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Freebie: 12 Large Bokeh Brushes

Bokeh Brush Preview

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!

Large Bokeh

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.

Download the Bokeh Brushes

12 Large Bokeh Brushes

 

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? ;)

Hipster[vintage]

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Quick Tip: Emphasize or Hide Skin Flaws With One Layer

Step 1

Open the photo that you want to edit in Photoshop. The photo should have enough detail in the skin tones with little to no makeup.


Step 2

We’ll need to grab the Yellow channel. Before we can do this, we have to convert the image to CMYK by going to Image > Mode > CMYK.


Step 3

In the Channels palette (Window > Channels), select the Yellow channel. As you can see, the Yellow layer reveals the most skin flaws. Copy and paste this layer by going to Select > All then Edit > Copy.


Step 4

Now we need to convert the image back to RGB mode for editing. Instead of converting the image back, which will degrade the image quality even more, we can just undo all the way back to the beginning. Keep pressing Alt+Ctrl+Z (Option+Cmd+Z on Macs) until you’ve reverted back to the original photo. Go to Edit > Paste and Photoshop will place the Yellow channel you copied as a new layer.


Step 5

Change the blending mode to Overlay. You’ll see the effects immediately and you can reduce the effect by reducing the opacity.


Step 6

If you want to hide the skin flaws instead of revealing it, invert the layer by going to Image > Adjustments > Invert. Change the blending mode to Soft Light then reduce the opacity until it looks about right.


Step 7

You can also add a layer mask so that this layer only affects the skin tones. This is an optional step because your image will look fine most of the time without any masking. However, should you need to create a layer mask, you can do this by going to Layer > Layer Mask > Hide All. Select the Brush tool (make sure your foreground color is white), then paint with a soft-edge brush around the skin. If you’re using Photoshop CS6, you can also use the skin tone feature in the Color Range tool. To do this, go to Select > Color Range. Select “Skin Tones” from the dropdown menu and enable Detect Faces. Click OK and Photoshop will create a selection of the skin tones for you.


Final Results

Quick Tip: Retroize Your Photos in Seconds

Preview of Final Results


Step 1

For this tutorial, we’ll be using Color Lookup adjustment layers which is only available in Photoshop CS6. Color Lookup layers are used to simulate color profiles used in film and Photoshop includes . Start by opening any photo into Photoshop.


Step 2

Because this photo effect will be created with several layers, it makes sense to add them inside a layer group. Add a new layer group by going to Layer > New > Group.


Step 3

Add a new Color Lookup adjustment layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Color Lookup). In your Properties panel (Window > Properties), set the profile to Futuristic Bleak.

The Futuristic Bleak profile gives your photo a faded look like what you see in many futurstic movies.

 

 


Step 4

Next, we’re going to add a Film Stock color lookup profile. This profile boost the contrast and colors of your image. Duplicate the Color Lookup adjustment layer you created in the previous step by pressing Ctrl/Cmd+J. In the Properties panel, set the profile to Film Stock.

The image looks pretty good already with just these two adjustment layers.

 


Step 5 (Optional)

This step is optional but will give your photo some retro colors. The last Color Lookup adjustment layer we’ll add a 3 Strip color profile. Duplicate the previous Color Lookup adjustment layer (Ctrl/Cmd+J) then change the color profile to 3 Strip.

The 3 Strip color profile simulates the 3-strip Technicolor camera from the 1930s used in the famous movie, Alice in Wonderland (1951). There was no true way of simulating this effect before Photoshop CS6 came out. Now with the new Color Lookup adjustment layers, we can easily add this effect.


A 3 Strip Technicolor Camera

 


Step 6 (Optional)

This step is also optional and gives your photo a faded look by shifting all 100% black and 100% white areas to something more gray. This technique is used a lot by photographers and is becoming a very popular effect for wedding and portrait photography. To do this, add a new Levels adjustment layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Levels). Adjust the black and white input slider at the bottom of your properties panel.

This technique lowers the contrast of the photo for a more nostalgic feeling. It’s often combined with some sort of subtle retro photo effect.


Final Results

Here’s what the final image looks like! This is all done with several Color Lookup adjustment layers. Experiment with different combinations of Color Lookup profiles for more quick and easy photo effects.

New Photoshop Adjustment Layers for Photoshop Elements 11

A fun secret about Photoshop Elements 11: some Photoshop Adjustment Layers can be used in Elements!

Specifically, Black and White, Color Balance, Exposure and Selective Color adjustments can be added with the actions downloadable below.  Note that these will only be available for limited time! They will be included in the updated Handy Actions set early in 2013. Add-O-Matic will be updated to allow for sharing and loading presets that these adjustment layers create. (AOM already supports Channel Mixer- .cha – and Curves – .acv – files, as well as Lightroom presets.)

The caveat to these actions is that the adjustments can only be made while the action opens the dialog; once it’s committed, you cannot go back and edit the settings without running the action again. Also, these additional adjustment layers will only work with Elements 11.

However, the layer mask the adjustment creates is editable – you can edit it to your heart’s content!


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These actions are going to be an integral part of the new line of actions from the Graffishop, starting with Hipster (look for it in January 2013)

The actions in the download above are easily added using Add-)-Matic, or you can manually load them in to Elements 11.

personally, I’d get an Add-O-Matic, though……  :)
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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:

By clicking the button below, I agree with the Terms & Conditions.

Loving me some free brushes!

@photoshopweb: Splatter Plus – Photoshop bit.ly/ZyUG8q

Throw them at your add o matic and you’ll be in business, elements users!
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:

By clicking the button below, I agree with the Terms & Conditions.

Photoshop Adjustment Layers for Photoshop Elements

A fun secret about Photoshop Elements 11: some Photoshop Adjustment Layers can be used in Elements!

Specifically, Black and White, Color Balance, Exposure and Selective Color adjustments can be added with the actions downloadable below.  Note that these will only be available for limited time! They will be included in the updated Handy Actions set early in 2013. Add-O-Matic will be updated to allow for sharing and loading presets that these adjustment layers create. (AOM already supports Channel Mixer- .cha – and Curves – .acv – files, as well as Lightroom presets.)

The caveat to these actions is that the adjustments can only be made while the action opens the dialog; once it’s committed, you cannot go back and edit the settings without running the action again. Also, these additional adjustment layers will only work with Elements 11.

However, the layer mask the adjustment creates is editable – you can edit it to your heart’s content!


By clicking the button below, I agree with the Terms & Conditions.


These actions are going to be an integral part of the new line of actions from the Graffishop, starting with Hipster (look for it in January 2013)

The actions in the download above are easily added using Add-)-Matic, or you can manually load them in to Elements 11.

personally, I’d get an Add-O-Matic, though……  :)
_________________________________________________

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:

By clicking the button below, I agree with the Terms & Conditions.

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!

Graffi’s Hipster first release – .jsx script for cropping square and an action to run it

Original

Hipster!

The square crop

is a hallmark of the latest style in digital pictures: retro, Instagram-ish, hipster looking images. However, cropping an image to a perfect square is actually pretty tricky to pull off, programming speaking. Automating the process is impossible to do without a program to do the math for you.

The javascript below (shown in the screenshot to the left) can be used in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.

Photoshop users can just browse and load the script as needed (or save it to [SrcDrv]/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS#/Presets/Scripts and it will appear in the Scripts menu).

Photoshop Elements users aren’t so lucky. To run the script, you can drag and drop it directly into the Elements workspace, or it can be called from an action.

The download below also includes an action that will call the script, but it requires a specific installation path: Windows users should install the javascript to C:\Graffi Photoshop Scripts\CropSquare.jsx (it MUST be this folder, otherwise the action won’t find it). I’m also going to reference this folder as a repository for future scripts and action set installers, so if you like the Graffi stuff, this is a good place to start.  (As an additional note, Add-O-Matic will be updated to handle javascript (*.jsx) files, and AOM will put them in this folder by default, too.) Installation instructions are included in the .zip download (or grab an Add-O to install the actions, and manually place the javascript in the folder referenced above)

Finally, I’m also including the first Hipster action that utilizes this javascript – a sample image is above.

*MAC USERS: I’d love to find out where to place the javascript on your system so I can update the action.

A short tutorial on using the new actions is coming up next!


Hipster Javascript & Action Wow! Downloaded 211 times so far!

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:

Get your Add-O-Matic here!
By clicking the button below, I agree with the Terms & Conditions.