Blueprints * A New Photo Makeover Segment on the MCP Blog

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Blueprints * A New Photo Makeover Segment on the MCP Blog

*** We are over 300 on comments from yesterday – I will let a few more of you get in on the fun – as I really want the feedback.  I will pick a winner for both the MCP $50 and the Huge Branding Prize from SnapBrand on Sunday.  So go comment if you have not already.


Based on the feedback from the polls yesterday it seems that freebies aside, people seem to love the before and afters the most – especially when I explain what I did.  So I am rebranding the name from Photo Makeover and Before and After to BLUEPRINTS.

I welcome you to send me your blueprints too – when you have a super successful one.

What is a blueprint?  It is an original photograph that is manipulated in photoshop by hand or using actions.  Step by step instructions are written out within the example to become a blueprint for how the photographer or editor achieved the look.

I will “try” to post one of these weekly as a way for you to grow and learn.  I primarily will use MCP Actions but may mix in some other tips and tricks too.  I hope you enjoy.  Please give me feedback and let me know how you like this concept.

Thanks – Jodi


Today’s blueprint shows a photo I took in Phoenix last weekend at a photo shoot in the desert.  My goal was to have dramatic color yet retain a sharp, crisp photo.  I would love to know what you think.


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  1. March 13, 2009 at 8:50 pm —

    Amazing! Beautiful color!

  2. Leslie Perry
    March 13, 2009 at 8:42 pm —

    Wow!! This photo looks amazing!! I love your Blueprint idea–and can’t wait to see how to make such beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing. I LOVE your blog!

  3. Janet
    March 13, 2009 at 8:13 pm —

    Beautiful…love these posts, but they are going to end up costing me lots of $$$. I want all of your actions!

  4. March 13, 2009 at 8:03 pm —

    Beautiful image – the colors are stunning. Thank you for sharing your BLUEPRINT!

  5. Kathy
    March 13, 2009 at 7:48 pm —

    Quite nice – really ‘wakes up’ the photo
    Looking forward to your blueprint entries – thanks!

  6. Diane Stewart
    March 13, 2009 at 6:54 pm —

    This is beautiful, even if I had the money for the actions, I would be clueless how to use them all together like you did to get such a terrific result! Wow.

  7. March 13, 2009 at 6:45 pm —

    I think this turned out very cool. Very dramatic for sure, and the color is intense without being out of control. Nice!

  8. March 13, 2009 at 6:32 pm —

    Wow! What beautiful vibrant colors!

  9. Ashley
    March 13, 2009 at 6:07 pm —

    I am really excited for Blue Prints! This is originally what drew me to your site– I don’t think 1 a week is enough! I hope to further learn and grow from your techniques. The photo is beautiful. I really like the bright, crisp, clean line of the photo.

  10. March 13, 2009 at 5:59 pm —

    As you may remember from the color class the other day, I LOVE color, so this is fabulous.
    But…..everytime you do this, I see I need more actions!

  11. Tina Harden
    March 13, 2009 at 4:38 pm —

    Very Cool! I love the BluePrints rebranding too.

  12. Sarah
    March 13, 2009 at 4:08 pm —

    Wow, amazing transformations. Absolutely beautiful!!

  13. March 13, 2009 at 4:06 pm —

    Love it and love the short and sweet explanation too. Is it the color explosition that kind of “defogged” it?

  14. March 13, 2009 at 4:06 pm —

    BEAUTIFUL!!! So crisp and clear + colorful!

  15. March 13, 2009 at 3:57 pm —

    I think I am going to be needing the All In The Details action set. This picture is amazing. thank you so much for sharing.

  16. March 13, 2009 at 3:55 pm —

    WOW!! I’m ditto-ing JoAnne….LoVe your actions!!!! I’m saving $!!!! 😀

  17. March 13, 2009 at 3:54 pm —

    Wow, love it ! thanks for sharing.

  18. JoAnne Bacon
    March 13, 2009 at 3:49 pm —

    This is amazing! I so wish I had the $$$ to buy ALL of your actions!

  19. Ashley
    March 13, 2009 at 3:44 pm —

    Love the colors! Thanks for posting this!

  20. March 13, 2009 at 3:41 pm —

    it’s gorgeous!!

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Blueprints * A New Photo Makeover Segment on the MCP Blog