Sunday, April 26, 2009

CoffeeShop Storyboard 2V PS/PSE Action!

Little Imp turned two this week! And he still chases after his chickens with that huge stick. Speak softy but carry a big stick if you want bbq chicken. ;-)

I have a few Storyboard actions hanging around on my hard drive that I want to share with you. This is the first of four in this series. CoffeeShop Storyboard 2V (2 vertical photos) builds a 16x20, 300 dpi storyboard (it can be easily cropped down to 11x14, 8x10, 5x7, etc. to fit standard frames), crops and loads your images, adds optional borders, and even types in text that you can edit on the fly or after the action finishes. This action does not flatten your final image so you can easily change the storyboard background or add a texture or image as your background or even move the images around.

A few notes. This action has been tested in Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop Elements 6, but it should work in earlier and later versions. If you are using Photoshop Elements, you must have a random image open before starting this action. The image will close and your template will be built. If you have Photoshop, just open up the action and delete the first line in the action (Close) or you will have to do the same as the Photoshop Elements users. You can also just remove the check mark by Close.

This action will prompt you to add a border. Just press OK if you don't want a border and if you have a white background. A 1 px white border will be applied, but it won't show. If you have a colored background you should match the border to the color so you won't see a tiny white border. If you want a border enter your px size and pick your color.

When the text lines pop up, you can edit the text on the fly or change it later. After you make all of your changes be sure to flatten before saving. This template can then be cropped to most of the standard frame sizes (16x20, 11x14, 8x10, 5x7). And don't forget, if you can't see your crop lines, press Ctrl-0 (zero) and your image will shrink and you will be able to easily crop it.

I also have a few really nice actions that are in the final stages of development, so please keep on visiting the CoffeeShop!

Download CoffeeShop StoryBoard 2V PS/PSE Action HERE!

If you want to download the actual templates, please click HERE! And if you want to learn how to use clipping masks to load these templates, please click 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.


  1. Yay! Another awesome story board! :)

    I love your actions... they have transformed my images!

    Also, I added your button to my blog.

    Thank you for sharing your talents so generously.

  2. Sincere Congratulations! You make us all proud; well done.

  3. .....(singing).......thank you so much Rita!!!!!...........

  4. I love your templates SO much Rita!!

  5. Thank you so much for this Freebie. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Hands Scrapbook Freebies Search List, under the Photoshop/Gimp Resource(s) (Brush(es), Swatch/Palette, ...) post on Apr. 27, 2009. Thanks again.

  6. Hi there! I came across your blog from another blog (gotta love the blog community!) I am new to using PSE7 ans at times feel I am over my head. But I am determined to figure this whole thing out!

    I've come acrosss a snafu trying to download one of your "storyboards" over ar I created a account with them, downloaded your storyboard and I now "see" it in "my files" at> My problem is that I don't know how to get it from there to my computer harddrive and then into my PSE7 files. Could you please help? I've spent the last 3 1/2 hours trying to figure it out with no luck. :(



  7. Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 27 Apr [LA 07:00pm, NY 09:00pm] - 28 Apr [UK 02:00am, OZ 12:00pm] ).

  8. I am new to your site and I just can't believe how generous you are!!! Your actions are incredible! THANK YOU so much for sharing with us!

  9. Thank you so much Rita, I actually used this on my blog yesterday. So easy to use and super cute too. :0)
    BTW..I added your button to my blog.

  10. Thank you for another fun goodie. hsmema

  11. Thank you ! I found your blog today and love it !
    You and your work are fabulous !

  12. Love your blog! Thank you so much for sharing your work.

  13. Hello Rita! I can't thank you enough for these! I've struggled with Elements and just didn't get it until your great actions inspired me!! I'm having a blast with these!! Thank you! Thank you!! Thank you!!!


  14. Rita, I can't begin to tell you how many times you've saved me...I desperately needed a 2 photo clipping mask & I knew just where to come...thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

  15. Thank you so much for all your wonderful sharing. your actions and templates are just awesome and you are so very kind to share!

  16. Thank you so much for sharing your templates and actions with us!

  17. This one will not download.