How to shift colors with A Color Story app     Hey, everyone! I'm Arielle, a photographer with a focus on lifestyle and abstract nature. I was so thrilled to be a part of the A Color Story test group. As soon as I opened up the tool box, I noticed so much more than your standard set of altering mechanisms. Today I'll be touching on how to utilize hue shift as well as how it works with the main color tools. So, what is hue exactly? It’s a variety or shade of any given color in the spectrum. If you’ve experimented with hue shift already, you may have noticed that it can be very dramatic or give off a psychedelic vibe. Essentially, I’ll be showing you examples of photos where the entire image can be shifted to a totally different color while maintaining the original integrity and the best types of images to use while doing so. 

Shifting Colors Using ACS Tools 

How to shift colors with A Color Story appUsing an image that is all one color is a great place to start. My first example is this all over green agave plant. For this one, I shifted my hue all the way to the left, which took my shade of green from bright and saturated to more of a pale olive color. After saving that step, I took my hue to the left about 75% until I reached a bright pink shade. Finishing off, I bumped up the contrast by about 40% to really brighten the color. In three steps, the bright green was transformed into a rich coral color.

How to shift colors with A Color Story app   This next image has two main colors, but is still simple enough to keep the editing minimal. I started by shifting the hue to the right about 20%. You can see how the green changed to teal and the pink changed to a red-orange shade. Then to highlight my subject further, I took the contrast up by 40%. When editing images like these, you can really make it your own in terms of the hue and overall feeling of the photo.

Shifting Background and Foreground Colors

How to shift colors with A Color Story app    Talk about a game changer! This next example is how you can simply shift the color of a background. My first photo is on a grey table top with the subjects being multiple colors. For this one, we’ll start with shifting the highlight color. With blue selected, I shifted to the right about 50%. With that, the background changed dramatically from grey to purple. Then to really enhance the background, I took the tint tool in the purple direction about 25%. I rounded this edit off with a little extra saturation and done! Keep in mind with these kinds of edits, choose subjects in the same color family when possible. When you’re looking to shift your background to a different brighter color, shoot your subject on something neutral like grey, tan, or a very mellow shade of any color.

How to shift colors with A Color Story app  My next example for altering the background and foreground has two main colors. With the red highlight tool selected, I took it to the right 30%. Instantly, we have a pink sky! Next, we’ll make the green in the tree really stand out. Utilizing the hue shift tool, I took it to the right about 10%. Now that the colors are settled, I’m going to enhance them by jumping to the temperature tool and taking it to the blue side about 80% to really bring out the pink.

How to shift colors with A Color Story app For the final example, I’ll be dramatically changing the color of the subject while keeping the background and surroundings relatively natural. First, I brought the hue to the left about 20%. You’ll see the entire image has a much more pink tone to it now. Going over to the tint tool, I took it in the green direction about 10% to compensate for the pink. I finished it off with +10% brightness, contrast, and saturation to really make the bus pop. This is a great example of changing one subject in the photo without jeopardizing the natural elements too much.

These options are truly endless and the best way to get the hang of it is through practice, but the most important thing is to have fun with it! Remember, you can always save your steps if you really love the tone of something and apply it to a similar photo later. Keep experimenting and make it your own. For more images like what you saw today, visit me on Instagram @ariellevey!

Credits//Author and Photography: Arielle Vey. All photos edited with A Color Story app. 


Sister Style ElsieValentine's Day is a funny holiday. I remember in high school all the girls were getting flowers from their boyfriends and my name got called on the intercom. So my heart was racing (obviously), and I went to the office to get my flowers from my boyfriend... nope, from my DAD. I almost cried. 

(Sorry, Dad! I love you! I can see now that you're better than any boyfriend ever.) 

Fast forward and these days I really don't care too much about Valentine's Day. I'm happily married, and all I really see Valentine's Day as is an excuse to eat chocolate and sip champagne or buy myself flowers. (Is it bad that I just admitted that? Nah.) Oh and decorate things with hearts even MORE than I already do all year round. 

But hey! What's wrong with an excuse to eat chocolate and sip champagne and DRESS UP! 

It may not be the most meaningful of holidays, but it sure has a good theme going. So maybe I shouldn't be such a scrooge. I mean, there are worse things to celebrate than LOVE! Plus, now that I have this coral feather jacket and red velvet heart purse, I will take ANY excuse to wear them. 


Anyway! This year Emma and I are sneaking off to sunny Chile with our Valentines. SO excited. 

Sister Style Elsie Sister Style Elsie Sister Style Elsie Sister Style Elsie Sister Style Elsie Elsie's Wearing: Dress, Heels and Purse c/o ModCloth. Feather jacket is a vintage piece I scored on Whurl (an awesome app community where you can buy and sell vintage clothing). 

OK... throwing it to Emma now!! 

Emma ChapmanEmma from abeautifulmess.comEmma ChapmanEmma ChapmanEmma ChapmanI like that Elsie and I both ended up with fluffy coats and red purses for this one—we must have been channeling some sister vibes. 

I am stoked to spend Valentine's Day in Chile with my valentine (Trey—I love you!) and my other best friend, my sister. The holiday doesn't hold tons and tons of meaning for me either, but if you get to spend it with the ones you love, then I think you're pretty lucky.

So, I'm pretty lucky this year. :) 

Emma's Wearing: Fluffy Coat, Dress, Purse and Tights c/o ModCloth

XX. -E + E

Credits // Authors: Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman. Photography: Laura Gummerman and Janae Hardy. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

Lucite Towel Bar DIY (click through for tutorial)           I am so BEYOND excited about this project. It's, like, totally one of those moods where you finally know how Maria feels when she sings, "The Hills Are Alive" in The Sound of Music. Yeah. It's that level for me. I have been obsessed with the comeback that lucite (the clear acrylic) has been making over this past year. The term "Lucite" is actually a brand name for a type of acrylic, but lately it's become synonymous with the general product (kind of like how you say "kleenex" when you mean a tissue). Anyway, I've been dying to work a little lucite into our new house, but once I saw how crazy expensive it can be, I thought I'd try the DIY route to see what I could come up with instead. I'm in the middle of making over our guest bathroom, and I decided that a lucite and gold towel bar would be a great addition to the space. This project is so easy too! It literally took only minutes to complete!

Lucite Towel Bar DIY (click through for tutorial)
-clear 1" acrylic rod (I had mine cut to 26".)
-ceiling brackets for 1" drapery rod (x2)
-gold spray paint
-drill or screwdriver
-super glue

Lucite Towel Bar DIY (click through for tutorial)           Since my ceiling brackets were a little more antique gold than I wanted, I first painted the brackets with a few coats of gold spray paint and let them dry.

Lucite Towel Bar DIY (click through for tutorial)           Lucite Towel Bar DIY (click through for tutorial)           Once the brackets were dry, I mounted them to my wall (where I wanted the bar to hang) about 24" apart (use painter's tape and a level to get a straight line to go off of). The lucite rod was 26", so mounting the brackets in a little closer allows some of the lucite to hang out either side of the bracket, but you can adjust it how you like and buy whatever length of rod you need. 

Slip your clear rod into the brackets and either tighten the screws that come with the brackets to keep the rod in place, or you can use a bit of super glue to glue the rod into the brackets.

Lucite Towel Bar DIY (click through for tutorial)        Once your towel rack is complete, add those towels and let it get to work!

Lucite Towel Bar DIY (click through for tutorial)           Lucite Towel Bar DIY (click through for tutorial)      Lucite Towel Bar DIY (click through for tutorial)           The look of the lucite and the gold is just so polished, and I love how it brings the coolness factor of a simple towel bar up a million and a half notches. If you can spend a little bit more on your project, you can use these brass end brackets instead of the ceiling brackets, but it will cost about $80 for the towel rack instead of closer to $30 like mine did. Now that I've completed one task with lucite, I can't wait to think of more places for it—challenge accepted! xo. Laura

Credits // Author: Laura Gummerman. Photography: Laura Gummerman and Elsie Larson. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

DIY Wood Burned Bottle StoppersI've always thought it would be cool to have a collection of beautiful decanters adorning an artfully styled bar cart, but I'm not sure if I'm fancy enough for that. And besides—I really do love the look of well designed bottles of alcohol. So instead of working on a decanter collection, I thought I'd dress up my hodgepodge bar with coordinating bottle stoppers. I made my own so I could have variety and achieve a cohesive style. And let's be real—I just love any excuse to feel super crafty with a really easy project.

DIY Wood Burned Bottle StoppersThese wood burned bottle stoppers were really fun to make, and bonus—the project left a faint aroma of a bonfire in my home, which is a welcome scent in the dead of winter. (I just wish I'd had some s'mores to round out the whole experience....) This was my first time using a wood burning kit, which intimidated me at first (everything I try for the first time intimidates me), but it ended up being really easy and fun!

If you don't have or don't wish to purchase a wood burning kit, you can easily use paint instead for this project. Though I personally love the appearance and texture (and smell, apparently) of burnt wood.

DIY Wood Burned Bottle StoppersSupplies:
-wood block or knob (You can find these at most craft stores, or purchase a bunch of blocks here and big knobs here and small knobs here.)
-cork (These corks fit snugly in all of my bottles, these were a tad too small, and these were a tad too big, sticking out pretty far on top of my bottles.)
-super glue
-wood finish of your choice
-wood burning tool

DIY Wood Burned Bottle StoppersStep One: Draw your design onto the wooden block or knob. Use a ruler if you need or draw freehand. Press lightly so you can erase any lines that show in the end.

Step Two: Outline your pencil lines with the heated wood burner, then fill in any parts of the design you'd like to be bold by using the edge of the tool, moving it slowly across the surface to be filled. The filling in process takes a bit of time, but the outlining goes quickly. Make sure you take it slow, though. You can't erase any mistakes!

Warning: Burning will create some smoke, but not so much that it should set off any smoke detectors. However, you don't want to get too close as you work or the smoke will cause your eyes to burn, just like sitting too close to a campfire. Or you may choose to wear safety goggles. Also, the wood burner is obviously extremely hot. So be careful, and don't leave this tool unattended around children or pets.

DIY Wood Burned Bottle StoppersStep Three: Finish the burned block or knob with wood stain or oil. I recommend sealing the wood so that your bottle stoppers won't be affected by splashed wine or tinted beverages during use.

DIY Wood Burned Bottle StoppersStep Four: Apply super glue to the wide end of the cork.

Step Five: Center the cork onto the bottom of your designed block or knob and hold in place for as long as the glue manufacturer's instructions specify. And then you've finished the project!

DIY Wood Burned Bottle StoppersI created quite the assortment of bottle stoppers and plan to make even more to give to friends. This project is really easy to do, but the results look like something you'd purchase from a boutique. Just the right kind of craft for homemade gift giving, if you ask me, and a great accompaniment for a bottle of wine as a housewarming gift.

DIY Wood Burned Bottle StoppersDIY Wood Burned Bottle StoppersDIY Wood Burned Bottle StoppersHere are some of the bottles from my bar, all topped off quite nicely now. These bottle stoppers make my collection appear much more stylized and pretty to look at! And I gotta ask... who else isn't a connoisseur and selects their alcohol based off the bottle design? (Yeah, that's definitely me!) -Mandi

Credits // Author and Photography: Mandi Johnson. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.


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