Tuesday, July 11

CoffeeShop "Sunset Dreams" Photoshop/PSE Fine Art Action and Tutorial!

Today I have a gorgeous new tutorial and Photoshop/PSE fine art action to share with you. I call this one "Sunset Dreams" and I hope you love it as much as I do!

This action adds stunning afternoon/sunset light to your images and is fully adjustable. If you combine it with my "Sublime Sun" overlay set, you can create your own work of sunset art! This action looks great on portraits, landscapes, still life, etc. I have a full step-by-step tutorial posted below.

I used some beautiful images by Tim Foster (lighthouse), Priscilla Du Preez (couple) and Aliasfan1K (girl with braids) on this post.

CoffeeShop "Sunset Dreams" Photoshop/PSE Action Tutorial:

Open your image and run "Sunset Dreams".

A Levels adjustment layer will pop up. The settings are set for a "matte-effect" but can be adjusted for your own image. Simple adjust the three sliders under the curve and the black Output Levels slider to taste. You can make further adjustments after the action finishes.

I adjusted the shadows and mid-tone sliders under the curve and slightly moved the Output Levels to lighten the shadows/darks slightly.

This is the image after the action finishes. You can go in and turn on the Lighten Shadows layer, adjust the opacity of each layer, and/or paint on the layer masks.

I turned on Lighten Shadows and adjusted the opacity to 18%. This slightly brightened the darks.

Then I dialed down Add Light to 30%.

If you want a lighter sunset image, turn off Sunset Extreme as seen in the screenshot above. For this tutorial I kept this layer on at 100%.

You can stop editing now or add one of my gorgeous "Sublime Sun" overlays.

I added the Sun Overlay 2 under the Matte Effect layer.

I put the sun overlay in Screen blending mode and then free-transformed it (Ctrl-T) to fit between the couple.

This is the finished edit!  I really love how this turned out.

I hope you enjoy this new action and tutorial. I would love to see your own edits using this tutorial on my Facebook page. It might end up here on my blog as an example with your permission!!!

Download the CoffeeShop "Sunset Dreams" Photoshop/PSE action.

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  1. Very nice. Thanks for the action and tutorial!


  2. I'm stuck after putting the sun onto the picture

    1. In what way are you stuck? Did you change the blending mode of the overlay? Rita

  3. This will be fun to use as I live on the sunset side of Hokkaido but sometimes the sun just doesn't make it!! Thanks a bunch!

    1. Oh wow, I bet it is gorgeous where you live! And you are so welcome.


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