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Thank you for this Blueprint submission by Amanda Williams of In Your World Portraits. She edited this beautiful senior exchange student from Sweden using a few MCP Photoshop Action Sets to achieve her final result.

Here are her steps:

  1. Magic Midtone Lifter from the Bag of Tricks Action Set
  2. Color Explosion from the Complete Workflow Set
  3. The Eye Doctor
  4. Sunburn Vanisher from the Bag of Tricks Action Set
  5. Then used cloning and spot healing brush to clean up blemishes on the skin
  6. Light texture applied to the background (not from MCP)

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  1. Kate Gass on July 31, 2009 at 9:26 am

    Nice! It looks great. your actions are the best.

  2. Ann on July 31, 2009 at 9:29 am

    This is fantastic! Truly amazing to see what can be achieved with your actions!

  3. Gina Fensterer on July 31, 2009 at 9:34 am

    It looks amazing!!

  4. Kathleen on July 31, 2009 at 9:40 am

    This looks great. Huge difference.

  5. Danica Nelson on July 31, 2009 at 9:52 am

    You are amazing!! Love your site and this photo came out amazing. Also love to have learned about “stretching the canvas”. Thanks!

  6. Miranda Krebbs on July 31, 2009 at 10:09 am

    I love it! The noise doesn’t bother me at all, as it gives the picture character. I am kinda sad you cropped the wave out on the left though… that’s my only thing I would have done differently. The colors are amazing though! I am in awe!

  7. Leesa Moore on July 31, 2009 at 10:12 am

    Jodi, you did an amazing job as always. I have one quick question about your actions. when I run an action it flattens the entire image so I cannot get back to anything before that action was run. When you are doing this many things to a photo are you duplicating the image as a means of stepping back? I hope I’m making sense. in this example if you had decided after completing step 5 that your crackle needed to be at a lower opacity can you get back to that?

  8. Donna on July 31, 2009 at 10:13 am

    Ooooo, thanks for this. I have two dozen shots of my DH and nephew who just got back from wakeboard camp and they were shot into the sun, leaving them underexposed. I love your actions and run them on just about everything 🙂

  9. Deirdre Malfatto on July 31, 2009 at 10:30 am

    I think it looks great. It really pops! I’m going to watch that video, too. I don’t mind the grain, but I might have tried a slight blur over the less detailed areas (such as the sky and water at the top) to deal with some of it.

  10. MCP Actions on July 31, 2009 at 10:32 am

    Leesa – it depends on the actions – some have steps where it is necessary for flattening to occur. I usually work an image in stages anyway – so that if crackle was too much – I would lower at that point. But in the end, if you can learn to read an action – you can learn how to turn steps off, like flattening, if it is not necessary. As I said for certain things like Lab Mode, Duotones, etc – you do need to flatten.

  11. Vanessa on July 31, 2009 at 10:41 am

    fantastic! love it!

  12. Amy Hoogstad on July 31, 2009 at 11:06 am

    You did an AMAZING job with that photo! Love it:)

  13. Jill on July 31, 2009 at 11:25 am

    WOW amazing! Great job Jodi!

  14. stephanie on July 31, 2009 at 11:28 am

    I didn’t even notice the grain until you pointed it out, the color is so stunning that you kind of just looked past it!

  15. Leesa Moore on July 31, 2009 at 11:37 am

    Thanks Jodi. I did look thru one of the actions the other day and noticed the conversion to Lab…it didn’t register that this would require the flattening. I still tend to “overdo” my action applications so I’m learning for now to duplicate just in case I need to get back after looking at the final image. 🙂

  16. Tanya on July 31, 2009 at 11:48 am

    What a difference. It looks great.

  17. Tina on July 31, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Love it. Looks like it’s out of Surfer Magazine or something.

  18. Trude Ellingsen on July 31, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Wow! This turned out fantastic! So distracted by the bright color and action you hardly even notice the grain. 🙂 Noiseware is my lifesaver, love it!

  19. Julia Shinkle on July 31, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Wow! Noise, what Noise? This is so inspiring to know that some of my images that look too dark and lack color can go from this to that…Excellent work! Thanks for sharing this.

  20. Crystal on July 31, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Fantastic!!!!! Great shot and amazing transformation! Gotta love PS! :O)

  21. Tiffany on July 31, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Saw the headline in my Google Reader and I swear I expected to see a 70 year old man surfing. My goof. Love the before and after, excellent edits.

  22. Lisa L on July 31, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    I think the after is awesome! The only only thing I might have done is to clone out that person in the water by his hand. I caught myself looking at the tube they are floating on more than once for some reason. I think it is amazing. Thanks for sharing.

  23. Ashlee on July 31, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    I love it! The grain MIGHT bother me on a print, especially around his arms and shoulders, but this would rock on canvas! I would totally show this either way though. Great save!

  24. Terry Lee on August 1, 2009 at 9:42 am

    That is amazing…I happen to love the grain.

  25. Heather Sikkenga on August 3, 2009 at 2:54 pm


  26. Sherri LeAnn on August 3, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    WOW that looks incredible ! As soon as I get my new computer – I am buying tons of your actions

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