Wednesday, June 24

CoffeeShop "Dark & Dramatic Color" Fine Art Photoshop/PSE Action!



Wow, I just realized I haven't posted anything in almost a month.  The last months have been a little overwhelming for me here in the CoffeeShop house. We are used to getting out and doing things like taking little flying trips, going to festivals, and visiting with out-of-town family so these last months with the virus situation has really changed our lives. Like everyone else of course. 

I never realized how important it was for me to get out and about with people, especially since I homeschool and work-at-home.  I MISS PEOPLE SO MUCH!!! So I have been a little anxious/down the last months with all the changes to our normal life and my creativity just disappeared. I would sit at my computer and wouldn't be able think of anything to design...



So I am exercising, playing piano again, taking supplements (magnesium and iron are really helping), reading the Dare book, and trying to get out with the family as much as we can. We have taken a few trips to the beach which was wonderful since that is my happy place. Thankfully we live so close! 

I saw my sister Heather and her kids also for the first time in months and it was so nice! It looks like she might be moving here from Dallas by the end of summer if things work out and I can't tell you how excited we are about this!!! My kids will actually have cousins in town and I can hang out with my sister. 

And finally, I am getting back on my computer to blog/design which is going to really help too. So things are looking up.

I hope you and your family/friends/loved ones are doing ok during these crazy times. I just keep on reminding myself that this isn't forever. We watched "Back to the Future" with the boys and we all decided that if we ever go visit the past we will skip right over the first 6 months of 2020. ;-) 

Yesterday I had some really great actions ideas and wrote two new ones. Today's is a gorgeous dark and dramatic color boost. I love using this one on florals, but you can use it anyway you like. It really adds so much drama to your color images. You can download it toward the bottom of this post.

Images used in this post: (red flowers, purple flower, butterfly).



CoffeeShop "Dark and Dramatic Color" Action Tutorial: 


Open image. You can see the original image I used in this post here.


Run "Dark & Dramatic Color" and adjust layers to taste.


I like to remove some of the "Add Contrast" layer from the flowers, so I click its layer mask and use a soft black brush directly on the flowers.


I also sometimes need to turn on the "Reduce Reds" layer and adjust the opacity to remove some of the red. In this case I turned it on and dialed it down to 30% opacity. 

I hope you enjoy using this new action! Feel free to post your edits on my Facebook page, I love to see what you do with them.


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Wednesday, May 27

CoffeeShop "Blotter" Fine Art Texture/Overlay Set!


My father loved writing with his fountain pen and I enjoyed watching him press the little paper covered roller over his writing to remove undried ink so it wouldn't smear. He wrote on this old desk blotter that had worn leather trim sides. That inspired me to create these two new textures, one that is a leather/paper blend and also a distressed version.

These textures look great layered over images in Soft Light, Overlay, and Multiply blending modes and can also be used as scrapbooking papers in your designs. They come with free commercial terms of use. You can see the original images here: (white flower, yellow flower).


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Wednesday, May 20

Life During Corona

I had no idea I haven't posted here in so long. I have been doing an extra job for The Graphics Fairy, so I have been neglecting my own site. But I am back!

So how are you doing? Thankfully the whole Coronovirus situation is slowly calming down here in Texas. Paul never stopped working, which probably saved our marriage. And I had a lot of time at home to get all types of things accomplished, just like all those people I see on Facebook and Instagram.

Maybe I will start off with what I didn't accomplish. I didn't learn a new hobby, I didn't deep clean or organize my house or garage, I did not do any real yard work, I didn't get extra school taught to the kids, I didn't make tons of freebies to share here on my blog, I didn't organize my freezer, I didn't bring out my real camera (except for one day), I didn't read any classics or practice the piano, I didn't learn how to cook any new dishes or bake new treats, I didn't teach my dog not to pull on the leash, and I didn't get ripped and thin.

This list should be much longer, but my fingers are tired.

What I did accomplish: Lots of walks, biking, watching Andy Griffith, eating chocolate, and a temporary anxiety disorder.


We did lots of hiking in neighboring parks that thankfully remained open during this crazy time. I would be stark raving mad if I didn't have access to nature.


Gandalf and Bilbo. We were playing with perspective. Duke is 6'1" and Imp is 5'3", so it wasn't too difficult to make Imp look tiny.


We had lots of rest time and tree-climbing time.


 I realized that Imp (left) takes after Paul and Duke (right) takes after me.


Some kind neighbor in the subdivision behind us made some cool biking trails in the greenbelt.


We spent a lot of time by the creek.


Our neighbor's house caught on fire but he was fine. It was a 6-alarm fire according to all the different county firetrucks that came to our neighborhood. The house was saved and we were able to visit with neighbors we hadn't seen in years.


Last month my baby turned 13 and we had my parents over for his birthday party. As you can tell we socially distanced. "Always no hug-ee no kiss-ee until I get a weddin' ring", wait, until we get a vaccine?


I love my imp.


Covid Hair, I don't care.


Stay-at-home orders lifted this month and we had our first breakfast out in weeks! 


Then we hit the Middle Eastern buffet. Now they serve you instead of you serving yourself so I end up eating more.

YUM!


I realized I hadn't accomplished anything during the Covid days, so I pulled out my real camera and tried some free-lensing with Imp and Pippi.

During this pandemic time we lost two older rats (not to the virus but to natural causes) and replaced them with three baby rats so it has been a fun couple of months!


We went fishing and caught nothing but sticks and trees.


This past weekend we had our first vacation since San Antonio (early March). We went to Gaveston Island. The Strand was amazing, lots of people out and about, living their best lives. I think many of us are getting over the "better safe than sorry stay-at-home even if you are young and healthy" mantra and living by "get busy living or get busy dying". Unfortunately life is never going to be safe and I think coronavirus made us realize that.


I feel short.


Traditional running to the ocean photo.


I love this light.


My boys frolicking in the waves. I missed this so much.


I told them it was dinner time.


I brought my handsome lover along. 


Paul, do we have to leave??? This is one of my happy places. If only there were no such thing as hurricanes. Like I said, life just isn't ever going to be safe, so we just have to live it to the fullest! And of course take basic sensible precautions and not be stupid. ;-)

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Wednesday, May 6

CoffeeShop "Spring Flower Fling" Digital Paper Set!


How are you doing today? We are doing well, just staying busy and trying to finish up school for the semester. I think we will be doing some over the summer, we just haven't been as dedicated as we should have been these last few months. The weather has been pretty but quite hot already with heat indexes in the 90's.

I just can't wait until we can go to the beach, we missed our traditional spring trip this year. Maybe next month? The boys and I haven't even been flying for months. Paul just got checked out on a 6-seater Piper, so we can rent it and actually take a trip with my mom and dad once things settle down! I am really excited since I have never flown with them in a small plane. The four seats in back face each other, so it feels really fancy compared to a 4-seater Piper. But still, no bathroom. ;-)



Today I wanted to share a new digital paper set I made using designs from The Graphics Fairy premium site. I made a pattern and applied several painterly effects and then added a texture. I love how pretty these papers turned out!


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Wednesday, April 29

CoffeeShop "Sweet Bliss" Fine Art Photoshop/PSE Action!



Hope you and your loved ones are doing well. We are excited that our state of Texas is starting to open up at the end of this week. I can't wait to go shopping in our little local shops and eat at a restaurant. I know it will be a slow process, but at least we are progressing!

Today I wanted to share a new action with you that I call "Sweet Bliss". I saw this butterfly image on Unsplash and loved the soft effects, so decided to write an action that would give me a similar effect. You can click on the image below to access the original.



CoffeeShop "Sweet Bliss" brightens and adds a small pastel color effect. This looks gorgeous on so many images and it is fully adjustable so you can get a lot of effects in one action. Download the free action on the bottom of this post. 

If you have purchased my action pack within the last two years and want my newest version with updated actions (including this one), just email me (address on my other site on the bottom of the page) and I will send it out to you for free!

See the original images here: (Butterfly, Pink Flowers, White Flower).



I then added my gray "Bethany" texture in soft light blending mode twice for this edit. Isn't it beautiful?




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Wednesday, April 22

CoffeeShop "Painterly Leaves" Digital Paper Set


I hope you are doing well. The weather has been really nice here (at least until today) so we have spent a lot of time outdoors trying to build up our vitamin D. I have a lovely start of a farmer's tan. Walking in the sun in nature is one of my favorite ways relax. Along with getting plenty of sleep.

Today I wanted to share a new digital paper set I made yesterday. I started with a paper image from this set from the Graphics Fairy premium site and applied several painterly filters using Topaz Impressions, different color layers, and added my Cracked Glass texture in Screen blending mode.

If you haven't visited Graphics Fairy in a while you need to check out their new website design, it is gorgeous!!! I am a part-time instructor over there and love that site so much. They have so many beautiful images for designs and incredible tutorials.  I am going to post a tutorial here showing how to add several colors to a paper like the one below.




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Thursday, April 16

CoffeeShop "Painted Marble" Fine Art Texture!


Today I made a new texture to share with you. This one looks like a gorgeous painted marble, you can see the detail below. It looks gorgeous on so many types of images, and you can also use it alone as scrapbooking paper.





I will walk you through this flower edit in my next post!

Original images used in this post: (Purple Flowers, White Flowers, Pink Flowers).

Zoomed in detail below.



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Friday, April 10

CoffeeShop "Ocean Mist" Fine Art Photoshop/PSE Action!


I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter weekend. This is the first time in my life I won't be celebrating it with my sisters and parents. It is going to be especially sad that our kids can't get together... But this will pass. The news lately is getting a little more positive and I am seeing some light at the end of the tunnel. I hope you and your loved ones are doing ok.

I was in the mood to write a new soft pastel action, so today I am sharing CoffeeShop "Ocean Mist". This action is gorgeous on most images and is fully customizable. You can use this to make a high contrast image too as I posted below in one of my examples. 

Original images used in this post: (butterfly, flowers).

CoffeeShop "Ocean Mist" Action Tutorial:





 For this image, I turned on both Ocean layers along with Soft and Bright. I didn't turn on Mist as I wanted some contrast. I did use the layer mask to remove some of the Ocean layer off the butterfly and flower so they weren't so blue.



Add the gray Bethany texture in Soft Light for this gorgeous edit.



Turn off Soft and Bright and you have a completely different edit.

I hope you enjoy this action!


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