CoffeeShop Velvet Cream PS/PSE Action!

I am so excited to release my newest action, CoffeeShop Velvet Cream! In this action I combined two actions (Define and Pop, which has not been released yet and Velvet Truffle with the navy blue exclusion layer turned off) and I love the effect. I did not write the step-by-step tutorial "Action Unwrapped" yet for this action, but you can read the steps for the Velvet Truffle action here.

I left this action in layers so you could play with them and get different effects as seen below.  Like almost all of my actions, this works in Photoshop and PS Elements.

Instructions for using the CoffeeShop Velvet Cream Action:

1. Open your image and start the action.  The action will flatten your image and then a layers adjustment screen will open.  Adjust the highlight and shadow sliders until they are just under the start of the curves.  Adjust the midtones to taste.  I often bring up the midtones a bit so the skin will be brightened.

2.  The action will finish running and you will have five layers above your background.

3.  If you want to adjust the contrast you can double-click on the adjustment layer symbol on the Contrast Adjust layer and tweak the levels adjustment curve to taste.

4.  Turn down the top Color Fill layer to remove some of the creamy color, or dial it up for more.  The Define layer sharpens the darker parts of your image, so you can adjust this to taste or use the layer mask.  

This action isn't just for portraits.  I love to use it on still life images with light backgrounds such as the flowers seen below. 

I used Velvet Cream on this image (just a small adjustment of contrast) and Web Painted Borders to finish it up. 

I hope you enjoy playing with this action as much as I have!

Download the free  CoffeeShop Velvet Cream PS/PSE Action!

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.


Jodi February 20, 2011 at 11:46 AM  

Awesome ... thanks so much Rita!

Amy February 20, 2011 at 11:58 AM  

THanks Rita!!! Can't wait to try it out!!! Appreciate all you do!

Michelle February 20, 2011 at 12:03 PM  

Awesome !! Thanks for sharing & Im glad you used that name lol.

Sara February 20, 2011 at 12:12 PM  

Thanks! I recently found your blog and love it!

bdaiss February 20, 2011 at 12:22 PM  

Lovely Rita! Thanks so much for another wonderful action. Can't wait to put it to use!

Sara February 20, 2011 at 12:26 PM  

Thank you, this looks gorgeous! x

jose February 20, 2011 at 1:32 PM  

Hi Rita when I try to download the action it gives me an erro message is there any thing else that I can try. Thank you!

Jamie February 20, 2011 at 2:04 PM  

I am really loving the color in this action! I can't wait to try it! also, thank you for teaching me how to create it myself too!

Sharon February 20, 2011 at 2:10 PM  

Thank you so much for sharing your fantastic Actions!

Anonymous February 20, 2011 at 2:16 PM  

Thanks so much Rita, I know that I will love using this Action!! You are great!


Rebecca February 20, 2011 at 2:17 PM  

IT looks beautiful!

mrichter February 20, 2011 at 4:50 PM  

Thank you! Another beautiful action!!

KH Imaging February 20, 2011 at 9:54 PM  

Thank you so much! I can't wait to try it out!!

Greta S. February 20, 2011 at 10:57 PM  

Yay!! What a beautiful one! I can't wait to use it...I L.O.V.E. vintage-looking effects! Thank you :)

SLucy February 21, 2011 at 12:23 AM  

Thank you! It looks awesome, I can't wait to try it ;)

Maria Therese February 21, 2011 at 2:25 AM  

Thank you!

Jitka February 21, 2011 at 5:00 AM  

Thank you for another fantastic action!
Have a nice day!

Liz February 21, 2011 at 9:00 AM  

Thank you! I'm excited to try it out on some baby photos.

Diane February 21, 2011 at 5:20 PM  

You are the best! Thank you for sharing this!

Angela February 21, 2011 at 7:31 PM  

Thank you so much for the lovely action!

Vaughan Visions February 21, 2011 at 11:00 PM  

OHMYLANTA! This is gorgeous!!! Thank you so much for all that you contribute to the community. Those of us who can't do what you do so appreciate what you do!

Michelle Loy, MPH, MS, RD February 22, 2011 at 9:29 AM  

Beautiful! I'm so excited to try it out. Thank you!

Denver Photographer February 22, 2011 at 10:13 PM  

I can't seem to figure out how to download the action.

Flora February 22, 2011 at 11:57 PM  

Your actions & textures are all so wonderful & it is so generous of you to provide them to us free of charge! Thank you so much!!

Angela H February 23, 2011 at 7:43 AM  

thank you!

Michelle February 23, 2011 at 11:43 PM  

:) Thanks so much for sharing this -- looks AWESOME!

Kelley February 24, 2011 at 9:15 AM  

Oh YUMMY....hanks, Rita! And, thanks for the scoop on your newest sponsor...I just placed my order!

Anastasia February 25, 2011 at 8:09 AM  

feel desperate... I've installed the action (and not only this one) but every time I try to run coffee shop actions it tells me it's not compatible with my Photoshop version (PSE 9) what have I done wrong?

Lana February 27, 2011 at 12:06 PM  

Hey!!! My mom has that same hat pattern :D She made me one last christmas, although she did have to adapt it to fit my my ver big adult sized head

CBH March 6, 2011 at 10:38 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 7 post on Mar. 06, 2011. Thanks again.

Anonymous March 24, 2011 at 9:24 PM  

Haven't played with actions much ... am looking forward to working with these! Thanks so much for sharing!

Anonymous March 24, 2011 at 10:56 PM  

thanks so much for this action

Cherri March 25, 2011 at 12:03 PM  

Thank you, can't wait to try it.

Jodie April 5, 2011 at 9:03 AM  

Thanks for the actions! I ran it on a photo of a crocus and posted a link to it on my blog linking back to you.

Melanie April 11, 2011 at 4:11 PM  

Is this not compatible with Adobe photoshop cs3? I know how to load/use actions and have others working but for some reason this one does not show up on my list in CS3. It looks amazing and I'd love to try it!

Anonymous May 3, 2011 at 10:50 PM  

Thanks, Rita!! I love this action, but unfortunately cannot get it to work on my PSE 9. Is it not compatible?

Rita May 4, 2011 at 8:49 AM  

This should work in PSE9!

Nina June 13, 2011 at 6:54 AM  

I believe this is my favorite action ever! Can't wait to use it. I cannot thank you enough for allowing us to use your work and creations! Thank you!!!!

Sweetpea February 15, 2012 at 2:29 PM  

I've just downloaded's my FIRST action ever! Can't wait to try it out & take it for a test spin. Thank you for all you are doing to provide inspiration & the op to make better photos...YOU ROCK!!!!

Allie borba September 23, 2012 at 11:56 PM  

I must be blind :( where do I download it?

Rita September 25, 2012 at 3:40 PM  

The download link is at the bottom of the post.

Anonymous November 11, 2012 at 5:31 PM  

Okay. I may be a complete idiot, but where do I click to actually download the action?? Sorry! And, thank you for all you do! I am so excited I found you :)

Rita November 12, 2012 at 7:03 PM  

The download is toward the bottom of the post. :-)

K.I.S.S. Photography... Keeping It Simply Sweet January 12, 2013 at 12:41 PM  

Holy Moly I love this action! Thanks so much!

Kirstin Martin January 22, 2013 at 10:49 PM  

for some reason the link isn't working? ):

Rita January 23, 2013 at 12:32 PM  

Kristin, I just checked and it is working, as a direct download.

Kirstin Martin January 23, 2013 at 2:38 PM  

I am using google chrome...does that affect it at all? Every time I click the link it says server can not be found/web address does not exist..

Lakin January 25, 2013 at 10:27 AM  

I'm having the same problem as Kristen with this action.

Rita January 25, 2013 at 12:06 PM  

It downloads to my computer and iphone. Try again! Rita

Kathleen January 25, 2013 at 1:32 PM  

Thank you! I'm new to PSE11 and just trying things out.

Gina June 14, 2014 at 11:53 AM  

I would love a tutorial for this action!!! :) It is one of my favorites!!!! I use it a lot on Baby Pics actually :)
THANK YOU! Great action!