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My new age as of 5:11 A.M. 37.  I just wanted to thank all of you who are on my Facebook who wrote to me wishing me a Happy Birthday.  I have the most amazing fans and readers and I really appreciate it. I am so excited to bring you all more exciting contests, tutorials…

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Autumn shares from a few readers…

Thank you everyone for the “Autumn” shares.  I loved seeing every one of the “Fall” shots.  Here are a few I selected to share.  I do not want to overwhelm my server or I would share all of them.  But if yours was not posted here (or even if it is), I would love for…

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Don’t Box Us In – great photo opportunity

My girl’s are on the Don’t Box Us In wedding photographer site.  I took these photos of my twins when one of their holiday gifts arrived at our house in this HUGE box the other day.  And I sent it to this site as it fit their theme perfectly. Here is the collage using the…

Looking for guest bloggers & prizes – promote yourself and your business

Looking for guest bloggers & prizes – promote yourself and your business

If you are looking for a great way to promote your business, you can be a guest blogger on MCP Actions.  I would love to hear from you.  Just send me an email and let me know what you want to contribute.  Or if you know of someone that you would love to see here,…

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Photo Makeover | Fixing a major color cast | OnOne PhotoTunes 2

Here is a photo I edited for a photographer. She had some issues but the family really wanted to be able to order an 11×14 print. There were two ways I tried to fix this. One was manually in Photoshop using curves and working on each color channel – and tweaking with hue/saturation adjustment layers.…

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An extremely exciting moment – almost 7 years in the making…

As a parent, I loved to watch my children achieve milestones.  It warms me inside and makes me smile.  Everything from my twins’ first smiles and laughs, to first words and steps.  As they got older, it was the first words they wrote and read. And today I got to experience that same excitement when…

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Amazing Photoshop Tip – coolest way to change opacity, flow, fill, feather, text size, etc.

There are lots of ways to change opacity, fill, flow, strength, exposure, strength, tolerance, and text size in photoshop.  But the “coolest way” is a little known method.  Instead of typing it in or clicking on the arrow and using the slider, you can do what I am about to tell you… Here are the…

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Wacom Cintiq 12WX – Starting at .99 cents (mine is on eBay now)

  I could not sit and stare any longer.  My basically brand new Wacom Cintiq 12WX is on eBay.  Yep – starting at .99.  So if you thought of buying it and just never got around to contacting me, now is your chance to get a potentially amazing deal.  These currently retail for $999.99. If…

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Early morning light… I just love it!

Late afternoon light is amazing, but every once in a while I find myself with time in the morning to snap a shot. It is pretty rare, but Friday my kids actually were not running late and they said I could take a few shots before school. So we went outside and the sun was still…

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Elements 7.0 – I did not forget about you… Photoshop actions?

I am not sure that I could do a review on Photoshop Elements since I do not use it in my every day life.  But I want to tell you, I purchased Photoshop Elements 7.0 today.  And I have some FANTASTIC NEWS for elements users who upgrade to this version.  Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 –…

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Photoshop CS4 – Do you need to upgrade? My 1st Impressions…

Some people LOVE new toys.  Some people get overwhelmed by change. If you love new things, go buy Photoshop CS4 as soon as you can.  If you are not, well… you may still want to but I will warn you that the interface has changed pretty dramatically and it will take some getting use to.

Photoshop CS4 has arrived – plus important photoshop training info

Photoshop CS4 has arrived – plus important photoshop training info

I wish I had time to do a full report for you right now on CS4, but it will likely be days before I get to really dive in and get to know it. I am testing all of my action sets so I can let you know if any had to be revised.  So…

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ONLINE GROUP WORKSHOP – Understanding and Using CURVES in Photoshop

UNDERSTANDING AND USING CURVES IN PHOTOSHOP WHERE: This will be a group format online workshop. You will be able to see my screen and interact via phone (call into a US based toll free number) or VoiP (contact me to see if you can use voice over IP). WHAT: I will teach you curves – from beginner to advanced.…

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Most frequently asked question… Why can’t I save my photo as a jpg

Every once in a while I am going to post a question I get asked repeatedly (about photoshop or about my actions).  Today’s question has to do with the Complete Workflow Actions – and specifically “Color Explosion.” It is an incredible workflow action for certain types of outdoor photos, things with colorful walls, rust on…

New Candidate for President!

New Candidate for President!

Check out this video if you are sick of the same old political talk!

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Customizing and saving your workspace in photoshop

Here is a pretty quick tip that can save you some frustration and also time. Today I will show you how to customize and save your workspace in Photoshop. 1st get the palettes and toolbars that you like working with open.  Then arrange them in your preferred layout.  Once you have this done, you will…

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Want to learn more about Photoshop? Become a member of NAPP?

If you are a serious hobbiest photographer, professional photographer, or just love editing photos in Photoshop, you really owe it to yourself to join the National Association of Photoshop Professionals.  It is an incredible organization.  People often ask me how I continue to learn more in Photoshop, the NAPP is where I go for more…

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My “American Girls” plus a before & after with editing directions

Here are my twins plus their twin American Girl dolls. They went to an “American Girl” themed charity tea to raise money for our children’s hospital.  I snapped these before they left with my mother in law. They had a fantastic time.  They love watching sports and playing with dolls too.  What can I say, they have diverse interests.…

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winner of the 16×20 mounted e-surface color inc print is…

And the winner is… LIN of http://www.linphotographer.com She has a wonderful pet photography business and is using the magic print it boards in advertising and print work. Here are two examples of her work with the boards.  Thank you everyone who shared with me.

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What I love about Fall…

I love Fall.  By far it is my favorite season.  Leaves changing, trips to the cider mill, apple picking, and did I mention my October 30th birthday?  The smell of Fall is in the air and I could not be happier. Fall means back to school, football Saturdays, and football Sundays (if you do not…

Win a FREE Color Inc 16×20 E-surface print with 3/4″ stand out mount

Win a FREE Color Inc 16×20 E-surface print with 3/4″ stand out mount

MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Reviews MCP Actions Quick Purchase Use any template from the Magic Blog It Boards or Magic Print It Boards set – and send me your play.  You will be entered to win “One free 16×20 on E-surface Paper, mounted on 3/4” Stand Out Mount from Color…

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