Sunday, February 15

CoffeeShop "Gossamer Wings B&W" Photoshop/PSE Action!

I love baby photos and I was really excited when my friend Jill Wellington (FacebookBlog) sent me some images from her recent shoots.  They are gorgeous color images, but I was inspired to design a new B&W action for them.  I wanted to create a soft high contrast B&W action and I think"Gossamer Wings B&W" is the perfect B&W edit for them.

UPDATE! Use this action to create stunning B&W custom storyboards. Click on the image below to go directly to the tutorial.

CoffeeShop "Gossamer Wings B&W" Action Tutorial:

In this version I turned down the top "Edges Fade" layer from 100% to 40% and did not turn on the "Add Contrast" layer.  Like most of my actions, "Gossamer Wings" is completely adjustable so you can get the perfect B&W edit on your own images.   This version is so dreamy and beautiful.

You can also turn up the "Edges Fade" layer and remove selective areas off the skin with a soft black brush on the layer mask.

I ran "Gossamer Wings" on another baby image from Jill.  This edit has a bit more contrast  as I turned on the "Add Contrast" layer and turned off the "Edges Fade" layer.  I love being able to fine-tune my actions for each image.

I would love to see your before and afters on my Facebook page!  Be sure to link your website/Facebook so I can go visit.

Download the free CoffeeShop "Gossamer Wings B&W" action for Photoshop and PSE.  You can also download it here.

Do you want to download my favorite CoffeeShop PSE/Photoshop Actions (including this one) 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 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. I LOVE THIS! I never turn my portraits to black and white because they lose something in the translation. But this is exactly how I want them to be! THANKS!!!!!

  2. Oh this is truly beautiful!! Thank you so very much!!

  3. Just found your blog. It is amazing I love your papers you are so kind to share I will be donating as soon as I can

  4. Janis, I have no idea. Do you mean Photoshop 3? If so, that program is ancient. :-)

  5. Thank you so much! Can't wait to try it out!

  6. Have been trying these out one by one but am now of the opinion I have to buy the package, great site, in-depth knowledge and a genuine desire to help photographers at all levels - can't fault you !

    1. Thank you so much! I love working on my blog.


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