Friday, April 16

CoffeeShop "Darth Munch" Print for Art & Star Wars Lovers!


OK, what do you see when you look at this Edvard Munch "Two Women on the Shore" print?


Darth Vader, right?  It should be titled "Darth and Woman on the Shore". Poor Darth Vader is in love, begging this young lady to join him on the Death Star. She must stay strong and refuse his earnest imploring words. Or should she? Maybe she can turn him from the Dark Side before he confronts his son Luke? Maybe all he needs is love?

So you can understand why I had to make my own version that was much more clear. I don't want to have to imagine things like you do in modern art, I want a version someone simple like me can understand. And after all, I have newly painted walls begging for prints and a houseful of Star Wars lovers.

So here it is, my version aptly titled "Darth Munch". Edvard M, that is how it should be done, take note.


Click on the image above or link below to download the high-resolution print if you are also a weird Star Wars/Art lover like me. ;-)


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Thursday, April 15

CoffeeShop "Goldsmith Butterflies" Painted Designs, Set #1!

NOTE: I forgot to add the download link yesterday but it is there now, toward the bottom of this post!

I love butterflies so I put together this set of painterly butterflies for you.  I found the original designs here and edited them in Photoshop and then ran a painterly filter on them. I will put together a second set next week.

They are all high resolution and come with free commercial terms-of-use. If you use them I would love to see your work on my CoffeeShop Facebook page!



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Wednesday, April 14

CoffeeShop "Bee Happy" Digital Paper Set!


I have been so busy but I today I wanted to make a new fun brightly-colored digital paper pack to share with you, so here is the "Bee Happy" set! I made these papers in Photoshop and had so much fun doing it. 

Each bee paper comes with corresponding dotted or striped papers. This set comes with free commercial terms-of-use. I hope you enjoy playing with them!

I have plenty of stuff coming out in the next weeks including Photoshop/PSE actions, textures, and Lightroom presets. If you have something specific you would like to see me post here, just leave a comment!



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Thursday, April 8

CoffeeShop Pierre Joseph Redouté" Painterly Vintage Flower Design Set!


I posted a digital paper set made with these flowers on my last post, so today I wanted to share the flowers I used to make them. This is a set of 14 high-resolution flower images with transparent backgrounds. I found the original designs here and isolated/edited the images in Photoshop and then applied a pretty painterly effect on them.


These flowers come with free commercial terms of use, so feel free to use them anyway you want. But please don't post for download/sell the original images "as is", I want to keep them free on my blog. 

If you use them to make anything I would love to see your work on my Facebook page!


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Wednesday, April 7

CoffeeShop "Pierre-Joseph Redouté" Flower Paper Set!


I am so happy, I finally feel like designing again! The last months have been overwhelming and I struggled to create, but lately I can't wait to get on my computer to make things for this blog. I have really missed blogging here and I am glad to be back.

Today I wanted to share a free set of digital papers made using flowers illustrated by Pierre-Joseph Redouté. I found the original designs here and isolated and edited the flowers in Photoshop and then applied a pretty painterly effect. I also included the seamless pattern I used to make these papers so you can use it in your own designs.

I layered one of my letter overlays in these paper designs. I also included a matching set of striped paper for each flower paper.


Tomorrow I will post the high resolution flower set I used to make these papers so that you can use them in your own designs. Both these papers and the flower designs come with free commercial terms of use, so feel free to use them anyway you want. I just ask that you don't post for download or sell them "as is", I want to keep them free on my blog.



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Tuesday, April 6

CoffeeShop "Schuyler" Vintage Letter Texture/Overlay Set!



We have all been doing great and I will be posting an update on our family (and Bob Hoover the dog) this week. But today I wanted to release my new set of free vintage letters that you can use as textures/overlays over images or designs. 

These letter overlays can be used in many different blending modes depending on the effect you are looking for, but I usually stick with Overlay, Soft Light, Multiply, and Screen. 

Original letters were found here and all written by the same author in the 1700's, and edited/enhanced by me in Photoshop

Download the large high-resolution set down toward the bottom of this post! And if you use them I would love to see your work, you are welcome to post your edits on my Facebook page.



On this butterfly I also used a texture from this set




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Friday, April 2

CoffeeShop "Pont Boieldieu 2" Texture Tutorial!


Today I wanted to show you how I edited two images using my free textures found on my "Pont Boieldieu 2" post yesterday. You can download the high resolution prints on this page.






Add the Pont Boieldieu ocean texture three times, all in Soft Light blending mode. On the top layer use a layer mask to remove the texture off the flowers.


Above the image add an orange to light peach/ivory Gradient Map, 25% opacity. This adds some warmth to the image.


I wanted to add some texture to the blown-out areas in the background. To do this, add a new layer and grab a soft low-opacity gray brush and paint in the areas that are blown out. This will really bring out the texture.



Open the image.


Add the CoffeeShop "Pont Boieldieu sand" texture on top in Screen blending mode, 86%


Add a Black to White Gradient Map layer over the image and adjust the Fill to 50%. This will reduce some of the orange color of the original image.


I added some contrast using a Levels adjustment layer. I moved the Shadow slider to the right to bring out the grass and bird.


The upper part of the image was blown out and I wanted to add some texture to it. To do this I added a blank layer under the texture layer. Then I used a soft gray brush at 30% and painted over areas that were too light and didn't have any texture. This really added a beautiful soft texture effect to the top of the image.

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial! It is so fun and easy to create your own fine art images.

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Wednesday, March 31

CoffeeShop "Pont Boieldieu 2" Fine Art Textures


I was looking at my Pont Boieldieu texture set and I was inspired to rework them into a second set. I wanted a blue/brown one that I could use in the rose image below, so I made a few texture and color changes and created a whole new set! They don't replace the first set, just add to it. 

I posted a tutorial on how I edited a few of the images below. If you haven't explored the art of texturing photos in Photoshop, you have to give it a try! Such an easy inexpensive way to create beautiful artwork for walls, greet cards, stickers, coasters, etc. Check out all of my free textures!

Download this free texture set toward the bottom of this post.








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