Blueprint: Enhancing Colors and Depth with MCP’s Fusion Photoshop Action Set

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Blueprint: Enhancing Colors and Depth with MCP’s Fusion Photoshop Action Set

This Blueprint was sent in by Jessica Crawford, an MCP Actions customer.  She explains below how she has saved time using our products and she shared an example of how she adds color and depth to her photos while using our products.

“I’ve been a huge fan of MCP Actions ever since I first discovered them. I use the Fusion Photoshop Actions on almost all my images. As much as I love using photoshop in my digital darkroom, as a mother of two small kids, I love finding shortcuts to make my workflow more efficient. I’ve found that with the Fusion Photoshop Actions Set, it can take me from start to finish with a click of a button and a few opacity adjustments. This set has truly improved my images by 100% and cut my editing time in half. I’d like to share this before and after shot I did and my blueprint on how I created vibrant color and add depth to a flat imagine using MCP’s photoshop actions.”


To achieve this look, I used MCP’s Fusion Set, MCP’s Eye Doctor, and MCP’s Free Photoshop action: Touch of Light and Touch of Dark.

  1. Ran “Eye Doctor” to lighten the iris, enhanced the catch lights, and sharpened with sharp as a tack.
  2. Ran “Fixed overexposed” under the Fusion set at 13% opacity.
  3. Ran “Color Fusion Mix and Match” under the “Fusion” set and  I left “One Click Color” at its 75% default while making these adjustments:  turned off “Brighten it,” and “Spot Light It” because the image was bright enough already, raised “Richen It”  to 55% opacity, “Edge It” to 100%, and used “Sentimental” on all of the background at 45% opacity.
  4. Ran “Magic Marker” and used a white soft brush at 100% and painted color over the graffiti wall. I adjusted the overall opacity to 40%.
  5. Ran “Touch of Dark” at 66% opacity over parts of the track and 10% over his face and hair (I still felt like he was a little overexposed.) I used “Touch of Light” to dodge parts of the track and his clothes at 10%.
  6. Ran “Golden” from the Fusion set at 5% to warm him up a bit.
  7. Finished by running “High Def Sharpening” from the fusion set at 100% opacity.


This Blueprint was created by Jessica Crawford at Jessica Crawford Photography and is based out of Raleigh, NC, specializing in Newborns, Children, Families, Engagements and Weddings.

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  1. February 11, 2012 at 11:45 pm —

    Big fan of everything except of the now neon colors in the background. Love how the kid and tracks turned out though.

  2. Alice C.
    February 11, 2012 at 12:04 pm —

    Oh wow! What a difference!

  3. February 11, 2012 at 12:59 am —

    You have done really awesome job. Great post you shared with us. Thanks for sharing !!

  4. February 10, 2012 at 2:20 pm —

    Wow! Were all of the actions you used MCP? I have the free version of the mini fusion and I’m thinking of buying some…

    • February 10, 2012 at 3:18 pm —

      Yes, all of these were done with MCP’s actions from start to finish. I used the “Fusion Set,” “Eye Doctor Set,” and MCP has the “Touch of Light and Touch of Dark” action as a free download. If you look under the before there is a link to get the free action. Hope this helps!

  5. Sharon T.
    February 10, 2012 at 12:45 pm —

    I really need to get better at using these actions.

  6. February 10, 2012 at 10:09 am —

    Oh thank you. I love this. I have been thinking of getting “All about the details” and now might get fusion (I have the mini fusion and love it).

  7. February 10, 2012 at 10:00 am —

    Thanks for the detailed info. I have only had the set for a few months, and am still trying to create recipes with them. This is very helpful!

  8. Steph
    February 10, 2012 at 9:55 am —

    When you say ran sentimental on background… Does that mean the whole picture or literally just the background and not the child? Because I would love to know how to do the latter…

  9. Cathy
    February 10, 2012 at 9:39 am —

    Great job ! I love the Fusion set.

  10. February 10, 2012 at 9:39 am —

    I love ALL of Jessica’s work. She is one of my most favorite photographers! I was so happy to hear she was guest blogging on here. Great tutorial of what she did!

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Blueprint: Enhancing Colors and Depth with MCP’s Fusion Photoshop Action Set