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.