Friday, October 19

{Friday Photo Bliss}: Cooler Times Means Outside Time!

On Friday I like to post snapshots of the week that make me happy.



Imp has decided to earn a little money and has started setting up carnival games in his room. Last week it was a shooting range that involved Nerf guns and dominoes, then it was Skee-Ball. He charges an entrance fee and then you have to pay for each game with a tiny chance of winning some of your money back.

His odds of winning are barely better than Vegas odds.


I love how boys turn chores like sweeping into fun and games. I am sure Ripsticking and sweeping should always go hand-in-hand.


I love Carolina wrens. This is our front porch light and there was one little wren using it for a nighttime cottage once it started cooling off. Then suddenly another wren showed up, but they sat apart, separated by a few inches. The next night they were cuddled together and now we see them every evening snuggled tight. Love birds!


I love how Imp always takes his school lessons of the day and somehow applies it to his play life.


He has decided that he is going to start drawing for a hobby. He told me he wants to be able to tell people he has hobbies, so now his long list includes drawing, making clay animals, stop-motion, and coding.


One of our neighbors is moving and cleaning out their garage. We went dumpster diving (well, trashcan diving) and found all sorts of goodies; 4 golf umbrellas in perfect shape, a few golf clubs and many balls, quite a few arrows (but no bow), and this skateboard! The boys have been wanting a skateboard for quite some time, so we were really excited about this find.

Imp's friend Connor was coming over and Imp was excited to show him the skateboard. Imp asked me where he should say he got it, and I told him just be honest and tell him we found it in the trash. Imp said that would be embarrassing and I told him that we were just recycling which was nothing to be embarrassed about.

Funny enough, we went walking later that day and noticed one of our wealthy neighbors (and friend) digging around in the trash too! He didn't find any goodies he wanted to bring home, but he helped us search to make sure we didn't miss anything good.



It has been cooler and a little gloomy, but nice walking-in-the-park weather.


Yesterday we spent a few hours at our favorite park and after our two-mile walk Duke decided to finish up some grammar homework. This kid is dedicated! I can't believe he is going to be highschool age next year.


Meanwhile Imp (who is only in 6th grade and doesn't have as much work) played with a 4-year-old boy and impressed this young child with his death-defying climbing skills. I remember when Duke was a baby and I watched kids doing crazy stuff like this and I was so judgmental and said I would NEVER allow my boys to take any physical risks.

Yeah, that really worked out. Now I am the bad mom being judged by the moms with babies at the park!


My third child Piper is enjoying the cool weather and his daily walks, and making sure to get adequate sleep.

Have a great weekend!!!

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Tuesday, October 16

CoffeeShop "Tortoise Shell" Texture/Digital Paper Set!


Today I have a new fine art texture set that reminds of of a vintage tortoise shell pattern. This set comes in five different colors and is gorgeous used alone as paper or layered over images to add some texture/color.


I usually add a bit of gaussian blur to soften the pattern a little bit. I love this. It would make a gorgeous photo mat.




I used this texture (and this tutorial) to make this spooky forest scene. You can see the original image here.

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Monday, October 15

CoffeeShop "Autumn Luxe" Photoshop/PSE Action Revisited!


We are about to get plastered with a huge storm so I don't have much time on the computer today. A cool front has finally come in and it is in the 60's, but there is a huge line of storms headed our way for the next day or two.

I am working on a new action, but I don't have time to finish posting it before the lightening hits. So today I wanted to repost one of my favorite autumn-inspired actions called "Autumn Luxe".  I have hundreds and hundreds of actions I wrote posted on this site so I know it can be difficult to find a specific edit.  This action is amazing and I use it all of the time, and not only on fall images. I really love the vintage version, it looks lovely on so many images. I ran it today on a few images below, such a quick and easy edit!


I love this beautiful muted edit. (original image)


I love how much the colors pop on this one! (original image)


"Vintage Luxe" is gorgeous on portraits. (original image)


I love how this version warmed up the image. (original image)


This is a subtle edit, but the colors are so lovely. (original image)

So on to the repost!

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I am so excited to release my newest Autumn-inspired action set called "Autumn Luxe". I have several other fall actions (Autumn Vintage, Autumn Pop, Soft Autumn Glow) but this is one of my favorites. It has six different fall edits and I think they are all gorgeous.

I used a beautiful images from Jill Wellington (Etsy ShopFacebook, Blog, YouTube Videos, Pixabay) on this tutorial.



CoffeeShop "Autumn Luxe" Photoshop/PSE Action Tutorial:


This is the image from Jill. It is already gorgeous but I love to create new artistic versions.


Run "Autumn Luxe" on the image. The first pop-up will be a Curves layer that allows you to adjust the Matte-Effect on the Vintage Autumn edit.


Simply adjust the area circled above. Up lowers contrast, Down adds contrast, Right darkens shadows, Left lightens.

Press OK when you are finished adjusting the point.


This pop-up will come up once more for the Bold Autumn Color edit. Adjust as necessary.


When the action finishes you won't see any changes. You must turn on the layers of your favorite fall edit. You can also adjust the opacities or paint on the layer masks as necessary.


Vintage Autumn


Vintage Autumn + Cool Tint


Vintage Autumn Matte


Bold Autumn Colors


Bold Autumn Colors + Cool Tint


Bold Autumn Colors Matte


Here is another edit on an image by Jill using the Vintage Autumn Matte layer.

I hope you enjoy this new action set and be sure to post your own edits using it on my Facebook page. It might end up here on my blog as a reader sample!!!

Download the CoffeeShop "Autumn Luxe" Photoshop/PSE action. You can also download it here.

Friday, October 12

CoffeeShop "Dark & Eerie Night" Editing Set Revisited!



I have designed and posted thousands of freebies and tutorials on this blog and I know it can be a bit overwhelming to find something. Because of this, I wanted to repost one of my favorite Halloween-inspired editing sets ever! This kit includes an action, a moon overlay, and a texture that allows you to create a custom haunted/scary edit on your images. This one is too good to get lost in the archives!




I hadn't edited with this kit in a while so I grabbed this image and created this edit in 5 minutes. So much fun!!!

If you use this editing set, I would love to see what you create with it on my Facebook page!

Now, on to the post.
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Fall is finally here and everywhere I look I see spooky Halloween decorations which inspired me to design a brand new editing kit I call "Dark and Eerie Night". This kit includes an action, texture, and full instructions on designing your own spooky scene.

Today I am posting the first part of the tutorial which includes the "Dark and Eerie" action. Tomorrow I will continue the tutorial where I show you how to add a moon overlay and a new free CoffeeShop spooky texture (available for download).



Before and After "Dark and Eerie  Night"


Here is a gorgeous example sent to me from Kate.





CoffeeShop "Dark and Eerie Night" Tutorial, Part 1:


You can use this action/tutorial on any landscape image that isn't too bright and sunny. I think it really looks amazing when the sky is cloudy, whether naturally or photoshopped.

For this tutorial I used a moody landscape image from Pixabay. You can download it here if you want to edit along with this tutorial.



Run "Dark and Eerie" on your image. As you can see there are 6 editing layers, all which can be adjusted to taste.

"Midnight" and "Night" both darken the image, "Spooky" adds a haunting greenish-color tint, "Define" selectively sharpens, "Desaturate" reduces daytime color, and "Add Moon Light" is used when you add a moon to your image.


All I did on this image is turn off "Midnight" and reduce "Night" to 87% Fill. I think this is a very haunting edit. It would be fun to add a person in low opacity on the road, walking down the bridge. 


On Part 2 of the the "Dark and Eerie Night" tutorial I will continue the editing tutorial and show you how I added this moon overlay and a really cool spooky texture (available for download).

Download the CoffeeShop "Dark and Eerie Night" Photoshop/PSE action.


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Wednesday, October 10

CoffeeShop "Fossil" Fine Art Texture Set and Photoshop/PSE Tutorial!


I absolutely love creating and using fine art textures on my images. This is why I find Photoshop or PSE (Photoshop Elements) essential in my editing toolbox, because there is no app out there that allows me this type of editing freedom.

Today I am sharing six gorgeous fossil-inspired textures I just designed yesterday. These are very subtle and can be used as overlays over photos, website backgrounds, or as stunning digital paper on cards, quote backgrounds, etc.

If you want to make your own textures, you can find thousands of free nature background images here.





I have also posted a tutorial below showing you how I created this set, and how I use them in my own designs.




CoffeeShop "Fossil" Texture Design Photoshop/PSE Tutorial:


Open this texture.


Add this leaf texture on top.


Desaturate the leaf texture.


And try different blending modes. In this example above I used Soft Light, 100% and I could barely see the leaves.


So I made a copy of that layer. Now it looks beautiful!


I then put the top leaf layer in Screen, 100%. Love this!


I wanted to add another distressed texture on top, so I added this texture.


And put it in Soft Light, 100%. Once again I can't really see the leaf texture, but this is an easy fix.


I went down the layers and copied the leaf layer in Soft Light. Now the leaves texture really pops.


To easily add some color, add a Color Fill adjustment layer in Multiply mode on top in a color of your choice.


These textures can be used as overlays on images. In this example I added Fossil 5, inverted it, and put it in Overlay, 79%. (original  owl image)


These textures make lovely custom frames around your images. (original dog image)


I used this leaf texture to make one of the papers. In this example I didn't desaturate the color as I wanted some of it to show through.


Then I added a quote and frame.

I hope you have fun using these textures and creating your own.

Download the CoffeeShop "Fossil" Texture/Overlay set!

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