Wednesday, January 13

CoffeeShop "Vincent van Gogh" Fine Art Texture Set 1



It is a gorgeous day out there and I hope to bring the kids to the park after lunch. So I need to get a post up here ASAP. We just lost one of our little pet rats this morning, so we need to get out of the house. Rats make great little companions, but unfortunately their lives are just too brief. Rest in peace little Stormy.

These textures were designed a week or so ago and I just haven't had time to share them. I created them in Photoshop using Vincent van Gogh public domain images. They are all titled with part of the actual painting name so if you get really really bored you can figure out which painting matches which texture. 


All four of these textures are all quite different and have actual painterly brushstrokes. They look gorgeous layered over your images, or even used alone as papers.

I turned this photo into a painting using one of these textures. I will post a tutorial this week showing you how I did it. So easy!





Hope you have as much fun with these textures as I am had making them. 


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Tuesday, January 5

CoffeeShop "Vintage Book Covers 1" Fine Art Textures!



How is the week treating you so far? We are doing great, the weather is beautiful and not too cold, so we are spending a lot of time outdoors. That makes me happy. The boys took down the Christmas decorations yesterday while Paul and I were at Costco, and that did make us all a bit sad, but we are welcoming the new year. 


I made this new fine art texture set from public domain images from the NYPL Digital Collections and I LOVE THEM SO MUCH! Yes, I know I say that about many of my textures, but these are so pretty layered over images. I am a big fan of the vintage, slightly-grungy overlays, and this high-resolution set is all created from vintage book covers and edited in Photoshop.

I have another action and an impressionistic texture set coming out this week, so be sure to visit again soon! 

Download the textures toward the bottom of this post.



Original images (BirdTreeButterfly)




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Thursday, December 31

CoffeeShop "Cézanne B&W Painterly Effect" Photoshop/PSE Tutorial!



So, it is the last day of 2020 and it is pouring down rain and dismal. Seems fitting, right?

Tomorrow can't come too soon, but I am looking on the bright side and thinking about all of the valuable things I learned this Year of the Virus. I listed a few below.

For one, I won't ever again underestimate how important it is to be able to visit and hug loved ones. My mother-in-law is in a memory-care home and we haven't had face-to-face time or hugged her in almost a year. My kids and I volunteered in a nursing home once a month and I miss seeing their happy faces and giving them hugs. Talking to them. Seeing their expressions. And I have many friends and relatives with health struggles that put them in the high-risk category that I haven't seen in person for so long. 

Second, there are many things that I used to find annoying I miss so much. Like waiting in a long line. In the "old days" if you pulled yourself away from your phone you would spend that time chatting with strangers. I miss talking with random people when I am out in stores so much. I miss seeing faces. I miss seeing smiles. I hate standing in a little painted circle on the floor distanced from humanity.


Third, how much I miss festivals and crowds of rowdy happy people. Often I would skip my local festivals since I am what I consider an introvert with a touch of extrovert. I can enjoying being around lots of people for a short time (and will talk up a storm), but then I need to get back home to relax and recharge. Well, now I would give so much to go to a festival with hundreds/thousands of people enjoying themselves. 

I want to be surrounded by people, I want to have to struggle to get through a crowd. I want strangers pushing against me to buy a funnel cake. I want dogs on short leashes trying to nuzzle my hand as their owners pull them by. I want to see kids screaming with excitement as they wait, almost crushed, in long lines for the festival rides. I want to see drunk people spilling their beer as they laugh with friends, teenagers smooching while watching concerts, long lost friends walking by who grab you to catch up. 

So may 2021 bring back fearless hugs and kisses, pleasant conversations with strangers, and being able to be surrounded by people, lots and lots of people. May we look back at 2020 and not only feel sadness about a difficult year, but realize that it has taught us how important it is for us to have people in our lives, whether they are loved ones, friends, neighbors, acquaintances or strangers. May 2021 be the Year of Closeness!

I hope you have a wonderful day today and a happy New Year. Thank you for reading my blog, sharing my posts, leaving wonderful comments, and buying my action/design packs. I really appreciate you so much.

Today I am posting a tutorial on how I created a B&W bird image using my newest texture set. You can download the Cezanne texture used in this tutorial on that post.  I love this texture set, it is one of my favorite sets I have ever made! You can download the original bird photo here.

I wanted to show you that you aren't bound to the color or shape of a texture, you can change it however you want for each image.


Place the Cezanne 4 texture on top of the bird. I compressed it into a square shape.


Put the texture in Overlay blending mode and copy it once.

Pretty interesting colors, right? 


Add a Black to White Gradient Map layer on top to create a B&W image.


Add a Gold to Light Gold Gradient Map in Color blending mode to tint the B&W.

Notice all of the white blown-out areas on the background where you don't see the texture? There is an easy fix to add texture to those spots!


Add a Solid Color fill layer just above the bird layer. I used a gray, but you can also grab a color from the image. Put this layer in Normal blending mode and paint out the bird using a soft black low-medium opacity brush on the layer mask. I used a lower opacity brush on areas where I wanted to see more texture.

Note: To see where you have painted click the "\" key to see the red tint, recheck to remove it.

I am simply darkening the background by adding more color where needed. Then adjust the opacity of the layer to taste, I used 60%. Now the background looks solid and beautiful!


Hope you enjoyed this short little tutorial. And Happy New Year!

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Wednesday, December 30

CoffeeShop "Cézanne" Fine Art Texture/Overlay/Paper Set!



I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones! It was really nice here, we celebrated with my sister, her family, and my parents as they all live in town. Lots of great food, cousins having a blast hanging out, and beautiful weather. It all went by so fast, but I am looking forward to 2021. The "Year of the Optometrist" wasn't quite what I had hoped. Blah!

During the holidays I also had time to put together a brand new fine art texture set, all created using Cezanne paintings. Thankfully I have the magic of Photoshop to create these painterly textures that capture some of the brushstrokes of a genius, and look gorgeous applied on images or used in designs. 



I posted a tutorial on how I created the B&W bird image below using one of these textures. I am in love with this set of textures and hope you enjoy using them as much as I do! Download them toward the bottom of this post.




Original Images: Dog, Bird, Winter Scene.


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Tuesday, December 22

CoffeeShop "A Monet Winter" Fine Art Texture Set!


What in the world, Christmas is in just a few days. Where did the time go??? I hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful week and Christmas.

Today I wanted to share my newest set of fine art textures/overlays/papers. They are all oil paintings and feature soft winter colors.


I created these textures from Monet paintings using Photoshop. They are gorgeous layered over images or used alone on designs as papers. 

I used it on one of my images (seen below) that I took last week.



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Tuesday, December 15

CoffeeShop "Fine Art Transformation": Create Custom Art Using Public Domain Images!



It was a rainy weekend and the kids and sweetheart were busy so I had time to work on my blog which has been so neglected this year. 2020 has lasted for what seems like forever and it was a difficult year. 

Just this week my parent's beloved good-boi George (seen in the photo below with my dad) was attacked by a neighbor's German Shepard and died of his wounds. On the way to the ER my father was involved in a wreck that totaled his pickup. Thankfully everyone in the automobiles were fine, but I told my father that he is living in a hellish country music song right now since he lost his dog and his truck in the same week... Our family LOVED George so much, he was a rescue and looked like a dachshund/pit bull mix. He was incredibly loving, always made us laugh, and he will be missed dearly. Rest in peace little George.


So what better way to cheer myself up than playing on my computer doing photo-editing and designing. I also want to revamp my site. I run this blog on a shoestring budget and I maintain it all on my own, so don't be surprised if you see some weird things going on in the next couple of weeks. Just let me know in the comments if you see anything crazy or find broken links. Today I went down to 2-columns after having a 3-column site for years and years. I really need a new template but I don't have the time for that right now, so I am just editing the html.

I didn't just work on my html this weekend however. I am so excited about sharing this new tutorial today. It was such a blast designing this new art piece for my hallway walls and I just had to share the process with you. I used public domain images and Photoshop and created this wall art in about 15 minutes and I share the steps below.

I edited a pattern, La Donna painting, and letter to use in this tutorial and include those edited images in the download located at the bottom of this post. The free public domain flowers have to be downloaded at the Heritage Library where I found them. I also include my high-resolution image I created in this tutorial in my download or you can download it here.


I used this tutorial to edit the image above too, which you can download here.

CoffeeShop "Fine Art Transformation" Tutorial:


I absolutely love this oil painting by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Before adding any flowers, I used the clone tool to remove some spots and dark areas from the original image. You can download my edited version at the bottom of this post.


I found flower bouquet images at the Heritage Library that were perfect for this edit. This was so much easier than adding individual flower images. The original colors were not ideal, but thankfully I can use blending modes to change them. 

I added flower bouquet #4 to this image and free-transformed it to fit in the corner. But I want to remove the blue flower.


I added a layer mask to the flower layer and then used a hard black brush to remove the flowers off her hands.


Then I put the flower layer in Soft Light blending mode at 100% opacity. Isn't this gorgeous?


I continued to add flowers from the pack in Soft Light blending mode until she was completely surrounded. I added layer masks to most of the flower layers and selectively painted them off her skin and hair where needed. 


I wanted to add a pattern where she would be wearing a shirt. I used the one I included in the download and adjusted the size until it completely covered the image. I put it in Color Burn blending mode at 80% opacity.


Then I added a black layer mask and removed the pattern from everything but her body. To see the red color where the mask blocks the effect as seen above, click the "\" key and click again to remove it. 


I love how she now is wearing a patterned blouse!


Now I wanted to add some text to the image. I found this amazing letter from WW1 (go read the original if you get a chance) and created an overlay which you can download in the pack below. I put the overlay on the image and free-transformed it to cover the entire area.


I put that layer in Soft Light blending mode but it is so faint you almost can't see it.


To make it darker I added a dark chocolate Solid Color fill layer on top, and clipped it to the letter layer. I ended up lowering the Fill to 80% later on during the edit.


Then I added a layer mask and removed the letter layer from her skin, hair, and blouse.


Finally, I added a Levels adjustment layer on top and adjusted the highlight slider to slightly brighten the image.


I am really happy with this edit! I am going to resize and get it printed on a canvas or glossy photo paper and frame it. I might do a set of these, I think they would look gorgeous on my walls. 



Once you have the first image finished you can add any lovely woman portrait and adjust the layer masks and color of the  background to taste! I made this one in just a few minutes by cutting this woman out of the original image and then adding a pretty textured background behind her.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and I would love to see your own creations using this method on my Facebook Page!


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Friday, December 11

CoffeeShop "Carroll Photo Glass Plates" Albumen Silver Print Textures!


I am so excited to share my newest fine art texture set with you! Transform any color image to a gorgeous sepia or color vintage albumen silver print.



I made these textures from a Lewis Carroll albumen silver print from glass negative. These look gorgeous layered on your images, or even as digital paper for your designs. Feel free to use them in your personal and commercial work, just don't resell "as-is", please keep them free on my blog.

Below I show you how I edited two images using this set. You can download these free textures toward the bottom of this post.




In this edit I clipped the pear photo to the texture so that I could keep the edges intact. Then I added the texture on top in Multiply blending mode and added a Levels adjustment layer in Screen blending mode on top and used a layer mask to paint light back on the pears.

You can download the high resolution version of this edit here.




For this edit I clipped the portrait to the texture then clipped a copy of the texture on top of the portrait in Color Blending mode to sepia tone the print. Then I added a Levels adjustment layer and added light to the image on the flowers and her face by adjusting the midtone and highlight sliders. I followed this with two copies of the texture in Multiply blending mode, the first at 100% opacity, the second at 85% opacity. Between the two texture layers I added a Levels adjustment layer in  Screen blending mode to brighten the portrait.

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


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Monday, December 7

CoffeeShop "Gold Vintage Christmas" Digital Paper Set!



Time is flying and I had a few more Christmas designs I wanted to post before it is too late. I made a new gold vintage-inspired Christmas paper set to share with you today. These papers are high resolution and have beautiful gold embellishments and would be perfect for your Christmas designs/scrapbooking needs.

There are holly, red flowers, and Madonna and Child-themed papers. I used this gorgeous Graphic Fairy design for several of the papers since I know it can be difficult to find religious-themed Christmas papers out there. Believe me, I have looked! Hobby Lobby is all about Santa and snow men. Oh wait, snow people? 

You can use these papers in commercial and personal designs. Download them toward the bottom of this post.



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