Have a question? Reach us at: (866) 903-0998

Blueprint – Getting Rid of Poor Color with Photoshop Actions

Blueprint – Getting Rid of Poor Color with Photoshop Actions

I received this photo from a photographer (who had someone photograph her).  Unfortunately she was on vacation and had slight sunburn and the under exposure and photography emphasized this even more.

She sent it to me to see how I would handle it with actions, and to see if it even could be fixed.  At 1st glance I thought it might need custom post processing.  But I started playing, and wrote each step out so you could see how sometimes even harder problems can be tackled with actions (if you really learn what your actions do and how to use them).

Do you think this is a good save?  What else would you like to see done with this photo? There are a few more things I might do not using actions (but the task at hand was to get as far as I could just with MCP photoshop actions.  How would you have tackled this before to make it better?



Previous post
White Backdrops: How to Photograph on White in Small Spaces
Next post
Results from the Survey on Using Bribery in Photography


  1. May 22, 2009 at 9:30 am — Reply

    What a save Jodi! Beautiful.

  2. May 22, 2009 at 9:33 am — Reply

    She looks so much better! Amazing what actions can do!! That bluish background is throwing me a little. It does something with her hair to me. But it’s such a great improvement any way.

  3. May 22, 2009 at 9:51 am — Reply

    Awesome!! Might play with the color/exposure at her part-otherwise looks so great!

  4. alex whitman
    May 22, 2009 at 9:53 am — Reply

    that is an AWESOME save!!

  5. Kim
    May 22, 2009 at 9:54 am — Reply

    Gorgeous after photo! Thanks for sharing.

  6. May 22, 2009 at 9:55 am — Reply

    You’re a miracle worker! That lady is gorgeous….nicely done!

  7. May 22, 2009 at 10:04 am — Reply

    That was a great save Jodi!

  8. May 22, 2009 at 10:07 am — Reply

    I think that’s an awesome save, Jodi! The only other thing I can see is that there is too much cyan…especially noticeable in in her hair. I would use selective color and pull about 30-35% of the cyans out of the neutrals. I might mask back on the background and her eyes… I use selective color a lot when I feel most of the color is right and I don’t want to play with the entire red, green, or blue channels in curves and then mask back.

  9. Deena
    May 22, 2009 at 10:23 am — Reply

    I think this looks fantastic! Way better than the original, that just looks flat!

  10. May 22, 2009 at 10:29 am — Reply

    Very nice Jodi!

  11. May 22, 2009 at 10:30 am — Reply

    What an amazing save!

  12. Lori M.
    May 22, 2009 at 10:38 am — Reply


  13. May 22, 2009 at 10:39 am — Reply


    I am really lovin your blueprints. I just bought the Quickie Collection and the blueprints are so helpful, helping me to work better with an already great action set.


  14. May 22, 2009 at 10:51 am — Reply

    Wow Jodi! That’s amazing! I probably would have just deleted that photo and assumed that it couldn’t be saved. Beautiful work! 🙂

  15. May 22, 2009 at 10:54 am — Reply


  16. May 22, 2009 at 10:58 am — Reply

    Ummm, WOW!!!! Enough said.

  17. May 22, 2009 at 11:11 am — Reply

    Wow, thank you so much for all these Tuts! They really help me better understand what I can do with the MCP actions.

  18. May 22, 2009 at 11:16 am — Reply

    Beautiful save Jodi!!

  19. May 22, 2009 at 11:20 am — Reply

    Wow! I am really impressed–nice save!

  20. May 22, 2009 at 11:34 am — Reply

    beautiful after picture. It’s amazing how you got it so sharp.

  21. Peggy
    May 22, 2009 at 11:55 am — Reply

    Awesome. I love the blue-print posts the best. It really helps me understand how to use the MCP actions to its fullest potential. More blue-print posts – it’s such a visual learning tool. Thanks Jodi.

  22. May 22, 2009 at 12:30 pm — Reply

    W. O . W!! good save.

  23. May 22, 2009 at 4:57 pm — Reply

    Jodi-that is an awesome save. It looks beautiful! 🙂 I really, really enjoy using your actions. My absolute fav. The magic skin is great!

  24. May 22, 2009 at 7:54 pm — Reply

    Wow! What a great job. Once again, I love seeing your recipes. I use your actions all the time.

  25. May 22, 2009 at 10:01 pm — Reply

    OMG, you just went up like 5,000 notches on the Awesome scale!

  26. Christin Beaurline
    May 22, 2009 at 11:12 pm — Reply

    Great save! I really cannot believe the improvement….it is that great! Nice work!

  27. Laraine Davis
    May 22, 2009 at 11:30 pm — Reply

    Jodi – this is amazing. Thanks for sharing these, I have almost all your actions and I love them, and I couldn’t live without them. This helps me alot to see the power of it all. Have a great Memorial Day weekend.

  28. May 23, 2009 at 2:57 am — Reply

    Beautiful! I’ll bet she’s glad she sent you the photo! Your actions are on my wish list 🙂

  29. May 23, 2009 at 10:53 am — Reply

    amazing what can be done post production – this looks great

  30. Jennifer
    May 23, 2009 at 1:19 pm — Reply

    Wow! Unbelievable save! You Rock!!!

  31. May 23, 2009 at 2:20 pm — Reply

    I have to say that your Skin Cast Blast is my FAVORITE and probably my most-used MCP action. So many times, I have been able to make a good photo GREAT by using it to adjust the color cast on a photo. Sometimes I use it and I’m amazed at how much better the image becomes—even though I hardly noticed the color cast in the first place! (although with this one, the color cast was totally noticeable, haha)
    Keep these blue-print posts coming, Jodi. They are very informative but also showcase how amazing your actions are!!!

  32. May 23, 2009 at 5:17 pm — Reply

    Oh my goodness! I had no idea such a “save” was possible, just incredible. Thanks so much for sharing…I’m hooked!

  33. May 24, 2009 at 2:55 pm — Reply

    YUCK!!! I had one like this before but it was dark yellow/orange, hard, hard, to fix… The outcome is absolutely amazing… I feel, red and yellow are the hardest things to correct. Blonde hair is hard to play with, it tends to get a gray/blue tint to it… Great composure, nice angle, overall great save!!!! As always Jodi, your actions are a life saver…..

  34. May 24, 2009 at 5:30 pm — Reply

    I’ve been reading your blog only for a short time now, but this post is the only one that made me want to comment because WOW!!! You did an amazing job

  35. Valerie Smith
    February 12, 2012 at 9:51 pm — Reply

    Wow…what a great save. Thanks for the blueprint. Love your actions.

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *






Blueprint – Getting Rid of Poor Color with Photoshop Actions