Monday, July 11, 2016

CoffeeShop "Magic Board 1" 8x10 Photographer Storyboard Photoshop/PSE Action!

Today I have a brand new photographer storyboard Photoshop/PSE action that automatically builds an 8x10 storyboard, loads your images, and flattens and sharpens it for print or web.

In my example above I use some gorgeous portraits from Jill Wellington (Etsy ShopFacebook, Blog, YouTube Videos, Pixabay).


1. Make sure you have no images open when you start this action!!! If anything is open it won’t work correctly.

2. Open each image when prompted and then resize to fit each cut-out. If you can’t see all of your image while fitting it in the storyboard, just Ctrl-0 (zero) to zoom out and repeat to zoom back in.

3. When prompted, sharpen the storyboard to taste.

4. If you just want the action to build the storyboard but not add images, simply click “Cancel” when prompted to open your first image and save the storyboard as a psd file with layers.

Download the CoffeeShop "Magic Board 1, 8x10 Photographer Storyboard" Photoshop/PSE action. You can also download it here.

Do you want to download my favorite CoffeeShop PSE/Photoshop Actions and Lightroom Presets or Design Elements in one convenient zipped file 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.

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  1. Dear Rita, thank you very much for sharing! I so enjoy and use your templates, etc. I would like to design some photo books, i.e. coffee table books in place of the old albums. I am now trying to convert some of your templates to 12 x 12, etc. Here in SA, it is very popular now and I am scanning old photos and downloading photos of the children, etc. Also, as a baby boomer pensioner, I want to supplement my pension by designing these photo books for others. Do you have any ideas to share? I battled to understand how to use masks, until you explained it! You are my main source of info and I am so grateful that you share your knowledge with others! I created a folder especially for all your downloads and call it my 'Coffeeshop Wikipedia!' Hope to hear from you soon. Kind regards, Marie Antoinette Voges, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

    1. Thank you so much Marie! You are so sweet!!!

      Do you want simple plan templates or ones with background and such?

    2. Dear Rita, thank you for your reply. Plain and with backgrounds templates would be fine. All depends whether you have the time! A photographer who is going to take the preborn (whatever you may call it) photos of my pregnant niece, will help me with the software she uses provided by her printer. She is too busy to compile photo books. I had a look at some of the software (can be freely downloaded) but only be printed by the relevant provider. I don't want to be limited and want to shop around for quotes. Had already contacted some printers in the past and they can print your own designs as well, PDF or JPG format. Templates can be used for weddings, births, anniversaries, any occasion and even recipe books (I love collecting recipes and have designed some kitchen plaques). I was thinking of you and thought I would ask you for some ideas. Want to be different! All popular sizes are catered for by the printers and with either soft or hard cover and lots of other options. Thank you so much for your willingness. Much appreciated. Wonderful the internet that I may contact you from my tiny flat in a retirement village all the way to the USA! You are a lovely family and I have been reading your Friday newsletters ever since I subscribed, couple of years ago! Sincerely, Marie

  2. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong. I use PSE8 and am a big fan of your actions. I've never used any of the story boards, though. I loaded this just as I do with any other of your actions, but when I click on it in the action pane, nothing happens. What did I do wrong?!

    1. I am not sure, did you follow all the instructions? I don't test any of my new actions in such old PSE versions, so it just might not be compatible. I wish I could be more help, but it is impossible for me to troubleshoot as I don't own that version of PSE anymore.

    2. No problem. It's time for me to! Thanks for your reply!