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Make Family Portraits Come Alive in Photoshop


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Before and After Step-by-Step Edit: Make Family Portraits Come Alive in Photoshop

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:

Image Title: Father and Sons
By: Jessica Roberts

Camera and Lens Used: Canon EOS 6D, 135 mm f/2.0

ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed: ISO 3200, f/3.5, SS 1/500

Software Used: Photoshop

Actions/Presets Used: Manual Edits Learned In MCP Online Workshops, MCP’s Free Photoshop Actions, Newborn Necessities Photoshop Actions

family-before-and-after-edit Make Family Portraits Come Alive in Photoshop Blueprints Photoshop Actions


Manual Edits:

  • Adjusted exposure and white balance and reduced noise in ACR
  • Opened in Photoshop and smoothed skin with a gaussian blur
  • Fixed skin tones via Curves adjustments per knowledge acquired in MCP Color Fixing class
  • Adjusted greens via Hue/Saturation to minimize the neon (slid the saturation bar down slightly in the green and yellow channels)
  • Added a little radial pop of light at top right to enhance natural light is peeking through

Newborn Necessities Photoshop Actions:

  • Print Sharpie inverted and painted at 50%
  • Sharp Eyelashes at low opacity on features
  • Pick Me Up at default opacity with Newborn Spotlight, Red Reduction, and A Touch of Haze steps marked unchecked


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