Posted on April 1, 2011
The wait is finally over … Picture Perfect Portrait Mega Action Set (wow, that’s a mouthful!) is now available to Elements users! Now PSE users can enjoy the same powerful and beautiful (and easy to use!) actions that everyone’s been raving about for months. Truly a MEGA set including over 55 actions to take your photos to the next level.
This unique set of extraordinary actions includes a ton of color correcting and perfecting actions, a wide array of unique and creative artistic actions, workflow essentials with a twist, unique skin smoothing and retouching actions to create a natural glow, and so, so much more!! Look for video tutorials using this new set in Elements to be posted over the next few days to help you make the most of Picture Perfect. Also included is a tips and details list for all the actions included.
Posted on December 30, 2010
This beautiful family portrait comes to us courtesy of my dear friend, Kimberly of Kimberly V Photography. She has the sweetest little girls – four of them! So, I decided to get cheerful, bright and happy with the processing here and used mostly actions from the Picture Perfect Mega Portrait Set, with a little help from the Fresh set. It took me about four minutes total … easy peasy!
Here is the recipe …
Creamy Skin Brightener – Gives a little warmth and brightens. 100% – ran twice, flattening in between
Warm Me Back Up (Take Out Cyan and Blue) – Balances color and warms. 45%
Paint With Light – Paint lighter on faces and subjects. Some of their beautiful faces needed a little more than others, so I lowered my opacity on the brush while painting those needing less light. 45%
Bring Back Highlights – Recovers lost detail in nearly blown highlights. 35%
Pop My Flare (from Fresh Action Set) – One of my favorites for using on backlit photos to add some contrast, color and overall oomph. 40%
Paint on Color Pops – I use this to paint on vivid color everywhere but skin and hair (NEVER use this action on skin and hair unless you’re looking for the Oompa Loompa look). 35%
Velvet Retro – Adds an artistic touch with some color toning and unique tweaking. 45%
Instant Reflector – Acts like a fill light or reflector to fill in lost details in shadows, a problem that is often apparent in backlit photos such as this one. 80%
And lastly I used one action from a new set I’m working on that can help make blown skies look spectacular (with just a teensy bit of cloning around the tree line in back)!!
I’d also like to announce the winners of the Lil Blue Boo giveaway … Gayle of Gayle Vehar Photography and Jennifer Wiggins of Forty Toes. Congrats!!