Tuesday, July 16

CoffeeShop "Square Web Boards with Lines" Storyboard Set!


Today I want to share a large set of 2000 x 2000 square storyboards with decorate customizable lines and text/logo space. These would be perfect for Instagram, Facebook, blogs, websites, or even print!

If you decide to print them and want them bigger, makes sure to enlarge the board BEFORE adding your images!


This example board highlights the work of the incredible Anita Austvika. I just love her photography! The original images I used in this storyboard can be downloaded here: (1, 2, 3). If you enjoy making wall art or cards, her images would be perfect! 



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

Download the CoffeeShop "Lines Square Storyboard Set"!

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Friday, July 12

CoffeeShop "Fine Art Photoshop/PSE Texture Tutorial"


Today I wanted to post a new Photoshop/PSE Fine Art texture editing tutorial. In this tutorial I will show you how I use my War & Peace texture and a Solid Color Fill Layer to turn a photo into wall art. This is also a wonderful technique if you like to to make greeting cards or edited images to post on social media/websites/blogs.

You don't have to use your own images to create beautiful art to hang on your walls. Use any free image, like ones found on Unsplash. In this tutorial I edited an image from Anita Austvika. Check out her other work, it is gorgeous!

This editing tutorial is so easy, it takes only a few minutes and any beginner in Photoshop/PSE can do it! You can download the edited print I made in this tutorial here.

CoffeeShop Photoshop/PSE Fine Art Texture Tutorial:


Open your image.


Add Warmth: Add a Solid Color fill layer, Hex# fde4b9.


Put this layer in Soft Light blending mode. This really brightens and warms up the image.


Add Fine Art Texture: Click and Drag or Place one of my free War & Peace textures on top and transform it to fit. 

Put the texture layer in Overlay Blending mode, 65% opacity. You can also use Soft Light, Screen, or Multiply in this step. Each blending mode will give you a different custom look and you can combine them and/or adjust opacities to taste.




Final Contrast Adjustments: If you want to adjust the contrast, add a Levels adjustment layer. I usually add it under the texture, but you can add it on top of all the layers if you like the effect more.

In the example above I didn't change any of the adjustments on the Levels curve and simply put that layer in Multiply blending mode.


In this example I put the Levels layer in Screen blending mode, 40% opacity. I love the bright softness in this edit.


Alternatively, keep the Levels layer in Normal mode and open up its settings and adjust the sliders under the curve and Output Levels. I added some contrast in this example.


Isn't this lovely! Print and frame it or print out your own custom greeting cards. You could also add a quote and post it on social media.


Hope you enjoyed this tutorial! I would love to see your own edits posted my Facebook page.

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Thursday, July 11

CoffeeShop "War & Peace" Fine Art Texture Set


It is a gorgeous day, but there is a potential hurricane headed our way (Barry). It is in the Gulf Coast and Houston is still in the cone of uncertainty.  (UPDATE: Houston was just removed from the cone of uncertainty late morning after I wrote this post. My thoughts and prayers are with those in the path of this storm. Stay safe!) Because we are on the west "clean" side of this storm the weather folks say we might just have a super hot muggy day OR up to 10-12 inches of rain, depending on where it hits. Living 1.5 hours from the beach is great most of the year, not so great during hurricane season. 



I already went grocery shopping last night, just in case. Apparently I am the only concerned weirdo, the store was almost empty. But I found NY strip steaks for $3.75/pound, so I stocked up. We use them for fajitas and fajitas are a great hurricane party food, right? My kids were excited because we also picked up chips because unhealthy junk food won't hurt you when you are under the threat of a hurricane. That is a fact I just made up.

I remember grocery shopping just before Hurricane Harvey hit us two summers ago. The grocery store was INSANE, just one huge line snaking all the way back to the milk section. The boys and I stocked up with soups, water, peanut butter, paper plates, wipes, etc. But so many people there had their carts piled high with chips and beer. The chip aisle was almost completely empty!

Anyway, our pantry is stocked up and our generator is ready-to-go, so what is a girl to do? Why not make some new textures!

Today I made a new set of fine art textures to share with you called "War & Peace". I included two textures in this pack and they are gorgeous, painterly effect over cracked stone with subtle blues, grays and browns. I find myself wanting to use them on floral images and portraits, but they also would be gorgeous on landscapes and macro images. Use them in soft light, overlay, screen and multiply blending modes. 

You can download them at the bottom of this post.

And I hope everyone in the path of this tropical storm/hurricane will be safe and dry the next days!

Original image of the pink flower.





You can download the edited high-resolution printable image of the dragonfly on this page.





You can download the edited high-resolution printable image of the flower on this page.



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Wednesday, July 3

CoffeeShop "Independence" Square Storyboard Set!


I hope everyone has a wonderful 4th of July holiday tomorrow. We are having my parents over for dinner (hamburgers) and our ! Annual Fireworks Extravaganza 4th of July Show! thrown by my two boys. 

We always get the discounted bundled set of fireworks which are the leftover fireworks from New Year. So our 4th of July fireworks are red and green and our New Year fireworks are red, white, and blue. It took me years to realize this... Yes, I am sometimes quite oblivious. Anyway, they are bright and make noises so that is all that matters.

To celebrate with you, today I made a set of square 4th of July Photoshop/PSE storyboards. Just add your images using the clipping masks and post on the web or print.



These would be perfect for posting on Instagram or Facebook. And feel free to add some text to customize them.


The images seen in my storyboard example are from Jill Wellington (Etsy ShopFacebook, Blog, YouTube Videos, Pixabay).

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Thursday, June 27

CoffeeShop "Adore" Fine Art Texture Set!


Wow, it has been such a gloomy and wet summer this month. We had 5 inches of rain early this week (over one night) and almost 2 inches yesterday. 

I like the rain, it is great for the trees and grass, but I need to see some sun! Paul finally got the front porch painted between the rain storms, there were a few times he painted and a sudden thunderstorm popped up and rained on it.  I am hesitant to put any porch furniture on it until we have had a few dry days. 

He had taped up the porch banister with painter's tape and when we pulled it off it pulled off much of the original white paint on the wood, thanks to the high humidity and rain storms. So the kids and I have a project once it dries out. 





Since I am stuck inside today I wanted to create a new fine art texture set to share with you. I love this one, it looks so gorgeous on floral images (as seen in my tutorial below), but you can use it on any type of image you want. Try different blending modes like Soft Light, Overlay, Screen, or Multiple. You can also use these textures as digital papers for all of your favorite designs.

Original images: (Pink Flower, Yellow Flowers, Baby).





CoffeeShop "Adore" Texture Set Tutorial:




I used the green Adore texture in Soft Light blending mode and masked out the flowers with 50% gray on the texture's layer mask.

To do this in Photoshop/PSE, add a layer mask to the texture layer and then turn that layer off and click to select the flower layer. Use your favorite tool to select the flowers (I used the auto-select button on the magic wand). Once the flowers/vase are selected, turn on the texture layer and click on the layer mask on the texture layer and Editit with 50 % gray. 


I wanted a soft matte-effect, so I added an ivory solid Color Fill layer on top in Soft Light blending mode, 80% opacity.

I hope you love using these textures as much as I do! 


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Thursday, June 20

CoffeeShop "Soft Bright B&W" Fine Art Photoshop/PSE Action!


I wanted to post my newest free action called "Soft Bright B&W". This action works in both Photoshop and PSE and turns color images into stunning soft B&W's with pretty highlights. 

It is completely adjustable but usually doesn't need any tweaking. However, if you are starting with lighter images you might want to adjust the Levels layer, as seen in the tutorial below.

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

You can download the rose image here.

CoffeeShop "Soft Bright B&W" Action Tutorial:


This is my starting image from the talented Lisa Rubel. As you can see, it has quite a bit of white so I will show you how to keep from blowing out the details.


Run the CoffeeShop "Soft  Bright B&W" action. This is the edit without any adjustments. As you can see, the whites are too bright.


 I first turned down the opacity of the Soft and Bright layer.


Then I opened up the Soft and Bright levels adjustment by double-clicking on it, and moved only the middle slider under the curve to the right as seen in the screenshot above. This allows me to lower the contrast and recover some detail in the whites. You can adjust all three sliders to taste for your own images.

I hope you love this edit as much as I do!


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Tuesday, June 18

CoffeeShop "Vintage Paper" Set!


Hey everyone! My 10-year-old nephew has been visiting so I have had my hands full, in a good way. The boys have all been playing with each other so well. Also, Duke now has braces!!! I have so much to blog about, I will post again soon. I hope everyone is enjoying their summer!

Today I have a new pack of beautiful vintage-style papers to share with you. These are high-resolution, 8.5 by 11, and can be used in digital or printed designs. These would look amazing as scrapbooking pages, or even print them out and use them as gift wrap! I am always looking for paper to wrap my handmade soaps.

I used designs and followed a tutorial from the Graphics Fairy Premium to create this paper set. I am a part-time instructor over there and I love their site! If you have a love for vintage design please go check them out.

Download the CoffeeShop "Vintage Papers"offer. 

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Friday, June 7

CoffeeShop "Big Dots" Storyboard for Photoshop/PSE!


We have been so busy now that summer is here! I can't wait to blog about some of our most recent adventures. But today I wanted to post a new cute square Photoshop/PSE storyboard. You can customize the dot colors, change the frame color, and print or post this on social media or websites. They would be adorable on Instagram and Facebook!

You could also use these for mini-session ads or birthday announcements, just add text.

A special thanks to Jill Wellington (Etsy ShopFacebook, Blog, YouTube Videos, Pixabay) for allowing me to use her stunning image in my example storyboard.

Download the CoffeeShop "Big Dots" Storyboard for Photoshop/PSE.

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