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Edit Your Macro Flower Photography Using Photoshop Actions

Edit Your Macro Flower Photography Using Photoshop Actions

As I explained in last week’s before and after Blueprint, there are so many ways to edit your macro flower images. From vintage to vibrant, you are the artist in Photoshop.

Once you decide on the look you want for your flower photographs, you can locate Photoshop actions and textures to help you achieve the style you want. Last Friday, I edited a beautiful flower photographed by the talented, award winning, Mike Moats. I am excited to post-process another of his amazing images today.

Purple Coneflowers: I love how there is a flower in focus in the foreground, and a blurred flower in the background.  This gives the appearance of depth.  I love the straight out of camera for this shot, but know there is more color and detail we can bring out using Photoshop actions and techniques.

prickly flower before 600px Edit Your Macro Flower Photography Using Photoshop Actions

Step-By-Step Blueprint:

  1. To pull out bright, vivid colors from the image, I started by using the Color Pop Photoshop action, Finger-paint, from the Quickie Collection action set. In this action, you literally paint on more vibrant color where you want it.
  2. To brighten up the image, I then used Magical Midtone Lifter, a Photoshop action that brightens the midtones, from the Bag of Tricks. I set the layer to 62%.
  3. Next I wanted to bring out detail in the sharp prickly red areas (can you tell I do not know parts of the flower). I used the Magical Clarity action – this Photoshop action that pulls out contrast in the midtones, adds dimension, and draws out natural textures.
  4. The last step was sharpening. For the print version I used the Free Sharpening action, High Definition Sharpening. For the web version, I used Crystal Clear Resize and Sharpen, also part of the High Definition set.

Here is the final result after using the above steps:

prickly flower after 600px Edit Your Macro Flower Photography Using Photoshop Actions


 Edit Your Macro Flower Photography Using Photoshop Actions

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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2 Comments

  1. 1
    sfalco says:

    Wow amazing actions. Protection is key. Thank you so much for sharing. I look forward to posting the before and after photos.

  2. 2

    This is very useful blog. The images are great. Isn’t that magic after using Photoshop? I love Photoshop! I can’t imagine life without Photoshop. Hahaha! kidding. All photographers need it.

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