ABOUT:

Captured By Carrie Photography & Product Shop helps fellow photographers achieve their artistic and creative vision with her Photoshop editing workflow products such as Overlays, Stock Images, Textures and Digital Backgrounds. If you picture it in your mind's eye, she can help make your idea a reality with her items. She brings your imagination to life!

If you need additional training, or are looking for a creative outlet, make sure to join the Tara Lesher Education Group on Facebook and subscribe to her compositing education site which features numerous tutorial videos to help you revolutionize your photography!
http://www.taralesher.com/

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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS:

What programs do your Workflow products work in?
I created my Overlays, Stock Images, Textures and Digital Backgrounds in Adobe Photoshop CS6 and Creative Cloud and I created my Lightroom Presets in Lightroom 5 (and those should work in Lightroom 4 as well).

What software do I need to be able to use Overlays and/or Textures?
Overlays and Textures can be used with any software that allows you to work with Layers (Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Paintshop Pro, etc.).

Do you offer returns, refunds, exchanges or credit?
Due to the nature of the digital products, no returns, refunds, exchanges or credit will be given. All sales are final. If you should have any questions or concerns about any digital product, please contact me before purchasing. It is highly encouraged for you to read the “Question & Answers/Instructions/ Terms of Use” section in my online store before purchasing.

I just bought a digital product/photograph yesterday and then today there is a sale. Can I get a refund?
I apologize for any inconvenience, but the sales are only applicable to digital products/photographs purchased upon date the sale begins and ends.

Do I have to use Paypal or can I just pay with a credit card?
Yes, you can pay with a credit card without logging into Paypal.

How are your digital products/photographs delivered? Do I receive anything in the mail?
As soon as you make a purchase, the download link(s) will be delivered to you immediately via your Paypal email address. You can then download them instantly and start using them right away! There is no wait on any of the digital products/photographs. However, if your payment is still pending, your items/links will be emailed to you once payment clears (it can sometimes take a few days). If you don’t get the email in your inbox please check the spam folder. Your digital products/photographs will NOT come in the mail or be shipped (via Postal Service or UPS).

How long is the download link(s) available?
When you purchase one of my digital products, you are automatically emailed a secure download link that allows you 3 (three) download attempts for each product you have purchased. This provides you with a couple extra download attempts in case there's a problem with your internet connection, etc. It is highly recommended that you make a back-up of your downloaded purchased files in the event you lose your files or I do not have them available anymore in my online store. In some cases, you will receive a Zip File folder if there are numerous products in a set/collection. It may take awhile to download this Zip File folder to your computer and/or unzip. Make sure your computer has enough memory to accommodate this. If payment is successfully received, and you cannot download/open this Zip File, I will provide you with a Dropbox link to access the same files instead.

Do you offer phone support?
Should you have any problems with the digital products/downloads, I encourage you to contact me directly at capturedbycarrieann@gmail.com
to help you resolve the issue. There is no phone support. All support is handled electronically via email to ensure I address all questions you may have and so that my responses are knowledgeable, courteous, timely, and cover any questions completely. Email support will also allow you to refer back to my suggestions, instructions and answers.

Can I share my digital products with a friend?
No, each purchase is copyright protected and may only be used for a single user. You may not sell, resell, redistribute, repackage, re-license, sub-license, copy, share, or loan these digital products or files in whole or in part for any reason and in any way to another individual and/or party.

Can I use these digital products on images I sell on Etsy, etc.?
Yes! Basically, as long as they are applied to your image and flattened, you may use them for most commercial uses. You may not, however, use the digital products to sell or to make new digital products from.

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INSTRUCTIONS:

How do you use an Overlay?

Overlays are .jpg or .png images that you apply as a layer on top of your image… you change the opacity and blending mode of the Overlay to achieve the desired result. Overlays can do so much for an image: they can make an image look vintage, dreamy, or spooky, etc. They can be used to brighten or darken an image. They can add warmth, coolness, light and bokeh. They are also used to apply other images into your photo that were not there, such as objects, animals, buildings, and weather elements. Overlays can be used with any software that allows you to work with LAYERS (Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Paintshop Pro, etc.).

To apply, drag, place, cut out or select all/copy/paste the Overlay as a new layer on top of the photo you want to have the Overlay on. If you are using a template containing numerous images, I recommend using your Lasso Tool to quickly select around the item you want, then copy and paste that selection into your image.

In the Layers Palette, you can then change/adjust the Overlay layer’s opacity amount, fill amount, percentage and blending mode to taste. The blending mode is the pull­down menu at the top of your Layers Palette (by default, it will read “Normal”). You may wish to blend in “Screen” mode prior to performing a free transform, simply to be able to see what you’re doing while you work.

To use Photoshop’s free transform tool, press CTRL + T (COMMAND + T for Mac users), then pull the small boxes found in each corner of your Overlay with your mouse until your Overlay completely covers your image. You can also utilize free transform to move the Overlay around on your image, enlarge it, or shrink it. Hold down the “Shift” key when doing this to keep the Overlay to scale if you want it that way.

Position the Overlay on the image where you want it to go, including flipping it or rotating it. Add a Layer Mask, then using a soft black brush, paint away the Overlay to reveal objects underneath as well as to brush off the parts of the Overlay in the areas you do not want it to be on such as a face or on the skin or in the sky for example (or do so more gradually with the soft black brush set at say “Opacity” of 66% and a “Flow” of 66% to make it appear more “natural” than just a sudden overlay­ free surface).

Once the Overlay is applied, select JUST the Overlay layer in the palette and using Curves, you can lighten, darken and adjust contrast, as well as change the color/hue/tone, to really make the Overlay “pop” or to have the Overlay item match what your real image looks like! Then select only the “Background” layer (original image) and you can use Curves to control the look of THAT from underneath the layer!

Sometimes I use a Blur (Gaussian Blur for example) under the Photoshop Filter “Blur” pull­down which you can use as long as that actual Overlay layer is selected... if your overall image is soft, or if the Overlay you are inserting is more in the background and needs to be more out of focus, etc. the “Blur” works well to blend it in … again, as long as ONLY that layer is selected, ANY task you perform (such as darkening, lightening, adding contrast, blurring, sharpening, changing color, etc)…. those tasks will NOT affect the OVERALL image, but will better make the Overlay item ITSELF equal to what you are putting it on.

Overlays can also be used to drag, place or copy/paste images on TOP of.

Once finished adding your Overlay, flatten your image. THEN you can treat/edit your photo with actions/presets or by hand so everything blends together as one overall, seamless piece and to give the image a finished look.

Also… most Overlay images have a white border around the edges… enlarge your photo (the one you pasted the Overlay on) and use a soft black brush in the layers mode after you paste the Overlay to carefully remove the white line all around the edges of the Overlay item… this also helps you to “blend in” the scenery you have placed the Overlay on… you may want to paint grass, trees, people, etc., back in front of the Overlay item to give it a 3­D feel with that black brush. If you make a mistake, fix it with the white brush.

How do you use a Texture?

Textures are .jpg or .png images that you apply as a layer on top of your image… you change the Texture’s opacity and blending mode to achieve the desired result. Textures can do so much for an image: they can make an image look vintage, dreamy, shabby, retro, spooky, grunge, etc. They can add warmth, coolness and depth, or be used to hide or enhance parts of your image. Textures can be used with any software that allows you to work with LAYERS (Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Paintshop Pro, etc.).

To apply, drag, place, cut out or select all/copy/paste the Texture as a new layer on top of the photo you want to have the Texture on.

In the Layers Palette, you can then change/adjust the Texture layer’s opacity amount, fill amount, percentage and blending mode to taste. The blending mode is the pull­down menu at the top of your Layers Palette (by default, it will read “Normal”). I recommend using most Textures in “Soft Light”, “Overlay” or “Screen" mode (but try ALL the modes out ­ there might be a great mode that suits the “look” you are after!) You may wish to blend in “Screen” mode prior to performing a free transform, simply to be able to see what you’re doing while you work.

To use Photoshop’s free transform tool, press CTRL + T (COMMAND + T for Mac users), then pull the small boxes found in each corner of your Texture with your mouse until your Texture completely covers your image. You can also utilize free transform to move the Texture around on your image, enlarge it, or shrink it. Hold down the “Shift” key when doing this to keep the Texture to scale if you want it that way.

Position the Texture on the image where you want it to go, including flipping it or rotating it. Add a Layer Mask, then using a soft black brush, paint away the Texture to reveal objects underneath as well as to brush off the parts of the texture in the areas you do not want it to be on such as a face or on the skin or in the sky for example (or do so more gradually with the soft black brush set at say “Opacity” of 66% and a “Flow” of 66% to make it appear more “natural” than just a sudden texture­ free surface). Once the Texture is applied, select JUST the Texture layer in the palette and using Curves, you can lighten, darken and adjust contrast to really make the texture “pop”! You can also adjust the color of the Texture… if a grey Texture, you can make it any hue/color tone you wish (you can even adjust colored textures… they just come out more saturated since they already have a hue to them). Then select only the “Background” layer (original image) and you can use Curves to control the look of THAT from underneath the layer! Textures can also be used to drag, place or copy/paste images on TOP of.

Once finished adding your Texture, flatten your image. THEN you can treat/edit your photo with actions/presets or by hand so everything blends together as one overall, seamless piece and to give the image a finished look.

How do you use a Digital Background?

A Digital Background is simply a digital image (.jpg) that can be used to enhance a portrait or create a certain scene or work of fine art that you are envisioning. It is a medium for you to insert elements you have taken in your own photos such as people, animals or objects. Most often a Digital Background is a photo of a scenic landscape, historic landmark or fantasy fairytale world.
One of the benefits of digital editing of images in Photoshop, is the ability to use these Digital Backgrounds/Scenery - putting a subject into/onto a scene completely different from the one you used when you took your image.
Instructions for use:
1. Load the images you want to work with on to your computer. You will need the Digital Background/Scenery that you want to use as well as a photo containing people, animals or objects that you would like to composite onto the Digital Background.
2. Open Photoshop. Select “File” from the menu and choose “Open.” In the dialog that now appears, locate the Digital Background image that you loaded in step one and open it.
3. Select “File” from the menu again and choose “Open” once more. The dialogue appears and this time locate the photograph(s) containing the elements that you want to add to the Digital Background image. For the purpose of this instruction list, an “element” is an object, person or animal in the photograph that you want to extract for use on the Digital Background.
4. To apply your elements to the Digital Background, drag, place, cut out or select all/copy/paste the elements (as a new layer) on top of the Digital Background you want to have them on.
5. In the Layers Palette, you can then change the pasted elements opacity amount, fill amount and blending mode to taste. The blending mode is the pull­down menu at the top of your Layers Palette (by default, it will read “Normal”). You may wish to blend in “Screen” mode prior to performing a free transform, simply to be able to see what you’re doing while you work.
6. To use Photoshop’s free transform tool, press CTRL + T (COMMAND + T for Mac users), then pull the small boxes found in each corner of your pasted elements with your mouse until your elements are where you want them to be within the Digital Background. You can also utilize free transform to move the elements around on your image, enlarge them, or shrink them. Hold down the “Shift” key when doing this to keep the elements to scale if you want them that way.
7. Position the elements on the Digital Background where you want them to go, including flipping them or rotating them. Add a Layer Mask, then using a soft black brush, paint away the elements to reveal objects underneath.
8. Once finished adding your elements to the Digital Background/Scenery, flatten your image. THEN you can treat/edit your photo with actions/presets or by hand so everything blends together as one overall, seamless piece and to give the image a finished look.

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TERMS OF USE:

You may only use these digital products (overlays, textures, digital backgrounds/scenery and digital photos) for personal or professional photographic and business use only. This personal use license extends to the single, individual purchaser/buyer. This license does not extend to companies or partnerships. All digital products/photographs by Carrie Ann Grippo­-Pike with © Captured By Carrie Photography & Product Shop are copyright protected with all rights reserved. Title and ownership, and all rights now and in the future, of and for the digital products/photographs remain exclusively with the content provider, photographer Carrie Ann Grippo­-Pike with © Captured By Carrie Photography & Product Shop. Any and all violations of these terms and conditions will result in punishment in full extent of the law. By downloading the digital products/photographs you are agreeing to all these terms and conditions:

You may use the purchased digital products/photographs for display on personal websites and computers, or making image prints for personal use.

You may use the purchased digital products with your own images and sell to your clients/customers in the form of a flattened JPG or PNG where the client has no way of altering or editing the final product.

You may use the digital products to promote your photography or business as long as the products are in the form of a flattened JPG or PNG and non-­editable, or they are in a printed product.

Your employee’s may use these digital products for the purpose of your business as long as they do not make personal copies.

You may show examples of the digital products in use with your own images (that are flattened JPG or PNG files and non­editable), in online galleries, forums or discussion groups with proper credit given to: Captured By Carrie Photography & Product Shop (http://www.facebook.com/CapturedByCarriePhotography)

You may not use the digital products/photographs in any way whatsoever in which you charge money, collect fees, or receive any form of remuneration.

You may not use these digital products/photographs in your own digital backgrounds or products that you sell, even in flattened form. That is, you may not use my digital products to make new digital products from that you would sell.

You may not use the digital products/photographs in advertising.

You may not offer the digital products/photographs as a free or gifted product to benefit your party.

You may not sell, resell, redistribute, repackage, relicense, sub­license, copy, share, or loan the digital products, files or photographs in whole or in part for any reason and in any way to another individual and/or party.

You may not claim these digital products/photographs as your own (altered or unaltered).

You may not upload these digital products/photographs to any webpage/website for download and/or send them through Google, email, etc.

© Captured By Carrie Photography & Product Shop does not guarantee that any of the digital products and/or downloads will be error ­free. You agree that software in general is prone to flaws and bugs.

© Captured By Carrie Photography & Product Shop liability will be limited to a maximum of the original purchase price of the digital product/photograph.

© Captured By Carrie Photography & Product Shop is free of liability and obligation due to any act of nature or otherwise such as: fire, flood, war, earthquake, theft or any other unforeseen or uncontrollable event.

© Captured By Carrie Photography & Product Shop reserves the right to change, modify or update the “Terms of Use” with or without notice. 2017 © Captured By Carrie Photography & Product Shop

*** Feel free to post your images (using the products you purchased) to my Facebook Fan Page wall at Captured By Carrie Photography & Product Shop(http://www.facebook.com/CapturedByCarriePhotography) for a chance to be featured! I would love to see what you do with my Overlays, Stock Images, Textures and Digital Backgrounds!