Friday, April 24, 2009

Vintage Actions by CoffeeShop

CoffeeShop wrote:

Here is my newest free Photoshop and Photoshop Elements action, CoffeeShop Golden Vintage. I was playing around trying to get a golden color effect that was slightly washed out and came up with this action. I personally love this enhancement and find it also looks beautiful on landscape and flower images.

After the action runs you can adjust the opacity of the Vintage and Darken layers (both have layer masks so you can mask out either effect on parts of your image). There is also a automatic vignette layer. Try toggling the blending mode from Soft Light to Overlay to Multiply and adjusting the opacity of that layer to get the effect that works best for your image. This action is very adjustable so you can get your own unique look.

Download the CoffeeShop Golden Vintage PS/PSE Action HERE !!


Friday, April 10, 2009

How to create sepia image in Photoshop

Kenneth Setzer wrote " Discover Seven Ways to Create Sepia Images in Photoshop":

Like most things in Photoshop, there are probably a half dozen ways to simulate a sepia tone image. What probably comes to mind when you hear sepia is most likely “old-time” photographs. But why is that so? Well, sepia toning was used for a few reasons, artistic and more prosaic.

True sepia toning began around the 1880s with photographic prints that were exposed to sepia in order to aid in replacing the metallic silver in the photo emulsion with a silver compound. By doing so the developer could change the color, obviously, but also increase the tonal range of the photo. It was also believed that the sepia toning increased the photo’s longevity by replacing the less stable metallic silver. Indeed, a lot of sepia prints remain to this day. Sepia, it turns out, is simply ink extracted from a cuttlefish (the European Common Cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis)), a cephalopod closely related to octopuses and squid!

1. Gradient Map Adjustment Layer
2. Photo Filter Adjustment Layer
3. Black and White Adjustment Layer
4. Color Balance Adjustment Layer
5. Hue Saturation Adjustment Layer
6. Curves Adjustment Layer
7. Solid Color Layer

Creating a duotone in Photoshop can get you even closer to simulating a good sepia tone. But there are two reasons I’m not presenting it here. One, there’s already a great tutorial on duotones right here at Convert Duotones in Photoshop. Second, making a duotone requires some “no-turning-back” operations, like discarding color info, that are best avoided if possible.

There you have it. Seven ways to sepia, and I’m sure you can discover more. Personally, I’m leaning towards using the black and white adjustment layer to remove color, and then creating a solid color adjustment layer above it all to add the sepia tone. This gives you a lot of flexibility. The black and white adjustment layer makes fine tuning your tones easy, and can always be undone and tweaked in the future. The solid color layer lets you change the tint at any time also, and you can more completely control the opacity, and blend mode, of the sepia tint. Best of all, no cuttlefish were harmed in the making of this article.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Eleanor Hardwick

Just take a look at these photos.
So stunning !!
This talented girl is 15 years old and she started photography at the age of 12. Wouw !!!

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

7 Digital Photography Tips For Beginner

These 7 digital photography tips you can get started on your way to become an excellent photographer if you’d like.

#1. Learn your cameras settings
Chances are you shoot most of your pictures utilizing your camera's "automatic" mode. This will get you average results. If you are striving for great shots, you'll need to learn about other modes too. Take the time to read your camera's manual to understand when to use each shooting mode.

#2. Take more photos
Before going crazy buying the most expensive equipment right away, you had better take more photos because the more photos you take, the more you’ll know about what kind of camera to get when it’s time to upgrade. In other words, you can always delete the bad ones later.

#3. Busting the dust
Digital camera with removable lenses are prone to dust landing on the sensor. Static electricity around the sensor can possibly contribute to attracting dust particles, or other elements to this sensitive area of your camera. You can get rid of the dust is a camera blower brush, and tilt the camera down while blowing. Take care not to get any of the hairs snagged inside.

#4. Use a tripod
A tripod will keep your camera steady which will make your photos clearer.

#5. Shot your subject at different focal length, angles, and formats
Shoot your subject at different focal lengths - using the zoom on your photos will not only change how close your subject appears but it will also change the depth of field (ie the blurring of the background). It also allows you to shoot from different distances which can really impact how relaxed your subject is (there’s nothing better than a photographer in your face to make you tense up)

Shoot your subject from different angles - it’s amazing how much you can change a shot by getting on your knees or taking a few steps to the side.

Shoot using different formats - there are different ways to grip a digital camera. The two main ones are horizontally or vertically but you can also get into all kinds of diagonal ways to do it. Mix it up.

#6. Experiment with different ‘modes’
Even the most basic point and shoot cameras have different ’shooting modes’. These are usually things like ‘portrait’, ‘landscape’, ’sports’, ‘night’ etc. Sometimes it’s worth flicking through these to take shots at different settings. What these modes do is simply change the basic settings (like aperture, shutter speed, ISO) - all things that can change the look and feel of your shot considerably

#7. Play with your Flash
Try turning your flash off or forcing it to fire in shots. Sometimes adding flash to a scene where there’s lots of light behind your subject is essential (even though your camera might not think it needs it). This stops those silhouette shots where it looks like you’re trying to hide the identity on your subject.

To discover the details of those digital photography tips, please visit to Digital Photo Secrets


Friday, April 3, 2009

Really Great Textures by Coffeeshop

Coffeeshop asked:
If you like these textures and have used them on your photos, I would love for you to post your results to my Flickr group: CoffeeShop Flickr Group (If you have account of Flickr, but if you don't have, you can send her email - coffeeshopphotography [at] I would also enjoy seeing which textures(s) you used on your photo!

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Photos of Fashion Magazine

I found via my friend's blog.
If you'd most like to have a look at fashion photos, you can just click here

Fashion photographer or designer lists that you can click you curious.


Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Free Textures by Pareeerica

Still need much more free textures?
All right, I found this great free textures through flickr.
Awesome, isn't it?

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Hopefully, you like them!!