Photoshop Actions to Create a Soft, Creamy Burberry Neutral Look

My personal style is usually very colorful and contrast filled.  Sometimes it is fun to step out of my comfort zone and try a different look and style.

For this shot, taken with my Canon 5D MKII and 85 1.2 Lens, I shot at an aperture of f/1.8, ISO 100, Speed of 1/640. Ellie was wearing my Burberry Scarf which has beautiful neutral tones. Rather than pop colors, I opted for a softer look that compliments this brand.

Using the Fusion Photoshop action set, I ran Color Fusion Mix and Match.  I set the One Click Color folder to 35% which decreased the saturation and contrast.  Then I turned on the Lemonade Stand folder and set to 36%, the Crave folder to 35% and the Vanilla Cream folder to 15%. This gave it an almost khaki iconic trench coat look – just the idea I had in mind when I shot the image.

To finish the photo, I ran the Eye Doctor and used Sharp as a Tack and the Catchlight layer, both at a low opacity.  Lastly I duplicated the Background, used the patch tool around the shadows and creases under her eyes, and then lowered the opacity to 60%.  This lightly reduce the shadows and creases under her eyes.

I’m curious what you think of the results since they are different than my usual edits. Please leave a comment if you have thoughts.

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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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  1. 1

    LOVE this Jodie! Right up my alley! Warm and yet still realistic. Just stunning :)

  2. 2
    marinda says:

    I love it! It’s always fun to play around with processing and step out of the box with it. Your processing on this image fits it perfectly.

  3. 3
    Kim Kauffman says:

    I love the way this turned out, it’s perfect. This is the style I strive for in a lot of my photos. Your daughter is adorable, btw … what a great little model : )

  4. 4
    olive says:

    Love it !!! Not too over the top and yet pulls amazing color out of her eyes that were kind of lost in the sooc shot.

  5. 5
    kari says:

    I like it! It’s got a nice, soft feel to it.

  6. 6
    JessS. says:

    Beautiful! I think this works beautifully with the photo, and such a pretty girl- really shows her off without being distracting.
    I do notice that when I do warm edits like this, and then brighten the eyes, the teeth suddenly look a little yellow by comparison. Just something to consider.

  7. 7
    Taylor says:

    I think it’s stunning! I’ve been looking for a good desaturated recipe!

  8. 8
    kelly tonks says:

    Yes, it does something lovely to her eyes, suits the photograph so nicely, warm and pretty:-)

  9. 9
    Adrianne says:

    I’m usually a color gal, too, but this one just rocks. Looks like a magazine ad. I think it’s a look that would be very popular around here. Great job, Jodi, as always!

  10. 10
    Tracy says:

    Wonderful!! I am curious….do you color correct the skin and such before you run your actions? THanks!

  11. 11
    danyele says:

    love it…it’s creamy and fun. soft too!

  12. 12
    Art Cid says:

    It’s wonderful I will try this for sure

  13. 13
    Christine says:

    I love it too. It is fun to try something you wouldn’t ordinarily do sometimes, and this turned out fantastic!

  14. 14
    pam says:

    I love it! I love that you can get so many different looks from your actions!

  15. 15

    I love this Jodi. So soft and pretty. Thanks for sharing your edits. I pretty much LOVE everything you do!

  16. 16
    Karen D says:

    I love it…love the complexion – and everything about it! Of course, I’m not surprised because I, too, love everything you do!

  17. 17
    Amy Loo says:

    Beautiful! Thanks.

  18. 18
    Angie Cella says:

    It is beautiful. It definatly has a “certain” feel to it, without looking over edited. Love your actions dear!

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    Kristan says:

    I like everything except I think it made her face take on too much of a yellow undertone.
    I am new to your blog and I’m really enjoying it! Thank you for sharing!

  20. 20
    Trudy says:

    I like it, sometimes the overly bright contrasty photos are almost hard for me to focus on and I cannot even tell if they are sharp. This is a nice change of pace, but I would have touched up the teeth a tiny bit because the new fresh eyes really show the teeth are darker than the original.

  21. 21
    Carlita says:

    I’ll admit, I was sold when you said “Burberry” and I’m usually against brand-idol-worship. But I think you did a beautiful job!

  22. 22
    Trek says:

    Hi Jodi, did you optimize the the photo using raw prior to applying actions to the photos?

  23. 23
    Ally White says:

    The photo looks great! I really love that you give these litle “recipes” for us to see. It gets me to try something new and play with my fusion set in a new way! Tahnks you for this, and i hope you keep on showing these types of things.

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