Blueprint: Eyes “Wide” Open

Shawnee of Photography by Shawnee sent in this before shot and wanted to see how I would edit it with the Bag of Tricks action set.  I used both this set and the Eye Doctor to get to the after image.

I started with exposure. I used the Bag of Tricks – Magic Midtone Lifter. Then I used Magic Light on the face, hat and flower. Next I used Magical Contrast (Low).

After exposure and contrast, I decided to fix the color.  I used the Magic See-Saw action first to correct the overall color.  Then I ran the Reflected Color Cast Vanisher on a few spots that had a yellow cast (probably from the big flower).

Lastly, I used the Eye Doctor to brighten and sharpen those “big” eyes. This photo puts such a smile on my face.  I just love the expression. I hope my steps can help you in some way.


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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    Okay, that photo made me giggle out loud!Of course you did an amazing edit, and it made that awesome photo that much cuter! I love your actions and I think I own almost every one. Thanks for creating them, and for your fantastic ideas on how to use them!


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