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.

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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!


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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.








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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.

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Thursday, April 25

CoffeeShop "Sven" Fine Art Texture Set!


I am still around, just busy! I have a birthday boy in the house this week, so we are having fun playing around a little more than normal. The weather has been gorgeous and today we are bringing a picnic and our hammocks to the park for a nice afternoon siesta. I have some really great library books on my Kindle and I am itching to go and read.




Today I did actually do some work on the computer and put together a new texture pack to share with you. This set is really lovely and looks great on so many different  types of images. You can also use them as papers in your designs.

Download the CoffeeShop "Sven" Fine Art Texture Set!


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Thursday, April 18

CoffeeShop Floral Facebook Cover/Header Set!



Today I have a pretty set of spring-inspired floral Facebook covers/headers. These look perfect on computers AND mobile devices and are simple PNG files, so simply drag your images behind the cutouts and resize to fit.

You can also add your logo or text to the headers to make them your own!



I used some gorgeous designs from The Graphics Fairy to make this set.


Download the CoffeeShop "Floral Facebook Covers" Set.

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Wednesday, April 10

CoffeeShop "Frederick" Fine Art Texture/Overlay/Paper Set!




How is it already Wednesday???  





I have been doing some spring cleaning and I have barely touched the surface. I repotted all of my plants in the house yesterday (and replaced the almost-dead ones) and now I am organizing my kitchen. I have one drawer done so far... ;-) I also made a new batch of soap using rose-infused olive oil and pink clay, so pretty! My roses are looking great this spring because it hasn't been so hot and the deer haven't dropped by for a midnight snack.



I did have some time today to put together a new fine art texture set for you. These look gorgeous as textures on images (soft light, overlay, multiply, screen blending modes) and also make really nice digital design paper. I loved playing with the colors, later I will write a tutorial on how I created this set. I had so much fun doing it and had to make myself stop after I designed eight textures.

Images used in this post (flower, woman on beach, yellow flowers, landscape).


Download the CoffeeShop "Frederick" Fine Art Texture set.

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Thursday, April 4

CoffeeShop "Golden Light Luxe" Photoshop/PSE Fine Art Action!


I have been working on this Photoshop/PSE action for some time, and I am finally happy with it.  I called it "Golden Light Luxe" and it adds gorgeous warmth and light to your images. 

It is fully customizable (you paint on layer masks) and I have a complete step-by-step tutorial posted below. Please read it before using the action! You have to add light by painting on the layers after the action finishes running. Download the action at the bottom of this post or grab it in my CoffeeShop Action Pack which has hundreds of beautiful actions and is on sale right now!








CoffeeShop "Golden Light Luxe" Photoshop/PSE Action Tutorial:


You can download the original image to work along with this tutorial.


Run "Golden Light Luxe". A Levels adjustment layer will pop up, you can make adjustments now or press OK and do it later. I usually adjust it after I finish the rest of my edit.


This is the image after the action finishes running. If you just want some golden color, you can keep it "as is", but I always add some light and adjust the layers.


In this image I want to add golden light to the area highlighted in yellow above.


To do this, click to select the Add Light 1 layer (not the mask). Grab a soft black brush and adjust the size and click to paint the area you want to add light. I usually start at 50% opacity and then click a few times.


Do the same on the Add Light 2 layer. This adds a really pretty color to the light.


Then adjust the Haze layer opacity to taste.


I always go play with the opacity of the Reduce Yellows/Greens/Cyan layer. It can make quite a dramatic difference. In this case I reduced the opacity to add more color back.


If you are editing a portrait like this one, you might want so much color and haze on her face. Click to select the Add Light 1 and Add Light 2 layer masks and use a soft low opacity black brush to gently paint some of the light off her face.


I also removed some of the Haze layer off her face.


This edit makes me so happy! I would love to see your own edits using this action on my Facebook page.

Download the CoffeeShop "Golden Light Luxe" Fine Art Photoshop/PSE Action.

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