Monday, January 21

CoffeeShop "Golden Hour" Photoshop/PSE Action!



We have had a fairly gloomy winter this year and I am craving sun, so I decided to write a new Photoshop/PSE action called "Golden Hour"  that I can use to warm up my images. This action has a gorgeous golden hour tint and customizable sun glare. I hope you love it as much as I do!

You can use this action on any outdoor image, and it even looks amazing on portraits! If you run it on landscapes or still life images, you probably won't have to make too many adjustments to the layers. If you run "Golden Hour" on a portrait, it usually looks best if you paint some of the layers off the skin. I have a step-by-step tutorial showing you how I edit a portrait using "Golden Hour" below.

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Images used in this post: (Woman, Forest, Woman in Field).








CoffeeShop "Golden Hour" Photoshop/PSE Action Tutorial:




Open your image and run the CoffeeShop "Golden Hour" action.



When you see the Gradient Fill 1 layer, click OK.


A beautiful Gradient Fill Sun Flare is applied to your image on the top as seen in the screenshot above. 


You can click and drag this Sun Flare anywhere on your image. You can also make it bigger or smaller by adjusting the Scale setting.

When you are done adjusting it, press OK.


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

As you can see in the screenshot above, many of the layers are turned off. These layers can be turned on for a more dramatic Golden Hour edit as I will demonstrate below. You can also turn off some of the original layers if you want a more subtle edit. 

You will have the turn on/off each layer to see what changes you want to make in your own edits, but I will show you what I did for this image.  


I have turned on all of the layers and as you can see, this version is VERY dramatic. In landscapes such as the example I posted at the post of this post, I love the drama and I usually don't make many further adjustments.

In this portrait, I love the background colors, but I don't like how her skin looks so dark and orange. I can easily adjust this by painting on the layer masks and changing the opacity of layers. 


In this example I started editing the lower layers.

I slightly lowered the Golden Hour Tint 2 layer's opacity (90%), clicked on its layer mask, and used a soft low opacity black brush to paint some of that layer off her skin.


I didn't change the opacity of Golden Hour Tint, but I did remove some of it off her skin.


I painted some of the Drama layer off her skin.


I lowered the opacity of Drama Extreme to 75%, and then painted some of that layer off her skin.


Now on to the Sun Flare layers!

I started with Sun Rays Plus and  lowered the opacity to 75%.





Then I removed a little of that layer off her face by clicking to select the layer mask and using a soft low opacity black brush on her skin.


Finally, I reduced the Matte Effect layer to 80%. You can also open this layer and adjust the setting of the Level's curve for further contrast adjustments.

I love how this edit turned out! If you use this CoffeeShop "Golden Hour", I would love to see your edits on my Facebook page.

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Thursday, January 17

CoffeeShop "Love" Storyboard Set and Photoshop Tutorial!


Today I am sharing a set of romantic storyboards for Photoshop/PSE that are perfect for Valentine's Day but can also be used for everyday images of couples or loved ones.

You can change the border/frame color as well as the text/glitter color and add your images using the clipping masks. These can be printed or posted on blogs/websites or social media sites. And they come with free commercial terms-of-use!

I wanted to show you how I added the text and made cutouts in the clipping masks. You can read the tutorial below.

Images used in this post: (B&W Couple, Pond Couple). I used the Digory Doodles font.


Designing Custom Text Storyboards:


Create a new document. I made this one 2000px by 2000px for posting on social media. 


Grab the Marquee tool (M) and draw in the area for the clipping mask/photo frame.


Make a new layer and Edit < Fill with gray. This will be your clipping mask layer where you clip the image.



Add text.





Use the Magic Wand tool to select the text.



Then Expand the selection.



I expanded it by 20 pixels, but it really depends on your document/text size.


You might have to play with the expansion number a bit until you are happy with the selection. I want a decent amount of white space surrounding the text. This looks perfect.


Go to the top menubar and click Select < Select and Modify.


I want to add this text to the gray clipping mask's layer mask. So I clicked on the clipping mask to select it.


Then I added a layer mask. At this point it will look strange, you have to inverse the mask. To do this, click to select the layer mask and then Ctrl(Cmd)-I.


Now you can see the gray clipping mask. I don't like the mask falling under the letters, but it is an easy fix. Simply click to select the layer mask once again, and use a 100% opacity hard black brush to remove the clipping mask where needed.


I think this looks much better. Now I can add my image.

Click to select the gray clipping mask and then drag and drop the image on top.


Then clip the image to the mask and resize it to fit, Ctrl(Cmd)-T.

I decided to remove the cutouts in the "O" and "E" as I find them distracting. I again clicked to select the gray clipping mask's layer mask and then used a black paint brush to  paint it off of of the letters.


This looks much better!


I decided to grab a color from the image for the text. You can also add a glitter pattern or other effects to the text as I did with the storyboards in this download. It is so fun to customize these storyboards. You can add a child's name, special quote, or even a fancy brush pattern.

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Tuesday, January 15

CoffeeShop "Happy Valentine" Card and Social Media Photo Template Set!


Today I have two new Valentine photo storyboard templates you can use for greeting cards or social media. They are completely customizable, change the colors/fonts/text and add your own image! You can also add some pretty paper on the background.

Check out all of my Valentine designs.

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I used the Landliebe Font, Vintage Banner, and Graphics Fairy Hand Drawn Frame on these templates. And a special thanks to Jill Wellington (Etsy ShopFacebook, Blog, YouTube Videos, Pixabay) for allowing me to use her images in my examples!

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Thursday, January 10

CoffeeShop "Planck" Fine Art Texture Set!

I so love textures and overlays. Today I made a new set that I think you will really enjoy playing with on your own images! These are very vintage-looking, and can be used as overlays on photos and digital designs or alone as simple papers.

When I overlay them on images I usually use Soft Light, Overlay, Multiply, and/or Screen blending modes.  I also add several textures at once for different color combinations.

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 Original images: (rose, tracks).



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Tuesday, January 8

CoffeeShop "Facebook Cover Set #52": Perfect for Mobile and Desktop!


If you are like me, you get frustrated how Facebook seems to be constantly changing how your Business Facebook cover appears on desktops and mobile devices. I decided to design this new set of Facebook covers where it is easy to create a cover that looks great on all devices.

This set contains two customizable photo storyboard covers. Both covers have a Mobile and Desktop view, so you can make sure everything is placed perfectly so it looks amazing on all devices.

I wanted to thank Jill Wellington (Etsy ShopFacebook, Blog, YouTube Videos, Pixabay) for allowing me to use her beautiful images in my examples.


After you add your photos and text, you can get a visual of what the cover will look like on a mobile device by turning on the top yellow layer called Mobile.


This is what you will see on phones. You lose both sides so make sure to plan for that.





Turn on the red layer called Desktop to see what your cover will look like on desktop computers and some mobile devices.
This is the desktop view. Now you lose some off the top and bottom.


Turn both layers on and the center orange area is going to be on both covers so it is the most important.

I hope this makes it easier to design a stunning Facebook cover!

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Friday, January 4

CoffeeShop Photoshop/PSE Tutorial: "Designing Custom Fine Art Textures/Overlays"!


There are many ways to create beautiful fine art textures. Many are created by taking a photo of a real texture and then making adjustments in Photoshop. Some amazing examples can be found at Flypaper Textures. Their textures are some of the most gorgeous ones I have ever seen and used.

But if you don't have a camera handy, you can still create your own custom textures using Photoshop/PSE and royalty-free stock images on the web. And once you make these textures you can use them in your own work, personally or commercially.



Today I wanted to show how you can create your own gorgeous fine art textures using combined images from a free site like Pixabay. These textures can be used as overlays on your images, website/ blog backgrounds, and stunning papers for digital designs and printed goods. I use this method to create many of the textures found on my site, including the "Bohr" set.

You can download all of the images I used in this post to work along with me if you want!
blue texture, purple texture, hydrangea flowers, blackboard wall) And you can download the pink texture I made in this tutorial at the bottom of this post.

CoffeeShop "Designing Custom Fine Art Textures/Overlays Tutorial":


Designing the First Texture: I started with this pretty blue textures. You can download all of the textures I used in this post, the links are posted above.


I love the left side of this texture, but not the right side. There are several ways to edit this, but I will show you one quick way.

Duplicate the texture Ctrl(Cmd)-J.



Make sure the top layer is selected and then Free-Transform Ctrl(Cmd)-T it, putting the width in as -100 to flip it horizontally.


Add a layer mask to the top layer, click to select it, and then use a feathered (200) Marquee tool to select the dark area on the left side as seen above in the screenshot.


Edit, Fill the selection with black. Now both sides are the same.


You can make further adjustments using the clone tool or flipping the top texture another way. In this example I Free-Transformed the top texture layer and put in -100 in the height to flip it vertically.


Once you are happy with the texture, flatten and desaturate it.

Now I will combine this texture with a second one.


Adding a Second Texture: This is a pretty texture, very soft and subtle.  


I desaturated it.


And then added the first texture I just made on top of it.


And put the top texture in Soft Light Blending mode. You can also use Overlay, Screen, Multiply; it just depends on what effect you want.


I then added a Levels adjustment layer and tried out different blending modes to see what I liked. This was Soft Light.


This was Multiply. You can also keep the Levels layer in Normal blending mode and adjust the sliders to taste. Playing with the contrast this way allows you to create many versions of the same texture.


Coloring The Texture: There are several ways to add color to your texture.

The easiest way is adding a Color Fill adjustment layer and trying different blending modes. In this example I added a blue and put that it in Color blending mode.

This method works, but the color is flat and uninspiring.


To add multidimensional color, use other images to color your texture. I love the colors in this texture, so I added it on top of my image.


And put it in Color blending mode.  Now I have gorgeous blue-and-green tones. This reminds me of the ocean. You can download this texture in my "Bohr" set.


I loved the colors in this hydrangea photo, so I used it to color the texture by adding it on top.


It is best to Gaussian Blur these types of images. You want to blur it enough so the color transitions are smooth, but not so much that it becomes one combined color.


After blurring it, I put it in Color blending mode. In this version the Levels adjustment layer below is in Multiply.


I wanted a lighter version, so I put the Levels layer in Screen. This is one of my favorites and you can download it here!


I used the pink texture on this rose image in Soft Light, 2 copies. I LOVE it!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and start creating your own custom textures.

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