Wednesday, November 25

CoffeeShop "Cinnamon Dream" Photoshop/PSE Action!


Happy Thanksgiving week!!! I hope you are spending some time with loved ones this week. Our house is going through a forced renovation and we have no working kitchen (until early 2021 because it is 2020 after all, ARGGGG) so we are going to my sister Heather's house for Thanksgiving Day. My parents are going to join so it will be a really nice day. Hopefully the weather will be nice as we plan on eating outside in Heather's pretty backyard. She just had a new gazebo and seating area installed back there. Add a hot tub and I will be moving in. Hee hee!

Today I wanted to post my newest free action called "Cinnamon Dream" that works in Photoshop and PSE. The name was selected by Delaine over on my Facebook page. Thank you! 



I LOVE LOVE LOVE this action! It looks really amazing on fall and winter images, but I also use it on portraits to brighten and add some beautiful warmth. All of the images on this post had the action applied with no adjustments, so it is pretty forgiving.

Images used in this post: (fall leaves, field, ballet girls, flower, young woman). You can download the action toward the bottom of this post.






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Tuesday, November 17

CoffeeShop "Vintage Papers 1" Papers/Textures!


I love putting together freebies for you guys and today I wanted to share some really pretty vintage papers. You can use these alone in your designs or layered over other images or photos. These would be great for scrapbooking designs too!

They all come with free commercial terms-of-use, so feel free to use them anyway you want. But please don't sell or put them up for download as-is anywhere else. I want to keep them free and traffic to my site supports my small business. 

I found the original public domain images at Biodiversity Heritage Library and Cleveland Art. I used the magic of Photoshop to remove the subject matter in each images, clean them up, and adjust/fix them. 

 
For example, this was the original image.


This is my edited paper that is in the set.


And this is my paper layered over a bird image. Pretty, right?


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Wednesday, November 11

CoffeeShop "William Morris" Fine Art Texture and Paper Set!



I wanted to thank all veterans and their families for their service and sacrifices for our country. Thank you for giving up so much to protect our country.

Sorry I haven't posted for a while, but we are going through some forced home renovations due to a small but powerful leak. I will post details later, but I will say right now it is taking over my life trying to get everything organized. What timing, during the holiday season! But hopefully by 2021 we will have a house that has some beautiful updates. I might be in a padded room before that happens.


I created some new vintage textures/overlays/papers using some gorgeous public domain designs from William Morris. His work is amazing, you have to check it out. I combined his patterns with a few of my own textures and created this set of papers. You can use them as textures on images or alone as papers and they come with free personal and commercial terms of use.

Check out the original works: (Marigold, Chrysanthemum, Honeysuckle, Tile-Design Angels).


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Thursday, October 29

CoffeeShop "Sorrento" Fine Art Texture/Paper Set!


It has been a busy week! I have been working on making designs for this blog, but I haven't had time to post any of them. So today I wanted to post my newest texture/overlay/digital paper set. You can download the set for free toward the bottom of this post.

This set of papers are gorgeous and I used the magic of Photoshop to make them using Allan Ramsay's "A Country Girl at Surrentum". These textures are very vintage-looking and can be used layered on your own images or simply as vintage papers in designs. I will post a tutorial on how I edited the image below in a upcoming post.






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Thursday, October 22

CoffeeShop "Hampstead Heath" Fine Art Texture & Paper Set!


I have a pile of textures and papers I need to release on my blog in the next weeks! This one is really gorgeous. I used a beautiful oil painting from John Constable called "Hampstead Heath"  to make this fine art texture along with Photoshop and several brushes. It even has an original border that I fell in love with.
 


I put some of my texture "recipes" down below so you can see how I used these textures in my own work.

Original images used in this post: (Fall Leaves, Butterfly, Baby). 


In the Fall Leaves image I first opened the texture and then added the leaves image on top. I put the leaves image in Overlay blending mode, 100% opacity. 

I noticed the leaves themselves were so dark and didn't really capture my attention as they should, so I added a Levels layer in Screen, 100% under them with a black mask. Then I painted back light where needed, which in this case was over the leaves.


In this butterfly images I added the texture twice, once in Screen, 100% and once in Soft Light, 100%. 

This washed out the butterfly too much, so I added a copy of the original image on top in Soft Light, 100% blending mode and added a black mask. Then I painted back in the contrast over the butterfly and flower.


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Monday, October 19

CoffeeShop "Fall Dream" Fine Art Photoshop/PSE Action


I really feel like I am back! This weekend I worked on a brand new fall-inspired action that I think you will love. This one adds gorgeous light and a warm tint to your images. You have a gloss or matte option and it is fully adjustable. 

Download the free action toward the bottom of this post. It is also included in my CoffeeShop Download Pack. If you have purchased the pack within the last two years and want my newest updated pack for free, send me an email to the email posted on that page. 




Original images used in this post: (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6).



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 all the actions/presets and professional design elements, storyboards, and textures.

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Friday, October 16

CoffeeShop "Floral Owls" Prints




Today I wanted to share some prints I designed yesterday. I have recently started getting my creative mojo back and realized I really missed creating designs. Yesterday it was hot and muggy and I decided to hang out at my computer.

I found some gorgeous flowers and owl illustrations at Biodiversity Diversity Library and I created this painterly owl art for myself and you.  I made both in two sizes, 5x5 and 5x7, so they can be printed and framed or used as card fronts. The terms included in the download link the original illustrations so you can grab them if you want.

If you are interested I can put together a little tutorial on how I created them. Just leave a comment below.



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Wednesday, October 14

CoffeeShop "Cleveland Museum of Art" Fine Art Texture Pack


So how is it going in your part of the world? It is finally cooling down here in Texas and hurricane season should be over!!! I really feel for Louisiana. They got hit by many hurricanes that were thought to be coming to my neck of the woods before the hurricanes turned. I love living close to the coast, except during hurricane season. Then I want to move to Montana. 


Supposedly this is the last week of days in the 90's. It is still very green here since the trees, grass, and flowers haven't received their fall memo, but the days are getting shorter. Bring it on! I am so over summer at this point.


I have had such fun designing new fine art textures for you today. These are all made from actual art pieces from the open access online art generously offered by the Cleveland Museum of Art using the magic of Photoshop tools and brushes. You can check out the original pieces here: (1, 2, 3, 4). 

Layer these over photos (in soft light, overlay, multiply, or screen) or use them as digital papers to create your own art. I even like combining them as I did in the yellow flower image below. These come with free commercial terms-of-use, so use them anyway you want, just don't resell them "as is". Keep them free!!!


Images used in this post: (1, 2, 3, 4).


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 all the actions/presets and professional design elements, storyboards, and textures.

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