Friday, February 4, 2011

Using Actions with PSE9 to make your photos really POP

Good Morning Everyone
Jodi here today sharing some of my secrets with you
on how to make your photos really POP

I am relatively new to digital scrapbooking, but i am a keen ametuer photographer. So I thought i would share with you how i make my photos really POP using Actions for Photoshop Elements 9.

This is a photo that was taken by the local paper at the School Fete recently...
Its a lovely photo,
but a little dull and the background is a bit ugly.

Im a huge fan of Actions.  Rather than playing with lighting, contrast and colour ourselves, we can down load free Actions, or purchase them from Photographers.

So here is the original photo

I opened PSE9
and i have already a set of actions pre loaded into my program.
I purchased these actions through a photographer
that promotes his photography on FACEBOOK.
Its amaising what you can find on Facebook!

So I have loaded them up into the program
and i just click one button

You can see just a slight adjustment in this photo.
There is added contrast and the skin colour isn't as yellow...

Here is another type of action where there is a more old fashioned
finish to the photo.
This action is actually called Tombstone.... very fitting!!!

But this Black & White action is the one that i find i use the most.
It has added contrast.
The black is black and the white is white!!
I love that it really brings out the subjects in the photo and you dont even take any notice of the background.

Here is how i have used them in layouts....
Here is my favourite Black & White Action
"Fly Free"

Here is my favourite Colour Action
"Fete Fun"

And here is another Back and White Action
using January's Free Digi Download from Gingerstreetscrap Mag.
I love this line.....
"Snow Fairy"



Barb in AK said...

Jodi! Those are amazing layouts and amazing how you can play with the photo to get what you want/need!
I absolutely love the Snow Fairy layout!
I was too late too the party to download the January freebie. Whaaaaahhhhhh :'( I thought it was the prettiest thing I'd seen for a very long time.
I dabble in digi, but still love to get my hands on the "real" stuff ;-)
Thanks for sharing!

Julie Ann Shahin said...

Beautiful layouts and great article!!!! Well done Jodi! I'm going to share on FB and twitter!!! xoxo

Dora said...

beautiful layouts and some really great actions! thanks so much for sharing!

lynn said...

thank you jodi, your pages are beautiful!