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How to Spread the Word About MCP’s Tutorials, Actions and Training

Who has the BEST Photoshop Actions?  Amazing One-on-One Photoshop Training?  Fun, educational Online Photoshop Classes? And Great Free Photoshop Video Tutorials?  I hope MCP Actions ranks high on your list. I often get asked by customers and blog readers, how they can link to MCP.  If you enjoy my Photoshop tutorials and/or Photoshop actions and…

Get To Know Jodi Friedman of MCP Actions

Get To Know Jodi Friedman of MCP Actions

In the past few months I have done a number of FAQ posts on Photoshop actions and training, as well as having FAQ sections on my website to answer the most common questions. Erin Peloquin, who is working on converting some popular MCP Photoshop actions to be compatible in Elements, asked if she could interview…

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Fixing a Blue Sky and Exposure Using Photoshop Actions: A Blueprint

I edited this photo using MCP Photoshop actions for I Heart Faces.  This photo was submitted by Caroline of frog-photoblog.blogspot.com. When shooting on a bright day with the sky behind the subject, if you do not have a flash or reflector, it is hard for your camera to balance the exposure properly. Your subject likely…

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Portrait Photography Trends & Fads: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Learn some of the latest photography crazes – also known as fads. You will love some. You will hate some. Props, poses, and anything that is very popular for a short period of time is defined as a fad. See what photographers are shooting now.

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Contest: Enter to Win Business Cards & Marketing Materials for Photographers

Even in the digital age, some traditional marketing materials are still needed.  One such item is business cards. Business cards are often the “piece you leave behind” that represents your company, your work, and your brand.  You need to make sure your cards make a statement and allows the recipient a way to connect with…

What To Do If Photoshop Goes Crazy?

What To Do If Photoshop Goes Crazy?

Every so often, Photoshop may act irrational.  It starts doing things that do not make sense.  It may not react to your clicks correctly, freeze up, or give you errors in places you usually do not get them. Just like a car, Photoshop sometimes needs a “tune up.”  Much like your computer, how fragments can…

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Successful Photo Session: 7 Steps to Take

Successful Photo Sessions? We’ve all been there; you head out for a session and you’re feeling on top of the world! Setting off to do what you love, camera in hand, chai (or coffee, if you prefer) in your tummy, and a smile on your face. You are INVINCIBLE! *cough* or so you thought. Nine…

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Blueprint: Simple, Cleaner Edits for Post Processing in Photoshop

This is my niece Kaitlin.  She has the sweetest eyes was such a pleasure to photograph. Her images barely needed any editing. Details on the edit and which MCP Photoshop actions were used (straight out of camera shown 1st, then the final image 2nd): I started editing this shot my using Noiseware since I shot…

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5 Easy Ways to Learn Photography

Learning Photography by Shuva Rahim There is no single right path to becoming educated about photography. It’s a vast field with lots of opportunities and possibilities for anyone taking a beginner’s course to shooters who have been in the field for decades. Regardless of what stage you are in, here are some tips that will…

Hard Lesson About Backing Up Your Photos: From A Customer’s Perspective

Hard Lesson About Backing Up Your Photos: From A Customer’s Perspective

My email box fills daily with all sorts of questions.  And I try to help when I can, at least in FAQs, if not directly. Unfortunately this email I received has no easy answers, and it can serve as an “important,” scratch that, “crucial” reminded to back up your images. I heard about your blog…

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How To Get QUICK Answers to Photography and Photoshop Questions

As my email box fills up daily with interesting questions from blog readers, customers, and photographers, I am only one person and cannot always get to them all.  And many times, the questions are beyond my scope of knowledge as it comes to questions like “where can I buy that cool new wood flooring” or…

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How To Make Rounded Edge Blog It Boards & Collages Using Photoshop Actions

If you are looking for more ways to be creative on your blog or website, and you own the Magic Blog It Boards and the Finish It Photoshop action set, you will love this fun tip. Normally Blog It Boards are rectangular in shape. But what if you want to change things a bit?  What…

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Blueprint Fan Share: Sweetest Little Valentine

Thank you for this adorable Valentine themed before and after Blueprint from Carrie Heaps Photography. Details on the edit and which MCP Photoshop actions were used (straight out of camera shown 1st, then the final image 2nd): Started by adjusting the gamma and contrast manually. Ran MCP Studio White Bright Spell from the Bag of…

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Blog SEO for Photographers: Capture Search by the Long Tail

Blog SEO: Capture Search by the Long Tail By entering into this blog post you hopefully know that by SEO we’re talking search engine optimization. If you’ve had a website for a while and are new to SEO then consider yourself the Lakers fan just arriving to the game during 3rd quarter. You are late…

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Free Valentine’s Day Card for Photoshop

Photographer Cafe, a new sponsor of the MCP Blog, has a super sweet valentine’s treat for our readers.  This ‘DREAMY hearts’ card template is a GIFT just for you! Perfect for Valentine’s Day and great all year round too. (templates are fully-layered .psd files and colors can easily be changed, directions included) Download ‘DREAMY hearts’…

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How Can You Prepare & Display Images on the Web? Like This…

After yesterday’s launch, I wanted to show some of the fabulous ways photographers are using the Finish It Photoshop actions to add borders, frames, color blocks and branding to their photos. Thank you to all those who contributed. Pink Book Photography Julie Wooldridge, Lodi Design House Shellie, Serenity Pictures Sharon Blankenship, Sharon Blankenship Photography Aimee…

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What Online Group Photoshop Classes Do You Want Next?

Is anyone interested in more Online Group Photoshop Classes? I have been teaching Photoshop to photographers internationally for 4 years, and offer both one-on-one workshops and group workshops. My current online Photoshop workshops include: Color Crazy Photoshop Class – how to get more vibrant color in Photoshop All About Curves Photoshop Class – how to…

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Blueprint: Eyes “Wide” Open

Shawnee of Photography by Shawnee sent in this before shot and wanted to see how I would edit it with the Bag of Tricks action set.  I used both this set and the Eye Doctor to get to the after image. I started with exposure. I used the Bag of Tricks – Magic Midtone Lifter.…

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MCP is Going to Change the Way You Prepare Images for the Web… Again!

Coming Monday, February 8th, 2010… In 2008, MCP Actions introduced the revolutionary “Blog It Boards.” These photoshop actions changed the way photographers prepared and displayed 2 or more images at a time on the web.  As often happens with unique products that fill a need, they were eventually imitated in various forms. I never would…

New MCP Actions Team Member – Focusing on Photoshop Actions for Elements

New MCP Actions Team Member – Focusing on Photoshop Actions for Elements

MCP Actions has hired Erin Peloquin as a consultant and to be part of the MCP team.  I kept this top secret for the past 2 months so that I could surprise you.  Erin’s specialty is Adobe Photoshop Elements. And as you can guess, she will be working on converting some MCP actions sets for…

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