A few things; First, I just updated all my galleries with fresh photos. You can view them all right here on the blog – under “Portfolio”.
AND, I have a great little action to share. I’ve been researching how to make actions, what are the best methods, etc., and I think I’ve made a sweet little action. This action does a lot – tonal curves, selective desaturation, contrast adjustment, high pass sharpen, and a few others. It’s that perfect action that I have gone to time and time again. It can take a good photograph and turn it into something really special. I especially love how it evens out and gives warmth to skin tones. It’s called “Baked”, because after it’s applied, it has that vintage, warm feel of a photo that has been baked in the sun. Here are a few examples…
Photo on the left was the original exposure, nothing was done other than crop. The photo on the right was “baked” at 75% opacity, plus a vignette.
Original exposure was a tad dark, so this was lightened with levels (It’s important to start with a well exposed photo, not too light or dark). Look what it does to jeans! Baked at 80% plus a skin smooth and vignette.
Any newborn photographer will tell you it’s sometimes hard to get that newborn skin color right. This little action takes that red out and leaves creamy newborn skin. Baked applied at about 35%. No other skin smoothing!
Click this link to download:
To install, unzip the file. Open Photoshop. In your actions palette, click on the little arrow in the corner of the palette. Scroll down to “Load Actions”. Choose the file (should be an .atn file) and you’re all set! I run this with Photoshop CS4. I can’t guarantee it will work with other versions. Enjoy! And if you like it, please leave a comment with a link to some of your photos!