11 Facts About PhotoLab That Will Impress Your Friends

PhotoLab for Photoshop Elements

PhotoLab for Photoshop Elements – 39 most excellent actions for your Photoshop Elements palettes

PhotoLab for Photoshop Elements was updated this week, with new support for Photoshop Elements 13. Now this pack boasts an installer for Windows versions of Elements 11-13, plus all the actions, thumbnails & xml files for a custom manual install for Mac users.

If you want to impress your friends, both in the real world and in cyberspace, check out these fascinating facts about one of the flagship packs available in the Graffishop:

  1. PhotoLab has 39 effects, and it includes all of the actions, thumbnails & xml files for an Elements installation
  2. If you use Elements 6-10, or you are a Mac or Photoshop user, PhotoLab also includes a single action set, which has all 39 actions in it – perfect for loading into Photoshop or into the Elements Action palette
  3. The included installer will put all the files in the right place for you, including the set for the Actions palette, in your Windows Elements 11-13 installation
  4. It can be purchased through the Graffishop, where you can create an account and earn dividend points that can be used for other products or upgrades – as well as share and get 10 – 20% off – or it can be purchased in a no-frills way below, where a download link is emailed to you after going through the PayPal process
  5. PhotoLab was originally called B&W Lab because it had actions that tapped into a hidden feature of Elements that allowed you to change to LAB (Lightness – A – B) mode. LAB mode allowed for amazing conversions to B&W within Elements. Unfortunately, Adobe slammed that door shut around Elements 10, so it was renamed PhotoLab.
  6. With Photoshop Elements 8, this set was renamed Portrait Lab, since so many of the actions worked best on portraits. That name became confusing with the other actions set GlamPhoto, so it was changed to PhotoLab with the release of Photoshop Elements 10.
  7. There were originally over 60 different actions included in B&W Lab that allowed for black and white conversions (along with other kinds of conversions like sepia, semi-desaturated, faded, and color-adjusting effects), but since many relied on LAB mode, that number has been whittled down to the current 39. 16 of these 39 actions are some variety of B&W conversion.
  8. Like all of the other action sets I create, I leave the layers intact for further editing or tweaking on your part. Many other action creators make “Flatten Image” the final action step, which obliterates the layers that create the look. Where applicable, all my layers stay as they were created, which allows you to blur, transform, filter, change blend mode and/or opacity, and leaves the final look up to you to tweak as you see fit.
  9. I personally used the actions in PhotoLab for over a year before deciding to pack them up into a bundle, make an installer package, and offer it for sale in the original Graffishop. Since then, it has consistently been one of the top four sellers each year (often only eclipsed by the #1 all-time best seller Add-O-Matic in popularity)
  10. The thumbnails in this version of PhotoLab are from a photo I took on the beach in Cancun, Mexico. The palm trees really are that beautiful, and the water is as clear as glass, and the most gorgeous shade of blue-green that you have ever seen in your life. Sea turtles (tortugas!) lay their eggs on the beaches during the late summer months (you can see their tracks & nests early in the morning), but I have yet to catch one in a photo. Maybe someday…
  11. The model on the cover – and in numerous other photos scattered across my blog and other product sample shots – is my lovely (and patient) bride. We’ve been married for nearly two decades and still are best friends!

Hey Graffi Blog Readers:   for more looks like this especially created for Photoshop Elements, you might want to check out the PhotoLab Photo Effects action pack with an installer compatible with Elements

Grab PhotoLab for Photoshop Elements in the Graffishop, or get it no-muss-no-fuss here (a download link will be emailed to you after completing the transaction)
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Check some samples:

4.5 Ways Handy Actions are Cooler than Johnny Depp


Handy Actions 13 with 64 tools and tweaks

Sure, Johnny Depp is cool. Sure, Johnny Depp is versatile. But if you are a Photoshop Elements user, did you know that Graffi’s Handy Actions are even cooler than Johnny Depp?

Here are a few ways I came up with – you can add yours in the comments or in the product review page (and get a 10% off coupon! Share your review, and get an additional 10% off!):

1:  For numerous roles in many movies, Johnny Depp has portrayed a variety of characters that are on the screen for about 2 hours. That’s pretty cool, but Handy Actions gives you a variety of tools that you can use with Photoshop Elements for as long as you want. In less than 2 hours, you can create Smart Objects, edit all three RGB Channels individually, apply Adjustment Layers only found in full Photoshop, and choose from several different Sharpening actions to get your images looking just right.
Coolness edge: Handy Actions

HandyActions13Effects2:  Johnny Depp may know all about changing things up in order to create believable characters, but Handy Actions lets you change things up to help you create awesome images. You can use the Channel Mixer action to change up color blends, use the Curves action to fine tune contrast and tone, use the Black and White Adjustment action to convert to B&W with total control, or use the Exposure Adjustment action to change up how your shot was taken in the first place. So right there are several ways to change things up while working on a single image.
Coolness edge: Handy Actions

3:  It takes a lot of work for Johnny Depp to get into character: there’s character research, set design and construction, lighting setups, testing, rehearsals, makeup application, and a lot of waiting around before the acting actually starts. Handy Actions installs with just a few clicks, and then you’re ready get started using the cool tools with Photoshop Elements.
Coolness edge: Handy Actions

4:  Johnny Depp staggered around semi-oblivious, half drunk and clumsy in all of the Disney Pirates of the Caribbean flics – kind of funny in a movie, but if you’re trying to get your images processed and use some tools not regularly available in Photoshop Elements, it’s just not funny at all. Handy Actions has 64 tools that help speed up your workflow and let you get back to doing other things in your life (like maybe staggering around semi-oblivious and half-drunk).
Coolness edge: Handy Actions

5:  Johnny Depp is better looking than Handy Actions, though. But that is still a pretty snappy looking logo over there to the right, and who cares how good Handy Actions looks when it can do so much more to help you get your images looking their best? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, or so I’ve read, so, behold! Here is Graffi’s Handy Actions!
Coolness edge: tie

So there you have it – the facts can’t be wrong. Clearly, Graffi’s Handy Actions are cooler than Johnny Depp in at least 4 different ways (and one that has not yet been definitely decided).

Your thoughts?

If you click to the Graffishop, you can share Handy Actions on most social media platforms (using the sharing buttons on the left side of the page) – and get an instant 10% off coupon code!

HandyActions-AOM-full-487-2Photoshop Elements is simply incomplete without your Swiss Army Knife for Elements: Graffi's Handy Actions! Handy Actions includes all the tools and extras only found in Photoshop - including Adjustment Layers like Exposure, Vibrance, Black and White & Selective color - more than 60 extra actions, tools, processes and timesavers!

Handy Actions includes a self-installing action pack set for Windows versions of Photoshop Elements and also includes a manual-install edition for Mac & Photoshop users

If you just want to get it now without going through the checkout process, simply click the link below to have Handy Actions 13 emailed to you after completing purchase (unlike Johnny Depp – so yet another way Handy Actions is cooler):

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Basic Glamour presets for Lightroom – free download

For October, as the weather turns cooler and the leaves start to fall, I’ll be putting together another set of Lightroom presets.

This set will work well with the Glam Photo actions already uploaded (they’re available here) and are some that I’ve found to be great time savers. They also lend themselves to providing quite a bit of consistency among photo sets.

Even though the set will be called “Glam Photo for Lightroom”, they lend themselves well to other images that aren’t necessarily “glamour shots”. I’ve used them successfully on nature images, macro shots, and even a few pet photos!

The first two presets from this set are below, and they’re freebies for now. Download them, try them out, and let me know what you think!

Glamour Photo Presets for Lightroom Wow! Downloaded 86 times so far!

Free Download: Hipster [Durham] action for Photoshop / Elements

Hipster-VintagelargerHere is a free action download for Elements & Photoshop: these two actions are from the upcoming Hipster [vintage I] set for Elements.

The download includes all the files you’ll need to get them working in Elements: the action (.atn) files, the .xml metafiles and a thumbnail for each. Installation instructions are also included.


Durham I Action


Durham II Action

Bonus – there’s a link below for the Mayberry action, which is also from the new set!

Like them?  Check out all the Hipster effects here

Hipster [Durham I & II] Wow! Downloaded 96 times so far!

Hipster Effects: it’s 1975 this weekend!

Dig It! It’s a Hipster Retro weekend! So pretend it’s 1975 again – and pay 1975 prices for everything!

Now through Sunday August 3, you can get everything in the Graffishop at an absolutely retro-tastic price reduction of 77% – that’s roughly what everything would have cost were it available back in 1975!


21 Lightroom Presets for that Retro, Lo-Fi look

Hipster [vintage ii] for Lightroom drops TODAY, my friends, with all 21 of its lo-fi retro vintage style presets  – and it partners well with Hipster [vintage i] & Hipster [toy camera]

So you say you don’t have Lightroom, but you use Photoshop or Photoshop Elements? No worries – there’s a slew of retro vintage lo-fi effects (actions) for you too. You can find them all here

Remember, if you share something using the share buttons on the left side of each page in the Graffishop, you’ll get an ADDITIONAL 10% off – and if you write a review, you’ll get ANOTHER 10% off – and if you share your review, you get YET ANOTHER 10% off- – so stock up!

Hipster [vintage ii] Lightroom Presets set to drop Thursday 7-31

They’ll be available tomorrow21 Lightroom Presets that give your photos That Retro, Lo-Fi Look


21 Lightroom Presets for that Retro, Lo-Fi look

Special intro pricing will be announced REALLY SOON…..  including bundles, freebies, and social sharing specials!

New Lightroom Presets coming down the pike


Grab a sample from this brand-new set below, load it into Lightroom, and see what you think. Hit me up on any of my social media links, and I’ll definitely get back to you

Share it with one of the social links on this page, and get a 10% coupon code instantly!

Hipster [toy camera] Sample Wow! Downloaded 67 times so far!

SummerSolstice2014 ! 15% off, just because!

I tweeted that earlier this morning – here’s a cool thing about the new shop: It puts the coupon code on the checkout page for you – all you have to do is click it to apply it to your order!

Summer Solstice Catalog Coupon

Summer Solstice Catalog Coupon – click the coupon code, then click the OK button to apply!

The NEW GRAFFISHOP is now open!

the new graffishop

the NEW Graffishop

I’m pretty excited about the new Graffishop!

After a long two months, it’s open and ready for action!

New features now available include “loyalty points” (spend a few bucks and get discounts in the future!), MUCH better security, a newer more modern design, social media integration, and a ton of other groovy gizmos that make it a nicer place to hang out!

This weekend (Father’s Day weekend here in the U.S.) EVERYTHING is 20% off (and there are a few other items 25% off – including Add-O-Matic) so stop by and check it out!

If you already had an account at the old shop, you will need to create a new account at the new shop. Also, if you would like to transfer any purchases to the new shop, drop me a note and let me know.

I’m very interested in hearing your feedback – – leave a review on any product, or leave me a message, or share or post on your favorite social media – these are the only marketing tools I use (no spam, no annoying social media stuff, no paid search engine placements).

Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you like it!

~ Mike (aka Graffi)