Turn Day Into Night with Inspire Photoshop Actions

Before and After Step-by-Step Edit: Turn Day Into Night with Inspire Photoshop Actions

This image was first shared on our sister site MCP Show and Tell Site. Show and Tell is a place for you to share your images edited with MCP products (our Photoshop actions, Lightroom presets, textures and more) and see other people’s edits too.  Make sure to check back often for more great edits by our customers and to share your own.

We occasionally feature an image from Show and Tell on our main blog, so you may even get a chance to be in the “spotlight.”

Today’s Featured Image:

Photo By: Cindy Gillespie

Studio: Impromptu Photography

What you will learn: How to make a bright daylight photo look like it was taken at night.  For the best results, plan ahead when taking the photo.  For the example below, you will see how a flashlight and book were used as a prop.  Cindy, the photographer, knew that she could accomplish this look in Photoshop using the MCP Inspire actions – so it was staged ahead to achieve a semi-realistic look. It still has an element of fantasy to it as well.




MCP sets used: MCP Inspire Photoshop Actions


  • Adjusted white balance and exposure in Lightroom
  • Exported to Photoshop Elements and ran actions
  • Used the Light block action from Inspire three times to darken the image and give a dark, nighttime appearance.
  • Used the Light Painting action from action from Inspire on the face and a touch on the flash light to brighten selective spots for a “lit up” look.
  • Used the Plum Perfect action from Inspire ton tone the image. And then Epic’s dark layer painted on the book and bunny.
  • Lastly used the Eye Doctor action – specifically the Sharp as a Tack layer on the eyelashes and leaf on the book to sharpen and increase dimension.

That’s all.  Now it is your turn.  Try this technique and come back and upload your images using this to the comment section.



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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    This is AWESOME!!! Thanks so much for the run down. It helps to see how things are done and what was used. Seeing this gives me courage to try.

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