Sunday, February 20, 2011

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.

51 comments:

Jodi said...

Awesome ... thanks so much Rita!

Amy said...

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

Michelle said...

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

Sara said...

Thanks! I recently found your blog and love it!

bdaiss said...

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

Sara said...

Thank you, this looks gorgeous! x

jose said...

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 said...

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 said...

Thank you so much for sharing your fantastic Actions!

Anonymous said...

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

Cindy

Rebecca said...

IT looks beautiful!

mrichter said...

Thank you! Another beautiful action!!

KH Imaging said...

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

Greta S. said...

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

SLucy said...

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

Maria Therese said...

Thank you!

Jitka said...

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

Liz said...

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

Diane said...

You are the best! Thank you for sharing this!

Angela said...

Thank you so much for the lovely action!

Vaughan Visions said...

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 said...

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

Denver Photographer said...

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

Flora said...

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 said...

thank you!

Michelle said...

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

Kelley said...

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

Anastasia said...

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 said...

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 said...

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 said...

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

Anonymous said...

thanks so much for this action

Cherri said...

Thank you, can't wait to try it.

Jodie said...

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.
http://minniearfamily.blogspot.com/2011/04/crocus.html

Melanie said...

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 said...

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

Rita said...

This should work in PSE9!

Nina said...

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 said...

I've just downloaded this...it'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 said...

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

Rita said...

The download link is at the bottom of the post.

Anonymous said...

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 said...

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

K.I.S.S. Photography... Keeping It Simply Sweet said...

Holy Moly I love this action! Thanks so much!

Kirstin Martin said...

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

Rita said...

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

Kirstin Martin said...

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 said...

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

Rita said...

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

Kathleen said...

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

Gina said...

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!