Bippity Boppity Boo" straight from the Fairy Godmother's wand. :) You can tell we're in a princess mode here!

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