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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Tuesday, October 9

CoffeeShop "Instagram Story" Storyboards Set #2!


Everyone who is in the path of Hurricane Michael, stay safe.

Today I have a new set of Insta Story templates for Photoshop/PSE to create your own stories on Instagram. These are full adjustable, you can change the background/border colors, flip them, move the photo-cutouts around, add text/logos, etc.

I wanted to thank Jill Wellington (Etsy ShopFacebook, Blog, YouTube Videos, Pixabay) for the cute fall images in the storyboard example above.

Download the CoffeeShop "Instagram Story" Storyboard Set #2.

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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Friday, October 5

{Friday Photo Bliss}: It Can Be All Fun and Games!

On Fridays I like to post snapshots I took that week that make me happy. 

We spent Monday afternoon at a little local amusement park. They have a special right now where their season pass (good through Dec. 2019) is cheaper than a day pass, so we splurged and bought three of them for Paul and the boys. 

Paul, my sweet husband, is a kid-at-heart.


The batting cages were a huge success. 


I was the mini-golf scorekeeper. There were not any official fights and there were a few "hunt for the ball" moments, but overall it was great fun.

Paul came in first, Duke second, Imp last.


I am officially a shorty-short around Duke. 


They were the only ones playing on the bumper-boats. Paul had only one rule: No one was to spray him with the water cannons. 

Imp broke that rule within 20 seconds.


There was payback. Dad went around chasing both boys, soaking them both.


And of course the kids went after each other.


After cooling down with the murky bumper-boat water (which might have contained brain parasites for all I know) they hit the go-carts.


Imp drove like a reasonable human being.


Duke drove like a little old man who was headed home to sort his socks.


And Paul drove like a Bat out of Hades. The boys agreed that he was crazy and gave him a lecture that there were signs posted that said you were not supposed to bump into anyone or anything.

Paul defended himself by responding passionately that people shouldn't have gotten into his way, he didn't have a choice.

I don't have a photo of him that is in focus thanks to his shenanigans, but I love his almost evil little smirk in this one.


Finally they hit the climbing wall.

Duke was ready to go.


Imp, strapped in second, shot off.


OK, Duke ahead!


Until he wasn't.


Imp is going for it! Meanwhile Duke had to start over a few times.

Maybe his long spider legs are holding him back?


Yep, the munchkin made it! I don't have a photo because I filmed it.

Duke finally gave up when he realized he wasn't wearing the proper shoes. And that it had been raining and the "rocks" were very slippery. And his straps were uncomfortable. And it really wasn't fair because Imp had the easy side.

Oh goodness, I have never heard so many excuses for being a LOSER! Hee hee!!!


Never wanting to be left behind, Paul summited the huge rock. 

That happy smirk again. He hasn't changed much from the sweet and sometimes-crazy 20-year-old boy I feel in love with decades ago.

They ended up paying for their season passes in one day, so they have fifteen months left of free amusement park fun. And I get to watch them have a blast together for free.

Have a great weekend!!!

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Wednesday, October 3

CoffeeShop "Concrete Mood" Fine Art Texture/Overlay Set!


We were playing mini-golf and riding go-carts this weekend when I glanced down and noticed that the concrete walkway had a beautiful texture. So of course I started photographing it. I am sure people around me wondered what in the world I was doing.

Yeah, I am a giant nerd. I see textures and overlays EVERYWHERE!

This new set has five different textures and they look great layered on photos in soft light, overlay, screen, or multiply blending mode.




CoffeeShop "Concrete Mood" Texture Photoshop/PSE Tutorial:




This was such a simple edit! I added "Concrete Mood 1" in Soft Light Blending mode, 100%.




For this edit I added the "Concrete Mood 5" texture in Soft Light blending mode, 89%. Then I added a layer mask and used a soft low opacity black brush to remove some of the texture off her skin, hair and dress. I added  Hue/Saturation layer over that and increased the master saturation a little bit.

Hope you enjoy this new texture set!

Download the CoffeeShop "Concrete Mood" Fine Art Texture Set.

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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Tuesday, October 2

CoffeeShop "Fall 6" Digital Paper and Pattern Set!


It is finally October! I love the fall, especially as we edge out of hurricane season. :-)

I had so much fun designing my newest fall-inspired digital paper and pattern pack. I used some gorgeous floral designs from The Graphics Fairy Premium site (I am an part-time instructor over there) and this pumpkin on their free site.

I included two custom Photoshop/PSE patterns I designed to create these papers. You can use these papers or patterns in your personal or commercial work, no attribution necessary (but always appreciated).

Download the CoffeeShop "Fall 6" Paper and Pattern Pack.

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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