Free Touch of Light™ and Touch of Darkness™ Photoshop Action

5.00 out of 5 based on 17 customer ratings
(17 customer reviews)


Improve contrast in your images by adding a touch of light and a touch of darkness with this free Photoshop action. It's just like dodging and burning, only easier! Simply paint on light in underexposed areas or dark in overexposed areas using a soft white brush set to approximately 30% opacity.Image retouching has never been easier. This Photoshop action will make your images pop.

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Designed for Speed and Flexibility

MCP Enlighten presets are organized in an intuitive folder system, to make it easy to find the right preset — you can even save your favorite combinations for one-click access in the future. Each step of your workflow contains a custom “reset” preset, which allows you to undo that specific step without starting over. And you can use the presets in just about any order. Did we mention flexibility like you’ve never experienced before?

MCP Enlighten™ also includes 30 brush presets. Learn how to use your adjustment brush to take care of all the little tweaks you never knew you could do in LR4. Soften skin. Remove redness. Sharpen eyes. Add some sun flare. Dodge and burn. Make colors pop.


Step 1: Prep your photo. This folder contains 30 presets to let you quickly fix white balance, correct color casts, and adjust exposure by up to two stops in either direction.

Step 2: Style your photo. This folder contains 32 color and B&W presets to define the feel of your image. Whatever your personal style is — calm, hazy, matte, grunge, clean, vibrant, deep – we’ve got you covered, along with a one-click lens correction option.

Step 3: Enhance your photo. Here’s where the fun really begins — these presets will punch up your photos in an instant. You’ll find 25 color overlays to add a unique tone to your images. And our 36 Color Tweaks allow you to pop, deepen, shift, or decrease any of six colors.

Step 4: Complete your photo. Fix blown highlights, adjust the shadows, boost midtones, add contrast, reduce noise, darken the edges, and sharpen. These 42 presets add the finishing touches that make your photos stand out.

Save a Fave: These hidden gems are stored in the Step 4 folder. Once you find a series of steps you love, save the combination here to use again and again with just one click.

Enlighten Brushes: Paint these 30 presets on any part of the image, and adjust their intensity in a snap. You’ll be able to brighten shadows, whiten teeth, pop colors, enhance a blue sky, add depth, sharpen details and so much more!


Use the steps in any order you want. Stack them. Experiment. Have fun. Find your style. And with all the time you save, you might even find some extra hours in your day.


We recommend pairing Enlighten with the Illuminate Presets – to Infuse light into your images. Check these out to get an even more polished look!


  1. Step 1: 16 White Balance presets/resets, 13 Exposure Correction presets/resets
  2. Step 2: 15 Color presets/resets, 17 B&W B&W presets/resets
  3. Step 3: 25 Color Overlays/Shadow Tone presets/resets, 36 Color Tweak presets/resets
  4. Step 4: 42 Complete the Look presets and resets, including: highlight protection, midtone brightening and darkening, shadown brightening and darkening, contrast, clearness, noise reduction, sharpening and edge darkening – all with varying intensities. Plus get 5 Save a Favs to save your favorite recipes.
  5. Enlighten Brushes: Paint these 30 presets on any part of the image, and adjust their intensity in a snap. You’ll be able to brighten shadows, whiten teeth, pop colors, enhance a blue sky, add depth, add sunlight, sharpen details and so much more!
These presets will work in any of the Lightroom versions listed in the drop down box. Please make sure that you have the required software before purchasing. We make every attempt to ensure that our products work in future versions of Lightroom, but due to possible changes Adobe may implement, we cannot guarantee future compatibility.

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17 reviews for Free Touch of Light™ and Touch of Darkness™ Photoshop Action

  1. 5 out of 5


    I use MCP actions on almost every portrait session I have and absolutely love them.

    They make the difference between a good image and a great image. I probably use touch of light on almost every image as it helps brighten up the image especially in a shady location. They are located all together on my action palette for easy use.

  2. 5 out of 5


    I love ‘em! I use the “touch of light and dark” all the time! I love ‘em.

  3. 5 out of 5


    A big lifesaver. I use TOL/TOD often and they are also a big lifesaver. Even I use them for making the eyes a bit brighter.

  4. 5 out of 5


    I absolutely love this action… This is awesome for a quick lightening and darkening as needed where needed…. I use this ALOT…

  5. 5 out of 5


    I am a fan of this action! Great time saver and it seems to always puts the finishing touch on my image. Adds depth and richness.

  6. 5 out of 5


    I use this action religiously! This is my favorite action EVER I use it on EVERY image.

    This action has SAVED a lot of images it adds the right touch here & there and is even perfect for brightening up skin tones if need be.

    I’ve been dying to buy some MCP actions – right now this is the only one I have at the moment – but your actions are by far the BEST I’ve seen – I cannot wait to purchase them – I know they will be just as satisfying & useful as this one has been.

    Thanks so much for creating such dynamite actions!

  7. 5 out of 5


    Can’t live without this one! This is so nice to use for brightening. I rarely use the “Touch of Dark”, but the “Touch of Light” gets used on almost every one of my images. Wonderful to use of people that are backlit and you maybe need just a bit more of brightness on your subject – or if you have directional lighting and need to lighten a shadow on one side of a face – or to lighten shadows on eyes . . . I could go on forever . . .

  8. 5 out of 5


    Thank you so much for sharing this action. It’s my first trial using photoshop. Your tutorials are amazing and help me a lot.

  9. 5 out of 5


    LOVE IT LOVE IT. I have purchased most of you actions… and I always end up finishing or starting the project with this action… simple the best dark/light action I have ever used!

  10. 5 out of 5


    Wow! This action make everything so much easier and the instructions as you click to use it are easy to follow.

  11. 5 out of 5


    I LOVE MCP actions and use many of them. She has some awesome FREEBIES and my favorite is “Touch of Light/Touch of Darkness.” I use this to some degree on just about every image I edit! Once you try it you will too because it adds just the touches of light where you need them and enhances the shadows where you want them as well. Wonderful Action….and……it’s FREE! It doesn’t get much better than that!!!! Thank you, Jodi!

  12. 5 out of 5


    Everyone needs this! I use this on just about every image I edit. Thanks for making this a freebie! I loved it so much I’ve bought several action sets and I’m just wondering which ones I need next! :)

  13. 5 out of 5


    It made my life much easier! After experimenting with this action, I am about to purchase a few more :) It made my life much easier!

  14. 5 out of 5


    Thanks so much for creating such dynamite actions.

  15. 5 out of 5


    So Easy to Use. This is a great action and I use it often. It is much easier to use than doing burning or dodging on your own. Thanks!

  16. 5 out of 5


    AWESOME!!!!!! I absolutely love this action! I use it on almost every photo. It is adjustable, so each photo can use a different opacity. A definitely needed action! Thank you Jodi.

  17. 5 out of 5


    A Saving Grace – This action has saved many images for me. It is one that I use quite frequently, even just to enhance portions of the photo. Great action.

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