Wednesday, January 14, 2009

A Cool Action...

I am always looking for cool things to do with pictures and there are no shortage of websites dedicated to doing just that. CS3 all by itself is a dream piece of software -- add a plug-in or two and really... the skies the limit to what you can do creatively. I haven't even begun to scratch the surface.

Without giving you all the boring details, there's a thing called an ACTION and basically what it does is combine a list of commands or tweaks to a photo into an easy to use one step process which makes editing multiple photos much quicker and simpler.

Take the example of the photo above taken by a friend the day of the Christmas Tree Hunt. The picture looks pretty good notwithstanding the dismal rainy day. I did nothing else but add an ACTION called "Color Pop" and voila... look at the difference.

Here's another example: Original taken the same day by the same friend.

and then here's the cropped and color popped version. The coolest thing is that you can adjust the opacity of any of the individual layers so that the effect is as subtle or as bold as you like. I opted for bold here.

WARNING: with CS3... things may appear now differently than you actually remember them.


Leslie said...

That is very cool, thanks for sharing. I'm definetly going to give it a try.

The Parrish Family said...

I LOVE actions!!!! They are my fav!

Life as a Greenstreet said...

Oh, I love how green the tree got! That's awesome. What a great program.