Thursday, June 17

CoffeeShop "Fishing Flies" Painterly Designs!


I love making digital designs, and today's set are fishing flies that would be perfect to use on your summer designs. You can see the original set here. I cut-out the lures, edited them, and then applied a watercolor paint texture. These fishing flies are high resolution png files and can be used in your personal or commercial work, no attribution necessary. They are so colorful and would look great used alone or made into a pattern.

Interesting fact, I love to fish but have never used a fishing fly. I usually use bait like worms, minnows, or hotdogs and catch a lot of catfish and turtles. :-)

I made a 10 by 10 digital paper using a fishing fly pattern I just made, seen below. Click on it to see the full version or download it. 




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Wednesday, June 9

CoffeeShop "Lady Echlin" Vintage Letter Texture/Overlay Set!


Yes, I love using textures. And sometimes you just need to add a beautiful letter overlay to make the image perfect. 

I put together this set of letters/notes/book cover made by Lady Eliza Echlin. They are Lady Echlin's alterations for the improvement of Richardson's "Clarissa."  I would have to Google what that means since I probably fell asleep during this class, but I am hungry and need to go make lunch. Hee hee!

These overlays can be applied to your images in different blending modes, I usually use Screen, Overlay, or Soft Light. 

Download this free set toward the bottom of this post.


On this butterfly image I added the book cover and one of the letters. 


In this edit I added one of the Lady Echlin letters and one of my favorite textures from the "Distressed Gyojitsu" set.


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Friday, June 4

CoffeeShop Photoshop/PSE Action Revisited: "Freelensing Bliss + Fashionista Luxe"


Every week I would like to go back and revisit Photoshop/PSE actions that I posted a while ago. I have hundreds of actions on this site so this is a good way to find some "hidden gems"! 

Today I wanted to edit this image using "Freelensing Bliss"and "Fashionista Luxe". The tutorial is below.





 


Photoshop/PSE Tutorial:




Open the image and make a duplicate layer. Then use the Lasso tool to select the area you want to stay in focus.


Run Freelensing Bliss and adjust the Gaussian Blur to soften the focus line.


After the action finishes running, turn off the B&W setting and turn on one of the Brighten the Whites layer and adjust the opacity to add some highlights.


Turn on the Desaturate layer and adjust the Master Saturation slider to taste.


Then run Fashionista Luxe and turn adjust the opacity of the Boost and Matte layer. 

Lovely!!!


I hope you enjoyed today's revisit of two of my older actions.


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Thursday, June 3

CoffeeShop "Hoefnagel Fish" Digital Washi and Paper Set!


I used my Hoefnagel Fish designs to create this paper and Washi tape set. The Photoshop pattern is also included in the download in case you want to use it to make your own designs! 

Summer is fishing time and I hope you enjoy my newest freebie!


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Tuesday, June 1

CoffeeShop "Hoefnagel Fish" Digital Design Set!


Since we are entering into another long week or so of rain, I was inspired to put out a fish design set. 

I had so much fun extracting these adorable little fish from this Hoefnagel piece. They are all 4 inches long and come with a free commercial terms-of-use so use them any way you want in your own designs.

I made a cute pattern with this fish and I will post a set of paper and Washi tape made with it later this week.


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Friday, May 28

CoffeeShop Action Revisited - "Vintage Blush"!


I have hundreds of free actions on this site that I created over the last 13 years. There are just so many and often I get stuck using the newest ones I create for a specific project. However, the last weeks I have been going back and playing with some of my older ones and I rediscovered so many that I love using!

So I have decided that every week I would highlight one of my older actions in case you missed it back in the day. If you have my action download pack you should already have these on your computer, but you might discover ones that you had never clicked on or forgotten were there!

Today's old action highlight is "Vintage Blush". I posted this one back in 2009 if you can believe it. I had a two- and four-year-old and we lived on a farm with chickens and some cows. Those were such busy days, but filled with so much joy and adventure. We didn't get out much but had so many things to do there that we didn't miss it. 

We had no money. My husband had recently started his own optometry practice was working 6-7 days a week and couldn't pay himself a salary, so we were living off my earnings from my blog, website design, and work editing wedding photos for a local photographer. I was so thankful to have a job where I could work at home and take care of my children and didn't have to commute to Houston and work in a science lab. 


Most of my work was done after they went to bed, so many nights I was tapping away on my computer at 11 or 12. Honestly my memories of my life during those years is a bit hazy but thankfully I have photos! And like everyone says, you look back at those crazy exhausting broke times and remember all the blissful parts. 

When I look back at those early photos of my boys it is so bittersweet. Now I understand why older people would approach us when we were exhausted and out and about with two toddlers and they would say "What beautiful children, these will be some of the best years of your life and they go by in a blink of the eye." They were so right. 

Anyway, last month I took this lovely flower weed photo while walking with my TEENAGE BOYS and was going down my actions, trying to find one that I could use before adding my Distressed Gyojitsu texture on top, and I rediscovered "Vintage Blush"

This is one of those actions that can look absolutely horrible on the wrong image, but is heavenly applied to the right one. There is no half-way with this action!

I wanted to show you how I used it today.


Here is the original image. Luke and Isaac never understand why I have to photograph weeds on our walks, but I just love them.


I ran "Vintage Blush" and this is the image after the action finishes. 


I dialed down the Pink Haze layer from 50% to 30% and I love it!


I added the texture on top, under the Color Mute layer.



I put the texture in Soft Light blending mode at 100%. Now I have a soft beautiful vintage effect. I love combining actions and textures.

If you haven't used "Vintage Blush" or tried it on the wrong image and almost threw up, you might want to revisit it! I love using it on floral images that have a lot of green in the background.


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Thursday, May 27

CoffeeShop "Distressed Gyojitsu" Fine Art Textures


Today it is hot and humid after all of the heavy rains we had the last week. It was crazy, we received six months of our needed rain in 9 days. Our yard looks like a garden in England, it is so green and lush. I told Paul we might as well enjoy it before the heat and chinch bugs attack. Mosquitos are already here. Nature, gotta love it!

We have so much going on I haven't had time to post. I have a pile of freebies that I need to finalize and get up here. Today I wanted to share a set of distressed textures and I absolutely love them. 


I love combining actions and textures as I did in my image above. You can read about this edit here.


Do you know you can also use my textures in the Distressed FX app? If you are interested I will write a tutorial on how to do it. I love to texture images on my phone when I am stuck waiting somewhere. :-) More addictive than video games for this photographer/designer!





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Thursday, May 20

CoffeeShop "1700's Vintage Buttons" Digital Designs!


My grandmother introduced me to collecting buttons, and I have a nice selection of them. But none as gorgeous or valuable as these public domain 1700's buttons I found here. Aren't they amazing? I really love them so much.

I cut them out and cleaned them up in Photoshop so you can use them in your own designs. These would look lovely on scrapbooking paper, notecards, stickers, etc. I love vintage things and I plan to continue to share digital versions of them with you! I had to stop myself tonight, I had a set of eight made and decided that was enough for one pack. :-)


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