Thursday, January 19

CoffeeShop Channels Photoshop/PSE Action!

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I have found that PSE has many hidden "talents".  PSE is a basically a limited version of Photoshop, but I can unlock many editing techniques (only found in Photoshop) in PSE simply by writing an action. Even though you can't do the steps yourself in PSE, you can run the action and PSE will act just like Photoshop.  Of course, there are limitations, but I love discovering the power of PSE.

In the CoffeeShop Lomo Action UnWrapped Tutorial I have some steps where I adjust the contrast of the  Red and Green Channels for color tinting.  PSE users can't follow along that part of the tutorial, but I wrote this nifty little action to do it for them.

CoffeeShop Channels allows adjustment of the brightness/contrast of the Red, Green and Blue Channels, and this action can be used in Photoshop or PSE.  By adjusting the contrast of the different color Channels you can get interesting and sometimes beautiful color effects.  This action also allows you to follow Photoshop tutorials that  use Channels.

Unlock the powers of PSE and download this action!

1.  Open the image and start the action.  The action will make a duplicate of your background layer.

2.  You can adjust the Red, Green, and Blue channels (in that order).  Prompts will come up telling you which Channel you will adjusting, just press "continue".  Then adjust the contrast (or brightness) to taste for each channel.

3.  I adjusted the contrast to 100 for the Red and Green Channels and 0 for the Blue Channel.  Once the action finishes running you will see a Channels layer with a built in layer mask.

You can download the free CoffeeShop Channels PS/PSE action!  It can also be downloaded from here.

Want all of my favorite CoffeeShop Actions or Design Elements in one simple download AND help support this blog? Just click here for my action pack (includes this action) or here for a download of some of my most popular design elements, storyboards, and textures.

For complete info on installing all of my actions, click here.


  1. Just want to say thank you for all of your wonderful actions! :) I love using them.

  2. Thanks! I love it when you unlock the power of PSE as well! I will definitely be downloading this when I get home tonight!

  3. Thanks! I will definitely try this out!

  4. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 4 post on Jan. 20, 2012. Thanks again.

  5. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 5 post on Jan. 20, 2012. Thanks again.

  6. Very inspiring, let me try this.

    Thank you for sharing. :)

  7. Is it possible to put the benefits of a color balance adjustment layer into an action for pse users? I have heard many people rave about color balance to adjust skin tones and correct color in pics, but since I only have elements I don't it. I know you were able to make a curves action for pse users so just curious if a color balance action is possible?!


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