Wednesday, July 25, 2012


Do you have a picture you LOVE? Submit your High Resolution images to:
{ the polka dot pixies @ gmail (dot) com }  for a chance to have it edited by me.
By submitting your image you give me permission to share a before and after on the internet.

One of my favorite things to do is edit photos. I {LOVE} taking a picture that is ok and making it FANTASTIC! I especially enjoy seeing the before and after side by side.

I edit using Photo Shop CS4. I know there are newer editions but haven't felt the need to upgrade yet. I use photo shop actions on ALL of my edits. The main ones I use are from  MCP ACTIONS .


  1. Ran Noiseware on the default setting to reduce the noise.
  2. Ran Midtone lifter action (MCP - ACTIONS BAG OF TRICKS).
  3. Made a Curves Adjustment to brighten up the photo a bit more. 
  4. Ran Clarity action (MCP ACTIONS - BAG OF TRICKS).
  5. Ran Fake Blue Sky Illusion (MCP ACTIONS - BAG OF TRICKS). 
  6. Ran Magical Color Finder action (MCP ACTIONS - BAG OF TRICKS)  went over the entire picture then masked backed the skin. 
  7. Ran  Magical Contrast actions (MCP ACTIONS - BAG OF TRICKS) used Medium and Low on default.
  8. Slight Vibrance adjustment
  9. Slight Contrast adjustment
  10. Ran Catherine's Fog Lift and Edge Burn Action. This took away some of the fogginess and also burned the color on the edges of the photo. 
  11. Ran Crystal Clear Web Sharpening Action (MCP ACTIONS) this prepares your image to upload to the internet.

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  1. I must be the first to say, I love what you've done to this picture! I promise I'm not being bias ;)

  2. I am so glad you love it! Thanks for letting me edit it.


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