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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!

Freebie: 8 Seamless Paper Textures

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This package contains 8 paper textures (30 if you’re a SparkleStock member) and they come as Photoshop patterns and JPEG images. They’re high-res at 2048×2048 pixels and can be tiled seamlessly.

Improve your artwork. Instantly enhance your layers by overlaying a paper texture.

How to Use These Paper Textures

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Quick Tip: Emphasize or Hide Skin Flaws With One Layer | Photoshop Tutorials

Want to retouch skin quick and naturally? Learn how to do that using just the yellow channel in your photo.

This technique can be used to emphasize skin detail for a dramatic look or reduce the appearance of wrinkles, freckles, and dark circles under the eyes.

via Quick Tip: Emphasize or Hide Skin Flaws With One Layer | Photoshop Tutorials.

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.



(Manual installation for Photoshop & Elements)

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How to Make a Photorealistic Drop Shadow

Material Image In This detailed tutorial you will learn how to make a photorealistic drop shadow
Type: Photoshop Tutorials
Level: Beginner

Freebie: 20 Futuristic Light Leaks

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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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Freebie: 12 Large Bokeh Brushes

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There are 12 color bokeh brushes. If you’re a SparkleStock member, you can pick from 18 bokeh brushes! They come in multiple sizes; 625, 1250, 2500, and 5000 pixels. In addition, you get them in pre-colored JPEG images to save you time. Drag and drop them into your document then set the blending mode to Screen or Linear Dodge – it’s that easy!

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We recommend using these bokeh brushes with photos that have some sort of retro photo effect applied. Here are some photo effect tutorials we recommend:

These bokeh brushes work great with portraits. Paint with your brush and layer set to linear dodge using different colors. Combine it with some color lookup filters (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Color Lookup) to give it a photo retro effect. You can combine the Futurstic Bleak and Film Stock color lookups for the best results.

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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:


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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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