One of my favorite actions from The Coffeeshop Blog is The Butterscotch Vintage action! I just love the subtleness of the “vintage” and the warmth it adds to the photo.
What I love most about all of the Coffeeshop actions (other than the price) is the simplicity of them. She makes all of her actions extremely user friendly, and also provides you with step-by-step tutorials for each one!
You can find the free Butterscotch Vintage action and tutorial HERE!
This is how I used the Butterscotch Vintage Action in Photoshop Elements 9:
Open photo in PSE.
Click on the Butterscotch Vintage action icon and drag it onto your image.
(For a tutorial on installing actions in PSE click HERE)
When prompted, click continue and run the action.
Adjust the layers to taste.
For this particular photo I felt like the action made the subject’s face too bright so I decided to mask the action off of her face just a bit. To do this, you must first select the layer mask (the white box next to the layer icon) on the "Curves Adjustment Layer”.
Then, you have to set black as your foreground color.
Next you will need to select your paintbrush tool and choose a brush.
I always use a basic brush without a soft feathered edge. This way I only paint exactly where I want to.
You will also need to change the opacity of your brush. I set my brush opacity to 37%.
Now paint over the entire area that you want to mask off in one brushstroke. Do this by clicking and holding down the left mouse button on the area you want to mask the action off and don’t release it until you have passed over the entire area. This will keep the area looking smooth and evenly toned.
You can repeatedly paint over the area in the same manner as before until the desired outcome is reached.
Now all that is left is to merge all of the layers together! You can do this by right clicking on one of the layers then select “merge visible”.
That’s it!! You’re done!!! How easy was that??
Beautiful every time!!! Oh, and that nifty little before and after tag was also created from a coffeeshop design! Click HERE for your free tag!
Thank you Coffeeshop Blog for all of your beautiful actions and designs!!