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I've been digging through Adobe Bridge today trying to find some interesting images to share with you. I stumbled across this one, and although it isn't especially dramatic, it is one I really love. I took this where I live, in the Middle East (only a couple more months!). Falconry is very big in the region and this man is shown here with his hawk.
By the way, I always look for images in my Bridge that are dramatic and I usually only edit those. I feel like I have to get away from that because I am missing a lot of everyday-experience type shots in favor of only perfect shots. This one for example, is far from perfect. I mean, I don't think Nat Geo is going to call me on this one. The man isn't looking at the camera, the hawk isn't looking at the camera, his tank top is weirdly pulled to the left of the picture. Gents, please don't wear tank tops under cotton shirts, or any other kind of shirts. Short sleeve undershirts look much less "my cousin Vinny"-ish.
Undershirts aside, this is definitely a RAW image, and it's slightly underexposed. The first thing I did, was look to my Actions palette to see what I had that might help me brighten the image. I went straight for the Spring sets of Actions (5 for $5.00) that we released last year.
I started with Bright & Creamy from Spring IV, and it brighten things right up while adding vibrance. It only needed one click. This looks good but lacks contrast.
Next, I chose Pastel-erator from Spring I, to give it a washed out pastel-look while adding contrast.
Next, I used Limerick. Actually, next I tried a million different Actions before settling on Limerick. Personally, I kind of wanted to have a vintage vibe, but finally landed on Limerick as a clean-ish example. Limerick is our FREE ACTION that was released last March, and honestly one of my all time favorites! I turned the Boost and Warmth layers off, and reduced the Tone layer to 51%. The handlers face is still a little dark, but I wanted to hawk to stand out so I am okay with it.
This was a five minute edit, and not too in depth. You can find the Spring Actions for only $5.00 on the 5for $5 page, and you can find Limerick here for free!
We have 5 gorgeous tones for you that emulate the beautiful winter colors and effects that we are all striving to capture this year. Each tone was carefully crafted to help you achieve the greatest results in the quickest manner. At the same time, we left room for total customization. Each layer of each Action is ungrouped and includes a layer mask for ultimate flexibility.
Five Winter Toning Actions:
1. Deep Winter- includes three layers to shift, boost, and give you an optional winter haze. The tone is a gorgeous, rich, royal blue.
2. Icy Blast- includes four layers to shift, boost, add a touch of winter, and and includes a velvety smooth matte finish.
3. Sweet Winter- includes four layers to shift, boost, add sweet winter contrast, and pop with added richness.
4. Lost & Found- is a deep moody edit that includes 3 layers to give gorgeous contrast, deep mood, and a moody low finish.
5. Vintage Winter- includes four layers to boost, shift your image to a vintage film look, and finally give a subtle vignette.
These Actions play very smoothly on all of our test images, with minimal layer masking. The option exists on each layer of each Action to use a layer mask. This makes each Action fully customizable enabling you to achieve the greatest results!
Five Tones Of Winter
For Use With Adobe Photoshop CS 4-6 & Creative Cloud
For Use With Adobe Photoshop Elements 7+
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Spring Clean Base
Spring Clean Base will help you achieve a clean edit. A clean base on which to play your Actions or place your Overlays. This comprehensive Action boasts 9 layers and is our go-to tool for a clean edit all year.
A dreamy contrast Action designed to boost your colors, add contrast, and dreamy light all at the same time. This is one of our most used tools (all year).
Have you ever wondered how photographers convert colors to sweet, light, airy, pastels?
Here you go! Our Pastel-erator will do the work for you. Instant pastels this Spring!
Sweet Cream Haze
No Spring edit is complete with a sweet creamy haze. Our Sweet Cream Haze Action will give you instant soft, dreamy, vintage-like haze.
All Actions in this sweet little set are powerful tools that have full layer-masking capability and offer full control over each layer.
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