Today I wanted to post my newest free action, CoffeeShop Hazy Afternoon! This actions adds a custom tinted haze to your outdoor images and can be quite stunning. I also have an Hazy Afternoon Action UnWrapped Tutorial which shows you how I wrote this action if you want to see "under the hood".
If you love using my actions and want to help support my site (and action-writing addiction!), you can download all of my favorite actions from this site (over 200 at this time) in one convenient download rather than individually on each post. If you have Photoshop or PSE11 and up you also get all of the actions in one grouped set, organized by retouching actions, artistic actions, and web/storyboard/frame actions.
I found this lovely image at Pixabay. You can download it here and practice along with my tutorial if you want.
I also have a new action that creates three light overlays that can add lovely light/haze to your images. Click here to download the "Magic Light Overlay Creator" action set.
CoffeeShop Hazy Afternoon Action Tutorial:
After the action finishes running you will have to adjust the white color fill layer's mask to customize the haze for each image.
Click on the Layer Mask of Color Fill 2 (the white layer) to select it.
Click G for the gradient tool (make sure you are using the gradient and not the paint bucket) and select a black to white gradient.
Click on the darkest part of your image and drag your mouse to the lightest area (toward the light). You can continue to drag the gradient on the layer's mask until you are happy with the light placement. You can also adjust the layer's opacity.
Download the free CoffeeShop Hazy Afternoon Photoshop/PSE action. You can also download it here.
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