CoffeeShop Moody Pop PS/PSE Action!

Oct. 23 Update: I have updated the CoffeeShop Moody Pop action and made the changes on the download links below. The new version has a B&W conversion layer. Turn it on for a B&W image, or turn it on and dial down its opacity for a muted color effect!

I think it is about time for me to post an action that is actually creative and not just practical. I have a few WIPs (works-in-progress) sitting in my action pane and I found this great action there, forgotten and unloved. :-)

I LOVE this action and can't believe I had "lost" it! This applies a moody contrast pop to both color and B&W images and a tiny bit of soft glow. It can even be used on portraits. There are three final layers; the original image, the Moody Pop layer, and a Vignette layer. You can adjust the opacity of the Vignette and Moody Pop layer to taste. If you want more Moody Pop or Vignette, just copy that layer (Ctrl-J) and adjust the opacity. I also included layer masks so you can reduce or remove the enhancements on parts of the image (such as skin).

Download the free CoffeeShop Moody Pop PS/PSE UPDATED Action HERE! And thank you so much for your wonderful commments and generous donations! Because of you, my amazing reader, I am able to keep everything free and I retain my excitment about blogging and posting new creations.

Want all of my favorite CoffeeShop Actions or Design Elements in one simple download 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.


Debbie October 7, 2009 at 11:40 AM  

Wonderful action.....I love the moody look. This is something I was looking for but couldn't create the look I had visualized in my minds eye. It is almost as if you read my mind!! Many, many thanks!

Karey October 7, 2009 at 11:49 AM  

beautiful! can't wait to try!

Christa Holland October 7, 2009 at 11:51 AM  

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! I've been looking for a new "pop" for my photographs (as I'm processing several right now) & this is just perfect!

Thank you for sharing so many wonderful actions!

Cortnie October 7, 2009 at 12:04 PM  

Perfect! Thank you!

Kristen October 7, 2009 at 12:11 PM  

Beautiful! Thank you!

Lori Decoite October 7, 2009 at 12:48 PM  

thanks for sharing Rita!!

Christine ~ JAZ Creations October 7, 2009 at 1:12 PM  

Wow! It is Fantastic! Thank You so much!

Monica October 7, 2009 at 1:27 PM  

This is absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing your amazing talents!

The Dillon 6 October 7, 2009 at 2:09 PM  

Hi Rita, I've downloaded several of your "actions" -- but now I can't figure out how to use them in PSE...I'm new to using PSE, and I'm really needing HELP! :) melissa

Chantelle @ photo mommy October 7, 2009 at 2:37 PM  

I love the look of this action, but it does not run correctly in PSE 5. The action runs smoothly till the end then I get this message: The object "layer "layer 5"" is not currently available.

Any suggestions on how to tweak it so it will work for me?

Brittany October 7, 2009 at 3:01 PM  


Thank you!!!

Bec October 7, 2009 at 3:24 PM  

Awesome action!

Tammy Dunlap October 7, 2009 at 3:32 PM  

That is awesome! Thanks so much!

Cammy October 7, 2009 at 3:34 PM  

Oh! I love this. Thanks so much for sharing. I can hardly wait to give it a whirl.

way outnumbered October 7, 2009 at 3:47 PM  

OOOOHHHH! I love this look! I'm editing some photos and can't wait to try it out. I may post to your flickr group if I get really motivated...depends on how late I'm up experimenting with my photos:)

Thank You!

Christy October 7, 2009 at 5:52 PM  

Thank you so much!!

Kari October 7, 2009 at 6:44 PM  

Rita - thankyou so much for your great actions! I appreciate your hard work.

Digi Free October 7, 2009 at 9:56 PM  

Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 07 Oct [LA 07:00pm, NY 09:00pm] - 08 Oct [UK 02:00am, OZ 12:00pm] ).

Silvia and Steven October 8, 2009 at 1:10 AM  

WOW!! You are so Amazing!!!! I can't wait to try and you definetely deserve the donations for your hardwork. for sharing with untalented, and those who want to learn :O)

Vicki October 8, 2009 at 6:14 AM  

Thank you so much!

Crystal October 8, 2009 at 7:59 AM  

Love it! But I love all of your actions! Thanks for sharing!

The Vaughters October 8, 2009 at 8:00 AM  

Ooh, this is so cool! Can't wait to try it out - thank you so much again for your generosity!

YA October 8, 2009 at 9:41 AM  

Thank you

CreativeBusyHands-Scrapbook Freebies Search October 8, 2009 at 10:42 AM  

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 4 post on Oct. 08, 2009. Thanks again.

Jenn October 8, 2009 at 12:12 PM  

Oh my gosh, I'm sure you get comment, after comment, but I have to say, you are amazing. I am absolutely obsessed with your actions for PSE as you are one of the few who addresses us PSE users!!! LOVE you!!!! Keep them coming, I am so grateful!!!!!!

ali b. October 8, 2009 at 5:16 PM  

love love love them! muah!

Marcee October 8, 2009 at 9:40 PM  

Thank you!! I just love your actions and appreciate the hard work you put into them.

Here are a couple of pictures I edited:

Andrea October 8, 2009 at 10:53 PM  

Hi...I'm having the same problem as Chantelle with PSE 5. It starts changing the photo, but then I get all these errors one after the next that say "background not available" "layer via copy not available", etc etc. Please help! Thanks!!!

Rita October 9, 2009 at 8:43 AM  

Thanks everyone, I am so glad you like this action!

And sorry, this action might not be compatible with PSE5. PSE5 is very buggy when it comes to actions and I haven't found a way to make the more complicated ones work in that program. :-( Time to upgrade maybe??? ;-) Rita

Gretchen Clark October 9, 2009 at 9:48 AM  

thanks so much!!! these look awesome :)

I would love a tutorial on how to add the differant catagory tabs to the top of your blog :)

sascedar October 9, 2009 at 6:19 PM  

this is HOT! thanks so much for sharing your creativity- you make me look like a better photographer than I am!

Anonymous October 9, 2009 at 10:04 PM  

Hi I use Gimp but follow along with your instructions. Do you have Moody Pop written down anywhere so I can follow along since I can't run PS PSE actions? I'll be happy to donate to you for your time. I appreicate what you've done here:)

Tina October 9, 2009 at 10:20 PM  

i love all of your actions! thank you so much :) i recently used the selective color one...which is on my blog right now :)

Carpenter Family Life October 10, 2009 at 4:53 PM  

I was just surfing my regular stop. Which of course includes your very wonderful blog. I was thinking while visiting MCP Actions Blog and thinking that it would be fun to include some before and after shots on your blog. Where people could send to you and you could pick some to show.

Beryl October 12, 2009 at 9:05 PM  

Wow, awesome action. I can't wait to use this. Thank you so much!


Anonymous October 12, 2009 at 11:11 PM  

I really like the look of this action but it did not run properly in PSE5. Did I install it wrong or is it an action bug?

Emily October 13, 2009 at 3:28 PM  

i love all of your actions. this moody one looks great... can't wait to try it out! thank you!

Craig October 14, 2009 at 1:55 PM  

Thank you SO much Rita! This looks so cool!!

Spodeworld October 14, 2009 at 2:28 PM  

I've been trying to figure out a way to make my pictures have that effect, it is really beautiful. Would you mind letting us know what are the major treatments you did to create such an effect? Thanks.

Cecilia October 14, 2009 at 11:40 PM  

Rita, I absolutely love your actions! I had a creation I didn't know how to fix and this made the most miraculous change. It was PERFECT! Thanks!

jagdiego October 20, 2009 at 9:49 AM  

I posted your link and some examples of your actions on my blog:

Thank you so much!

Chanin November 5, 2009 at 7:14 AM  

So excited to try this! Thank you so much!

Anonymous November 12, 2009 at 5:51 PM  

Love you unwrapped series, would like you to add this one to it. Spent hours trying to figure out how to install actions--finally got, only to find out PSE 5 doesn't like them as much as I do.

Mel Saremi November 14, 2009 at 3:06 PM  

Thank you so much for all the actions that you post. You are very talented and generous and your skills are much appreciated!!! :)

Anonymous November 23, 2009 at 10:39 AM  

I just found your blog! Thank you so much for sharing these actions!! They are AWESOME!

Linda November 23, 2009 at 7:13 PM  

Fantastic. Thanks.

Robby January 3, 2010 at 5:28 AM  

Hi Rita...SOS....SOS...after finally figuring out how to upload the actions...the Moody Pop one gives me the same errors but I am using PSE 8. Do you have any ideas? I am in heaven here adjusting the photos that I have taken for the school fundraiser!!!! You can see one of my photos that I used the colour pop at

Thank you so much!!!


Teresa January 27, 2010 at 5:11 PM  

I'm loving these actions! Thank you SO much for making them avaiable. I am having some trouble with this action in particular though. Like a previous poster, I too am getting the, "The object background is not currently available". Is this action not compatible with CS4 extended? Again, many thanks for all your hard work. It makes my life much easier. :)

Nakia March 12, 2010 at 12:23 PM  

I absolutely LOVE this one!

Thank you so much.

Stephanie May 4, 2010 at 9:19 AM  

Do I have to have zip to get your downloads or can I go somewhere else to get them? I don't have the zip program is there a way to get around it?

Crystal May 4, 2010 at 1:53 PM  

This is awesome! Thank you so much!

Abugigi May 19, 2010 at 8:28 PM  

love the action...thank you so much! :)

Anonymous September 15, 2010 at 10:02 PM  

I love this action but since I have reinstalled PSE8 on my laptop I am having trouble running this action. It starts changing the photo but then it says "the command transform is currently not available". Do you have any suggestions as to what I can do? I am desperate to get it back!

MIMI October 21, 2010 at 2:21 PM  

I'm a newbie at using these actions and would love an exact walkthrough for this action if possible. A walk through similar to the one used in your 'sun flare' and 'lustrous pop." helllllp. :P

jeffylou November 1, 2010 at 4:45 PM  

I have pse 8 and love this action, but it is giving me a "layer 5" problem. I was wondering if you had a quick fix? Thank you for helping all of us "at home" Mom's learn so much, you are great! Any help would be great.

Skye November 23, 2010 at 12:46 AM  

Oh my Goodness...I absolutely love the Moody Pop action! I have been a graphic designer and photographer in the AF for 20+ yrs and just retired. Your site is amazing and free, wow! I am now a faithful follower, Thank you.

Emily February 2, 2011 at 7:02 PM  

This is so pretty! but the action is not working in my PSE5 and i see a lot of other people are having the same problem. please help! :)

Rita February 2, 2011 at 7:37 PM  

Melanie, sorry this is not working, but some of my actions don't work with versions lower than PSE6. It might be time to upgrade! ;-)

Rita February 2, 2011 at 7:38 PM  

Melanie, sorry this is not working, but some of my actions don't work with versions lower than PSE6. It might be time to upgrade! ;-)

Katie Eppard October 26, 2011 at 11:37 PM  

Love it! So intense, what I'm looking for - for several of my new photographs to edit in PSE. I'll buy the whole action package sometime next month when I have enough $$. You're so generous and I admire it!!

Michelle May 23, 2013 at 1:21 PM  

GAH! Rita! You are amazing :) I am new to PSE and am like a kid in a candy store with your actions! Thank you for sharing them with us :)

Dom June 25, 2013 at 7:33 AM  

Thank you so much for sharing! Thank you ;-)