Some readers have written asking me to share the processing on some of the photographs I publish. Although I’m not in the habit of writing down the steps I take when working in Photoshop, this time I actually did. And know what’s even better?
What’s even better is that every single action and texture that was used in this group of photos was absolutely FREE. I’ll give a link on each one for you.
I liked this little grouping of birds and the color of the barn in the background.
PW’s Lovely and Ethereal action @ 26% opacity
MCP’s Dream Much texture, pin light @ 46% opacity *
PW’s Sharpen This! action (on birds only) @ 50% opacity
In know the change is subtle, but it’s what I was looking for.
* For the life of me, I can’t seem to find the free texture on the MCP Actions site or anywhere else. Sorry about that. I can’t remember where I downloaded it.
The window in my bedroom when I awoke this morning.
PW’s Fresh & Colorful action @ 38%
PW’s Seventies action @ 16%
Once again, very subtle changes.
The holiday decorations are finally put away, and aside from the puzzle thing my husband has propped up against the wall here, all is back to normal. And clean.
PW’s Soft & Faded action @ 10%
SkeletalMess Parchment 3 texture, overlay @ 29%
I like the warmth of the second photo better.
My husband putting away the cookies he’d just baked in the pink counter-topped kitchen.
PW’s Soft & Faded action @ 44% opacity
SkeletalMess Translucent Tones texture, overlay @ 48% opacity
I did not like the blue tones in the SOOC. At all.
I love saving energy. We’ve had this Amish drying rack for 20 years and when it’s this cold out, I like hanging the delicates inside on this. I made sure there was nothing embarrassing here before I shot the photo, taken in the front entry foyer.
PW’s Slight Lighten action @ 67% opacity
PW’s Soft & Faded action @ 27% opacity
SkeletalMess Faux Parchment 4 texture, overlay @ 33% opacity
I really disliked the SOOC. A good photographer would have probably figured out how to capture the sunshine rather than use PS to adjust it. But this post isn’t about that.
After taking the photo of the drying rack, I turned around to see George napping in the living room. On his own couch, no less.
PW’s Lovely and Ethereal action @ 60% opacity
PW’s Soft & Faded action @ 21% opacity
SkeletalMess Painted Canvas 3 texture, linear burn @ 37% opacity (brushed off face w/soft brush at low opacity)
I like the second version so much better.
I loved how this little sparrow looks waiting for a turn at the feeder below. At least, I think it’s a sparrow.
PW’s Soft & Faded action @ 10% opacity
PW’s Sharpen This! action (on bird only) @ 57% opacity
Michelle Black texture, soft light @ 20% opacity
I prefer the cropped version so much more.
I liked the colors in this one and all the birdie action as they jostle for a spot on the feeder.
PW’s Soft & Faded action @ 11% opacity
PW’s Sharpen This! action (on birds & some feeder only) @ 47% opacity
Michelle Black texture, soft light @ 52% opacity
I cropped this one because it asked me to.
Well, that took a lot outa me. Hope you enjoyed!