Hi & welcome to my PS blog! This blog is for full PS although some steps will also work in PSE. Most actions, unless stated are not PSE compatiable. I do try to make an action for PSE from time to time. I hope you have fun here and learn some things along the way. If you have any questions, just drop me a comment! :O)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

B&W Action set...

Sorry it took me a while to get this up. Life seems to be moving FAST these days!

And I need to apologize for something in advance. I recorded these actions a few months ago and I recorded them to duplicate your photo...thinking at the time this was a good idea! UGH. This will probably annoy you to death! Ha! And I also put an intro to EVERY action and an ending note or two as well! Sigh. I hope this doesn't stop you from using them IF you like them. I saw somewhere (MAYBE MCP) with instructions on how to stop the ANNOYING stops and notes in actions. So you MIGHT want to look into it if you plan to use these a lot because you may want to KILL me after a few runs! Lol! I think I also did this with the Eye Pop tut...but learned my lesson and didn't do it with the Beach Wash set! Atleast I learn right?! :O)

So as with any action set, you HAVE to get into the nitty gritty of the action and adjust it to your taste. Rarely does an action look good run as is and some actions look better on some photos vs others. None of these actions apply any sharpenening as I think sharpening is a personal perference. So after you run the actions, you'll want to apply your own sharpening!

I also included a seperate "Haze" action so that you can add haze to any of the actions if you'd like. It's just a 1 layer action. I also included a 1 layer dodge and burn that ROCKS! It's the ONLY way I dodge and burn. And a 1 layer lighten and a 1 layer darken action.

Here are some quick examples...

And HERE are the actions! I'd love to hear what you think and see any links to edits you do with them! I hope you enjoy!


Caitie June 15, 2009 at 9:06 PM  

I just downloaded and couldn't resist having a quick play and I LOVE them!! What those actions do to skin tones are beautiful!! Love the high contrast one too. Thanks so much for sharing these freely with us, I'll post some links to edits when I have a proper chance to play!

momaziggy June 16, 2009 at 6:18 AM  

Yay! I'm so glad you like them Caitie! Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know what you think. I hope you get tons of use out of them and next week I'll be sharing my Eye Pop action. Have a great week! :O)

Joanne June 16, 2009 at 12:04 PM  

Wow! Thanks so much! These are awesome!

Anonymous June 16, 2009 at 1:00 PM  

just wondering if they work in elements 7? thanks! junowhat4@juno.com

momaziggy June 16, 2009 at 1:25 PM  

A couple in the set will work in PSE7 because they don't use a curves adjustment layer, but most will not work in PSE. I'm sorry! The quick and easy b&w will, the haze and the dodge/burn in the set, but that's it! :O(

Utahdoula June 18, 2009 at 2:34 PM  

Just so you know, Crystal, when they are bundled in a set like that PSE won't be able to use any of them. It doesn't have any way of splitting them.
I was able to use my dh's PS7 to copy those 3 into individual folders, and then they work in my PSE6!
If you want, I can share the split up ones (and the .png files I created so they have an icon in PSE) with you so you can share them with others.

Christi June 19, 2009 at 9:40 PM  

Thank you, can't wait to play!!!

Gayle September 9, 2009 at 1:30 PM  

Snagged 'em! Thank you!

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Hi, my name is Crystal and I am addicted to Photoshop. I have PSCS4 and it's my other half. I love photography, but sometimes I think it's a means to edit!

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