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3 Photo Effects for Wedding Photographers

Video Tutorial

Split Toning

New Hipster Effects Pack samples

Just uploaded the new gallery of candidate Hipster effects:

Graffi’s new Hipster Action fx set, + javascript.

all effects create a duplicate image with all layers intact, and install a javascript for simple square cropping – a hallmark of the Hipster look.

Feedback requested!

Photoshop/Elements Video Tutorial: 3 Retro Photo Effects

Give your photos a nostalgic look with these three retro photo effects! This tutorial will show you how to create three photo effects using professional non-destructive editing techniques. You’ll learn the Photoshop recipes for creating a printed photo look, a photo effect very similar to the popular Instagram Nashville effect, and a warm nostalgic effect that can give your photos a warm sunset color effect.

Various Bokeh Effects Techniques in Photoshop

A nice and simple tutorial on how to create different types and styles of bokeh. Includes information on using different opacities and shapes.

Stylish Color Effects with Alpha Channel

Material Image Sometime we are unable to turn a photograph into color effects of painting by simply using the Photoshop. This tutorial provides a simple method of achieving that color effect and alpha channel.

Type: Photoshop Tutorials
Level: Beginner

Graffi’s Photo Effects Image Galleries

Below are some image galleries featuring some of Graffi’s images created using the Effects Packs for Photoshop Elements, all of which can be found here.

Graffi’s Photo Lab

Graffi’s Glam Photo

Graffi’s Focal Point Action Set

Graffi’s Hipster Action Set

Graffi’s Hipster Light Leaks Action Set

Graffi’s Photo Filters

How to Change the Default Add-O-Matic thumbnail for Effects (Actions)


Add-O-Matic generic thumbnail Add-O-Matic for Photoshop Elements users have written asking about how to change the default blue Add-O-Matic thumbnail into something a little more descriptive or indicative of what the effect actually produces.

Let me first explain why there’s a generic Add-O-Matic Photoshop Elements thumbnail in the first place: When a new effect is added to Photoshop Elements, Elements doesn’t have the slightest clue as to what the effect is or what the final result of running it should be. Therefore, a simple generic thumbnail is inserted as a placeholder, allowing the special Add-O-Matic category to display that there actually is an effect there, and it’s called “xxxx.atn”.

Replacing this generic thumbnail is doable, and I’ve finally gotten around to writing out the steps to accomplish it.

ShowNames15 Before you start, though, ask yourself if you really want a new thumbnail or do you just want to see what the name of it is?

ShowNames25   If it’s the latter, there’s a very simple solution already available: click the mini-menu from the upper right corner of the Effects palette and toggle on the “Show Names” option.

The Effects palette will display a truncated name beneath each thumbnail in any of the sections of the Effects palette. That’s the quick 2-second approach!

For a more permanent solution, though, you might want to create a unique thumbnail indicative of the effect the action produces, and force a rebuild of Elements’ internal thumbnail database. Here’s how:

(Let me just state this for the lawyers out there:  if you do this, and you do something incorrectly and/or you don’t let your database rebuild and/or the database rebuilds, but your thumbnails are screwy and/or anything else funky happens to your installation of Elements, your computer, your network, your garage door opener, your microwave, or anything else, it isn’t my fault – consider yourselves warned!)

Now that that’s out of the way, it’s a pretty simple, albeit time-consuming, process:

  1. Locate the action that you want to create a new thumbnail for, and get the exact name from the *.atn file you dragged into Add-O-Matic. (this is important!)
  2. Create the image that you want to use as the thumbnail, save it in .png format, and name it exactly the same as the action (*.atn) file that it represents. For example, I recently uploaded an action here named  Retro 3D Text.atn.  I created an image using this action and saved it to my desktop, naming it Retro 3D Text.png 
  3. Navigate to the folder where Elements keeps all actions, thumbnails,&  metadata files for all effects (*\Program Data\Adobe\Photoshop Elements\8.0\Photo Creations\photo effects) and drag your new thumbnail in, overwriting the .png file that already exists with the same name:  you want to replace it, right? So overwrite it!
  4. Now you need to force Elements to see the new thumbnail.  That means you have to make Elements forget what the original thumbnail looked like. To do that, you need to delete the internal thumbnail database and make Elements build itself a new one.
  5. Navigate to *\Program Data\Adobe\Photoshop Elements\8.0  and delete or rename the database file  called  ThumbDatabase.db3.  This is the information store that Elements uses to know what each and every thumbnail looks like, what file it references, and where it lives within your installation.
  6. Start Elements. The database will rebuild itself, and it will take 20 minutes or more for it to go through the entire Elements catalog, locate thumbnails, figure out what they belong to,where they reside, and record all that information into a brand spanking new, bright & shiny thumbnail database file. You’ll see a progress bar that looks like this:
  7. When your cursor stops flickering and it appears that the thumbnails are where they should be, close & restart Elements again just to lock everything in place.

newthumb5 Doing the steps above, I made a new thumbnail .png for the action I mentioned above, saved it to the photo effects directory, rebuilt the thumbnails database, and now my Add-O-Matic category displays the updated image:

I’ve also created an automated way to perform these steps, and I’m currently working on incorporating it into a future release of Add-O-Matic. I’m hesitant to bring it out into the light right now, though. Maybe I can be convinced – what’s a utility like this worth..?

Add-O-Matic is now in its 8th edition, starting with the first Add-O-Matic from way back for Photoshop Elements 5, and it is still the most popular Elements utility available! 

New Now Add-O-Matic now will put all your Lightroom presets away for you, too!
You can grab an Add-O-Matic fast-n-easy by clicking the button below:

For Photoshop Elements 11-12

For Photoshop Elements 6-10

Neutral Density Filters

Neutral density or ND filters have the sole purpose of cutting down the amount of light as a whole. A perfect neutral density filter would transmit all wavelengths of light equally, so there would be no color change. Though not actually perfect, it can be used equally well in both color photography or black and white photography.

neutral density filters

Photoshop & Elements users: Check out my new Graduated Neutral Density Filter Simulator actions, or grab them fast & easy below:

Graduated Neutral Density Filter Simulator Actions

Understanding the Radial Filter in Lightroom

One of the most useful features in Lightroom is one that tends to get overlooked, or at least under-utilized. The Radial Filter, introduced in Lightroom 5, is an incredibly powerful image adjustment tool that can be used to enhance your photos in many ways. From creating vignettes, to enhancing colors, to adjusting the exposure, and white balance, this humble little icon sitting on the right-hand side of the Develop module can unlock a variety of creative possibilities and bring new life to not only your photos, but your photography as a whole.


11 easy ways to get creative with landscape photography

You’ve mastered long exposures and nailed your colourful sunsets – what’s next? Every photographer wants to break the mould and make something that stands out. In their latest guest blog post the team at Photoventure offers their list of fun landscape photography ideas to help unclog your creative flow.

bokeh step 1a

1. Make Bokeh

Open up wide and turn small background highlights that are out of focus into pleasing spots of blur. Or go even further and shape your bokeh by covering your lens with a piece of cardboard with a shape cut out in the middle, turning your blur into little hearts, stars or whichever shape you fancy..