I have so many actions on my computer that I have written and just haven't had the time to post, and this action is one of them and also a favorite. CoffeeShop 2020 reminds me of how it feels after you visit the optometrist and get a new set of glasses or contacts. Suddenly everything seems so sharp and new.
CoffeeShop 2020 is actually a pretty complex action and can't be done without an action in PSE since it loads channels as selections; but it runs beautifully in both Photoshop and PSE.
CoffeeShop 2020 Action Instructions:
1. Open your images and start the action. The action will flatten the image, and then open a levels adjustment pane. You can adjust the levels sliders to taste. I usually try to move the shadow (left) and highlight (right) sliders under the beginning of the curve, and I move the gamma (middle) slider to lighten or darken my image midtones.
2. The action will finish and there will be two layers, the background and a layer called "2020". You can adjust the opacity of the 2020 layer and/or use a soft low opacity black brush on the layer mask to remove the 2020 effect where necessary.
This action is very practical and I use it all of the time on my images. It really adds that extra "pop" and sharpness without affecting colors.
Download the free CoffeeShop 2020 PS/PSE action.
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