CoffeeShop Simply Vintage Tutorial and Free Action!

Back from a long weekend. We had a great time; plenty of swimming and playing outside and visiting with family. We even made homemade smoked ribs using the 3 2 1 method of cooking and our own oak branches for "cowboy charcoal".

So today it is hot and the boys are painting their masterpieces and I decided to post a new free action and tutorial. I hope you enjoy this one!


1.  Open your image in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.
2.  Soft Haze layer:  Add a solid color adjustment layer in ivory (hex#fcfbe5), normal blending mode, opacity 15%.
3.  Lighten layer:  Add a levels adjustment layer and move the gamma (middle) slider from 1.0 to 1.2.
4.  Add a gradient map adjustment layer with forground color pink (hex#a6215a) to background color light blue (hex#b2d8f2).  Put this layer in soft light blending mode.
5.  Color Mute layer:  Add a black to white gradient map adjustment layer in normal mode and adjust the opacity to taste (start with 10% or so).
6.  Vintage layer:  Add a dark blue (hex#021276) solid color adjustment layer and put it in exclusion blending mode, 40% opacity.
7.  Add texture for additional enhancement!  For my sample in my "ad" I added this free texture from ShadowHouse Creations just above the background layer (I desaturated it first so it wouldn't change any of my colors) in linear light blending mode, 40% opacity.
8.  Adjust all layers to taste!

You can also download the free CoffeeShop Simply Vintage action here

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.


Barbara June 1, 2010 at 5:03 PM  

Lovely! Thank you!

Stephanie June 1, 2010 at 5:10 PM  

Love it... Your actions are the BEST! They are so much appreciated!

Cindy June 1, 2010 at 9:17 PM  

thank you so much for deconstructing these actions for those of us (me) who are actionally challenged.


Debbie June 1, 2010 at 9:41 PM  

Thank you Rita....for both the action and the tutorial.

Julie Gropp June 1, 2010 at 9:52 PM  

thanks so much!

Leigh June 1, 2010 at 10:07 PM  

Love this! Played around with a few photos. Here's my favorite:

Rita June 1, 2010 at 10:18 PM  

Leigh, that looks great! And thanks everyone, glad you like it. :-) Rita

CBH June 2, 2010 at 9:34 AM  

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 9 post on Jun. 02, 2010. Thanks again.

CraftCrave June 2, 2010 at 9:51 AM  

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [02 Jun 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Jerry Jones June 2, 2010 at 11:13 AM  

Lovely,lovely, I love how you make things easier for us "DUH" folks.
O' come on people, I'm not the only one, so no hate mail. LOL!

I'm still not sure if you're Wonder Woman or Super Girl, maybe a little of both.


Staci Brock June 2, 2010 at 1:31 PM  

Very nice!!! Thank you!!!

Jewels June 2, 2010 at 2:30 PM  

Fantastic! I think this is my new favorite action! Thank you BUNCHES AND BUNCHES!

Jinterwas June 3, 2010 at 8:48 AM  

Hi Rita, just wanted to tell you how much I (too) appreciate your freebies! You are soooo generous! So thanks, thanks, thanks!

Used your simply vintage tutorial here:

Looking forward to every new post :) !!

Kind regards!

Jenny June 3, 2010 at 10:21 AM  

I'm excited to try this! Thank you! This is probably a "duh" question, but how do you desaturate a photo, like you did the texture in the example? Is it something different than converting it to black and white?

Anonymous June 3, 2010 at 6:30 PM  

This looks awesome! I can't wait to try it out!

Ella Press June 5, 2010 at 7:44 PM  

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

Rainy Day Photography June 15, 2010 at 3:36 PM  

Gosh! I did everything it says to do for a mac and cannot get it to work. When I go into elelments there is no status box saying anything. :( Any ideas?

Jamie Winkler July 10, 2010 at 1:37 PM  

Thanks for taking the time to share PS. For years I've been wanting to take a class to learn more. Your postings are helping me grow and learn each day. I'm enjoying this as a hobby and I look forward to your future postings. Keep up the good work. Thanks for making a difference.

Lisa October 10, 2010 at 4:51 AM  

I love your hard work! How do I download the texture you used from . Shadowhouse creations? I went to the site and flickr and am so lost. Can you tell I am new at this? Thank you

Rita October 10, 2010 at 9:51 AM  

Lisa, the textures are just image files, so simply click on the download links on Jerry's site and follow the direction to download the textures.

In Flickr, click on the textures then click on Actions, show all sizes then download the size you want. :-)


Shahanara October 26, 2010 at 2:21 PM  

Thanks for sharing your actions Rita! I've learnt so much about them just from reading your instructions. Used this one here:

Amanda December 19, 2010 at 7:46 PM  

I absolutely love all of your stuff but i cant seem to download any of your actions, I think that I may be download-ably challenged! HELP! You can send me an email if you would like: I have followed all the steps and still cant get them to come up. I have PSE 8! Thanks!

Sam March 7, 2011 at 2:41 AM  

Can anyone explain to be how I get the texture from the site to my PSE? I clicked download on it but it just takes to the picture and I can't figure out what to do from there.

ashleysummer9632 April 10, 2011 at 2:10 PM  

What is the texture called?

Cindy August 9, 2011 at 9:38 PM  

Thank you for your generosity in sharing your action and information!

Alyssa October 29, 2013 at 9:21 PM  

I Can't get this download to work. :( Any advice on how to get it?