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Andrea Lopez is a hobbiest photographer with future aspirations of going pro.  She emailed to let me know how much she loves using MCP Photoshop actions and wanted to share this recent image and Blueprint.
Blueprint: She edited the photo using the Quickie Collection action set

Started with Crackle adjusted the opacity to 25%
Then used Nondestructive dodge (face only) @ 10% and Nondestructive burn (background only) @ 15%
Next used Urban Ocean – Only turned on Contrast Flare @ 55% opacity (masked back @ 100% on skin)
Fingerpaint Thick @ 25% on background
MCP Your Own Sharp as a Tack @ 2.4

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  1. Diana on March 11, 2011 at 9:16 am


  2. Erin O. on March 11, 2011 at 9:45 am

    I actually like the before image better. The boys look so light-skinned in the after pic. It looks like you changed their skin tone completely. Is that what they look like in real life? Their shirts and jeans looks more realistic and true-color in the second picture, but their faces look so different!

    • lou.scott87 on February 11, 2012 at 9:46 am

      Maybe a little less contrast is needed.

  3. Heather A. on March 11, 2011 at 9:59 am

    oh my goodness I love this picture! Those boys are just too adorable 🙂 But thanks for the advice…I have a bit of a multicultural family (asian brother, african american brother, and I am the palest of white haha) and I always get a little nervous in editing family photos because of those major differences!

  4. Tammy on March 11, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Love this! Thanks for the recipe. I bought fusion last night! having fun playing with it. I love to see what others are doing with the multiple choices that are available with the fusion set. Great photo!

  5. Petra on March 11, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    What a great photo! My kids would not even get close enough to touch without it resulting in poking and pushing. Like the little guy on the left. 🙂 Really nice editing too!!!

  6. aimee ferguson on March 11, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    wow, amazing! beautiful edit and quite a handsome bunch there too!

  7. Tina on November 6, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Will Photoshop Element work with this program too?

  8. Taylor Arrazola on February 19, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    I love this photo – the pose the brothers, but I have a question, if the photographer gets the shot right from the camera- meaning lighting and camera settings, why do we need all the actions or presets to correct, to me actions are use for a more fun more creative photo. I love the image though.

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