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Q & A – question from a customer: what actions do you use most?


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I get this question or similar questions all the time, so I decided I would write the answer here.

“Can you give me the 3-5 actions you use most?” “What are your favorite actions?”


“My workflow is usually this – I would say 85% of the time it is one of these two for regular editing.  Sometimes I may play and do other special effects or convert to B&W, need to fix a color cast, etc…  If needed, I start with a plug in called Noiseware to elimate noise.  Then I use my MCP Actions as follows:

Color Burst (from the Complete Workflow Set), Peek-a-boo, Eye Doctor and then Magic Powder (if needed), Touch of Light/Touch of Darkness

– or –
Crackle, Under Exposure Fixer (if needed), Color Flair, Eye Doctor and then Magic Powder (if needed), Touch of Light/Touch of Darkness

After processing, if sharing on my site, blog, flickr, etc I either use a custom action that adds a frame and my logo or I use one of the “magic blog it board actions.”

I hope this answer helps you.  I will try and share more of these types of Q&As in future blog posts.


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  1. Susan on November 20, 2008 at 11:52 am

    It did me!! I’ve been wanting to get a few of your actions, and not sure which ones to get – this helps so much!!

  2. Melissa on November 20, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    Do you use Imagenomic Noiseware? What’s your estimate on the the % of images you use this on? Do you use the stand alone plug-in for PS and the professional version? Just trying to decide if I should purchase it. Thanks for your help.

  3. admin on November 20, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    Melissa – I use it on ones shot at high ISO (800 or above on my 40D). I have the one that is a plug in for PS. I do not use Portraiture since I have my own Skin Actions called MCP Magic Skin. Same type of results from what I have seen, but Imagenomic’s is way pricier – 4x what mine is I believe. But there seems to be no truly effective way to reduce noise using actions – at least none that I have found acceptable.

  4. Elaine on November 22, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    I also have Noiseware. Is there a particular reason that you use it before you use any actions, rather than after? Is there a usual opacity % that you use on a Noiseware layer?

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