Thursday, February 14

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

Happy Valentine's Day from me and the guys!


I just love this photo, is is from last night. Paul is there too, but is taking the photo and avoiding getting squished.

Piper is almost 80 pounds and not allowed on the furniture, but he thinks he is an invisible stealth dog and slowly works his way up there.

We were trying to watch the "Dirty Jobs" DVD we checked out from the library. We love the show, but so far I haven't seen Mike Rowe doing the dirty job of being a mom. Maybe I just haven't seen that one yet. Having kids or fur babies can be the ultimate dirty job with all-you-can-take mud, smeared food, snot, poop, skunk spray, blood, scabs, mucus, hair, and stinky feet.

But I love my Dirty Job!!!

If you are a last minute gal or guy, check out all of my free Valentine digital designs!!! And have a wonderful day today with your loved ones.

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Tuesday, February 12

CoffeeShop "Sunflare Magic" Kit: Photoshop/PSE Action and Overlay Set!


Today I have a brand new Fine Art Editing Kit for Photoshop and PSE! I call this one the "Sunflare Magic" and it comes with both a Photoshop/PSE action and a large set of beautiful custom sun flare overlays/textures.

This kit can be used with any overlays you have (you can find many free ones on my blog), and it is completely customizable. I posted a little tutorial below to help you use it.

Images used in this tutorial: (Owl, Woman, Parsley).




CoffeeShop "Sunflare Magic" Kit Tutorial: One of the main tips to using this action is turning on and off the different layers and adjusting their opacities. It might take a bit of tweaking but you can get a beautiful result on most images.


Open your image and start the "Sunflare Magic" action.


When prompted, place the sun flare overlay.


Then resize it to fit over the entire image and press Enter or Return.


This is the image after the action finishes running. Simply go through the layers and turn off/on, adjust the opacity, and paint on the layer masks until you love your edit!

The top Final Contrast Adjustment layer is just a simple Levels layer that you can open to do any final contrast adjustments.


In this example I turned off Hazy Colors and Color Brighten and turned down Colors to 83%.


Then I turned on Brighten and Darken and adjusted their opacities to add a bit more contrast. I love the warmth and colors in this edit.


You might want to use the layer masks when you have a portrait.


In this example I adjusted the highlighted layers. I turned down Colors to 54% opacity and used a soft low opacity brush to remove some of that layer off her face. I adjusted the opacity of Brighten and Darken to 50%, and used a soft 100% opacity black brush to remove the Darken layer from where I wanted the sun to be. 

I hope you enjoy using this new kit and please post your before/afters on my Facebook page!


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Wednesday, February 6

CoffeeShop "Mendel" Fine Art Texture Set!


I am still trying to finish up my newest Photoshop action, but I have had so much going on the last days. My poor oldest son has been sick and the weather has been incredibly gloomy. I spent the morning cleaning all of the wood floors on the first floor. So much fun going on here at the CoffeeShop house... ;-)





Today I have a new beautiful fine art texture/overlay set that I hope you will enjoy. This one looks great on images in Soft Light, Overlay, Multiply, and/or Screen blending modes. You can also use this set as digital paper for cards or other designs. They looks gorgeous printed too!

Don't forget to try these textures after desaturating them too. This is a great way to add texture but not change the color of the original image.




Original images used in this post: (Rose, Owl, Pink Flowers, Purple Flower).

Download the CoffeeShop "Mendel" Texture Set!

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Monday, February 4

{CoffeeShop Family Flying Circus} Chapter 14: Catalina Island Venture Video!




Video Link Also Embedded Below!


March of 2016 our family purchased a little 1970's 4-seater Piper and we have had many fun flying adventures.  Interested in reading more of the {CoffeeShop Family Flying Circus Adventures}? PrologueChapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3,  Chapter 4Chapter 5Chapter 6Chapter 7Chapter 8Chapter 9Chapter 10Chapter 11Chapter 12, , Chapter 13Entire Series (newest posts first).



I just realized I haven't posted a {CoffeeShop Family Flying Circus} chapter in forever. Yes, we are still flying in our little Piper and having a blast, but I haven't taken the time to really document some of our newest adventures. So here we go!!!


(Galveston Island, Texas)





If you have been following along, you will know that my optometrist-private pilot husband Paul has really gotten into making flying videos. I don't know when he finds the time to do this (actually I do, late at night), but he really has a blast putting them together. And he is surprisingly creative!


(Houston, Texas)

You can see all of his flying videos on YouTube on the Texas Gooney Bird Channel. Please subscribe and leave a comment, it will make his day!

In November Paul went to California for a business trip while the rest of us were at home with the flu. He could have gone to Disneyland or the beach, but he decided he was going for an adventure of a lifetime and fly to Catalina Island Airport in the Sky. This island is one of the world's most unique airports perched 1,602 feet above the Pacific Ocean. The 3,250-foot runway was built in the early 1940s by leveling two mountaintops and filling the remaining valley with more than 200,000 truckloads of rock. Incredible!

He rented a plane and went with an instructor but did most of the flying himself. He did not land or take off on the island as the airport runway was in horrible condition and starts and ends on a cliff, similar to a long aircraft carrier. Watch the video below, it is CRAZY!

I hope you enjoy this video it as much as our family did. Paul is hilarious and this video has exciting flying and sightseeing with the best host and pilot ever!!! And don't forget to "like" his video and subscribe to the Texas Gooney Bird channel. He doesn't make any money off his videos, but he loves the attention. ;-)



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Thursday, January 31

CoffeeShop "Valentines" Facebook Cover!


Today I have a new Facebook Cover to share with you! This one is for Valentine's day, and it looks great viewed on both mobile devices and computer screens. It also comes with free commercial terms-of-use.

Just add your images using the clipping masks (Photoshop/PSE). You can turn off the optional hearts and change the background from a chalkboard to a solid color, or even add a digital paper or texture. You can also change the frame colors.

Hope you have fun with this one!

A special thanks to Jill Wellington (Etsy ShopFacebook, Blog, YouTube Videos, Pixabay) for the images in the pink cover and to Lisa Rubel Photography (website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) for the images in the chalkboard cover.


Download the CoffeeShop "Valentines" Facebook Cover.

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Tuesday, January 29

CoffeeShop "Einstein" Fine Art Texture Set!



I am still finishing up my new action set, but I did have time to design a new fine art texture set I call "Einstein". This set has two beautiful high-resolution textures that can be layered over images or used alone as paper. 

Try overlaying them over your photos in Soft Light, Overlay,  Multiply, or Screen blending modes. 


Images used in this post: (Pink Flower, Road, Parsley).







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Monday, January 28

CoffeeShop "Love Heart" Storyboard!


I have been working on a new beautiful action that will be out this week, but until then I will get my Valentine-inspired designs out before it is too late for you to use them this year. I have a tendency to get behind and post holiday designs just before the holiday.

Today I have a lovely heart storyboard for Phtooshop/PSE with clipping masks (auto-loading Photoshop action). You can change the color of the gold glitter "Love" and the white frames are optional.

This storyboard can be printed or posted on the web/social media. And it comes with free commercial terms-of-use like almost all of my designs I create for this blog!

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 "Love Heart" Professional Storyboard Template!

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Thursday, January 24

CoffeeShop "Icy" Fine Art Texture/Overlay Set!



It is a sunny cold day here in Texas, so I was inspired to create a new fine art texture set I call "Icy". This set contains four high-resolution cool-tinted textures/overlays that can be layered over images or used alone as digital papers.





In this example I used the texture in Overlay blending mode, 85% opacity. I also like using this set in Soft Light, Screen, or Multiply.





Images used in this post: (rose, berries, horse, trees).



I would love to see your edits using this texture on my Facebook page.

Download the CoffeeShop "Icy" Fine Art Texture Set!

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