Win the BAG OF TRICKS Photoshop Actions: Halloween Picture Share

halloween contest

Win the BAG OF “TRICKS” Photoshop action set for Elements (PSE) or Photoshop (CS2-CS5)


  • Contest runs: Now through Monday, Nov. 1st, 2010 at 4pm eastern time.
  • Submit a HALLOWEEN themed photo to this blog post (resized to 600px wide) OR on my Facebook Page.
    • The photo can be funny, cute, creepy, spooky, sweet, yummy, etc, but must tie into Halloween in some way.
    • At least one MCP action must be used – if you do not own any yet, you can download a FREE Photoshop action.
    • My 8 year old twin girls, Ellie and Jenna, will be the judges.  They will pick the winning photo. HINTS: Jenna loves sugar and candy.  Ellie loves reading. Both LOVE “festive.” They are into “unique” and they would probably think it was really “cool” if you incorporated “MCP” into your picture. This last “hint” is not a requirement, as it has been in past photo contests, since it is so last minute.  But…. keep it in mind in case you can MCP or even “Bag of Tricks” into your themed image…
  • Have fun! I look forward to seeing your entries.
  • Not a requirement: I would appreciate it if you can share the contest on Facebook, Twitter, your blog, a forum, etc. Sample tweet or post: “MCP Actions ( is having a Halloween Photo Contest for the Bag of Tricks Photoshop action set. If you aren’t too scared, go enter now!”
  • Winner to be announced by Tuesday evening. So check back then. If you already own Bag of Tricks, you can choose any one Blog It Board or Print It Board set – perfect for displaying all of those Halloween images on your blog or in print.

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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    Here’s my cute little skunk! She CAN be kind of stinky sometimes! :)

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    PaveiPhotos says: goes nothing!! lol

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    I guess I should mention that I used Touch of Light/Touch of Darkness, High Definition Sharpening, and Burnt Edges.

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    Jessica says:

    I used the Crystal Clear Web Resize and Sharpening action on this photo of my daughter in her Fairy Berry Princess costume. Keeping my fingers crossed!

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    Angela Smith says:

    My Hannah used MCP touch of light touch of darkness and crystal clear web sharpening

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    Caroline says:

    Used Color Burst and Touch of Light. LOVE your actions!

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    Erin Benesh says:

    These are my 2 English Bulldogs – Dexter the bee and Chloe the flower! I used Magic Dynamic Range, Magic Color Finder, and Magic Clarity.

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    Nicole Stover says:

    Here’s a fun photo with a spiderweb using High Def Sharpening, Burnt Edges and Touch of Light/Touch of Darkness.

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    Nicole Stover says:

    Fake spider last Halloween! Used High Def Sharpening and Burnt edges.

  10. 10

    Hi there-
    So, you might be wondering why in the heck I would be all painted up like this right now? Well, I thought it would be fun to pick up the kids from school all vamped out! Then I saw the chance to win an amazing set of actions from MCP…which I would LOVE to use! So, I thought I would take a picture of myself and submit it with the rest. The action I used today from MCP was the Eye Doctor…which I have to say is one of my mosted used actions! Thanks for the chance at a super awesome prizes and hope everybody has an awesome Halloween!!!!

    I also blogged about this contest!

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    Here is a photo of my son Alex who just turned 3. I used touch of light touch of darkness and sharp as a tack from the eye doctor.
    Thanks! Happy Halloween!

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    HI, This is for the contest. I used MCP touch of light, touch of dark action, the texture applicator, And the MCP high definition sharpening. I would really love to own some more advanced actions that you offer, Im really impressed with what you do! Happy Halloween!

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    Bethany says:

    The princess is too big for the candy bowl!!! I used touch of light and crazy contrast.

  14. 14

    The best doctors office you’ll ever go to on Halloween!!

    I used dreamy color, eye doctor, magic powder and of course web resize and sharpening! woot woot! Loves to MCP Actions!!!

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    Kara says:

    Used Night Color and Sharp as a Tack from the Quickie Collection. “YARRRRRR Matees!”

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    Wendy Mayo says:

    A Walk in the Woods on All Hallows Eve…

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    Jen Parker says:

    Used Color Burst, Touch of Light and Touch of Darkness on my Little Monkey (this costume is SO fitting…)
    Have a Happy Halloween!

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    I call this, the Great Fairy Rescue! Peter Pan is trying to Rescue Tinkerbell from Captain Hook! It’s too funny that PeterPan and Hook are Twins! The Sharpen For Web Action was used on this photo from MCP actions.

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    Rachel says:

    Here’s my little Mollie dressed as Dorothy.

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    BonnieT says:

    Cute little Farmer boy!

    Used magic light, skin cast blast, magic powder and added texture and MCP Gallery frame!

    Would LOVE to win the Bag of Tricks! Fingers crossed!

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    KimS says:

    My husband and I “Beauty and the Geek” (ha ha!!)

    Used magic powder and high definition sharpening as well as a saturation level and a frame.

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    […] HALLOWEEN PHOTO CONTEST, which will be judged on Monday by Ellie and Jenna – enter to win the BAG OF TRICKS Photoshop Action set for Photoshop CS2-CS5 and Elements 5-9- a $99.99 […]

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    My son wanted to play around and really get into the character of the Wolf that we had a blast taking themed pictures. I used touch of light, touch of dark, high def and crystal clear actions, oh yah, a framing action to boot.

  24. 24

    here is my favorite halloween picture! My cousin and her bestie!

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    tina says:

    I hope your girls have seen/read The Princess Bride… my son went to his school Masquerade Ball as The Dread Pirate Roberts/Westley.

    The poster behind his head says it all :)

    I used Eye Doctor, Crystal Clear Web resizing, and magic powder.

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    Heather Bird says:

    Hi girls… I have twins too! How lucky you are to have a sister your exact same age. Jenna, my baby boys LOVE sugar and candy too and were so happy to have some for their pictures! I used your mom’s awesome actions: Studio White Bright Spell, Magical Clarity, Magic See Saw, and some others. Hope you have a wonderful Halloween!

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    Peggy Arbeene says:

    My favorite subjects. Due to my illness and inability to get on the floor to photograph these muchkins, last year’s will have to do. Used many MCP actions. My fav is White studio spell and I love your holiday template cards too. From my girls to yours.

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    Kattrina says:

    It’s not easy being a princess ;)

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    Gina Hickman says:

    “Happy Halloweenie” is my entry in the Bag of Tricks photo contest. I blogged, tweeted and promoted the contest on my Facebook :)
    I used the Eye Dr (sharp as a tack), Burnt Edges, and High Def Sharpening, and Finish It. I have the Bag of Tricks Action Set but would LOVE LOVE LOVE to have the Blog It or Print It Board Set!!!

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    Jaime Smith says:

    This is my Josie (5 years) and Jake (2 years.) This year Josie wanted to be Rapunzel and Jake just lives and breathes for “Cars” so his pit boss was an easy choice. I used the TEXTURE APPLICATOR on this one! Happy Halloween!!

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    Mandy McElrath says:

    I used Touch of Light/Touch of Darkness and I always use the Crystal Clear Web Resize and Sharpening action :)

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    Kelly Sparks says:

    I would love to win the Blog It Board (I just recently bought the Bag of Tricks). On this photo I used the Studio White Bright Spell action, which I love, although I think I needed to adjust the opacity slightly on this image.

    I love your site! It’s a wealth of information!

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    Angie says:

    here is my entry! This is my adorable little boy that LOVES giraffes so of course he had to be one! I used the MCP crystal clear web resize and’s one of my faves!

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    Carlin says:

    “Hoppy” Halloween from one cute little Kangaroo! She loves her High Definition Sharpening just about as much as her yummy Halloween Candy!

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    erika says:

    Every year my boyfriend sets up an elaborate Halloween scene, including lights and fog machines. He dresses up as Jason and scares the daylights out of children and adults alike! I was able to snap a few pictures that everyone seems to think are straight from the movie and don’t believe me!
    Just used some of the touch of light/darkness.

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    Nancy says:

    A combo of MCP/Lightroom/ & Picnik. My boy LOVES this holiday!

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    Pam Davis says:

    Used Light and dark and vintage actions

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    SueSP says:

    My 2-year old neighbor Clara is our surrogate granddaughter since we only have grandsons. I act as her personal photographer so I created a pumpkin for her, complete with red pig tails.. I used MCP High Definition Sharpening PS Actions here.

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    Troya says:

    I used crackle and burnt edges and web resize and baby bear got framed.

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    I used MCP touch of light/touch of dark, MCP crystal clear web sharpening, and MCP free watermarking action. Love, love MCP!!!

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    Michelle says:

    Candy! I used High Def Sharpening! This has probaby been done before, but here is my take on it!

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    My daughter the vampire. Used MCP touch of light touch of darkness

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    Jan says:

    My entry! My flying witch, taken last night.
    Used touch of light/dark, burnt edges and of course (and always!) sharpen and size for web :)

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    Kelly says:

    I used (one of my favorite actions) MCP’s Crystal Clear Sharpening for Web.

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    Used Snap and reduced Crackle .. HAPPPPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!!

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    I used the wonderful “See Saw”. This was so much fun! Not only did I get to photograph them but I did the make-up too!

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    RhondaM says:

    For contest

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    RhondaM says:

    Halloween fun. Used touch of light/touch of darkness. Looks like studio stuff but was done with flour…

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    Emma Wilsher says:

    I used ~ Touch of Light Touch of Darkness Action & MCP High Defination Sharpening I have to say both actions rocked! Hope this may be my lucky day:)

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    Shari Wells says:

    Happy Halloween! A little candy corn to sweeten your holiday! I used the Touch of Light/Touch of Darkness action and the High Definition Sharpening action! Thanks for all your tips, love the blog!

  52. 52

    I took this photo while on my preschoolers field trip to the pumpkin patch. I used MCP’s Details Extreme Color and Baby Bear got Framed.

  53. 53
    Kimberly McCombs says:

    Just starting out using actions. Not a pro photographer, just a graphic designer who’s clients need serious action help :) I used HD sharpening actions. Happy Halloween from my 80s Breakdancer, Darth Vader and little Old Lady.

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    Kelly Bowne says:

    Hey girlies!! Hope that you got a bucket full of super good loot!! Here is one of my 3 daughters all decked out for Halloweenie as a little devil. I used your mom’s sharpening and edge burn actions, that to me is better than a bucket full of loot!!!! Thanks!!

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    Happy Halloween! We actually carved pumpkins this year and they survived the night of smashing;) They just sit there all day waiting for something exciting to happen…so yay for contests!
    I used color flair and high def sharpening.

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    Marina says:

    Here is my witch. Oh, sorry. “Beautiful” witch she calls herself:)

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    Corry-Lyn says:

    Our Jack-o-Lanterns looked pretty good, but maybe they could have used a little help…if only I had the Bag of Tricks actions…sigh! I used burnt edges, gallery frame and crystal clear web resize. Happy Halloween!

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    Dinah Boelter says:

    “Rookie” has a ways to grow into his costume! 8 year old girls love puppies right? Sharp as a tack and burnt edges from the quicky collection used on this image.

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    Susan Dodd says:

    Here’s my entry!! A beautiful bride!! :-)
    I used Magic Dark, and Magic Light and one of my favs MCP Burnt Edges – hi res.

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    Jacy Voglwede says:

    My little Holstein was lost out to pasture trying to find tricks or treats last night!
    I used Magic Skin and then Touch of Color.

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    Sarah says:

    MY son was a transforming transformer for Halloween. He was the hit at all our parties and got extra cany at doors for transforming. My husband made the costume. So fun1 (I used touch of color and deeper richer on the photo and I think some others but can’t remember)

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    gabriella says:

    BOO!! i think i scared ya!

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    gabriella says:

    happy trick-or-treat ROARRRR from my lil lion cub!

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    Please pick mine girls! :) We had some fun with my daughter’s pumpkin her daddy carved!

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    forgot to say we used the high definition sharpening! :)

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    Sherra Gray says:

    I used Touch of Light|Touch of Darkness. I SOOOOoooo wanna win the Bag o’ Tricks! Pick me, ladies…. PICK ME! :o) Here’s my nephew as the skunk, Pepe LaPew (LaPieux):

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    Laura says:

    I used Snap and Color Sensation. I really really need Bag of Tricks!

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    Use elements from the Quickie Collection (fingerpaint, light fog fixer,crackle) plus dodge & burn and burnt edges. My son is helping with the wow look. He loved his candy this year like I love MCP Actions!

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    Rachael says:

    I used mcp high definition sharpening and mcp crystal clear web resize. I also boosted it a little added some vignette around the edges.

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    Kelly says:

    Here is the sweet pup I rescued earlier this year….dressed as a monkey! I used MCP Actions in the following way: Hi Def @ 54%, Burnt Edges Vignette @ 60% and Crystal Clear for Web. I’d LOVE to try Blog It Boards!!!

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    Melina M says:

    This little one’s got his fill of sweets…now I’m hoping for some MCP actions for me!

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    Melina M says:

    Forgot to mention I used touch of light/touch of darkness, MCP burnt edges1, and Crystal Clear web resize/sharpening

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    Tammy says:

    I used Crystal Clear, Touch of Light and your Texture applicator (has made that so much easier). This is all that was left after a hard days work for our little cowgirl, she was completely worn out.

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    B. Hull says:

    Here is my Peter Pan family along with my little pony and the queen of hearts!
    Halloween is my favorite holiday too!! Is my wedding anniversary (30th). I used the MCP edge sharpening tool, the MCP burnt edges and the MCP Watermark action. Love them all!!! Thank you!

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    Here’s a pic of my friend’s son that I took when we did trick and treating together. I drew the mustache and he was so proud of it! :) I used MCP action Touch of Light Touch/Touch of Darkness action.


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