Fashion Photography: Use Photoshop Actions for Dramatic Photo Editing

Fashion photography often looks amazing with more dramatic editing. Using Photoshop actions, you can achieve such a wide range of looks.  This photo and edit was submitted by Camilla Binks of Camilla Photography.

She wrote the following when she sent this image to me: “I know you didn’t ask for blueprints to be sent to you today, but I just loved the way that your COLOR action from the ALL IN THE DETAILS set worked on some of these images and I wanted to share.  Hope you like these as much as I do!  I have a lot more from these sessions along with some great other sessions.  I almost always use these actions listed here on my images.”

Here is her before and after plus Camilla’s step-by-step


woman wearing feathers


model wearing feathers

The step-by-step:

  1. Started with the Touch of Light Free Photoshop action with 20% brush on chest, eyes and feathers.
  2. Cropped to liking
  3. Then I used All in the Details-Color Action
  4. I did some spot cloning.
  5. Then I ran the Magic Skin – skin smoothing Photoshop action
  6. Next I used the Magical Clarity action from the Back of Tricks
  7. To pull out spot colors, I used the Color Finder Brush from the Bag of Tricks at 20% brushed a few times on feathers, eyes and lips
  8. Quickie Collection-Snap Photoshop action (I always use this!)

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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    Well, I guess it’s a matter of taste and what you are going for. The bottom line for me is what does the client like. I will always do one or two images amped up a little bit and watch the client’s reaction during projection in the sales presentation. Sometimes it’s a wrinkled up nose, and sometimes it’s an audible affirmation as they ooh and ahh over the image treatment. So at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what I like, but what the customer likes.

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    One person’s “over-edited” is another person’s “not-far-enough.” Photographers’ tastes vary, and so do clients’. My editing choices would not be the exact same, but I get a lot of value out of seeing the artistic choices that others make using Jodi’s actions, which is why I like these blueprints.

    In this image, I particularly love what the processing did to the model’s hair and the way it brought out the tones in the grass. Is that from the Color action in Step 3?

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    Great blog, came across your pricing blog as I was searching for some input on the subject and now I’ve been sucked into several of your blogs and added you to my RSS. Hopefully I can pump out a decent photo for the contest you currently have going!

    Are the Photoshop Actions only usable in CS5?

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