Q & A – question from a customer: what actions do you use most?

I get this question or similar questions all the time, so I decided I would write the answer here.

“Can you give me the 3-5 actions you use most?” “What are your favorite actions?”


“My workflow is usually this – I would say 85% of the time it is one of these two for regular editing.  Sometimes I may play and do other special effects or convert to B&W, need to fix a color cast, etc…  If needed, I start with a plug in called Noiseware to elimate noise.  Then I use my MCP Actions as follows:

Color Burst (from the Complete Workflow Set), Peek-a-boo, Eye Doctor and then Magic Powder (if needed), Touch of Light/Touch of Darkness

– or –
Crackle, Under Exposure Fixer (if needed), Color Flair, Eye Doctor and then Magic Powder (if needed), Touch of Light/Touch of Darkness

After processing, if sharing on my site, blog, flickr, etc I either use a custom action that adds a frame and my logo or I use one of the “magic blog it board actions.”

I hope this answer helps you.  I will try and share more of these types of Q&As in future blog posts.

Jodi Friedman, MCP Actions

Jodi Friedman is the founder of MCP Actions. She designs popular Photoshop actions and Lightroom presets that make editing faster, easier and more fun.

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    Susan says:

    It did me!! I’ve been wanting to get a few of your actions, and not sure which ones to get – this helps so much!!

  2. 2
    Melissa says:

    Do you use Imagenomic Noiseware? What’s your estimate on the the % of images you use this on? Do you use the stand alone plug-in for PS and the professional version? Just trying to decide if I should purchase it. Thanks for your help.

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    admin says:

    Melissa – I use it on ones shot at high ISO (800 or above on my 40D). I have the one that is a plug in for PS. I do not use Portraiture since I have my own Skin Actions called MCP Magic Skin. Same type of results from what I have seen, but Imagenomic’s is way pricier – 4x what mine is I believe.

    But there seems to be no truly effective way to reduce noise using actions – at least none that I have found acceptable.

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    Elaine says:

    I also have Noiseware. Is there a particular reason that you use it before you use any actions, rather than after? Is there a usual opacity % that you use on a Noiseware layer?

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