Tuesday, September 18

CoffeeShop "Square Mood Board" Set #1!



Do you ever use Mood Boards? They are storyboards where you can gather a set of textures/photos that inspire you. I am personally a huge fan of them, especially to pick out complimentary colors for my designs. 

I wanted to design a new set of square mood boards for Photoshop/PSE that have built-in color palettes. Simply add your images using the included clipping masks (tutorial, quick and easy loading action) and then click on the images to grab colors for the color palette using the built-in Color Fill layers! It is so fast and easy, you are going to love using these boards.

You can print these or post them on the web on sites like Instagram, Pinterest, Etsy, blogs, or websites. Feel free to use them personally or commercially, no attribution necessary (but always appreciated!).

Original images used in my example storyboard: (1, 2, 3, 4, 5).







This is one of the Mood storyboards. The clipping masks are located on the bottom layers. Simply clip your images to the clipping masks. The color palettes are located at the top. Click on each Color Fill layer and then click on the photos to grab colors.

You can resize these bigger, just do it before adding your images. You can also make them smaller for websites. Have fun playing with them!!!

Download the CoffeeShop "Square Mood Board" Set #1.

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Monday, September 17

Pretty Actions "Falling Leaves" Overlays and Actions SALE!!!

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Friday, September 14

CoffeeShop "Instagram Stories" Template Set #1!


I hope everyone on the East Coast is safe, you are in our thoughts this week. I am so ready for fall and the end of hurricane season...

Today I have something different for those of you who love Instagram! I designed a set of fall-inspired instagram stories templates for Photoshop/PSE. They have clipping masks and the background and the design colors can be customized. Some have ready-made logo spots.

You could use these for any business (photography sneak peaks, specials, Etsy store images, etc.) or just for your own personal images. Have fun with them!



I found the wonderful fall graphic at The Graphics Fairy and the adorable photo used in my example above is from Jill Wellington (Etsy ShopFacebook, Blog, YouTube Videos, Pixabay).

Download the CoffeeShop " Fall Instagram Stories" templates here!

Do you want to download my favorite CoffeeShop PSE/Photoshop Actions and Lightroom Presets or Design Elements in one convenient zipped file AND help support this blog? Just click here for my action pack or here for all the actions/presets and professional design elements, storyboards, and textures.

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Wednesday, September 12

CoffeeShop "Good Earth" Fine Art Texture/Overlay


Today it is rainy and gloomy, the perfect day to edit with my newest fall-inspired texture I call "Good Earth". This texture looks lovely on so many images! I usually use it in Soft Light, Overlay, Multiply or a combo of those blending modes. Feel free to make it B&W, or even change its color.

Tomorrow I am going to post a tutorial on how I edited the bird in the image below.







Original images used in this post: (flower, bird, fall leaves 1, , signfall leaves 2).

CoffeeShop "Good Earth" Fine Art Overlay Tutorial:



In this edit I added The CoffeeShop Good Earth desaturated texture two times, once in Soft Light and once in Overlay blending mode. Then I added a cream Color Fill layer on top and put it in Color blending mode so that it would be a creamy B&W edit.

Download the CoffeeShop "Good Earth" Fine Art Overlay/Texture.


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Tuesday, September 11

Never Forget Reflections


As a child and young adult September was my favorite month. It was the start of fall and cooler temperatures and the excitement of new classes and friends. It was my birth month and the beginning of the countdown to my favorite holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas.

But on September 11, 2001 everything changed. And I changed.

Today is a day to reflect not only on the tragedy and loss of loved ones that occurred that day, but also on the heroic men and women that risked everything to save lives, regardless of the cost.


This month also happens to be the peak of hurricane season and everyone living by the coast is on my mind.

I have lived most of my life about an hour-and-half drive from Galveston Island's beach. As a child hurricane season meant potential days off of school, candles and camping out in the house, the excitement of the howling winds and rain.

As an adult, hurricane season means going to the grocery store to stock up on food and water. Pulling out the generator, making sure it works and filling up all of the extra gas containers. Getting together all of the flashlights and making sure you have plenty of batteries. Regretting that you have so many big trees around your house and wishing you had gotten them trimmed recently.

I sometimes think about those times when I was an child and September brought new friends, new adventures, cooler weather, and birthday gifts.  9/11 hadn't happened and my parents worried about preparing for hurricanes while my sisters and I dreamed that the rain would be heavy enough to flood our creek so we could miss a few days of school.

I am so thankful my parents were there to protect and cherish me so I could grow up into an adult who protects and cherishes my family. And I am so thankful for all of the extraordinary people out there, making this world a better place.

I hope everyone is safe on this day of remembrance.

Friday, September 7

CoffeeShop 16x20 Storyboard Set #49!


Today I have a brand new 16x20 professional photographer storyboard, with and without borders. You can print this out or resize and post it on the web.

Download my nifty storyboard loading Photoshop/PSE action here!

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




Download the CoffeeShop 16x20 Storyboard Set #49.

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