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Beginners to Photoshop: Photo Editing is Easier Than You Think!

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Beginners to Photoshop: Photo Editing is Easier Than You Think!

Today’s before and after Photoshop Blueprint was sent in by Erin Niehenke Photography – she has only been using Photoshop for a few months.

Along with sending me her images she wrote, “I have been working hard at learning how to edit pictures, and your actions have made it so so so much easier and way better than I could have ever learned to do myself. I cannot thank you enough.  It also gives me a great deal of confidence to know that this edit was a good one!  Again, thank you!”

Below is her edit, and a list step-by-step of what she did. This is impressive work from someone so new to Photoshop!

before and after using photoshop actions

Before and After Blueprint for this edit:

  • Opened image in Photoshop’s RAW editor (Adobe Camera Raw) – increased exposure slightly, as well as blacks, fill light, and clarity.
  • After creating a duplicate background layer, used the patch tool to remove the white speck under her left eye, a stray hair under her right eye, and the horizontal hair under her left eye.
  • Used a brush at 15% opacity, colored matched to her skin, to smooth out her skin a small amount.
  • Used the patch tool  at a low opacity brush set to “Lighten” mode to remove some of the yellow tone the sun caused in her ears.
  • Flattened the two layers.
  • Ran the Color Fusion Mix and Match Photoshop action (MCP Fusion Set), using Desire at 39% and Lemonade Stand at 25%. Increased the “Brighten It” layer  inside One Click Color to 68% to brighten up to underexposed image.
  • Ran Exact-o-Sharp, (MCP Fusion Set) and painted it on with a 50% opacity brush on her eyes and mouth.
  • Ran Dodge Ball (MCP Fusion Set) and painted it on with a 10% opacity brush on the light parts of her eyes.
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34 Comments

  1. September 23, 2012 at 2:28 am —

    I have photoshop but i don’t have RAW? does it come with RAW or is this a separate application?

  2. jenlou
    September 25, 2012 at 9:58 am —

    its a lovely looking photo, but its such a shame that she felt the need to “smooth out her skin” – she’s little more than a baby!

  3. Kendall
    October 31, 2012 at 12:19 am —

    If you could do a video tutorial of this, I would be forever grateful!

  4. Jaimie
    April 14, 2013 at 11:05 pm —

    To the one who was asking about Camera Raw….open up Bridge, find the picture that you want to use, right click on it, and choose “Open in Camera Raw”

  5. Debbie
    June 5, 2013 at 3:35 pm —

    How much does this photo editing program

  6. August 30, 2013 at 12:35 am —

    Hi Erin,
    Thanking you for posting this tutorial. In very simple steps you explained the editing. Waiting for more such tutorial.

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Beginners to Photoshop: Photo Editing is Easier Than You Think!