Wednesday, October 21, 2009

CoffeeShop Bold Pop PS/PSE Action and Charlie Update!

UPDATE OCT 23rd. I have uploaded a new version of CoffeeShop Bold Pop! This version has a B&W conversion layer built-in, which you can also adjust for muted tones. The download links have been changed.



I often love to use a subtle color "pop" on my images. I have written a few color pop actions but if you have been using Photoshop or Photoshop Elements to edit for a while you realize there is not one magic action or technique that works for every image.

This is a new color pop technique I discovered playing around the other day and I love how it is a bit dark and contrasty, but doesn't blow out the highlights. It also looks great on portraits and really makes B&W images "pop". And this action which runs in both Photoshop Elements and big Photoshop has adjustable layers (including an automatic vignette) so you can tweak it to taste. I also added a B&W conversion layer. Just turn it on if you want a B&W image, or turn it on and dial down its opacity to mute the color tones.





The chicken photos above were taken today when I went to the coop to check on Charlie the Chick. Charlie was still having issues with her leg until two days ago when she suddenly started pulling that leg forward and walking on it! My grandmother called me completely thrilled and amazed to report the chicken miracle. So Charlie came home last night and joined her 11 brothers and sisters.

Charlie is not 100% yet of course. She started the day walking around well enough that Duke could not tell her apart from the other chicks. But by the end of today she was completely exhausted and resting in a comfortable spot in the corner of the pen. But for the first time since the accident I am starting to believe that Charlie is going to not only survive, but be able to live life as a normal chicken. I will keep you posted.

I also must mention that because I posted about chickens AGAIN my google ads are going to temporarily be about chickens and pesky rodents and incubators... So if you are interested you can start your own little chicken farm and deal with the rats and the snakes and the poop. Oh, and the fresh eggs which are amazing if you can deal with the rats and the snakes and the poop. ;-)

Download the free CoffeeShop Bold Pop PS/PSE UPDATED Action HERE or HERE!

25 comments:

  1. Pretty!!!
    I love your "pop" actions!

    Thank you. :)

    So happy to hear that Charlie is doing well!

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  2. Thanks Rita....can't wait to try this one!

    How cool is that about Charlie!! Maybe the leg was just strained, but regardless of what it was, I'm thrilled he/she is doing better.

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  3. I have had you in my goggle reader for a long time but until tonight I never did anything with all your wonderful freebies! I love them! Your tutorial was so easy to understand and your actions and photography...amazing. Thanks so much for everything. Your story about Charlie was so fun to read! Thank you for all you do!!!

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  4. Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 21 Oct [LA 08:44pm, NY 10:44pm] - 22 Oct [UK 03:44am, OZ 01:44pm] ).

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  5. Hi Rita thanks for this wonderful action. One question I had.. to do the B&W would you convert after applying the Bold color pop??

    Thank you
    Laurie

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  6. Thank you so much!

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  7. Thank you so much for this Freebie. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 5 post on Oct. 22, 2009. Thanks again.

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  8. Love the action...thanks! So glad to hear Charlie is doing well. What a great survival story!

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  9. Thats great news! I hope Charlie continues to get better. Thanks for the action!

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  10. Seriously....love your work. Thanks so much!

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  11. I love the Charlie story. My heart just goes out to that little chick! The pictures were so pitiful and I was thrilled to read that he's better! Thank you for so generously sharing your actions. LOVE 'EM!!

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  12. Ha, ha. Love those chickens. Glad to hear little Charlie is doing better. We have an over-abundance of cats, so our rat population is under control. However, we do have snakes and LOTS of poo. LOL. Thank you for the wonderful action. It looks cool. I'm looking forward to trying it out.

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  13. I can't get the pop action to work on my photoshop. Mind you, i am a newbie at this. WOuld someone mind walking me through this??

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  14. Glad Charlie is better! Thanks for another great action. I'm learning to write my own and it really makes things easier!

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  15. I am a newbie to your site! You are amazing! I just love all of the goodies you have on here! I am off to test some of these amazing actions! Thanks!

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  16. Reading your blog everyday, just brightens my morning! Love the chicken stories...!

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  17. My first visit to your blog Rita and I am rockin' and reelin'! WOW! SO much to take in and just what I needed to stumble into this evening as I have wedding photos to prep for my son and DIL that I took with an older camera (low on pixels!) and I am hoping that this action might help bump things up a bit for me!

    I will definitely be back to share my results!

    Thank you SO very much for sharing you time and talent!

    Have a GORGEOUS weekend ahead!

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  18. Love the actions! Thank you very much!

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  19. This is my first time downloading or using an action and you walked me through every step perfectly! THANK YOU

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  20. I am new to PS Elements and to your site, I feel so clueless and lost. Is there somewhere I can look for step by step ways to utilize your (generous) presets? I downloaded your "pop" one, as this is the one I want to try first, but now what? :)

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  21. I have used several of your actions and love them. I have PSE 8, and I can't seem to get this action to work. there is just a blank box in my action pane and when I click it, it says that this action is not compatible with my version of PSE. Am I doing something wrong? Like I said, the other actions seem to work fine. Thanks! Jodean

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  22. I love your actions, I have to say I am new to photography and your actions have made it so much easier, thank you so much!!!

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  23. I love your actions. Thank you so much!! One thing, on your bold pop action, I have downloaded it numerous times now but the actual action seems to be missing. After I unzip the file there is no "action" icon for me to click on (like in all your other actions)... am I doing something wrong? I love this action!! Thanks

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  24. Well it must have been a glitch in my computer or PS2... it works now. Thanks so much!

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  25. Love the chickens! Thanks so much for the great action! :)

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