Wednesday, July 18

CoffeeShop "Square Boards" Storyboard Set #46


I am finishing up a new action and tutorial, but I do have my newest storyboard set ready to share with you. This set contains four 2000x2000 Photoshop/PSE storyboards with an optional color frame. These storyboards are perfect for printing or sharing on your social media or website. 

Check out hundreds of my custom-designed storyboards here, and download all of my favorites in one simple download plus help support my blog here! This blog is a one-woman show and everything I post up here for download was created by me to share with you. :-)


A special thanks to Lisa Rubel Photography (website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) for allowing me to use her stunning images in my example storyboard.


Download the CoffeeShop ""Square Boards" Storyboard Set #46!

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Tuesday, July 17

CoffeeShop "Earthy" Fine Art Texture/Overlay Set!


Today I have a beautiful new set of vintage textures/overlays in shades of brown. These look lovely layered over your images in soft light and overlay blending mode. You can also use them directly as digital paper on your own designs. And they come with free commercial TOU!





This is my favorite texture in the pack. Isn't it gorgeous? I used it on the seagull image below.


You can download the high-resolution seagull image above to print for your wall or use in your own designs.  I had a reader recently ask me if I sell prints of designs I create for this blog. I don't, but I am going to  start uploading them here for free download. 

I added the rainbow to the seagull images using a rainbow overlay I just designed. I am putting together a pack of them with a tutorial to post here later this week.


You can also download my edited image of the red flowers if you want. Just click on it!






You can also use these textures on B&W images. I used my Perfect Matte B&W action on this image and then added my favorite texture in this pack on top in soft light, twice. I LOVE this edit!

Original images used in this post: (Seagull, Flower, Red Flowers, B&W Flowers).

Download the CoffeeShop "Earthy" Fine Art Texture Set!

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Monday, July 16

Pretty Presets "Illuminate" Preset Collection SALE!!!

I love everything Pretty Presets (a sponsor on my site) creates and they make the only presets I use other than my own. So imagine how thrilled I was when I was sent this post about their newest preset set. Rainbow halos, lens flares, and sun glows in Lightroom? How in the world do they create this magic?

However they do it, I am in love and can't wait to try them myself! You can get this gorgeous set for only $29 today ($30 off). Grab it on sale while you can, it looks amazing!!! Read all about it below.


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Friday, July 13

{Friday Photo Bliss}: Snakes, Snails, Rain, and Funny Crashes

On Friday I like to post recent snapshots that make me  happy.


I was so excited when I saw this snail on the mailbox flag and I told the kids I would caption this photo "Snail Mail". 

They looked at me blankly. I guess they are too young to know that we old geezers call real mail "Snail Mail".


We have had quite a bit of rain the last weeks. Rain during the summer not involving flooding or hurricanes makes me happy.


Paul forgot he isn't a kid anymore and was riding Imp's scooter and skidded through a puddle and had a spectacular crash.

It was scary AND fascinating since the crash was in two parts.

The first part of the crash had him flying through the air gracefully onto the blacktop.

Then for some unknown reason he rolled over a few times and then flew into the ditch. It was really weird and I have no idea why he was still flinging around the road like a chicken with its head cut off.

I just knew he had broken something.  Probably his right hand so he wouldn't be able to work.


Thankfully he only had a small cut on his palm. But he decided he didn't want to ride the scooter anymore.

I am going to hide the boys' RipStiks.


We had dinner at my parent's house for 4th of July and I looked out their sliding glass door and saw a little friend peeking in.

Even though he probably wouldn't eat much he was not invited to join our party.


Imp enjoyed our redneck swimming pool. Add some water balloons and it is a "Staycation".


Duke was away all week on his Civil Air Patrol Encampment so I had to keep the other guys busy.

They did a great job cleaning my Grannymobile. I love my big old tank-of-a-car.


This is a vintage match holder from Paul's mom. It sits on the back of my stove, glaring at me. Seriously, look at it for a while and you can see it is possessed by an evil entity who wants to use those matches to burn down my house. 


We had to fight the fog to pick up Duke from his week away.


The graduation was really impressive. I am in awe of all of these kids. 


And yes, Imp is usually this happy.

Have a great weekend!!!

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Wednesday, July 11

CoffeeShop "Golden Sun Rays" Fine Art Photoshop/PSE Action!


I am so excited I finally finished this post for you!!! I want to post more fine art editing tutorials, textures, and actions, and this week I figured out a way to add gorgeous sun rays and golden light to images WITHOUT using overlays. I call this Photoshop/PSE action "Golden Sun Rays" and it is so easy to use and I hope you love it as much as I do! I have posted a step-by-step tutorial below.

This action, like most of the actions I created for this blog, can run in Photoshop AND Photoshop Elements. If you don't want to spend the monthly fee for Photoshop yet want to edit like a professional, check out (affiliate link) Photoshop Elements. It is very affordable and you can use pretty much everything on my blog in that program except the Lightroom Presets. 

This action, along with hundreds of others including exclusive sets you can't find anywhere else, can be found in my Action Download Pack. If you purchase this pack you can get free updates up to two years after your purchase, so please don't hesitate to visit that page and email me if you want the newest version with all my newest actions, presets, and designs. You can also upgrade to my Mega Download Pack that includes hundreds and hundreds of professional photographer storyboards, textures, frames and digital papers for only $4 more. Read all about it here! Thank you for supporting my site!




Original images used in this post: (Boy, Cat).


CoffeeShop "Golden Sun Rays" Fine Art Photoshop/PSE Action Tutorial:


Open your image and run the CoffeeShop "Golden Sun Rays" action.


When the Gradient Fill 1 prompt comes up, click "OK".




This Gradient Fill pane will pop up that allows you to automatically and easily add the beautiful sun rays.


Click on the sun rays in the image and move them over to an area on the image that you think they look best. In this case I dragged them over to the upper right side.


Then adjust the "Scale" to taste.


Press "OK" to accept your changes. This is what the image looked like after the action finished running.


I clicked to select the top "Sun Rays" layer's mask and used a soft low-opacity black brush to gently paint some of the bright sun off of his face and hair.

You can also open up the "Drama" layer and further adjust the contrast. I was happy with it in this image so I made no changes.


If you want to remove the golden tint, simply turn off the "Golden Tint" layer or reduce the opacity.


I would love to see your own edits using this action! Feel free to post them on my Facebook page. I might even ask you if I can post it over here on my blog so I can show off your amazing work. :-)

Download the CoffeeShop "Golden Sun Rays" Fine Art Photoshop/PSE Action.

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Monday, July 9

CoffeeShop "Distressed Painted Wall" Fine Art Texture/Overlay Set!


Sorry I have been gone a week. I was busy with the holiday and then my husband's mother became sick so we have had much on our mind. She is doing better now thank goodness, but it has been a stressful week.

I did design a gorgeous new action I plan on posting tomorrow. Plus I have some editing tutorials coming out. Today I wanted to share a beautiful set of Fine Art overlays/textures. Add these over your images in soft light, multiply, overlay, or screen blending mode to create beautiful art.




You can click to see the original images: (Flower, Field).

Download the CoffeeShop "Distressed Painted Wall" Fine Art Texture Set.

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.

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