Downloads

Curves preset: Faded Print ($1 download)

If you have Handy Actions, this Curves preset can be called after running the Curves action found there. You can use this preset to create an old faded snapshot look for your image.  It could be useful on scrap pages or ads, or anywhere you need a faded look to an image.

Add-O-Matic will accept Curves presets since version 8, so installing it to Elements is as simple as unzipping it to your desktop and dragging it into the AOM from there.  Then look for it in the drop menu of the Curves dialog:

To use it, first run Handy Actions’ Curves action, and select the preset. Then you can do additional tweaking of the overall curves, if desired (maybe an ‘S’ curve, or the “Inverted ‘S’ Curve” action).

A few before-and-after samples are below.  This effect is subtle, but can be tweaked further for more dramatic effects:

Original With Curves: Faded Print preset

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Free Download: 5 Folded Paper Overlay Textures

Folded Paper Overlays

The free download gives you five overlay textures at 1334×2000 pixels. If you’re a SparkleStock member, you can download the premium pack which includes 24 overlay textures at 5334×8000 pixels (that’s 40 megapixels!).

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Using the overlay textures is simple. Simply drag and drop the image file into your document then set the blending mode to Linear Light.

These overlay textures quickly add a creased paper look to your image but they don’t actually distort it. When up close, you can tell that it’s not real – that’s the downside of using overlay textures. If you want to distort it, you can use the Liquify tool (Filter > Liquify) on your image. But for me, it’s good enough to give the effect.

In case you’re wondering how the 3D text was created, they were created with the 3D Text Creator which is included in your SparkleStock membership or can be purchased on Graphic River or Creative Market.


Instructions


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5 Folded Paper Overlays (1334x2000px)

Graffi’s Photo Effects Sampler – free!

Graffi’s Photo Effects Sampler for Elements 11 & 12 is out, with a sampling of new photo effects from the 5 most popular sets available in the Graffishop

The 5 actions included are

Samples of each are below – grab a copy and see if you like them!

4-Vertical

Splits your image into 4 slices, puts them on a black background, and gives them a white edge. Each strip is on its own layer so you can move them wherever you want them

Old-Romance

Softens and fades the image with a hint of film grain and adds a double frame: a white border with a black hairline

Original

The original starting point for these samples

Soft-Black-and-White

perfect for portraits – from the Photo Lab photo effects set

 

from Hipster [Vintage I]

from Hipster [Vintage I] – creates a retro, faded lo-fi look and adds a nifty snapshot frame – all editable by you


Graffi's Photo Effects Sampler for Elements 11-12 Wow! Downloaded 226 times so far!

Freebie: 8 Beautiful & High-res Frosted Backgrounds

Beautifully Blurred Backgrounds for Websites, iOS/Android Apps, and More!

This set contains 8 high-res (10 megapixels) frosted backgrounds. If you’re a SparkleStock member, you get 80 backgrounds and they’re 20 megapixels!

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The set contains both daytime and nighttime photos. Because the photos are defocused in camera (instead of in Photoshop), you get the beautiful bokeh and realistic blur that makes your product more professional-looking.

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These backgrounds are perfect for iOS/Android apps. And at 10 megapixels, you have more resolution than you need even for the iPad with Retina display!

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Preview the Backgrounds

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Download the Frosted Backgrounds

8 Backgrounds, 10 Megapixels

Graffi’s Vintage Lightroom Presets now available!

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Graffi’s Lightroom Hipster [Vintage] presets

Just a quick reminder that the new Lightroom Hipster [Vintage] presets are out, and they’re starting to get noticed!

This set includes 23 presets that create vintage, retro, hipster toy camera looks.

And, oh by the way – they’re intro priced 50% off through July 5!

If that’s still too much for you, you might want to enter your name in the giveaway – this time, these are up for grabs to one lucky randomly-chosen entrant.  Just complete the entry (there’s a question you have to answer, but it’s an easy one!) and see if your name comes up.

There’s a gallery off all the effects on the product page – check them out and see what you think!  And, as always – your feedback is appreciated :)

Hipster [Vintage I] Presets for Lightroom now available!

Finally!These are in the shop and on sale 50% off through this Sunday (Father’s Day, so grab them up for Dad the shutterbug!)

23 presets for creating beautiful vintage, retro, colorful and b-w images

 

These presets have been created especially for recreating a vintage retro Instagram-ish look. Please check out the samples gallery to see some examples of them in action.

To get them into Lightroom, simply choose the [Load] button in your Lightroom Develop Module.

Hipster[Vintage I] for Lightroom Samples Galleries

Lightroom Presets for creating a variety of vintage, retro, “instagram-ish” images

Check the gallery links to view some image samples for the effects in this preset collection

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Freebie: 5 Skin Retouching Photoshop Actions

Skin Retouching Actions Preview

To retouch skin, simply play an action then paint over the areas that you want to retouch. They’re extremely easy to use and a rough paint will work – you don’t need to be too precise.

The skin airbrushing action makes skin look smoother without losing skin details.

Here’s a video preview of what you can achieve with these Photoshop actions. Note: The video uses the SparkleStock version of this action that contains 20 retouching actions rather than 5.


Download the Retouching Actions

5 Retouching Actions

Graffi’s Hipster[Vintage Kit]

hipstervintage-kitHere’s the next piece of the Hipster series:  this is the Hipster[Vintage Kit] with several tools for creating some sweet vintage, retro, lo-fi toy camera-looking images (think Diana, Holga & LensBaby)!  Combine this set with the Hipster[Light Leaks] set, and you’re well on your way to making your crisp modern perfect shots look hip, retro, vintage, and aged!

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the Effects panel in Photoshop Elements 8 – 10.
Only the actions compatible with these versions are installed!

Depending on your version of Photoshop Elements, the Hipster[Vintage Kit] will add up to 12 action effects.  Actions in this set were created specifically for Photoshop Elements users, and they will also work in Photoshop CS3 or greater:

  • Black & White (Adjustment layer – Elements 11 & Photoshop) creates an adjustment layer using the Black & White dialog.  Note that the parameters of the adjustment are not editable once committed.  If something isn’t quite right, you can simply run the action again to create a new adjustment and make changes as needed. Also, this dialog allows you the option to save and load additional presets.
  • Blurry Edges (Photo Effect – all Photoshop & Elements versions) creates a merged temp layer and blurs it, then creates a mask to allow the depth and intensity of the blur to be edited later.
  • Color Balance (Adjustment layer – Elements 11 & Photoshop) creates an adjustment layer using the Color Balance dialog.  Note that the parameters of the adjustment are not editable once committed.  If something isn’t quite right, you can simply run the action again to create a new adjustment and make changes as needed.
  • Crop Script (includes javascript) It’s very important that the script be installed exactly as the instructions indicate. The installer will put it exactly where it needs to go, so be sure to follow the installation instructions if you order the manual install version
  • Exposure (Adjustment layer – Elements 11 & Photoshop)  creates an adjustment layer using the Exposure dialog.  Note that the parameters of the adjustment are not editable once committed.  If something isn’t quite right, you can simply run the action again to create a new adjustment and make changes as needed. Also, this dialog allows you the option to save and load additional presets.
  • Focal Point – Horizontal (Photo Effect – all Photoshop & Elements versions) creates a tilt-shift effect, with a horizontal band of your image in focus and the edges blurred.
  • Focal Point – Vertical (Photo Effect – all Photoshop & Elements versions) creates a tilt-shift effect, with a vertical band of your image in focus and the edges blurred.
  • Instamat Frame (Photo Effect – all Photoshop & Elements versions) creates an instamatic-style frame around your image – Insta-retro!
  • Selective Color (Adjustment layer – Elements 11 & Photoshop)  creates an adjustment layer using the Selective Color dialog.  Note that the parameters of the adjustment are not editable once committed.  If something isn’t quite right, you can simply run the action again to create a new adjustment and make changes as needed. Also, this dialog allows you the option to save and load additional presets.
  • Snapshot Frame – Rounded (Photo Effect – all Photoshop & Elements versions) Creates a white frame on its own layer that is fully editable when the action completes:  add some texture, change the color, adjust opacity or blend mode.
  • Snapshot Frame – Square (Photo Effect – all Photoshop & Elements versions) Creates a white frame on its own layer that is fully editable when the action completes:  add some texture, change the color, adjust opacity or blend mode.
  • Vignette (Photo Effect – all Photoshop & Elements versions) creates a vignette on its own layer, allowing you the option of editing it later by changing opacity or blend, duplicating it for stronger effects, changing the color, etc.

This is “social media” only early availability – meaning that only folks who follow me here in my blog, on the Graficalicus Facebook page, or on my Twitter feed can see them before they are added to the Graffishop later! All three versions are available below:

The full automatic installer for Windows Photoshop Elements 8-11 (recommended for Elements users)

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The manual installation files for Windows or Mac Photoshop CS3+ / Photoshop Elements 11. Detailed installation instructions are included

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The manual installation files for Windows or Mac Photoshop Elements 7 – 10. Detailed installation instructions are included

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Some screenshots and samples are below.