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Turn a Snapshot Into a Portrait Using Photoshop Magic

Some photos start out looking like snapshots, even if they were meant to be a portrait.  If the lighting and feel of the photo is strong, you can transform them using various techniques and Photoshop actions. This photo, submitted during a private training class, was taken by Maggie Ford. The image had so much potential…

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Many Looks Using Photoshop Actions on an Urban Bride {Blueprint}

Bridal sessions can be fun and creative. A recent trend if to photograph brides in an urban setting.  Using Renee Trichio’s image (Twice as Nice Photography) from when she attended a Private Photoshop Actions Training with me a few weeks ago, you will see that even using one action set, the possibilities are endless. My…

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Using Photoshop Actions for Bright, Vivid Color

Getting great color starts with great exposure and lighting as well as the right subject and background.  Make sure to set your white balance in camera or using RAW, for the most accurate colors. This photo by Renee Trichio (Twice as Nice Photography) started out with vibrant color.  Renee’s concern when she came to me…

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Get Crisp Images + Color Pop Using Photoshop Actions: Blueprint

If you love rich, color popped image, you will want to read and learn from today’s Blueprint. Sometimes I like to have really fun, bright color and crispness with my photos.  This photo of my daughter Ellie was taken on our cruise last month on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas.  I loved the real…

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How to Use Photoshop Actions to Enhance Photos {Blueprint}

The best way to use Photoshop actions is to make good photos great.  I love editing images that start off with nice lighting and composition.  Renee Trichio (Twice as Nice Photography) took a Private Photoshop Actions Training with me a few weeks ago so she could learn to get the most from her purchases.  Remember…

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Blueprint: Fixing an Underexposed Portrait Using Photoshop Actions

Exposure issues?  Well they can happen to both new and more experienced photographers.  Michlynn of Michlynn Schweitzer Photography sent in this photo for a Blueprint.  Here are the steps taken and Photoshop actions used to go from the under-exposed, low contrast photo, to a portrait. Started by using Magic Midtone Lifter from the Bag of…

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Color Pop in Photoshop: Achieving that Ultra Colorful Look

Want to color pop your images in Photoshop? This week’s Blueprint shows one way to achieve rich, super powerful color.  I get asked about this look all the time in reference to a few photographers who pull out these deep hidden colors. This look and style is trendy and fun, and many will love it,…

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How To Make Rounded Edge Blog It Boards & Collages Using Photoshop Actions

If you are looking for more ways to be creative on your blog or website, and you own the Magic Blog It Boards and the Finish It Photoshop action set, you will love this fun tip. Normally Blog It Boards are rectangular in shape. But what if you want to change things a bit?  What…

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Blueprint Fan Share: Sweetest Little Valentine

Thank you for this adorable Valentine themed before and after Blueprint from Carrie Heaps Photography. Details on the edit and which MCP Photoshop actions were used (straight out of camera shown 1st, then the final image 2nd): Started by adjusting the gamma and contrast manually. Ran MCP Studio White Bright Spell from the Bag of…

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Blueprint: Eyes “Wide” Open

Shawnee of Photography by Shawnee sent in this before shot and wanted to see how I would edit it with the Bag of Tricks action set.  I used both this set and the Eye Doctor to get to the after image. I started with exposure. I used the Bag of Tricks – Magic Midtone Lifter.…

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Blueprint: Fan Share of a Sweet Newborn in a Basket

  This Blueprint was sent in by Gina Neary of Pea Head Prints. I love her photography, post processing, and on top of that her graphics work.  She helped me recently with all of my new banner ads, business cards and post cards so that they could match the new MCP Blog and MCP Website.…

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Blueprint {Sort Of}: Too Beautiful Not to Share

Kelly Moore Clark sent me these before and after shots using the MCP Bag of Tricks.  Normally for a Blueprint, I like to share the exact steps taken.  Unfortunately she did not tell me all the details of her step by step. Since I know she used the Bag of Tricks, I can make some…

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Blueprint: Add Drama to Your Edits

Sometimes I like to have a bit of drama in my edits.  I would say that I add drama by bringing out details and adding contrast simultaneously. For this Blueprint, I wanted to create a really moody effect. Cropped 1st – yes – often you will hear that you should crop last.  But rules are…

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Blueprint – Subtle Edits for a BIG Impact

Some photos take a lot of editing, while others just need a few quick clicks of the mouse.  Here is an edit that was done in about 30 seconds or less. Started by cropping. Then used “All in the Details” Tinted action.  Masked detail layer completely off skin. Then used “All in the Details” Flashlight…

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Blueprint: Senior Girl in the Fall on the Tracks {Fan Share}

This Blueprint was sent in by April Kuhlmann of Once In Every Life Photography. She wrote: “Fall is gorgeous here in Alabama right now!  I took this shot last week late afternoon, out on a rural railroad track while during a Senior Portrait session. A reflector was used in this shot too for light bounce.…

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Free Black and White Photoshop Actions: Breast Cancer Awareness

Want a FREE Black and White Photoshop Action?  You can download this black and white photoshop action with 14 color overlays now! October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month so this Blueprint is dedicated to fighting Breast Cancer.  I created the “Take Action on Cancer Awareness” action set when my father-in-law was diagnosed with stage…

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Blueprint from Manila in the Philippines

This photo was submitted from Isabel who lives in Manila in the Philippines. The original is shown 1st, the a color edit, and lastly a black and white. Color Version edited in Photoshop: Used Peek-a-Boo action from the MCP Complete Workflow actions Used Color Burst action from the MCP Complete Workflow (painted on the letters…

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Blueprint: Fan Shares a Before & After of Her Daughter

I got this email and Blueprint submission from Alicia Cerva of A Thousand Words by Alicia. Jodi – I took this picture of my daughter over the weekend, and wanted to share the actions I used from MCP. Thanks for sharing your talents with us!  I love your actions. Thanks again! Alicia Here is her…

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Blueprint Fan Share – Outdoor Senior Photograph

Today’s Blueprint was sent in by Charlotte Stringer of Charlotte Stringer Photography. Her steps were as follows: Open in ACR Correct the exposure in Camera Raw Patched out the acne with Patch Tool Used the MCP Eye Doctor photoshop action on the Eyes – Sharped pupils at 35% then ran it over her face at…

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Blueprint – MCP Fan Share of a Cute Little Boy

One of my customers, of both my Photoshop actions and training, asked me if she could share a photo from when she was just starting out.  It was a favorite of hers and she wanted to see what she could do with it now that she knows more about Photoshop. Why not? This shot was…

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Blueprint – Baby Time – Making a Cute Newborn Even Cuter

If you want better newborn images, take our Online Newborn Photography Workshop.   This photo was sent in by Nilofar Walters of Fig Tree Photography in Australia.  She wrote me an email that read, “First off thank you for a wonderful and informative blog. I have also bought a couple of your actions and I…

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