25 Days of Christmas Freebies for Photographers

25 days of Freebies for Photographers event is starting tomorrow!

Lots of beautiful, high quality freebies, special discounts and giveaways. Watch this space!

Instagram Inspiration - November

Our monthly Instagram Inspiration post is here. November was a month of first snow and Christmas Mini sessions.

Please enjoy collection of beautiful images from our main hashtag #kimladesigns.

Are you on Instagram ? Would you like to share your pics using kimla designs overlays, textures or digital backgrounds ?
Simply use #kimladesigns  or tag us @kimladesignsphotography.
Congratulations to all featured Photographers. Thank you for sharing your work.
Don't forget to follow these amazing photographers and leave them some love. All images are clickable.

Free White Bokeh Overlay for Photographers

In this weeks Freebie Friday post I'm sharing beautiful white bokeh overlay. If you love delicate, soft light when editing portraits, this bokeh overlay will help you create it in seconds.

This is a simply drag & drop overlay, just don't forget to change Mode of the layer for Screen one.
You can download it here.

You might like to check our Light Effects Collection here.

Photoshop Snow Overlays Frequently Asked Questions Answered

In this post will try to answer few frequently asked questions about Snow Overlays and give you some tips which should  be helpful when using snow overlays.

1. Why snow overlays are saved as a JPG's ? How to hide black background?

All our Snow overlays from both Winter Wonderland Collection and White Winter pack are saved  as JPG's images. These are high quality images, they should work with high resolution pics and it's simply smaller size than PNG's or PSD files, even when zipped. We saved each snow overlay on a black background just because it's more visible.

Have you heard about different Layer Modes in Photoshop? Try to change it from Normal mode to Screen. Yes, I've told you already, it's super easy!

2. How to hide Snow Overlay from some parts of the picture?

I like to add new layer mask over Snow Overlay and simply mask off these parts I like to hide.

3. Can I apply few snow overlays over one picture?

Yes, absolutely! You can mix and match few overlays and you are free to do any other adjustments with each of the layer - change opacity, use Filters, like Gaussian Blur to make it more soft or Motion Blur etc.

4. Can I use Snow Overlays with studio work pictures?

Yes, why not! It would be hard to get falling snow effect in studio, right?

5. What software do I need to use Snow Overlays?

Each snow overlay has been created with Photoshop CC, but you can use them with the help of any software supporting layers - PSCS2+, PSE, Gimp and many more.

6. I'm using Snow Overlays for the first time. Do you have any tips?

Photoshop overlays are very user friendly tools, you should  have some basic knowledge of the software, know how the layers work that's for sure.
I'm always trying to apply one layer of snow first, and lower opacity of it a little. It really depends on the picture. I mentioned it in my latest tutorial, that these tools won't fix bad pictures. You can apply 10 layers and cover all picture with the heavy snow if you like, but this is not what your picture is about.

If you are trying to turn Summer picture, shot in full sun, into white Winter wonderland don't expect amazing, natural looking effects. Some basic correction in RAW should be made first, retouch as well. It's worth to try some general Winter edit, just to tone down the colours, make them more wintry. You can learn about Oh so White Winter PS Action here and check many more beautiful snowy pictures here.

Please let me know if you have more questions in the comments.

Hope you will find this post useful. Pin it and share it with your friends.

If you like to check White Winter Collection, how it works with your photos, please contact me via Shop contact form.

Little freebie sampler from this collection is available here.

Free White Winter Snow Photo Frame Overlay for Photographers

It's Freebie Friday and I'm so happy to share with you all a sampler from White Winter Collection .

Before you download this beautiful freebie, be sure and check out our Free White Winter Tutorial here and learn how to create white Winter effect in secs. There is a long post with before/after pictures here.

Only this week you can get whole White Winter Collection for free with each min $49.99 purchase. This offer will ends in a few days, so don't miss out.

This photo frame overlay has been saved on a black background, so after applying, simply change mode of the layer from Normal to Screen. Download Here

Thank you and don't forget to pin this freebie and share it with your friends.

Child photography courtesy of Iga Logan Photography

When you can't wait for the Winter

If you like me can't wait for a white winter and you love a little bit of Photoshop magic, you will surely enjoy this post.

If you haven't seen it yet, there is a new tutorial from few days back - How to create white Winter Effect in Photoshop CC  and today's post is a continuation of it.

I think the best way to show how these tools work, is to show you some examples.

All these before pictures has been edited first - basic retouch and clean edit has been applied, and my advice is to always do it first. The next step is Winter PS Action and snow overlays. Like with any editing tools, they don't fix crappy picture, so do it correctly first, shoot in RAW, correct mistakes and than apply creative PS Actions and overlays. Ok, so here are the before and after pictures.

You can learn more about our White Winter Collection here and if you like to check this collection, how it works with your photos, please contact me via Shop contact form.

As always feel free to share your work over our Kimla Designs Fb Page or simply tag @kimladesignsphotography on Instagram. We are using #kimladesigns.

How to create white Winter Effect in Photoshop CC Free Tutorial for Photographers

In this tutorial I'm going to show you how to create dreamy, snowy Winter effect in Photoshop with our White Winter Collection. I'm going to use Winterize PS Action, Overlays and PS brushes from this collection. Follow my simply step by step process and create your beautiful, snowy Winter.
I'm going to use Photoshop CC here. If you are not familiar with Photoshop, you can start a free trial here.

First of all, we need to change general look of this photo to more white. There are propably many ways of doing this in Photoshop, but to save you time I created Oh so white Winterize PS Action and this is my before/after pictures.

The only thing I did I masked off  over the little girl face and pony with the black soft brush. This action is fully editable, you can just open the group and customize each layer. If you feel that your picture is  too warm or too cold, you can simply open the Winter Haze layer and edit red or blue level. If you need more brightness check the Tonal layer and play with settings.

Just a few more examples of how this action is working.

here I used beautiful photo by Iga Logan Photography and this is how this action works on sunny Florida picture. I only corrected the greens here a little and get this wintery look in secs.

So let's learn how to add the snow.
I'm going to use Snow Photo Overlays from the White Winter Collection.

There are 30, beautiful snow overlays. These are simply drag & drop overlays, so you can apply each effect very quickly. You can check our Complete Guide to Photo Overlays here. These overlays are great, you can mix & match them to get new looks.
I like fluffy little snow, rather delicate look of it, nothing heavy and with hard edges.

and these are Iga's pictures after snowy make over.

and little something from the trip to Christmas tree farm

 You can also create your own snow overlay or just add little bit more snow to ready made overlays with PS brushes included in this collection.

I love brushes and love how you can change the settings of these tools in Photoshop. With snow brushes you can simply paint your own snowy scene.

How to upload them to your PS CC ?

After downloading and unziping the folder, simply double click on Kimla Designs White Winter Snow Brushes .abr file and your brushes will be visible in Brush Panel.
Click B and you will be able to open Brush menu. You can change size of each brush and hardness.
If you Click F5 shortcut, you will be able to edit settings of each brush. You should really check this out.

Hope you will find this Tutorial useful. Pin it and share it with your friends.

If you like to check this collection, how it works with your photos, please contact me via Shop contact form.