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Many times in my weekly Blueprints I tend to show extreme edits, artistic looks, or rich color popped before and after images.  In reality though lighter editing is usually the most powerful for photographers. In today’s step-by-step Blueprint, I used two Photoshop actions from the MCP Fusion Photoshop actions set to achieve a clean, crisp post processed image.

Thank you to Spanki Mills Photography for allowing me to use your photo for this edit.

I started with Color Fusion Mix and Match – this action runs more than 20 color actions in the set at once and you get to pick which you want to use and at what opacity.  I turned on two layers, plus the default One Click Color.  I left Crave at 50% opacity and tweaked Ellie’s Field of Dreams to 32%.  Next I wanted a little contrast so I used Different Directions at 51%.  That was it – simple, creamy, crisp and ready to deliver to your customer or print at your photo lab.

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  1. Lisa on August 26, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Hi Jodi! I must say, I love seeing the before & afters! You are right in saying that it’s the subtle differences that make a huge impact on your photo. I’ve taken a few photoshop classes at my local college so I have a basic understanding of photoshop, but I’ve never tried purchasing actions before and using them. I mostly use lightroom & feel comfortable with that, but I really like the results you get from your actions. My problem I guess would be, when I’m looking at the photo, how would I even know where to begin? How do you go about choosing which actions you are going to use? One day I’ll take the plunge & finally buy some actions because I love the results. Thanks for your time & keep the photos coming…especially the before & afters…LOVE them!!Lisa

  2. Bobbi Jo on August 26, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Really love the difference. That’s exactly what I’m looking for, a little punch that really makes the image shine. Very nice!

  3. Jackie on August 26, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Love the edit, but what is “different directions”? What set is it in and what effect does it have?

  4. Jackie on August 26, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Please disregard my last comment! I looked closer at my Fusion set and I see it! Also to answer the other question… it adds contrast! My apologies!

  5. priscilla on August 26, 2011 at 11:13 am

    LOVE this…

  6. Amy Loo on August 26, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Love the difference. It look awesome!

  7. Crystal ~ momaziggy on August 26, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Perfect…LOVE this edit Jodi! 🙂

  8. lori mccaffree on August 31, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Just wondering how your studio white bright spell actions works. Do you make selections or what? Thinking of buying your bag of tricks.

    • Jodi Friedman, MCP Actions on August 31, 2011 at 9:10 pm

      check out the video to see it in action. It works well as long as the subject is not also wearing white or if hair or skin is overexposed, etc.

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