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Blueprint: Enhancing Colors and Depth with MCP’s Fusion Photoshop Action Set


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This Blueprint was sent in by Jessica Crawford, an MCP Actions customer.  She explains below how she has saved time using our products and she shared an example of how she adds color and depth to her photos while using our products.

“I’ve been a huge fan of MCP Actions ever since I first discovered them. I use the Fusion Photoshop Actions on almost all my images. As much as I love using photoshop in my digital darkroom, as a mother of two small kids, I love finding shortcuts to make my workflow more efficient. I’ve found that with the Fusion Photoshop Actions Set, it can take me from start to finish with a click of a button and a few opacity adjustments. This set has truly improved my images by 100% and cut my editing time in half. I’d like to share this before and after shot I did and my blueprint on how I created vibrant color and add depth to a flat imagine using MCP’s photoshop actions.”

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To achieve this look, I used MCP’s Fusion Set, MCP’s Eye Doctor, and MCP’s Free Photoshop action: Touch of Light and Touch of Dark.

  1. Ran “Eye Doctor” to lighten the iris, enhanced the catch lights, and sharpened with sharp as a tack.
  2. Ran “Fixed overexposed” under the Fusion set at 13% opacity.
  3. Ran “Color Fusion Mix and Match” under the “Fusion” set and  I left “One Click Color” at its 75% default while making these adjustments:  turned off “Brighten it,” and “Spot Light It” because the image was bright enough already, raised “Richen It”  to 55% opacity, “Edge It” to 100%, and used “Sentimental” on all of the background at 45% opacity.
  4. Ran “Magic Marker” and used a white soft brush at 100% and painted color over the graffiti wall. I adjusted the overall opacity to 40%.
  5. Ran “Touch of Dark” at 66% opacity over parts of the track and 10% over his face and hair (I still felt like he was a little overexposed.) I used “Touch of Light” to dodge parts of the track and his clothes at 10%.
  6. Ran “Golden” from the Fusion set at 5% to warm him up a bit.
  7. Finished by running “High Def Sharpening” from the fusion set at 100% opacity.


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This Blueprint was created by Jessica Crawford at Jessica Crawford Photography and is based out of Raleigh, NC, specializing in Newborns, Children, Families, Engagements and Weddings.


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  1. Jamie Desjardins on January 21, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Wow…they are BOTH gorgeous!

  2. Ellie on January 21, 2011 at 9:18 am

    I love the contrast and color in the edit. My eye is drawn to her left arm though which is too red for my taste.

  3. Lisa Lovely on January 21, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Looks awesome!!! I love watching your edits.

  4. Karly on January 21, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Love this! So rich and colorful!

  5. Shannon Jones on January 21, 2011 at 12:49 pm


  6. Kristi on January 21, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Beautiful! As usual : )

  7. Nancy on January 28, 2011 at 3:56 am

    I always enjoy seeing how other people use the actions I have purchased – good stuff! I’m not clear on the last step though, where you say that you “set the photo to soft light blending mode”. I am wondering which layer you set to soft light? Thanks!

  8. kimber on January 2, 2013 at 3:03 am

    How is this step…. Started with Magic Light and Magic Dark from the Bag of Tricks action set. I added light with a low opacity brush on the face and skin to better expose the subject while adding the dark on the background and colored areas to increase overall richness.Different then this step?Then I did a bit of dodging and burning on the clothing and bricks to give more pop! This can be done with the dodge and burn tools, or even with the free Photoshop action, Touch of Light/Touch of Darkness…Also is when you say blue spice is that a blue solid color with low opacity?

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