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Happy Valentine’s Day – Enjoy Some Candy Hearts from MCP

Ok – so maybe you were looking for something sweet like “candy” – but I had to share my favorite sweet things with you.  My twins!  Last fall they were playing with these heart stickers and I took a few photos.  I have been saving them for this post… I hope everyone has a yummy day…

POLL: What future online group photoshop workshops would you like?

POLL: What future online group photoshop workshops would you like?

Thank you to all those who have attended the “curves” and “color correcting” group workshops.  I have added a few more dates, so if you still want to take one of these classes, go under the workshop tab to see the new dates and times. I will be out of town (heading to California) with…

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Online Group Workshops – LOOK at the toolbar – NEW TAB – NEW DATES ADDED

I literally spent 4 hours now trying to get this set up.  And I finally figured it out! I have added a tab to the top navigation bar of my blog called “MCP Workshops.”  All info on my online group workshops will be updated there instead of on the threads of my blog.  I have…

Update on the Online Workshops – Color Fixing and Curves

Update on the Online Workshops – Color Fixing and Curves

I just wanted to do a super quick update on the workshops.  They are going really well so far and everyone seems to be learning a great deal.  My last curves workshop for the next month or so is on February 2nd at 8:30-10:30 PM eastern time.  It is just over 1/2 way to being…

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The Secret to Black and White Photography * Enter a Contest to Win B&W Actions/Presets *

About a month ago I started hearing the buzz. There was a new secret – a secret from a woman named Sonia who had incredible black and white images. I was curious. So I contacted her to learn more. And though I do not personally do a lot of black and white work and I…

Update on Trainings + A Few More Examples Needed

Update on Trainings + A Few More Examples Needed

The “surprise” is coming soon.   Make sure to check out this post to see how you can be the 1st to get it.  I am in need of a few more examples to debut it.  I now need some NON-people pictures.  I am hoping to find some amazing landscape photos, architecture shots, and a few macro shots. …

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MCP “COLOR FIXING” Online Group Workshops

MCP’s Color Fixing Workshop This is the number one question I hear from photographers, “How do I color correct this image?”  It seems to be the thing both ametuer and professional photographers stuggle with more than anything else.  Getting it right in camera by doing custom white balance constantly is a great solution for some, but often…

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MCP “ALL ABOUT CURVES” Online Group Workshops

UNDERSTANDING AND USING CURVES IN PHOTOSHOP – coming back again for 2009 Classes will take place the week of the 19th of January in preparation for the color fixing workshops starting the following week. I will add more curve workshops if needed, so if these times do not work, please feel free to suggest a…

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Photo Makeover | Fixing a major color cast | OnOne PhotoTunes 2

Here is a photo I edited for a photographer. She had some issues but the family really wanted to be able to order an 11×14 print. There were two ways I tried to fix this. One was manually in Photoshop using curves and working on each color channel – and tweaking with hue/saturation adjustment layers.…

Photoshop CS4 has arrived – plus important photoshop training info

Photoshop CS4 has arrived – plus important photoshop training info

I wish I had time to do a full report for you right now on CS4, but it will likely be days before I get to really dive in and get to know it. I am testing all of my action sets so I can let you know if any had to be revised.  So…

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Photoshop CS4 – Do you need to upgrade? My 1st Impressions…

Some people LOVE new toys.  Some people get overwhelmed by change. If you love new things, go buy Photoshop CS4 as soon as you can.  If you are not, well… you may still want to but I will warn you that the interface has changed pretty dramatically and it will take some getting use to.

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ONLINE GROUP WORKSHOP – Understanding and Using CURVES in Photoshop

UNDERSTANDING AND USING CURVES IN PHOTOSHOP WHERE: This will be a group format online workshop. You will be able to see my screen and interact via phone (call into a US based toll free number) or VoiP (contact me to see if you can use voice over IP). WHAT: I will teach you curves – from beginner to advanced.…

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My “American Girls” plus a before & after with editing directions

Here are my twins plus their twin American Girl dolls. They went to an “American Girl” themed charity tea to raise money for our children’s hospital.  I snapped these before they left with my mother in law. They had a fantastic time.  They love watching sports and playing with dolls too.  What can I say, they have diverse interests.…

Adobe Photoshop CS4 – announced today – tell me what you think…

Adobe Photoshop CS4 – announced today – tell me what you think…

I would love to hear your thoughts (in the comments) on Adobe Photoshop CS4 that was announced today.  For me every version is a must have.  But will it be a MUST HAVE for you? If it is, you can PRE-ORDER from Adobe.  I am ordering after I finish this post.  I am so excited.  How…

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How to avoid adding color problems and color shifts in photoshop

MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Reviews MCP Actions Quick Purchase The easiest way to mess up color in a photo is when using levels and curves improperly.  Levels to an extent, and curves to an even greater extent, affect both luminosity (brightness) and color when you adjust them. Many photographers love the look…

Possible Online Photoshop Workshops | Looking for feedback…

Possible Online Photoshop Workshops | Looking for feedback…

MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Reviews MCP Actions Quick Purchase As many of you know, one of my offerings at MCP Actions is one on one photoshop training.  I have been doing these customized trainings for over 2 years now.  And I often get requests to do “in person” workshops, as…

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Photo Makeover – getting rid of terrible stretch marks in photoshop

  Today I was reading some posts on a forum, and a photographer had a question.  “How can I get rid of these terrible stretch marks on my client’s belly?”  In real life I cannot say, but in Photoshop, it is a relatively easy task.  Below I have shown you the before belly with dark…

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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 is now available

MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Reviews MCP Actions Quick Purchase Buy Adobe Photoshop Lightroom! today! No more Beta.  The new version of Lightroom is available.  And I will be ordering it today.  I am very excited to try all the new features.  It sounds amazing. Here are some details from adobe’s website:…

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Photo Makeover – decreasing wrinkles and smoothing skin in photoshop

MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Reviews MCP Actions Quick Purchase From time to time – I will be doing photo makeovers on my blog. Sometimes it may be a HUGE makeover, sometimes more subtle. I may do them by hand or with a combination of actions. I will let you know…

Photoshop Tip of the week #12: SKIN TONES introduction

Photoshop Tip of the week #12: SKIN TONES introduction

MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Reviews MCP Actions Quick Purchase   The main thing people who read my blog have been asking me about is how to balance color/color correct. I will be discussing this in the weeks ahead. To start, I want to explain skin tone/coloring. Much of this information…

Photoshop Tip of the Week #2 – shortcut keys

Photoshop Tip of the Week #2 – shortcut keys

MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Reviews MCP Actions Quick Purchase   This week my tip is some quick shorcut keys you can use to save you time. These are my top 10 most used short cut keys. If you have a MAC, substitute Command Key for Ctrl, Option Key for Alt.…

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