An Easy Recipe to Edit Close-Up Portrait Images

Free Photoshop Actions and Lightroom Presets by MCP™

An Easy Recipe to Edit Close-Up Portrait Images

Before and After Step-by-Step Edit: How to Edit Portraits

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!

Today’s Featured Image:

By: Bonnie C. Smith

Equipment Used: Canon 6D, Canon 85 1.2 lens

Settings: ISO 350, f/2.8, SS 1/320

Software: Photoshop

MCP sets used: Inspire Photoshop Actions, Eye Doctor and Dentist Photoshop Actions


How this was edited:

Manual Edits:

  • Edits with Adobe Raw and got white balance, exposure, highlights to personal liking
  • Spot Healing Brush to remove minor flaws in skin
  • Burned and Dodged the skin for shadowing

Inspire actions:

  • Bittersweet at 32% – masked off face
  • Custom Edge Burn and lowered to around 40%

Eye Doctor and Dentist set:

  • The Eye Doctor on eyes – Light at 22%, darken at 13% and Sharpen at 29%

Final Manual Edits:

  • Hand edit in Levels to get lighting to personal liking
  • Cropped image


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  1. May 22, 2015 at 9:00 am —

    Hi Jodi,
    thank you for creating your awesome actions. I have purchased Newborn Necessities and Inspire. I have watched the Inspire tutorial several time but I am having a hard time getting a particularly drab photo to look better. Would you have a moment to take a look at it and perhaps offer advise? I like example #41 in the Inspire slide show. Thank you, enjoy your friday. Laurie

    • May 22, 2015 at 9:10 am —

      Come join our facebook group at – then you can post your image with settings and ask members to #mcpmyphoto. This gives them permission to play. Let them know what sets you have so ideally, if they own those, they can show you with them. Hope that helps!

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An Easy Recipe to Edit Close-Up Portrait Images