Monday, February 22, 2010

Photoshop Actions

I got PSE8 for my birthday and have finally installed some actions.  Here's how they work:  You find them online and download them into Photoshop.  Then they appear in your styles and effects palette.  They save a ton of time!  For example, say I'm starting with this photo:
I love those baby blues, but the bright red shirt is distracting.  I can try "Selective Color" and it runs automatically, creating layers with layer masks, etc.  Then I can just paint where I want to see color and get this: 
I can also change the color of just the shirt by selecting with the magic wand and desaturating:
They have actions for creating vignettes, retouching portraits, selective color, making pics look antique, etc. 

Have fun!

1 comment:

  1. Wow that looks great! and this was super helpful!