Tuesday, August 14

CoffeeShop "16 by 20 Storyboard/Collage Set" #48


Today I have a new 16 x 20 photo storyboard/collage set to share with you. This is a layered psd file for Photoshop/PSE and you can use my nifty action to quickly load your own images.



You can resize these storyboards up or down for print or web, just do it before adding images. You can also flip or rotate them and even change the background color.

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I used some beautiful images from Annie Spratt in the flower collage. And special thanks to Lisa Rubel Photography (website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) for allowing me to use her stunning images in my family storyboard.



Download the CoffeeShop "16x20 Storyboard Set" #48.

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Sunday, August 12

Pretty Presets "Illuminate: Rainbow Halos, Lens Flare, And Sun Glows" Preset Review!


Pretty Preset has been a sponsor of my blog for years, and they also make the only Lightroom presets I use besides my own. I really love them and use them all of the time on my own images.

You can imagine my excitement when they sent me their newest preset set "Illuminate". I always get to play with all of their presets and I couldn't wait to try this new set out and review it here on my blog. I love rainbows, lens flair, and sun glows and make and use them all of the time in Photoshop/PSE, but I had no idea you can add them to your images in Lightroom with a one-click preset or brush! 

And right now the Pretty Presets "Illuminate" Lightroom Set is on sale for only $39!!!

I have been playing with the presets this morning and WOW. Not only do they look amazing on high resolution professional images, they also look incredible on my phone snapshots. 


The Pretty Presets "Illuminate" set contains brushes and presets and includes a very detailed .pdf with full instructions on installing and using the set in Lightroom. Even the instruction manual is stunning and so very useful! And you can also customize these presets and brushes for your own images with just a few clicks. 

OK, I am in love and I wanted to show you a few images where I used these amazing Illuminate presets this morning. Doesn't everyone spend their Sunday mornings after breakfast and coffee playing with Lightroom? OK, maybe I am a bit of an overanxious nerd... ;-) 


I love this effect! So artistic and it was a simple one-click edit. (original image)


I love using these presets on my fine art prints like this bird composite I created today. The light flares add a really creative and beautiful effect. (original image)


Aren't these edits stunning? I especially love the compound halo and sun ray example on this image.


In this image I used two different Pretty Presets. I first ran the Film Bohemian Set's Moonbeam B&W, and then I added the Illuminate Sunrays | Left. Many of the Illuminate light effects looks amazing on B&W images. (original image)


I used the Sunrays preset on my iPhone snapshot and I LOVE it! These presets aren't only for professional shots.


This is another iPhone snapshot of mine. I love the diffused colors of this halo. So pretty, right?


The effect can be really subtle like this simple central warm glow. (original image)


Isn't this golden light beautiful! I love that you can click on the sun glow and edit its placement, size, color, and intensity. 

I really love this Pretty Presets "Illuminate" set, please check it out and let me know what you think about it! And if you are a Lightroom lover like me, be sure to grab Pretty Presets "Illuminate" while is is on sale for only $39 (regular price $59). 

Friday, August 10

{Friday Photo Bliss}: Summer Blowout, Frisbee, Crazy-Angry Woman, and Friends

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


It is really hot (the heat index is around 100 during the afternoon) but you can't beat these gorgeous summer days. This is our local park where we go to hike and play. More about what happened to me when I was taking this photo below.


This time the guys brought a Frisbee. They will do anything to avoid hiking the back trails when it is this hot and find my hiking obsession rather annoying during the summer.


While they were playing I decided to take a little walk. But of course, I love to walk.


I walked down to the creek and took a snapshot. As I was turning around to walk back up the hill I saw a woman out of the corner of my eye walking by the creek. I didn't know if she saw me (or what she was doing down there!), so I just continued along my way.

I was quite some distance from the creek, photographing the first field photo in this post, when I heard a woman running up behind me yelling, asking why I had taken her photo! I was trying to figure out what she was talking about when I was obviously taking a photo of the field and she was behind me, but then I realized she had to be the woman I saw by the creek.

Taken aback from her aggressive behavior, I told her that I was taking a photo of the creek where we go wading and had noticed her but didn't want to disturb her. I was hoping she wouldn't insist I hand over my phone since she was obviously upset and possibly crazy, but she calmed down and seemed satisfied that I wasn't a stalker.

Note to self: Turn off the camera clicky sound-effect so next time crazy ladies won't chase after you!

I told the kids this story and they immediately said she must have snuck down there to pee and was afraid I took a photo of her! I told them that was highly unlikely since she is a grown woman and there was a restroom within a short walk. Boys...


After I escaped the clutches of the Crazy Lady I decided to head back to my somewhat normal family and play some Frisbee.

And boy am I a bad Frisbee player. Notice how sweaty I am in this photo. That is because I did extra running around because I couldn't catch that darn slippery little plastic disc.


My 9-year-old nephew came to stay with us part of this week and the boys had a blast building a fancy super-deluxe box fort and swimming in our amazing pool, oops, I mean running through our amazing sprinkler and "shooting" each other with a power-sprayer hose attachment.

The giant box is from our newest Costco leather recliner couch. The last one broke and Costco allowed us to return it and we purchased a newer version. Sure, it might not be the classiest couch out there, but it is so comfy. Comfort over style always wins in this house.


We have friends and family who have beautiful backyard pools and sometimes I feel guilty that we don't have one (we own a small a plane so no money for a pool), but does that face look like someone who isn't having fun in our Redneck Party Yard?


Yeah, they don't care. Water is water and they are hot.





The reason I insisted that they jump in the sprinkler is because of their initial project which involved making "ink" from fire pit ashes and water from the dog bowl.


They were very proud of this project and drew huge stick people all over the driveway. Unfortunately their art got washed off the pavement by the sprinkler before I was able to take a photo of it.


It wasn't all outdoor playing, they also enjoyed some mineral water and watermelon over a game of Uno with their friend and cousin.


After such a fun week we decided to take a break today and do some school. ;-) We have been keeping up with math/science/history this summer because we want to take off some time when it cools down. Year-round-school is a definite plus for this homeschooling mom because our summers are INTENSELY HOT. The rest of the year is quite pleasant and one of the reasons I love Texas.

Have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, August 8

CoffeeShop "Mood Vintage B&W" Fine Art Photoshop/PSE Action!


Today I have a brand new beautiful fine art B&W Photoshop/PSE action I call "Mood Vintage". This action looks stunning on just about anything and is completely adjustable. You can even add optional light!

This action is also part of my Vintage Editing Kit. You can find a beautiful vintage texture here and I will be posting a tutorial on my next post on how I put everything together.

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You can download the original images used in this post: (Dog, Woman, Flower).






CoffeeShop "Mood Vintage B&W" Photoshop/PSE Action Tutorial:




Run the "Mood Vintage B&W" action on your image. A Levels adjustment layer will pop up and it is preset for a moody matte B&W. In many cases it will be too dark, or you might want a brighter/higher contrast edit.

Simply adjust the sliders under the curve and the dark Output Levels until you love it. You can also adjust this later.


In this version I went for a very high contrast image.


In this version I increased the Output Levels to make a matte-contrast edit. I prefer this version for this image.


This is the image after the action finished running. Now I can go and adjust each layer to taste.


I turned down "Darken Highlights" to 50% to add some brightness to her face/skin.


I used a soft black brush on the "Paint in Light" layer's mask to add some light to her irises and whites. 

I was really happy with this edit at this point and didn't feel the need to do any more adjustments.

You can also use the "Paint in Light" to add window light to images. I will post the tutorial on how to do that in my next post. 

I would love to see your own edits using this acton over on my Facebook page!



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Tuesday, August 7

CoffeeShop "Vintage Photo Edit" Kit: Part 1, Worn Glass Plate Texture!



I am so excited to post my newest Fine Art editing kit for Photoshop/PSE! I call this one "Vintage Photo Edit" (clever and original, right?) and the entire kit will be posted over the next three days.  

The full kit includes the beautiful vintage glass plate texture you can download in this post, a fine art Photoshop/PSE B&W action, and a full-step-by-step tutorial (next post). The tutorial will walk you through how I edited this flower image using the B&W action and this worn texture and added beautiful window light to an otherwise flat image.

The beauty of this type of editing is you can easily create gorgeous art to sell, print on cards, or hang on your own walls using an inexpensive editing program like (affiliate link) Photoshop Elements.


You can download this high-resolution Fine Art Flower Print I made for this tutorial by clicking on it.  You can also download the original image here.






Download the CoffeeShop "Worn Glass Plate" Fine Art Texture! And be sure to come back tomorrow for the continuation of this editing kit.

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Monday, August 6

CoffeeShop "10x20 Long" Storyboard Set #47!


I had a woman over on my Facebook Page message me and ask if I could design a few custom storyboards for her. This set today is one of the three collages she requested, with and without borders. 

This 10x20 inch photo collage set is for Photoshop/PSE and can be printed or posted on the web. You can resize this smaller or even larger, just do it before adding your images. You can also flip it! And like all of my designs I post here on my blog, this storyboard photo collage set comes with free commercial TOU. :-)

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 "10x20 Long" Storyboard Set #27!

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