How to Fake Beautiful Autumn Colors If You Live in the South

Before and After Step-by-Step Edit: How to Fake Beautiful Autumn Colors if You Live in the South

Not everyone is lucky enough to live in a climate with a full four seasons.  If you live in the South, as our customer Kristi does, you may crave the rich jewel tones of Autumn.  If your leaves don’t turn red and golden yellow, you have two choices. Capture reality or switch things up after the fact.  If you love the idea of these tones, but don’t have access to leaves that change color, learn how our customer used Autumn Equinox Photoshop Actions to accomplish this look where she lives in Texas.  If you live in a warmer location or just want to adjust the tones of a Summer, Spring or Winter image, we will tell you a quick way to get these results.


Today’s Featured Image:

By: Kristi Butler

Studio: Memories in a Flash Photography 

Camera and Lens Used: Canon 6D, 135L

ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed: ISO 800, f/2.2, SS 1/400


how to add autumn colors

The step-by-step:

Software Used: Elements (Kristi used Elements – but you can also do this with our Photoshop version)
Actions/Presets Used: Autumn Equinox Photoshop Actions, Inspire Photoshop Actions

Manual Edits:

  • Used high pass to highlight eyes
  • Added a levels layer set to luminosity just on skin.

Inspire Photoshop Actions:

  • Ran Brilliant Base

Autumn Equinox Photoshop Actions:

  • Painted on the trees with Autumn Equinox Fall Foliage
  • Used Burn Firewood to add a bit more boost of reds/oranges



This image first appeared on our Show and Tell site:

The MCP Show and Tell Site is a place for you to share your images edited with MCP products (our Photoshop actionsLightroom presetstextures and more).  We’ve always shared before and after Blueprints on our main blog, but now, we will sometimes share some favorites from Show and Tell to give these photographers even more exposure.  If you haven’t checked out Show and Tell yet, what are you waiting for?  You’ll learn how other photographers are using our products and see what they can do for your work.  And once you are ready, you can show off your own editing skills using MCP goodies.  You might even make new friends or gain a customer…. since you get to add your website address right on the page. Bonus!

Jodi Friedman

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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