Blueprint – Getting Rid of Poor Color with Photoshop Actions

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Blueprint – Getting Rid of Poor Color with Photoshop Actions

I received this photo from a photographer (who had someone photograph her).  Unfortunately she was on vacation and had slight sunburn and the under exposure and photography emphasized this even more.

She sent it to me to see how I would handle it with actions, and to see if it even could be fixed.  At 1st glance I thought it might need custom post processing.  But I started playing, and wrote each step out so you could see how sometimes even harder problems can be tackled with actions (if you really learn what your actions do and how to use them).

Do you think this is a good save?  What else would you like to see done with this photo? There are a few more things I might do not using actions (but the task at hand was to get as far as I could just with MCP photoshop actions.  How would you have tackled this before to make it better?



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  1. May 22, 2009 at 11:34 am —

    beautiful after picture. It’s amazing how you got it so sharp.

  2. May 22, 2009 at 11:20 am —

    Wow! I am really impressed–nice save!

  3. May 22, 2009 at 11:16 am —

    Beautiful save Jodi!!

  4. May 22, 2009 at 11:11 am —

    Wow, thank you so much for all these Tuts! They really help me better understand what I can do with the MCP actions.

  5. May 22, 2009 at 10:58 am —

    Ummm, WOW!!!! Enough said.

  6. May 22, 2009 at 10:54 am —


  7. May 22, 2009 at 10:51 am —

    Wow Jodi! That’s amazing! I probably would have just deleted that photo and assumed that it couldn’t be saved. Beautiful work! 🙂

  8. May 22, 2009 at 10:39 am —


    I am really lovin your blueprints. I just bought the Quickie Collection and the blueprints are so helpful, helping me to work better with an already great action set.


  9. Lori M.
    May 22, 2009 at 10:38 am —


  10. May 22, 2009 at 10:30 am —

    What an amazing save!

  11. May 22, 2009 at 10:29 am —

    Very nice Jodi!

  12. Deena
    May 22, 2009 at 10:23 am —

    I think this looks fantastic! Way better than the original, that just looks flat!

  13. May 22, 2009 at 10:07 am —

    I think that’s an awesome save, Jodi! The only other thing I can see is that there is too much cyan…especially noticeable in in her hair. I would use selective color and pull about 30-35% of the cyans out of the neutrals. I might mask back on the background and her eyes… I use selective color a lot when I feel most of the color is right and I don’t want to play with the entire red, green, or blue channels in curves and then mask back.

  14. May 22, 2009 at 10:04 am —

    That was a great save Jodi!

  15. May 22, 2009 at 9:55 am —

    You’re a miracle worker! That lady is gorgeous….nicely done!

  16. Kim
    May 22, 2009 at 9:54 am —

    Gorgeous after photo! Thanks for sharing.

  17. alex whitman
    May 22, 2009 at 9:53 am —

    that is an AWESOME save!!

  18. May 22, 2009 at 9:51 am —

    Awesome!! Might play with the color/exposure at her part-otherwise looks so great!

  19. May 22, 2009 at 9:33 am —

    She looks so much better! Amazing what actions can do!! That bluish background is throwing me a little. It does something with her hair to me. But it’s such a great improvement any way.

  20. May 22, 2009 at 9:30 am —

    What a save Jodi! Beautiful.

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Blueprint – Getting Rid of Poor Color with Photoshop Actions