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How to Create Creamy Black & White Images in Lightroom

Don’t let your black and white images fall flat. Bring out the true beauty of your photographs by adding vibrancy and creamy tones. Zach & Jody show us how a few quick fixes in Lightroom can make your images sing:

In some cases, turning down your saturation may leave you with a nice black and white image. However, the image may fall short, leaving you with muddy tonal definition and lack of detail. Use Lightroom’s HSL Black & White module to define black and white color tones to bring back vibrancy and life to your image.

Be sure to have a look at Graffi’s Action sets in the Graffishop for more Black & White options: 

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

 

 


HipsterDo you like getting that Retro Lo-Fi, Vintage look for your images? Then you might really like Graffi's Hipster Kits for Photoshop / Elements and Lightroom!


How To Add Life to Your Black And White Images

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 83 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!

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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!

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)

Graffishop is closing…. and a new Graffishop is opening

And now, a regular note from me!

I’ve been working behind the scenes to get a new Graffishop ready to open – and as it stands now, I’m shooting for a Memorial Day weekend launch (in the US – it’s just plain old May 23 everywhere else in the world!)

The new shop will have a lot of the features that I’ve always wanted to incorporate in the old shop, like rollover previews, a faster checkout system, wish lists, better typography & compatibility with newer systems.  The new package has it – and a lot more.

Here’s where YOU come in:  if you haven’t logged into the old shop in a while (since before September 2013), your account is going to be purged.  I’ll maintain the data if you ever have an issue with something previously downloaded, but you’ll need to create a new account at the new shop when it opens if you want to receive newsletters, updates and members-only discounts. Stay tuned to my blog here, and check in at the Graffishop for update announces in the next week or so.

Meanwhile, for quick downloads, you can fast-n-easy download the Graffi add-on items from here

Thanks for all your support over the past decade! I’m looking forward to releasing new Lightroom presets & Photoshop Elements actions over the next several months, and I have a pretty good start on some new goodies for you!

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 293 times so far!

Handy Actions, Photo Lab and Glam Photo Updated

Add-O-Matic 12

Add-O-Matic 12

I just finished uploading the newest versions of Handy Actions, Photo Lab & Glam Photo – so new, I haven’t had a chance to update t heir descriptions in the Graffishop yet!

You can check them out & upgrade to Photoshop Elements 12 versions here:

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

All action sets now updated for Elements 11

Just a quick note here that all Action sets in the Graffishop have been updated for installation to Elements 11.

All of them also have a manual installation option (for $2 less / each) so Mac users and full Photoshop users can get them, too.

I’m now updating all the galleries to show off what these effects can do for you. Check out the newest PhotoLab & Glam Photo galleries – they’re both up and running!