Tuesday, November 12

CoffeeShop "Anna" Fine Art Texture Set!



Hi! So it is actually freezing here in Texas. Literally tonight. Yesterday it was in the 70's, a few weeks ago in the 90's. My poor body doesn't know what to make of these crazy weather changes. We had a trip planned to my parent's county house in East Texas for this weekend, but it is a wooden shack with no insulation and no central heat. I can't fathom sitting around after it gets dark (5:30) now and freezing my rear over a tiny portable heater.

I sound like an old woman, right?



Anyway, Once it warms up some today we are going to get outside, but for now I wanted to share a new beautiful fine art texture set called "Anna". You can use these alone as digital papers on your designs, or layer them over photos and change the blending mode as I did my my example images above. 

Images used in this post: (White Flowers, Purple Flowers, Group of White Flowers, Rose).






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Thursday, October 31

CoffeeShop "Moody" Lightroom Preset Set!


Oh boy, I haven't been on here for so long and I apologize.

We have had a family cold, then a short beach trip, and just a lot of other little things going on. Imp had his first Civil Air Patrol Cadet promotion. We have a ongoing window leak under a balcony that as of yet hasn't been found, lots of rain and some cold fronts (October has given us weather in the 30's to the 90's), Astro baseball watching (sad face), a death of one of our senior beloved pet rats, and the list goes on.

I have had these presets sitting on my computer since September and since today is Halloween I thought it would be a fun day to share them. They are called "Moody" and include 3 different presets, one that is super glossy and two that are matte. These look amazing on so many images, I love using them! I don't even adjust them much after running them other than using the radial brush to add extra highlights (up the  exposure) where needed.

These are written for the newest Lightroom Classic, but if you have an older version and can't run these let me know in the comments and I will make them backwards compatible. I absolutely hate that Lightroom presets are now in a different format. ARGGGGGH! You can download the presets towards the bottom of this post.

So what are your plans tonight? We are skipping trick-or-treating since the boys are older but are starting a new tradition of staying in at home and having pizza, some candy treats, and watching a scary movie. Have a great night tonight!!!

Original images used in this post: Sheep, Mountain, Lake, Tree.




  original


CoffeeShop Moody Matte Unsaturated


CoffeeShop Moody Glossy


original


CoffeeShop Moody Glossy (with radial brush on light with increased exposure)


Original


CoffeeShop Moody Glossy


CoffeeShop Moody Matte

Download the CoffeeShop "Moody" Lightroom Preset Set!

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Thursday, October 17

CoffeeShop "Marble" Fine Art Texture Set


I have a new set of gorgeous marble textures to share with you today! These really look great on still life images. I like using the black one in Screen blending mode as I did in my example above. You can also use these as digital papers.





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Tuesday, October 15

CoffeeShop "8x10" Mat" Set!


Today I have a new set of 8x10 storyboards that have digital drop-shadow mats. I personally don't like to buy paper mats for my photos when I frame them, so I design my own custom ones with drop-shadows, add my images, and print and frame ! Super easy and no one knows the difference unless they take your frame apart.

This set contains 5 mats for Photoshop/PSE. You add images using the clipping masks and then adjust the drop-shadow effect to taste. The "paper" mat's color can also be changed to coordinate with your house or image.

Feel free to change the size of the mats before adding your images. You can also add digital paper to the mats, I will post a tutorial later this week. These storyboards can also be posted on the web.


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




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Thursday, October 10

CoffeeShop "Portrait Mini" Photoshop/PSE Retouching Action!


One of the strengths of Photoshop and PSE is that you can retouch images quickly without making "Plastic People" (unlike most apps out there).

The photographer Amanda Hunter ( Facebook) contacted me the other day and asked if I could make a mini-version of my huge CoffeeShop Portrait Toolbox 2.0 action. She wanted it distilled down to a simple six layer version and I loved her suggestion. So today I am sharing my newest portrait retouching action called CoffeeShop "Portrait Mini".

This action adjusts contrast, brightens your image, smooths skin, enhances eyes, and whitens teeth. It works in both Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. I posted a little tutorial below how to use it, and you can download the free action on the bottom of this post.

I really appreciate when readers make suggestions for my blog, so thank you Amanda!




CoffeeShop "Portrait Mini" Photoshop/PSE Action Tutorial:


Open up your image and start the action. 

Adjust the Curves to taste. I pulled up the middle a bit to slightly lighten the image.


After the action finishes running you will see 6 new layers but your image won't look much different other than slightly brighter. 

Adjust the opacity of the top three layers and paint on the layer masks on the bottom three. 

Define: This layer adds definition to the shadows in your image, so it really looks great on most hair/brows/lashes. Adjust the opacity of this layer to taste.


Brighten Everything: Adds brightness to your image. Adjust the opacity to taste. 


Brightens Whites: This layer adds a nice contrast to the lighter parts of your image. Adjust the opacity to taste.


Whiten Teeth: Click on to select the black layer mask on this layer and then use a hard white brush to paint on the teeth. If you want to see where you are painting as seen above, click the "\" key. The background will turn red and you will see where you are adding the layer effects. Click the "\" key again to remove the red.


Skin Smoothing: Click on the black layer mask of this layer and then use a semi-soft white brush to paint softness on the skin. Avoid the lips, eyes, brows, tip of nose, etc. Then adjust the opacity of that layer to taste.


Eye Pop: Click on the black layer mask of this layer and use a hard white brush to paint on the iris to make the eyes really pop.


This retouching is quite subtle but really enhances the image! And no plastic person, it just looks like good lighting.

Download the CoffeeShop "Portrait Mini" Photoshop/PSE Action.

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Tuesday, October 1

CoffeeShop "Color Bar 6" Fine Art Photoshop/PSE Action!


I love when readers write me and request actions, presets, or storyboards. It is important to me to design freebies that you want, so I am thrilled when I get new ideas! One reader asked for me to design a new, bigger color bar action that would look gorgeous posted on Facebook, so here it is. 

The CoffeeShop "Color Bar 6" action loads your image and then allows you to custom pick 6 colors for the side color bar. You can print this or post it on social media, blogs, or websites. This is also a great way to pick colors for designing interiors or anything else, just grab an image you love and pick out coordinating colors. This action is so easy to use, and I hope you have fun!

For my example boards I used this flower image, this chair image, and a baby image from Lisa Rubel Photography (website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter). 

You can download this free action toward the bottom of this post, after the tutorial.




CoffeeShop "Color Bar 6" Photoshop/PSE Action Tutorial:


Start the CoffeeShop "Color Bar 6" action and place the image when prompted.


Resize it to fit over the black square and click Enter.


The action will then prompt you to grab 6 colors from the image, one at a time. Simply click on the image to grab a color then press Enter until all 6 color bars are filled.

You can make adjustments after the action finishes, just double-click any color and change it by clicking on the image. You can also resize the image or flip the orientation after it is finished. 

Flatten and save as a .png and post or print! 



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Thursday, September 12

Where Has The Time Gone? Galveston, School, CAP, and Angel Flights!

I am so sorry I haven't been here blogging for some time, I have really missed it! We have been busy the last 2 weeks, including a trip to the beach and getting back into school. But things are going great and I plan on getting back to The CoffeeShop!


So what have we been up to lately? Where to start... If you have been following my blog for any time you probably are aware my happy spot is the beach. Galveston Island, TX. We live only 1.5 hours away and I try to get the family out there several times a year. 

This trip we stayed at my parent's timeshare off the seawall. Unfortunately Paul was not able to come, he had to work, but the kids and I made the trip out there with my mom. It was a blissful 5 days and I was sad to come home. Sure, it was hot, but the weather was gorgeous. During the hottest time of the day we were inside reading, another blissful way to spend the day. 

But once late afternoon rolled in we hit the beach. 


We fed the seagulls.


Played in the sand and surf. 



And enjoyed stunning sunsets.

Looking at these photos just makes me want to go back... I am thinking October.





I haven't blogged much lately about our flights in the Gooney Bird. We have had several adventures over the summer and I will write about them later. But today I wanted to tell you about Paul's newest passion, volunteering for Angel Flight. Actually, click on the image above or this YouTube link for him to tell you about it himself!


In a nutshell, pilots volunteer their time and plane to fly patients for treatment. Paul was featured on their site last month, please go read it here or see it above (click on it to see it larger). We live next to one of the best cancer centers in the world (MD Anderson), so many patients need transportation down to Houston. Not only does this save them a long drive, it also keeps them off of commercial flights where they would have to deal with long waits and sitting next to sick people.


Most of the patients he has flown from around Texas and surrounding states needed treatment at MD Anderson Cancer Center, but the other week he flew this precious 9 -year-old to the Shriners Hospital for Children Burn Center in Galveston.



I hope the little boy and his mother enjoyed the view on their way there. It was a pretty day.

I am so proud of Paul. His work with Angel Flight combine two of his passions; flying and helping people. What a great way to spend your weekend!


OK, back to the (boring) rest of us. I now am a proud mother of TWO Civil Air Patrol cadets!


Imp is back to making Lego Stop Motion movies. Lately they have been a little political, I should post some of them. He loves to follow the news and apparently is quite opinionated.


And on a final note, while we are at home working hard, my parents are gallivanting around Germany visiting my Dad's relatives. He is from Bremen but also has family in Bremerhaven. My dad texted me this photo of him riding a motorcycle with his little brother. My dad is the one riding on the back, and I don't know if he has ever been on a motorcycle before! It looks like they are having fun while we are housesitting for them and taking care of their neurotic cat. ;-) One of these days I hope to bring the boys to their grandfather's hometown Bremen.

Hope you have a great weekend!!!

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Tuesday, August 27

CoffeeShop "Gently Weathered 2" Fine Art Texture Set!


Today we are officially starting our homeschool year (gulp) and I will post more about that later. I will say I have a high schooler now (9th grade), so it is getting real! Hope your loved ones (and you if it applies!) are finding joy in their new classes this fall. Learning is essential and exciting and it never gets old.





I wanted to share a second set of the Gently Weathered textures. You can grab the first set here.

These are so lovely, I think you will really enjoy using them. Layer them over your images in Photoshop/PSE or use them as simple papers. I have many different texture tutorials posted here on my blog, you can search using the search bar toward the top of my page.

Original images used in this post: (Woman, Rose).

Download the CoffeeShop "Gently Weathered 2" Fine Art Texture Set.


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