Today I’m excited to bring you a review of the amazing Paint the Moon actions and textures! Annie Manning is the creative genius behind Paint the Moon. I first learned about Annie via Flickr, where I saw her gorgeous photos of her cute daughter and dapple dachshund who could have come from the same litter as my little Maya! I loved her editing & was delighted to find out about this endeavor she’s been working on!
Annie has compiled all of her creativity into her Paint the Moon Photoshop Tools website and blog, where she sells actions, textures, holiday cards, blog boards, and more. If you’re a photographer or love editing your photos to make them look more artistic, her site is one that you will want to watch, as she updates frequently with new sets and fun items. And her prices? Totally reasonable!
Annie sent me two sets to try out for this review & giveaway. The first is Tillie’s Attic, a vintage-style/urban-retro action set which she sells for only $35. I also received her Texture Collection Two set, which also costs $35. With these amazing prices, you can spend lots of time shopping at Paint the Moon, pick up some awesome tools for your artwork, and it won’t break the bank. But that’s only one great thing about her shop, and I haven’t even told you how much I like her actions and textures yet!
Upon trying out the actions, I found that they are 100% customizable! I had a big smile on my face playing around in Photoshop using this action set. With so many actions for sale these days, the layers flatten when the action finishes running. This is the most maddening thing, as I love to go back and change opacity, masking, and control the blend modes of my layers in Photoshop when I’m editing. Annie leaves all of this open to the photographer so that you can make your own changes and utilize as much or as little of her action’s full construction as you want. It really allows you to customize the way the final image looks so that you can achieve your desired final product very easily. And of course, you can layer actions on top of other actions to get an even more unique appearance (though the rule of thumb in this case is to remember not to overdo it).
I also really enjoyed using the texture set as well. I found the textures to be extremely versatile and they included a really wide variety of color casts, types of texture, and styles, and I was able to layer these as well to get my desired effect. I found some textures in the set that immediately became my favorite, and I know I will use them pretty frequently. The textures work really nicely with Annie’s actions, and I hope to try out more of her textures some time soon!
Here is a collage of my own recent images using these fantastic actions and textures:
Annie has been so awesome to offer a giveaway to one of my readers!! But if you don’t want to wait for the giveaway to end…..
BUY IT! Use coupon code funfunfun until December 5th to take 20% off your purchase at Paint the Moon! What a fantastic discount for Photo Fun Month, and a great way to get some fun new tools to use for the new year!
WIN IT! Enter the contest to win a $50 gift certificate to the Paint the Moon photography boutique plus Annie’s gorgeous new vintage frame blog boards!
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The contest ends on November 26, 2010 at 11:59pm Eastern time.
Disclosure: I received sample products for review. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions are my own.