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If you love the matte look with rich colors, here’s how an MCP customer Christine O’Connell edited this image to achieve the style with Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) +

–> MCP Fusion Photoshop Actions <–

I will start by saying “I LOVE THIS PICTURE.”  I like it straight out of camera.  I’d like it color popped and probably vintage too.  It is just so fun.  I originally asked Christine if I could edit it and share with all of you, but when she sent me her edit and raw settings, I decided rather than even take the time, I would just share hers with you.  So fun!  I hope you enjoy.

Before:

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What was done in Adobe Camera Raw for CS6 (earlier versions do not have all these settings available):

You can see the changed settings – Exposure to -0.55, Contrast to -18, Highlights to -37, Shadows to +46, Whites to +8, Blacks to +52. You could do this same tweaking in Lightroom 4.

 

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Here is the Photoshop actions formula used after editing the RAW image:

Her Blueprint Formula:

  • Ran Khaki at 40%
  • Used Color Fusion Mix and Match –  Ellie’s Field of Dreams – 11%, Creamsicle – 9%, Passion – 19%, Rustic – 16%, Sentimental – 26%, Slumber Party – 25%, One Click Color – 75%
  • Flatten then run Magic Skin at 50%

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To see more of Christine O’Connell’s work, visit her A Million Sighs Photography Blog and Facebook.

 

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  1. pam on December 14, 2012 at 9:18 am

    I love the Fusion actions, and I love seeing recipes for using them!

  2. Ashley Larsen on December 18, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Thank you for this! Needed some new ideas with fusion, I was also intrigued with her ACR settings. Exposure looked good to me, I would have never thought to lower it to -.55.

  3. Shantel on September 16, 2013 at 3:01 am

    I am relatively new to the world RAW. Can photoshop actions be run on a RAW file, or does the file have to be converted to jpg first? I am trying to avoid quality loss.Thank you,Shantel

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