Clean + minimal editing, Scandi style!

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I know I am easily excitable but today I really, really am excited to announce the launch of Stockholm | Clean x Minimal our new photo processing Photoshop actions. The new set is Nordic/Scandinavian inspired-muted tones, bright light, clean whites. This set has both Michelle and I truly inspired, we have been on a flat lay photo taking frenzy. We both got some print worthy Iphone shots after a 2 minute visit to a local rock shop, this set has instantly been added to our regular photo editing rotation. We know how hard it is to find ‘your look’, we also know how important it is to create a cohesive visual presence for your brand, if you have been yearning to recreate the look that all the Scandinavian bloggers have seemed to effortlessly master then we have you covered. Our processing tools are one click edits with the option to refine even further. We know this is going to become a favorite (it’s one of ours)! We have a little preview before + afters below and tips on achieving this look before you start editing!Read More

Easy Watercolor effect + patterns in Photoshop!

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2017 has already started with a huge bang for us, I can’t even wrap my brain around the fact that tomorrow will be March?! How did that happen? My mind is officially boggled, our to-do list for just one of our projects (focused project mind you) has several pages attached to it, so I will try to make this post short and sweet!  We are doing a giveaway with our friends at Calligrafile, an incredible resource for any lettering artist budding to pro and all the info is FREE!

Today Calligrafile will be giving away TWO of our classes The Watercolor Effect in Photoshop and Quick + Easy Patterns in Photoshop and a set of our popular watercolor effects to THREE lucky winners. Michelle created this charming graphic using all the skills we teach you and added the watercolor effect from our set. It took her oh, approximately 3 minutes, seriously. Once you learn how to do these skills (our classes are super quick + comprehensive, no prior Photoshop knowledge necessary). Visit Calligrafile for details and also to take in all the lettering goodness there! Good luck!

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Calligrafile

Easy Watercolor Effect in Photoshop

Quick + Easy Patterns in Photoshop

Watercolor Effect Set

Hand lettered font used in graphic

Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog.

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Clean + minimal photo editing

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We thought we would pop in really quick to show you what we have been working on in our Foto Rx lab! Our next photo processing set we will release (fingers crossed next week) we took inspo from Nordic style, we are talking clean edits, subtle toning, lovely light. We felt like this flamingo really showed off the effect. The ‘before’  image on the bottom is really nice, but we like our colors a little less saturated and of course we love our pinks to be more muted. In one click we were able to get this perfectly soft, muted pink, the background was softened and our blacks were deepened. We are pretty excited with the results. If you having been trying to recreate that Nordic/Scandi vibe but haven’t had much success than you are going to LOVE this set! It works perfectly for flat lay photography, interiors, vignettes and more (for photos with people? Um, not so much), it has a lot of practical uses and hopefully will become a valuable time saving resource.

If you haven’t already be sure to sign-up for our mailing list, we are going to give away one of the new sets to one lucky individual on our list (it could be you), you can sign-up here.

Have you been loving the minimal Nordic vibe too? Is there an editing style you wish we would create a processing set for? Anything else you would like us to come up with (besides an app, we know, that’s one of our biggest requests!)?

photograph by lauren mancke

Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog.

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Stovetop espresso and easy lattes at home

Espresso pot black on black via besotted blog

Many people gave up coffee/caffeine as the new year rolled in (Michelle gave it up before then!). I on the other hand made a concerted effort to drink stronger coffee. I know that may sound odd, but I really only drink one cup a day (alternate days I’ll drink tea). On the mornings I have coffee I wanted it to really do its job and for me that meant I wanted something with a kick, something that was rich in a way only good coffee can be, not bitter, not waterey, something that felt like I was drinking a cup of luxury, because when you have a toddler, drinking a hot beverage while it’s still hot is truly a luxury. I did a ton of coffee research, which if you ever have gone down that rabbit hole can be both incredibly interesting and overwhelming. I decided on a stove top espresso maker. They are inexpensive (mine shown was under $15!), easy to use and easy-ish to clean. They do take more time than say a Keurig, but about as much time as it takes to make and steep a good cup of tea. My espresso maker reads that it makes 6 cups and I am sure it would if you were making espresso, but if you think you are going to get 6 cups of coffee out of it, you are not. You will get one strong cup of coffee. I don’t even use the entire pot. I have been making my own foamy lattes in the morning, heating the milk (in the microwave) and using a handheld frother, it may seem like a lot of work, but it’s a lot less work than trying to wrangle previous mentioned toddler, get her dressed, fed, in the car seat or stroller, off to Starbuck’s, ask for a lukewarm latte, get home drink latte cold. My extra step to froth my own milk, is totally worth it and I get to drink my latte hot!  Bonus, I save a ton of money and my sanity! This is such a revelation!Read More

Easy Patterns in Photoshop Free Class Link!

easy patterns in photoshop flamingo via besotted

When Michelle and I started teaching our classes we weren’t sure of the reaction or whether it was going to be worth the effort (it’s a whole lotta effort), but we have found we truly enjoy doing them and we get a huge thrill out of seeing what our student’s produce with their new skills. We couldn’t have been happier with this charming flamingo pattern that our student Eglé Ma created, she made it with artwork we supplied the class and truly made the project her own. We decided to do some mocks-ups of her pattern on products, because this is truly where you can visualize your pattern come to life. If you are dabbling in hand lettering, you may be doing a little illustrating too and this class would be perfect for you to take to be able to add another skill to your creative tool kit. Imagine what you could make for a potential client? You could create patterns from hand drawn wreaths/crests, initials, your ink splats, really anything.  We still have a few free classes available the link is below, if you take the free class all we ask is that you post your project.

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Easy Patterns in Photoshop Class

Link for free class (15 students, first come first served)

Digitize your lettering in Photoshop

Student Eglé Ma

Monthly Photoshop Subscription

Mock-up Class (coming soon, sign-up to be notified)

Great design resources (including styled stock)

Digitize lettering + illustrations (lots of links to sell your work)

Photos edited with Foto Rx First Aid Kit

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

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