Friday, August 16

CoffeeShop "White Elephant" Fine Art Texture and Photoshop Tutorial


I just made this new texture and I am in love with it! It can be quite subtle but absolutely gorgeous on the right images. I find myself using it on florals and baby portraits, but you can use it on many other types of images.

A special thanks to Lisa Rubel Photography (website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) for allowing me to use her stunning baby image in this tutorial. You can find the floral image here.

I wrote a little tutorial on using this texture in Photoshop/PSE on baby portraits. You can download the free "White Elephant" texture towards the bottom of this post.




CoffeeShop "White Elephant" Texture on Baby Portrait Tutorial:




This is the gorgeous original image from Lisa Rubel. 


I added the "White Elephant" texture on top in 100% Soft Light blending mode. I want to remove this texture from her skin while leaving the texture color.

If I added a layer mask and just painted the texture off her skin, she would look too dark against the background.


First step is to select the baby. There are so many ways to do this, but on an image with a simple background like this one there is a clever little tool in Photoshop. 

Turn off the texture layer and click to select the baby image.


Click "W" to grab your magic wand and then look at the selection menubar. Click the "Select Subject" button.


Magically, the baby is selected!


Turn back on the texture layer and make sure it is selected.


Then use the Gaussian Blur filter to smooth out the texture while retaining the pretty ivory color.

If you want to add more texture, simply copy the texture layer and adjust that layer's opacity to taste.


She turned out gorgeous, right? It really brightened her skin and the texture looks so pretty on the background.

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

Download the CoffeeShop "White Elephant" Fine Art Texture.

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Wednesday, August 14

Yes, we are alive but MELTING!


How is the end of summer treating you?

We are all alive and well. The heat index has been around 110 each day, it is just miserable. I dragged the boys to the park this morning and really regretted it. You can tell in that photo that they are having a great time... Hee hee!

Every heard of "Hot Yoga"? Well, try "Hot Walking" in Texas. It is free and after a summer walk and cold shower you feel like you just had an intense massage/spa day. Call me crazy, but you feel completely relaxed.

It has been busy here as I am getting everything together for our homeschool year. Duke is going into high school (9th), so it is getting real! I will post later about what classes he is taking. Imp is in 7th grade, so it is going to be easy peasy to teach him.

I am finally recovered from my SINUS INFECTION FROM HELL, we have been flying, we are loving our a/c, and things are basically going great.

I will be back posting editing/design freebies, so keep me bookmarked and let me know what you want to see on my blog!

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Thursday, August 1

CoffeeShop "Impressions" Fine Art Texture Set!


Today I have a brand new fine art texture set! This one includes 5 beautiful textures that you can overlay on images or use alone as digital paper.


I usually like to use them in soft light blending mode, but you can also try screen, overlay, and/or multiple. These are all colored but you can change their colors by adding a Hue Adjustment layer or use them in grayscale.






I hope you enjoy playing with these new textures! Original images used in this post: (Woman, White Flowers 1, Eiffel Tower, White Flowers 2).

Download the CoffeeShop "Impressions" Fine Art Texture Set.

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Monday, July 29

CoffeeShop "Soft Romance" Fine Art Photoshop/PSE Action!


Sorry I haven't been around much. I have had a sinus infection for a month and just haven't had much energy. But honestly, this was probably the best time of the year to get sick. It is summer, so only light homeschooling, and incredibly hot outside. 



I tried every holistic approach to get well. Neti pot, vinegar vapor breathing, cayenne pepper/honey/cinnamon/vinegar drink (seriously, that one was GROSS), hot showers, a lot of sleep, bone broth, heating pads, etc. After over 2 weeks of feeling miserable I finally went to the doctor. She said I most likely did have an infection, but she thought my body was fighting it and I could wait on antibiotics for now. 


I despise taking any type of meds, especially antibiotics, so I was completely willing to go another week as long as I did not get worse. She told me to take decongestants and Flonase daily, and I decided that at this point of my sickness I was going to embrace the over-the-counter drugs.



And I have been slowly feeling better the last few days! So from my personal experience nothing really helped except time. ;-)

My kids are mowing the lawn/weeding and I get to play on the computer. While I was sick Paul updated my computer with a new drive and more memory. Yay! So to celebrate I finally put together this new action that I have been working on for a while.


This action, called "Soft Romance", brightens and lightens an image and applies a beautiful soft tint. It is completely adjustable and looks gorgeous on so many different types of images. I hope you enjoy using it as much as I do!




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Tuesday, July 16

CoffeeShop "Square Web Boards with Lines" Storyboard Set!


Today I want to share a large set of 2000 x 2000 square storyboards with decorate customizable lines and text/logo space. These would be perfect for Instagram, Facebook, blogs, websites, or even print!

If you decide to print them and want them bigger, makes sure to enlarge the board BEFORE adding your images!


This example board highlights the work of the incredible Anita Austvika. I just love her photography! The original images I used in this storyboard can be downloaded here: (1, 2, 3). If you enjoy making wall art or cards, her images would be perfect! 



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

Download the CoffeeShop "Lines Square Storyboard Set"!

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Friday, July 12

CoffeeShop "Fine Art Photoshop/PSE Texture Tutorial"


Today I wanted to post a new Photoshop/PSE Fine Art texture editing tutorial. In this tutorial I will show you how I use my War & Peace texture and a Solid Color Fill Layer to turn a photo into wall art. This is also a wonderful technique if you like to to make greeting cards or edited images to post on social media/websites/blogs.

You don't have to use your own images to create beautiful art to hang on your walls. Use any free image, like ones found on Unsplash. In this tutorial I edited an image from Anita Austvika. Check out her other work, it is gorgeous!

This editing tutorial is so easy, it takes only a few minutes and any beginner in Photoshop/PSE can do it! You can download the edited print I made in this tutorial here.

CoffeeShop Photoshop/PSE Fine Art Texture Tutorial:


Open your image.


Add Warmth: Add a Solid Color fill layer, Hex# fde4b9.


Put this layer in Soft Light blending mode. This really brightens and warms up the image.


Add Fine Art Texture: Click and Drag or Place one of my free War & Peace textures on top and transform it to fit. 

Put the texture layer in Overlay Blending mode, 65% opacity. You can also use Soft Light, Screen, or Multiply in this step. Each blending mode will give you a different custom look and you can combine them and/or adjust opacities to taste.




Final Contrast Adjustments: If you want to adjust the contrast, add a Levels adjustment layer. I usually add it under the texture, but you can add it on top of all the layers if you like the effect more.

In the example above I didn't change any of the adjustments on the Levels curve and simply put that layer in Multiply blending mode.


In this example I put the Levels layer in Screen blending mode, 40% opacity. I love the bright softness in this edit.


Alternatively, keep the Levels layer in Normal mode and open up its settings and adjust the sliders under the curve and Output Levels. I added some contrast in this example.


Isn't this lovely! Print and frame it or print out your own custom greeting cards. You could also add a quote and post it on social media.


Hope you enjoyed this tutorial! I would love to see your own edits posted my Facebook page.

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Thursday, July 11

CoffeeShop "War & Peace" Fine Art Texture Set


It is a gorgeous day, but there is a potential hurricane headed our way (Barry). It is in the Gulf Coast and Houston is still in the cone of uncertainty.  (UPDATE: Houston was just removed from the cone of uncertainty late morning after I wrote this post. My thoughts and prayers are with those in the path of this storm. Stay safe!) Because we are on the west "clean" side of this storm the weather folks say we might just have a super hot muggy day OR up to 10-12 inches of rain, depending on where it hits. Living 1.5 hours from the beach is great most of the year, not so great during hurricane season. 



I already went grocery shopping last night, just in case. Apparently I am the only concerned weirdo, the store was almost empty. But I found NY strip steaks for $3.75/pound, so I stocked up. We use them for fajitas and fajitas are a great hurricane party food, right? My kids were excited because we also picked up chips because unhealthy junk food won't hurt you when you are under the threat of a hurricane. That is a fact I just made up.

I remember grocery shopping just before Hurricane Harvey hit us two summers ago. The grocery store was INSANE, just one huge line snaking all the way back to the milk section. The boys and I stocked up with soups, water, peanut butter, paper plates, wipes, etc. But so many people there had their carts piled high with chips and beer. The chip aisle was almost completely empty!

Anyway, our pantry is stocked up and our generator is ready-to-go, so what is a girl to do? Why not make some new textures!

Today I made a new set of fine art textures to share with you called "War & Peace". I included two textures in this pack and they are gorgeous, painterly effect over cracked stone with subtle blues, grays and browns. I find myself wanting to use them on floral images and portraits, but they also would be gorgeous on landscapes and macro images. Use them in soft light, overlay, screen and multiply blending modes. 

You can download them at the bottom of this post.

And I hope everyone in the path of this tropical storm/hurricane will be safe and dry the next days!

Original image of the pink flower.





You can download the edited high-resolution printable image of the dragonfly on this page.





You can download the edited high-resolution printable image of the flower on this page.



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Wednesday, July 3

CoffeeShop "Independence" Square Storyboard Set!


I hope everyone has a wonderful 4th of July holiday tomorrow. We are having my parents over for dinner (hamburgers) and our ! Annual Fireworks Extravaganza 4th of July Show! thrown by my two boys. 

We always get the discounted bundled set of fireworks which are the leftover fireworks from New Year. So our 4th of July fireworks are red and green and our New Year fireworks are red, white, and blue. It took me years to realize this... Yes, I am sometimes quite oblivious. Anyway, they are bright and make noises so that is all that matters.

To celebrate with you, today I made a set of square 4th of July Photoshop/PSE storyboards. Just add your images using the clipping masks and post on the web or print.



These would be perfect for posting on Instagram or Facebook. And feel free to add some text to customize them.


The images seen in my storyboard example are from Jill Wellington (Etsy ShopFacebook, Blog, YouTube Videos, Pixabay).

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