Effects

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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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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Tips for Dark Beauty Stylized Portrait Photography

When shooting a portrait, the conventional wisdom involves using bright, evenly-coloured light to bring out the model’s sweet inner glow. Sometimes, though, you might desire an aesthetic that is a little bit more dramatic. In this video, Detroit photographer Paul Manoian uses coloured gels to shed light on the darker side of portrait photography:

Manoian was going for a Gothic look in this shoot, juxtaposing his subject’s pale skin and blonde hair with black clothes, dark makeup, and a royal blue backdrop. To accentuate this colour palette while keeping the soft diffused light, he opens the front of a soft box (mounted onto an Elinchrom D-lite 4) and tapes gels inside the box itself, which he shines on the model from the rear to give her a deep blue halo around her. He uses three of these – two square soft boxes and one octagonal – in order to maximize this effect from all sides.

In addition to these three lights, he points one spot light on the background, creating a circular glow behind her head which frames her face and adds contrast to the image. He relies only on the light spilling in from the side to brighten her face, purposefully leaving it largely in shadow in order to enhance the brooding atmosphere.

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This session displays an interesting and uncommon method of photographing women with a more commanding aura than usual. By playing with deep contrast and shadow, Manoian explores her strong and powerful side without compromising her feminine energy – two concepts which are rare to find intertwined so gracefully.

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Article from: PictureCorrect Photography Tips

Hipster[VintageKit] now available, with a coupon code!

Graffi’s Hipster[VintageKit] is now out, with versions for automatic or manual installation for Photoshop and Elements, Mac & Windows editions!

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As a bonus, if you checkout before March 31st you can use the coupon code 232b5ea449 you can take 20% off your entire shopping cart!

Here’s a demo video, showing the actions that tap into the new, secret  Adjustment Layer actions in Photoshop Elements 11.  They also work super in Photoshop, CS3+. if you choose the Elements 11 Installer package, the actions and scripts are all installed for you and you’re ready to start using them in minutes!

A complete listing of the actions in this set is on the Hipster[VintageKit] page.  Hope you’ll check them out and offer some feedback!

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.

 

Hipster[Light Leak] Actions + Gradient

Hipster[LightLeaks] Here’s the second release (but the first “official” release – see the adjustment layer actions & crop script release, too) of the Hipster[ ... ] effect series made especially for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.

This first set included some Hipster basics: a few adjustment layer actions not readily available for Photoshop Elements users, the now-famous square crop script, some edge blurring (tilt-shift), vignetting and framing actions. It will only be free until they get packaged up and released – thanks for testing, testers!

This download includes 9 different light leak actions that place gradients on a new layer and makes some adjustments to blending and opacity – both of which are editable by you after the action finishes.

What is a light leak?  According to Wikipedia:

“A light leak is a hole or gap in the body of a camera where light is able to “leak” into the normally light-tight chamber, exposing the film or sensor with extra light. This light is diffuse, although parts within the camera may cast shadows or reflect it in a particular way. For most purposes this is considered a problem. Within the lomography movement it is seen as a positive effect, giving photos character.”

This set also includes a separate gradient (*.grd) file that can be loaded into Photoshop and Elements and used to create your own light leak effects, with whatever gradient style (linear, circular, reflected, etc) and blending mode (hard light, linear light, etc.) that you’d like, and they can be drawn as large or as tight as you need them.  Check out some examples here:

There are two versions available for download:  the first includes a manual installer for Windows that is specifically tailored to Photoshop Elements 8 – 11, and it will install the actions, thumbnails, .xml files and gradient for you.  It will also put the action set into the Action Player (Elements 8 – 10) and in the Actions palette (Elements 11)



(Windows automatic installer for Elements 8 – 11)

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The second version is a DIY set suited for Photoshop users & more experienced Mac/Windows users (or non-lazy Elements users!) who can add the files themselves. Install instructions are included.



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Freebie: 20 Futuristic Light Leaks

Futuristic Light Leaks Preview

Adding the light leaks is easy. Simply drag and drop the image into your document, set the blending mode to Screen, then scale and reposition as needed.

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You can tilt the light leaks and use a layer mask to hide it from certain areas. This image uses a layer mask to reveal the face.

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To make any light leak stronger, simply duplicate the layer.

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Hipster [vintage] Kit demo release

Here’s the Hipster[vintage] Kit I’ve been posting about for the past few weeks.  This is the first little bit of it; the Adjustment Layer actions, a blurred focal point action, a vignette action, a few Instamatic-type frames and the crop square script.

Downloading is free!  So are comments and feedback – yours, I mean.  So many folks just grab my downloads and I never get feedback until I get a message in my email. I’d love to get both good and bad comments so I can fix anything that might need fixing.

Got a comment for me, then? ;)

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