Thursday, June 20

CoffeeShop "Soft Bright B&W" Fine Art Photoshop/PSE Action!


I wanted to post my newest free action called "Soft Bright B&W". This action works in both Photoshop and PSE and turns color images into stunning soft B&W's with pretty highlights. 

It is completely adjustable but usually doesn't need any tweaking. However, if you are starting with lighter images you might want to adjust the Levels layer, as seen in the tutorial below.

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

You can download the rose image here.

CoffeeShop "Soft Bright B&W" Action Tutorial:


This is my starting image from the talented Lisa Rubel. As you can see, it has quite a bit of white so I will show you how to keep from blowing out the details.


Run the CoffeeShop "Soft  Bright B&W" action. This is the edit without any adjustments. As you can see, the whites are too bright.


 I first turned down the opacity of the Soft and Bright layer.


Then I opened up the Soft and Bright levels adjustment by double-clicking on it, and moved only the middle slider under the curve to the right as seen in the screenshot above. This allows me to lower the contrast and recover some detail in the whites. You can adjust all three sliders to taste for your own images.

I hope you love this edit as much as I do!


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Tuesday, June 18

CoffeeShop "Vintage Paper" Set!


Hey everyone! My 10-year-old nephew has been visiting so I have had my hands full, in a good way. The boys have all been playing with each other so well. Also, Duke now has braces!!! I have so much to blog about, I will post again soon. I hope everyone is enjoying their summer!

Today I have a new pack of beautiful vintage-style papers to share with you. These are high-resolution, 8.5 by 11, and can be used in digital or printed designs. These would look amazing as scrapbooking pages, or even print them out and use them as gift wrap! I am always looking for paper to wrap my handmade soaps.

I used designs and followed a tutorial from the Graphics Fairy Premium to create this paper set. I am a part-time instructor over there and I love their site! If you have a love for vintage design please go check them out.

Download the CoffeeShop "Vintage Papers"offer. 

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Friday, June 7

CoffeeShop "Big Dots" Storyboard for Photoshop/PSE!


We have been so busy now that summer is here! I can't wait to blog about some of our most recent adventures. But today I wanted to post a new cute square Photoshop/PSE storyboard. You can customize the dot colors, change the frame color, and print or post this on social media or websites. They would be adorable on Instagram and Facebook!

You could also use these for mini-session ads or birthday announcements, just add text.

A special thanks to Jill Wellington (Etsy ShopFacebook, Blog, YouTube Videos, Pixabay) for allowing me to use her stunning image in my example storyboard.

Download the CoffeeShop "Big Dots" Storyboard for Photoshop/PSE.

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Thursday, May 30

CoffeeShop "Airy Pastel" Fine Art Photoshop/PSE Action!



I have been working on some new edits and I really want to share this one with you. The "Light and Airy" look is big right now, and I decided to design my own version. This one is a pretty pastel, has an optional Ivory tint, and looks gorgeous on so many types of images. My favorite ones to run it on are portraits, flowers, and babies.



This action runs in both Photoshop and PSE and usually doesn't need much adjusting. Actions, unlike so many editing apps out there, allow you complete control of the edit using layer masks and opacity settings. I have a tutorial below to show you how I edited a baby image.

The action can be download for free on the bottom of this post and it also comes in my CoffeeShop Action and Mega Packs which are currently on sale! The Action pack contain hundreds of my favorite actions and presets and the Mega Pack, in addition to the actions/presets, also has hundreds of fine art digital designs. Purchase of those packs support this blog and the one woman (Me!) that runs it, so thank you!!!



Original images used in this post: (LilacBabyWoman in Brown, RoseWoman and Horse).





CoffeeShop "Airy Pastel" Photoshop/PSE Action Tutorial:


Open your image and run the "Airy Pastel" action.


This is the image without any adjustments.


I turned down the Airy layer to 15% opacity.


And turned down the Ivory Tint layer to 30% opacity to reduce the yellow tint.


Finally, I clicked on the Brighten layer's layer mask and used a soft black brush to remove that layer off of her flower headpiece. It looked too blown-out before.

This is such a soft and pretty edit, I love it! If you use this action I would love to see your own edit on my Facebook page. And if you use any of my freebies on your images, please add #thecoffeeshopblog to your posts in Instagram. I love to see what you do with my freebies.


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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Wednesday, May 22

CoffeeShop "Square Mood Boards" Photoshop/PSE, Print or Instagram


I love posting on Instagram, so I made a new set of square mood boards to share with you today. This set contains five professional 12x12 Photoshop/PSE storyboards that can be printed or posted on the web. They are perfect for Instagram, but can also be used on blogs, websites, Facebook, etc.

I designed these so that you can "grab" colors from your images as seen below. Simply double-click on the "Mood" layers and then click on your images to grab colors. This is a great way to get inspiration for designing wall art, room colors, digital and paper designs, and greeting cards.

Download this free set at the bottom of this post!




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

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Wednesday, May 15

CoffeeShop "Sweet Enchantment" Photoshop/PSE Action!


I had a few months where I was in an editing/action-designing slump. Probably the rainy weather. But lately I have been on a roll and I have a new Photoshop/PSE free action called "Sweet Enchantment" to share with you today!

This action runs in Photoshop/PSE and is fully adjustable. I especially love using it on florals and portraits (especially babies), but it can be used on any image. I have a full step-by-step tutorial on using it posted below. 




Download this free action on the bottom of this post. And check out my CoffeeShop Action/Preset Pack! It is on special right now and includes 100's of my favorite actions and presets, including the one I am posting today. Purchase of this pack support this blog, so I thank you! And you get free updates up to two years after your purchase as a perk. :-)





CoffeeShop "Sweet Enchantment" Action Tutorial:


Run CoffeeShop "Sweet Enchantment".


Adjust the contrast under the curve and the right side of the Output Levels to taste. You can also adjust this after the action finishes running. It is preset to give a soft "Matte" effect.


Apply a soft blur.


This is the image after the action finishes running, no adjustments.


I turned on the "Soft Glow" layer.


I also turned on the "Sweet Enchantment Deluxe" layer, adjusted its opacity to 40%, and then used a soft black brush to paint it off the greens on the right side of the image.





Run CoffeeShop "Sweet Enchantment".


This is the image after the action finishes running, no adjustments.


I turned on the "Soft Glow" layer.


I used a soft white brush on the "Remove Red" layer to paint that layer on the skin, making sure to avoid the lips. Then I lowered the opacity to 75%.


I would love to see your own edits using this action on my Facebook page!


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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Thursday, May 9

CoffeeShop "Everett" Fine Art Texture/Overlay/Paper Pack!


They are predicting lots of thunderstorms through the weekend, so I decided I better get my act in gear and put up a new post before the storms roll in. Parts of southwestern Texas might get as much as 12-15 inches over the next 48 hours. I hope those numbers are exaggerated, we have already had several inches in the last two days.

Today I have a new Fine Art Texture set called "Everett". Use them in Soft Light, Overlay, Multiply, and Screen blending modes over images, or use them alone as pretty papers.

I will post a tutorial on editing with these papers on my next post! The free download is toward the bottom of this post.








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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Tuesday, May 7

CoffeeShop "Sweet Enchantment B&W" Fine Art Photoshop/PSE Action!


I am so excited to post my newest Photoshop/PSE free action called "Sweet Enchantment B&W". This action is completely customizable and turns your images B&W and applies a pretty soft-pink tint. You can adjust all of the layers, and even add some color back in to create a beautiful soft-tinted image (as seen in the poppy and rose images below).

I kept on typing "poopy" instead of "poppy", I obviously live with boys...


In this edit I left in a little of the color, it is such a sweet vintage edit.



The beauty of this edit is you can have soft low-contrast "Matte" images or high contrast dramatic ones like this bride. Have fun editing and be sure to post your work using this action on my Facebook page. I love to see what you are doing with them.


Images used in this post: (Horse, Couple1, Couple 2, Poppy Field, Bride, Roses).

CoffeeShop "Sweet Enchantment B&W" Editing Tutorial:



In this example above I ran the action and adjusted the contrast as seen above. I moved the shadow slider to the right to darken the shadows and adjusted the Output Levels black slider to 29 to lower the contrast).

I think this is a lovely edit.



In this example I wanted a softly-colored image. So after running the action and adjusting the top contrast layer, I turned down the B&W Conversion layer to 75% opacity. I love this!


This is the same image with the CoffeeShop Sven 6 texture applied in Soft Light, 100% opacity.

Download the CoffeeShop "Sweet Enchantment B&W" Photoshop/PSE Action.

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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