How to Use Photoshop Actions To Add Golden Light

This image has been a popular one on our site for years and I often get asked how to accomplish the edit and how to add the golden light using Photoshop Actions.

Here’s a step-by-step Blueprint for Photoshop and PS Elements – to help you achieve this look using MCP Fusion Photoshop Actions.

fusion-photoshop-actionsThank you to Angie Monson for allowing us to showcase this image.


Step 1: Color Fusion Mix & Match (for Workflow & Toning)

  • After playing Color Fusion Mix and Match, I turned on the following layers and adjust the opacity as indicated: One Click Color 75%, Lemonade Stand 71%, Beach House 39%, Rustic 40%.


Step 2: For Contrast and Edges

  • I ran Different Directions to add contrast: 100%.
  • I used Surrounded at 86% to darken edges & add vignette.


Step 3: For Light & Flare

  • Custom Sunflare at 82%, masked lens flare off subject

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
    Ramona Gonzalez says:

    How would I accomplish this style using LR? Any suggestions?

  2. 2
    Shankar says:

    I don’t have Fusion, but have 4 seasons. Would you mind recreating this look with 4 seasons ?

  3. 3
    Mary says:

    Jodi, I just love the warm glow that you’ve given this image. It’s subtle but dramatic too – just beautiful!

  4. 4
    Morrissa says:

    If I use photoshop through the creative cloud and I purchase the MCP actions will they still work?

    Thank you,
    M. Barber

  5. 5
    Dave says:

    I love the results, but wonder how I’d recreate them myself. There are 7 actions or layers at various opacities here. That’s an infinite number of possibilities.
    It’s overwhelming

  6. 6
    Monica says:

    I agree with Dave. I have your Fall preset collection, and they just don’t seem to look good on any of the images I take. I open up the layers and try to adjust certain ones, but I usually end up trash canning the preset and going back to my normal editing. I would love to use the presets, but just can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong!

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