Sunday, July 26

Preview of CoffeeShop Polaroid Emulsion Transfer!

boy&pear polaroid emulsion

I am going to pick the winner(s) of a custom CoffeeShop Watermarking action tomorrow, so until I do you can still enter by grabbing my blog button, posting it on your blog, and then leaving a comment in the last post. Tomorrow the winner(s) will be posted, so please come and check and see if it you!

I have been busy finishing up my new CoffeeShop endeavor. I am a bit obsessed with the Polaroid emulsion transfer effect . If you know me, I love a challenge and I decided that I would figure out a way to make fake ones in Photoshop. Not only did I develop a method, but I made a large selection of Polaroid clipping masks (to get that cool messy partly-transferred effect), found some nice paper textures, wrote an action that works in both Photoshop and Photoshop Elements AND am working on a full step-by-step tutorial. If you use my action, you can apply the technique in less than a minute and the best part is it is completely customizable.

This action/tutorial has been quite a challenge and I am really proud of it. The results, after playing with the layers, can be quite amazing. They won't fool a Polaroid emulsion transfer artist by any means, but after all, you are creating your own artistic version of a transfer. And if you don't use the paper texture layer and instead print these on watercolor paper (just go buy some at your local art store or Walmart/Target) your results will be quite realistic and beautiful.

The tutorial is holding me up, but I hope to have everything finished by tomorrow, so keep an eye out for it!

boys playing pe


  1. Im looking forward to the action!!! thank you so much!!

  2. thank you so much!!! im looking forward to the action!!!

  3. OHHH I'm in love with this!!! I really want to learn how to do this!!!

  4. LOVE, LOVE, love it! Never heard of the process, but love what you have done. Can't wait to play.

  5. Love love love love!

  6. I check your site almost every day, you are such a busy lady! I love all that you do and look forward to using your actions, templates, and everything else you come up with. You have a great talent and I'm glad you share!
    Thanks for everything!

  7. oh, Rita, THIS finally has inspired me to get off my duff and THANK YOU!!!! Girl, you are amazing! A whiz! Fantabulous! I adore your actions...PSE6 user that I am with no ability to make my own, it makes my day to use yours with such success!!!
    and THIS! Well, I used to do photo transfers the old chemically way... I am so excited to be able to do them in PSE soon!
    If you go roaming thru my smugmug,(rteest42.smugmug) almost ANYTHING with an action, is courtesy of YOU!

  8. Amazing! You are so talented!


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