Detailed Description of Each Action included in Photoshop Actions For Photographers Package
All actions (except for border actions) can be adjusted with the layer opacity slider if nothing else is mentioned below. Also, note that each PS action will create a “before” snapshot so you with a single click can go back to the before state using the history panel and clicking on the latest snapshot at the top.
Dodge and Burn Layer
The Dodge and Burn Layer gives you the possibility to burn and dodge your image in a non-destructive way. To use it run the action and choose a brush suitable for your darkening or brightening specific areas in your image. With the Dodge and Burn Layer selected, choose white and paint on the areas you want to brighten. Choose a black color for the brush to darken areas. If the effect is too strong, just turn down the opacity of the brush. Usually, between 12-20% brush opacity gives you a nice subtle darkening or brightening effect to your image.
High Pass Dodge and Burn Brush
This Photoshop action utilizes a high-pass filter, which is usually used for sharpening, to dodge and burn. However, it will also help bring out details, but focusing on much larger details than you would normally use for sharpening. Running the action will result in a blank/dark mask where you just need to brush over the areas where you want to dodge and burn. The brush already activated and ready for you to sweep over your image where you want extra highlights or shadows.
You don’t need to switch between a separate dodge and burn tool as the high pass filter will automatically darken and brighten when you use the brush. If you want a more subtle effect, you can change the blend mode of the “High Pass Dodge and Burn Brush” to Soft Light. The default setting is Vivid Light. Alternatively, you can also lower or raise the opacity of the layer to decrease or increase the effect.
Structure & Contrast
This photoshop action increases the amount of visible details in the image along with the contrast. If you find that it is too much, just lower the opacity of the Structure & Contrast layer.
The Detail Enhancer action uses a method of inverted surface blur filter to bring forth the details that are already within the image, but not visible. The action might be a little slow, but the result is fantastic.
Remove Color Cast
Remove the color cast of any image with just a single click. Many ND filters are known to add an unwanted green, magenta or blue color cast to long exposure images. However, under different lighting conditions, every image can get a subtle color cast. Just run this Photoshop action to get rid of it. Straightforward and efficient.
This action runs a script that allows you to blend several long exposure photos (of the same subject) into one single smooth long exposure image. It is useful for those situations, where your equipment or the weather conditions don’t allow for longer exposures. Just blend them automatically in Photoshop by running this Photoshop action. When you execute the action, Photoshop will ask you to select the files to blend. Either load the images already open into the stack or select images from your image folder. Remember to check the align images checkbox.
Add a dreamy, soft, fantasy-look to your images with this photoshop action. The Orton effect is achieved by blending a sharp image with an “out of focus” version of the same image.
Adds subtle sharpening to your photo. Use a layer mask to enhance or remove sharpening from specific areas.
Create a cross-processing effect by adjusting the RGB curves individually.
This PS action will create an adjustments curve layer with a typical s-curve shape. Simple but quick.
The Pro Contrast Photoshop action adjusts the dark, bright and mid tones separately, by using luminosity masks. After running the action, you can modify the contrast curves to fit your image.
Give your photos a warm color tone, like it was shot during the golden hour.
Photo LAB Color
Make the colors in your photos pop more by using LAB color space.
You can use the create luminosity mask action to create very precise masks based on the luminosity values in your image. After running the create luminosity masks action select the channel panel to view all the different selection possible. You will find 6 bright masks, 6 mid-tone masks, and 6 dark masks. Hit CMD /Control + left click on the channel thumbnail to activate it as a selection. You should see the “marching ant” indicator enclosing the selection. Ie., select Bright 6 to get a narrow selection of the most highlighted areas in your image based on luminosity values.
Select Bright 1 to get a wider selection of highlights. You can use the selection to make curves adjustments that only affect the particular selection, or use it to limit the brush tool, so it only affects the selected area. Finally, a common use is as a basis for manual exposure blending. A note on using the dark luminosity masks:
A note on using the dark luminosity masks: since dark masks are inverted bright masks, they work a little different which can cause issues for your photo unless you subtract several from channels from each other. You can do this by selecting Dark 1 (CMD/CTRL + left click on Dark 1 and then subtract Dark 3 and then Dark 4) to create a selection that is not reverse). Technical stuff aside, I have done this for you. So when you, for instance, want a good selection for boosting contrast in the only the darker parts of your image, just use the channels Dark Range 1 or Dark Range 2 as your selections of darks.
Since Luminosity Masks increases the file size quite a bit, you might want to use the Delete Luminosity Masks action, when you are finished editing your image.
If your image contains too little data, like being too dark or too bright, the Create Luminosity Masks action will encounter some errors/issues, which means that it cannot 18 luminosity channels based on your image. Just press continue until you step through the action workflow, and you will still have maybe 15 luminosity channels to work with.
Glow and Soft Focus
Easily add a soft focus and glow effect. Furthermore, this photoshop action will boost the image contrast and saturation.
Atmosphere and Mist
Create an early morning mist atmosphere to images.
Gloomy BW Split Tone
Black and white with a blue/yellow twist which results in a gloomy Sephia/selenium split tone effect.
Use this Photoshop action to smooth surfaces like skin and so on. After running this action create a layer mask and fill it with black. Next, use a white brush to add the effect selectively to the areas you want.
Create Lomo style images with blurred edges and cross-processing and soft focus.
Add a trendy retro effect to images with a single click. Both the Lomo and Retro effects are very often used on photos on social media websites.
Remove Hot Pixel Noise
When shooting long exposures, your camera sensor might overheat some pixels, which shows up as small white specks in your image. It can be very tedious work to remove all of them one by one. This action cleans up your image with a single click.
Border: Black Narrow / Medium / Wide
These Photoshop actions add a black border with a single click. This PS action expands the canvas size to fit the border, keeping your image the original size. The border comes with a small white stroke around the image, which can be turned on/off by making the layer style called “Stroke” visible or not.
Border: White Narrow / Medium / Wide
These Photoshop actions add a white border with a single click. This PS action expands the canvas size to fit the border, keeping your image the original size. The border comes with a small black stroke around the image, which can be turned on/off by making the layer style called “Stroke” visible or not.
Border: Black (5%) / (10%) – Keep Size
Add a black border with a single click, while keeping the image size. This means it doesn’t expand the pixel size. (Accurate down to 1-2 px.) The action uses percentage (%) to calculate how much the image should be resized to make room for the border.
Note that the border is i.e. 5% of the height and 5% of the width, which typically makes the width and height of the border uneven. It gives a balanced look to between the border and the image. The border comes with a small white stroke around the image, which can be turned on/off by making the layer style called “Stroke” visible or not.
Border: White (5%) / (10%) – Keep Size
These two PS actions do the same as the Black (5%) or (10%) above, but just with a white color and the optional black stroke.
Create a white border with a crystalize effect.
Basic Sephia toning effect with a single click.
Sephia Yellow Split Toning
Basic Split toning effect using Sephia for the shadows and bright yellow for the highlights.
Movie Coloring Effect 1 & 2
This PS action makes the dark shades a cool blue/green tone while the brighter shades get a warm orange look. The effect makes persons stand out more because the of the complementary colors relation used in the toning.
Fall Foliage Effect
Give your fall images a color boost with the Fall Foliage Effect action. This photoshop action will create a hue adjustment layer, that targets specific fall colors to increase the saturation. In addition, it adds a high pass filter for increased sharpening. To adjust the strength of the colors double click the thumbnail for the hue adjustment layer and modify the settings.
Web Sharpener / Resize Actions (use on output images)
To resize an image to one of the image sizes stated in the action name, just click it and watch it do its magic. If you think that the result is too sharp, just lower the opacity of the Extra Sharpening layer or simply turn it off.
You also have the option to modify the hue adjustments or levels adjustments by double-clicking on these layers. The web sharpener photoshop actions corrects the loss of saturation when resizing with the hue adjustment layer. Furthermore, the levels adjustment layer adds a tiny bit of darkness back into your image since sharpening an image often makes it a bit brighter. If you think the settings are a little off, you can easily change it to get the result you want.
Note: this action converts the image to 8-bit which makes you loose the layers. Also, avoid to save the resized images and replacing your original image.