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.


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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    Ashley says:

    Love the colors! Thanks for posting this!

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    JoAnne Bacon says:

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

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    Nelly Soares says:

    Wow, love it ! thanks for sharing.

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    Hillary says:

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

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    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.

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    Catherine says:

    BEAUTIFUL!!! So crisp and clear + colorful!

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

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    Sarah says:

    Wow, amazing transformations. Absolutely beautiful!!

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    Tina Harden says:

    Very Cool! I love the BluePrints rebranding too.

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    Michele says:

    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!

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    Ashley says:

    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.

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    Malia says:

    Wow! What beautiful vibrant colors!

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    Ginna says:

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

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    Diane Stewart says:

    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.

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    Kathy says:

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

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    Nicole Haley says:

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

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    Janet says:

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

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    Leslie Perry says:

    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!

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    Amazing! Beautiful color!

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    Jackie says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!!

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    admin says:

    Diane – the idea behind the “blueprint” is for those who have them to see exactly what I do and try that “blueprint” on a similar photo to see what results they get…

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    Nice! I love it. The picture draws you in.

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    Johanna says:

    Love these & great name change. OK, here’s my question: It didn’t look like you had enough color in the original image to pull out all that blue in the sky, so what did you do? Also, I have the Complete Workflow, but I don’t have the Quickie Collection (yet!). Can you explain what, exactly is Crackle for/what it does for the image/when would you use it, etc.? Thanks Jodi!

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    Tiffany says:

    WOW! What a difference! Great work! It’s GORGEOUS!

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    Jenny Carroll says:


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    admin says:

    Johanna – Color Explosion pulled out color – then touch of darkness deepened it. Crackle makes the photo have that almost three dimensional look. I use it any time a photo is well exposed or close anyway – and it looks flat.

    My kids saw this before and after – they pointed to the before and said – “I thought you were a good photographer – but actually you are just good on the computer – the 1st one is boring. The second is cool…”

    Love how kids can give the honest truth. Thing is my focus was good, exposure fairly good – a tad under so the whites did not blow. But those things matter most. If you have good light and get your focus down, you can work it in PS. If not, PS can only do a little for you.

    Make sense?


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    Sarah says:

    Holy Moly! Love it!!! I love your actions, but I only have the skin set… I’m thinking I need to invest in some more!

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    Cindy Lee says:

    Simply more of your fabulousness!!!

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    Deene Souza says:

    It doesn’t even look like the same photo. you are amazing. I love my MCP actions!

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    Jennifer says:

    Awesome, as always!

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    Heather says:

    I just love the before and after’s you show. I would love to win more actions. Thanks!!

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    Bree says:

    Holy crap! I LOVE it! Both the picture and the blueprint idea. It’s absolutley fantastic!

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    Shannon says:

    love it! I live in Phoenix, and love to see what amazing you work with the sometimes all brownish desert. I love your blog!

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    Tori says:

    love love love your site!!!

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    This is HOT!!! Just wondering if you use those actions at 100% or did you adjust? Keep rocken out post like these, they are great!

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    Mallika says:

    amazing! i love the richness in color. the pose is brilliant. thanks for sharing your steps!

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    Nicki says:

    What a difference! I love it. I love a colorful photo with a dark background. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

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    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your before and afters with instructions!

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    Amazing difference! :) The edited photo looks so much sharper than the original… My personal preference would be not to leave so much light around the couple… it almost looks like there is a glow around their bodies from the ankle to the elbow. Nonetheless, I love it!

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    Kristy Jo says:

    The colors pop! This photo looks wonderful!!!

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    Tiffany says:

    I absolutly love the colors they are so bright and vibrant! Thank you for sharing

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    Amy Locurto says:

    This is great! Amazing before and after!

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    Beautiful shot. I love the dramatic colors you managed to acheive. Your actions are amazing!

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    Phoenix says:

    Yep, Phoenix is really cool for such purposes.
    And great work! :)

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    Lovely-just absolutely lovely. I have many of your actions and I use them almost exclusively. You rock!


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