Coffee: Touch Up

Have you ever dipped lace, tags, or ribbon in coffee? It's quite fun and gives any thing you dip in it an antiqued appearance. It's just as fun in Photoshop but without the mess!

Dip your image in coffee:
  1. Layer the Enchanted Overlay 4 on the linear burn blending mode
  2. Use the gradient tool apply a black and white gradient layer

Share your photo touch ups this week:

The Creative Exchange
Macro Monday
Touch Up Tuesday

Sweet Shot Tuesday
The Happiness Project
Black and White Wednesday


  1. Yes, I have....I did it a couple of times when I made a couple of 'antique looking' raggedy ann dolls for two little girls; as gifts.

    Love, love your photography skills!!!

    First of the Amaryllis Blooming

  2. These are gorgeous, as always Kristy.. Love the books with the ribbon!

  3. Anonymous1:51 PM CDT

    I remember dipping things in coffee in elementary school to make it look old for various projects. I haven't tried it in photoshop before - I'll have to give it a try!

  4. I have done this Kristy, but I have to agree that it's much nicer to do it in Photoshop!! These are beautiful!!

    Thank you so much for sharing these today at The Creative Exchange. your work is truly so lovely!

    Have a wonderful evening!


  5. Both are such lovely images....I love the mood they create. Thanks for the photoshop tips -- I will try it.

  6. Anonymous6:12 PM CDT

    I did spill coffee all over a new cream-colored sweater once. Never did get the stain out - should have dipped the whole sweater, Kidding aside, your photos are dreamy with this overlay!

  7. i have a deep fondness for coffee...and now i love it even more...the photos are awesome!!!!

  8. I love this treatment. It is so light and lovely. I like it do much I ordered the textures. Thanks so much. Of the two shots, the second is my favorite with that little touch of green in the book. Beautiful work.

  9. Genie,
    Thanks! To get the little touch of color underneath the overlay just lower the opacity!

  10. Anonymous10:18 PM CDT

    Gorgeous composition and processing.

    Happy Macro Monday!

  11. Great post processing on these.

  12. Anonymous9:36 PM CDT

    Love these colors. I can't decide which one is my favorite. Well done!

  13. These are gorgeous!! I love the light hint of color in the second photo... so pretty!

  14. Anonymous11:04 PM CDT

    I love the coffee tone--they work so well with the books--very nice!

  15. Oh, how pretty! Love that silc ribbon.

    Erika B

  16. love these, so creative.

  17. Anonymous3:11 PM CDT

    I love your still lifes, and that subtle color in the second image is gorgeous!

    And thank you for the kind words over at my place. =)


  18. i love this look, really really pretty!

  19. Anonymous8:56 PM CDT

    Great photos. Love them.

  20. Yes, I discovered coffee like that as a kid when I accidentally spilled my father's coffee on my paper! After that I made a whole a stationery using that technique. Now, I use coffee to paint on watercolor paper. It looks better than sepia shots!

  21. Lui,
    I haven't tried it with watercolor paper. Thanks for the idea! I bet it would make a great texture!

  22. Anonymous4:47 PM CDT

    I've never tried this, but it sounds fantastic. Your photos are wonderful. Thanks for the tutorial. My exchange sharing is at peripheral perceptions


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