I have made no secret as to how much I'm inspired by Ree, of Pioneer Woman fame. Those of you who read my blog should be well aware of this fact. Yesterday, when I checked her site, I saw that she was offering a free download of a specially designed set of actions. An action is something that includes all the different steps in Photoshop to achieve a final result. You 'play' an action like you'd play a song or a movie, and then you can watch the action happen. Well, sort of. It doesn't take as long as a song or a movie, and in fact only a couple seconds! Luckily, my son was in town and he explained some of this to me. So today, during a rainy spring afternoon, I played with the new set of free actions I've just downloaded.
And they are awesome.
Ree explained that some of these actions are geared more for landscapes, some for people, you get the picture. So I thought I'd try them on horses. And here's what I came up with.
My favorite result for this particular photo is what PW calls "Soft & Faded". I think it's beautiful in this particular setting.
And here are the rest I tried. I will admit that I got a little carried away with them, making a chart for myself in Photoshop, but it was raining out today and I'm in love with Photoshop anyway, so what the hey.
And finally, here's the Straight Out of Camera (SOOC) shot. Cute picture, but it needs help.
To download these actions to your Photoshop CS2 or higher program, visit http://www.thepioneerwoman.com/ and click on her Photography tab. The post with the download is entitled "Actions!"
Hope you have as much fun as I'm having with this first set she's offering. And PW, if you're out there, thank you.
Apologies to those who could care less about Photoshop. I'll try to stop talking about it for awhile. It's just that I get really excited about things sometimes . . .