Monday, August 4, 2008

photoshop actions....playing around

I admit, I'm very very new to the whole photoshop action craze, but boy do I love them! They're so neat! Below is the photo as it was originally taken (by the fantabulous photog Greg Foster).


Here's some of the actions from PolkaDotPotato at work. Love these and picked them up by reading Karen's blog. She's an amazing photographer and knows so much more about actions than I so go read her blog if you want some good advice.


Vivid Color
Midnight Color Pro
Polaroid Transfer
Pro Black & White

Since I've been having fun, I'd like you to have fun too. Here's the deal. First, you must have Photoshop Elements, then post a comment telling me which action you like the best. Then, on Friday (my favorite day), I'll pick a winner at random and I'll buy you that action.

And, while I have your attention, I stopped by Jason and Jessica's today to see Riley. She is just so cute and precious, but she slept the whole time I was there. Jessica called me about 20 minutes after I left and said she woke up and had been alert as soon as I left. So, I'm afraid she doesn't know who I am, so I'm going to have to stop by again on Wednesday so she can properly meet me. Then, I will have pictures.

30 comments:

Nathalie said...

I do have Photoshop Elements but I have never played with actions! (I would love to though!) My favorite one if the "Vivid color" one! Thank you for doing this fun giveaway!

Carmen Pauls said...

Way cool, April! I'm torn, but I think the vivid color action is the one I like best -- I love that "pop" of color. :)

Carmen.

Brenda Hurd said...

look how cute you are!! I have PSE 3.0 and have been wanting to try using actions but havn't yet! I like the polaroid transfer!

Christy said...

I'm a digi scrapper and never have played with actions. You're so cool to do this! I really love the Vivid Color although it was so hard to choose one!

Emily Pitts said...

i'm just starting to figure out CS3 and honestly i'm loving it! i may give up paper entirely. wait. nah... :)

i like the midnight one, it's dreamy :)

Sherry B. said...

Love the vivid color!

kelly said...

you are so gorgeous, april!!!
i'm a CS3 + action addict myself ;)
so much fun to play around and see what the results!

MandeeM said...

I am torn... probably because you are such a lovely subject, but I think if I have to choose... I like the midnight color, it looks very artistic and romantic. I could just see a layout with muted colors and this picture. I love it!

Staci said...

I love the midnight color. The pro black and white is also great - I can never get pics to look that good when I try to make them that why.

Close To Home said...

midnight..puhhleaseee?? LOL!!!

amyjk said...

yay for actions! i've been wanting to play but didn't know where to start. i love the polaroid transfer-- looks like all the shots from my childhood. thanks, april! ps can't wait to see the goodies you have planned for sc :)

Jacquie said...

I like the Midnite color Pro. And THANKS for this great link! I had always heard that there were not any actions for PSE, just PS, so this is great news!!

Thanks again,
Jacquie

Aude Touzot said...

What a tough choice!... I am debating between midnight pro and polaroid transfer...
I am going to saw Midnight pro...

love scrapping said...

I have Photoshop Elements but haven't used actions before. I like the Vivid Color the best!

vtpuggirl said...

I have PSE, but no actions. I like the vivid color the best I think, they are all pretty neat!

*~Annette~* said...

I love the black and white the best... it's so CRISP!

Greta Adams said...

i have PSE 5.0 and my fav action is the poloroid one! that one is hot!

That is one fine pic of you my friend!

Christine said...

oh wow! i didn't know there were actions available for PSE as well (haha!) i'm lovin' the vivid color, but everything else comes a close 2nd! ;)

Lyn said...

my favorite is midnight color pro! i agree with emily that it's "dreamy," that's the first word that came to mind!

avidreader said...

I have PSE 4 and have never used actions. I like the Polaroid transfer action the best!
Thank you!

Susan Beth said...

I do have pse 6, and I think my favorite is the pro B&W because I struggle getting things into B&W with confidence, and I just love B&W. But the others were really nice too!

Briana said...

I like the polaroid transfer. I have this thing called add-o-matic 6 that is supposed to install them for you but I can't seem to get it to work. What version of elements do you have? I think 5 and 6 load differently but I could be wrong about that. Where did you buy yours? I got mine from Mindy someone, a photographer, that was recommended on the SC message board. I'll try to find her last name or you may already be familiar with her.
This is Briana (I can't remember my login)

Kathy said...

I love the vivid colour. Its geat to see some actions for PSE ( I have PSE 4.0 . Friday is my favourite day too...especially this week as I'm off on hols!

em said...

Oooh fun! I like the Vivid Color one :)

Anne aka Anniescraps said...

Good for you, it looks like fun. I am liking Vivid Color the best, not sure if it is because the photograph orginally was over exposed so that action seems to more than correct it :-) I have PE5... I'll have to check out the sight. I've no actions...yet ;-)

Denise said...

First off, awesome photo. Love the composition and the angle you are standing. I've never worked with actions, but they seem pretty cool. I tend to be drawn to the Pro Black & White. Although I like the Polaroid Transfer, too. Can you say indecisive? LOL!

I hope Riley is wide awake and alert for you on Wednesday! :o)

Caroline said...

hehe, actions are so fun!

Kimber-Leigh said...

i've been wanting to mess around with actions too! i think my favorite is the midnight one!

Bibi said...

I just got PSE 6 and have been wanting to start playing with actions. LOVE the pic and my absolute favorite is Vivid Color!

ricanlaw said...

Gosh April..you look beautiful.