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Free Touch of Light™ and Touch of Darkness™ Photoshop Actions


It’s just like dodging and burning, only easier! Simply paint on light in underexposed areas or dark in overexposed areas using a soft white brush set to approximately 30% opacity. Image retouching has never been easier. This Photoshop action will make your images pop.

Compatible with:
Photoshop CS – CS6
Photoshop Creative Cloud (CC)

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  1. Pam Bales

    I use MCP actions on almost every portrait session I have and absolutely love them.They make the difference between a good image and a great image. I probably use touch of light on almost every image as it helps brighten up the image especially in a shady location. They are located all together on my action palette for easy use.

  2. Gillian Foley

    I love “Öem! I use the “touch of light and dark” all the time! I love “Öem.

  3. SueJo

    A big lifesaver. I use TOL/TOD often and they are also a big lifesaver. Even I use them for making the eyes a bit brighter.

  4. Nikki Romero

    I absolutely love this action”_ This is awesome for a quick lightening and darkening as needed where needed”_. I use this ALOT”_

  5. Karen

    I am a fan of this action! Great time saver and it seems to always puts the finishing touch on my image. Adds depth and richness.

  6. Sherri W.

    I use this action religiously! This is my favorite action EVER I use it on EVERY image.This action has SAVED a lot of images it adds the right touch here & there and is even perfect for brightening up skin tones if need be.I’ve been dying to buy some MCP actions “ñ right now this is the only one I have at the moment “ñ but your actions are by far the BEST I’ve seen “ñ I cannot wait to purchase them “ñ I know they will be just as satisfying & useful as this one has been.Thanks so much for creating such dynamite actions!

  7. Marla

    Can’t live without this one! This is so nice to use for brightening. I rarely use the “Touch of Dark”, but the “Touch of Light” gets used on almost every one of my images. Wonderful to use of people that are backlit and you maybe need just a bit more of brightness on your subject “ñ or if you have directional lighting and need to lighten a shadow on one side of a face “ñ or to lighten shadows on eyes . . . I could go on forever . . .

  8. Dahl

    Thank you so much for sharing this action. It’s my first trial using photoshop. Your tutorials are amazing and help me a lot.

  9. Kerri

    LOVE IT LOVE IT. I have purchased most of you actions”_ and I always end up finishing or starting the project with this action”_ simple the best dark/light action I have ever used!

  10. Joe

    Wow! This action make everything so much easier and the instructions as you click to use it are easy to follow.

  11. Stillsweet

    I LOVE MCP actions and use many of them. She has some awesome FREEBIES and my favorite is “Touch of Light/Touch of Darkness.” I use this to some degree on just about every image I edit! Once you try it you will too because it adds just the touches of light where you need them and enhances the shadows where you want them as well. Wonderful Action”_.and”_”_it’s FREE! It doesn’t get much better than that!!!! Thank you, Jodi!

  12. Kristin Rae

    Everyone needs this! I use this on just about every image I edit. Thanks for making this a freebie! I loved it so much I’ve bought several action sets and I’m just wondering which ones I need next! 🙂

  13. Lilla

    It made my life much easier! After experimenting with this action, I am about to purchase a few more 🙂 It made my life much easier!

  14. zzang_4567

    Thanks so much for creating such dynamite actions.

  15. Anna

    So Easy to Use. This is a great action and I use it often. It is much easier to use than doing burning or dodging on your own. Thanks!

  16. Sandy

    AWESOME!!!!!! I absolutely love this action! I use it on almost every photo. It is adjustable, so each photo can use a different opacity. A definitely needed action! Thank you Jodi.

  17. Pam L.

    A Saving Grace – This action has saved many images for me. It is one that I use quite frequently, even just to enhance portions of the photo. Great action.

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