still have lots and lots of editing to do
still have lots and lots of editing to do
Sorry about the long break between posts....I am really trying to post more often, I promise I am! Things are crazy busy as was expected and I am just trying to keep up! I have a ton of photo shoots to share so I will try to post some new ones from the past weeks every day or every other day. Then as I get to editing the more recent ones I will also share from those.
Mom and Dad waited a long time for this little guy and I am so happy that they finally got him!
I am excited to release a new action set that I have been working on for a while now!
It is called my Color Mix Action Set and includes the following actions:
I have been using them for a while now for my personal photos and for my photo shoots and everyone is loving the new looks! Definitely play around with them because you can create even more looks by mixing the actions.
Here is a storyboard showing the original photo, the photo with each of the actions and then a few samples of layering the actions. (Click on it to view it larger.)
Making Memories is featuring my actions on their website this week so I wanted to offer a special discount to thank all of my readers and current customers! The normal price for this new action set will be $35 but for one week I am offering it at a discounted price of only $30! Be sure to check out the MM blog for a bunch of image samples. They have shown some really great photos and I love how they have used each of the actions to make them look even better! It is always fun for me to see my actions on others' photos!
In order to get the discounted price click on the link below and it will take you to PayPal where you can purchase the action set.
A big thank you to those that have already purchased them for your continued support! I have already received some emails from customers saying that they love them! I am so glad because I have worked really hard on them and it can be scary releasing something new. I know that for me they really cut down on my processing time and make things so much faster and easier when I am editing photos. I also love that I can get the exact same look on a bunch of photos, keeping my work consistent throughout a whole bunch of session images... rather than tweaking a photo and then trying to recreate that on a lot more images and ending up with inconsistencies! As with my other two action sets, these are made to run very quickly so you don't have to spend a ton of time running each action. We all know that time is valuable right?
Here are a few of the image samples so you can see them up close.
And here are a few images from a recent engagement session that I used these actions on:
(Please note that my action sets do not work with Photoshop Elements. They work with Photoshop 7, CS, CS2 and CS3. Because of the nature of the product, all purchases are nonrefundable.)
I will continue to share more images in the coming days. Feel free to email me if you have any questions on running the actions or if you are wondering if you have the right software!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!
Just popping in really quick to share a couple of photos.
Here's what we are up to today:
work on some scrapbook layouts for an assignment
emily's physical therapy appointment
work on some photography stuff - edit photos and design a wedding anouncement
clean the house
... all mixed in with the regular stuff of the day - breakfast, lunch, dinner, bath, play with the boys and emily jane...
One thing that frustrates me throughout the summer is that I feel like my house is a constant mess! Even when I have it clean at night before I go to bed, it is a mess by 8:30 the next morning!! Eeek!! Does anyone have any great suggestions on keeping your house clean during the summer when all the kiddos are home from school? I try to ignore it until the end of the day and just pick up in the afternoon before dinner. Otherwise I feel like I could just follow the kids around all day picking up and telling them to pick up. But, on the other hand it drives me crazy to have a messy house all day!! Let me know if you have any good tips!! I need all the help I can get!!
I took these photos of Emily Jane when we were up in Utah back in April. I took them with my cheap little point-and-shoot that my husband got me for Christmas. On one hand, I hate using it because I have become such a perfectionist with my photos, but on the other hand I love having it because it keeps me from missing so many shots when I don't have my big camera with me. I guess it is a love/hate relationship! :) I played around with these in Photoshop - used my actions (lighten up, color pop and vintage), then I did a little more fine tune editing and added a texture. I can't wait to use these on a scrapbook page!!
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!!
.... the winner of the give away is:
I am a scrapbooker, but through this have become very interested in improving my photography skills. I love to see your work. What I would like right now is for you to develop your actions for Elements users, as I for one would love to purchase these.
Thank you for the chance to be entered into your giveaway.
Posted by: kathy (kathyb) | June 03, 2008 at 02:45 AM
Congrats Kathy! Email me your address and I will get your package sent out next week!
Thanks to everyone for playing and for all of your feedback/comments! I am glad to know that you all do feel inspired when you come here! I am going through all of your comments and will plan some fun things to do on here in the future, including some more give aways!!
We are heading to the pool today! The boys are already in their suits and telling me that they are going to go hop in the car even though we are not going for a couple of hours! They must be excited! Tyler loves the waterslides this year and he goes down them about 100 times every time we go! He and Matthew are both a lot less afraid of the water this year - jumping in more and not being afraid to put their heads under. We start swim lessons next week and I think they will do really well this year - hoping for lots of progress. When you move here from Utah, it is hard for the kids to catch up in the swimming department since most Arizona kids basically live in the pool from the time they are born! :) We are getting there!
I will leave you with a few more photos from a session that I did a while back. This little girl is just too cute!!
Have a great Saturday!!
Oh, one more thing. When you purchase my actions, the only email that I have to send the actions to is the email that is linked to your paypal account. So, it is critical that you make sure the email on your paypal account is your current email. I am trying to email the actions to someone that purchased them on June 6th and the email keeps getting returned to me. I have no other way to contact you so hopefully you will see this and email me with a new email!! If you have purchased my actions recently and have not received them, please email me!! Thanks!!
Hi there! Just popping in to share some examples of what you can do with my actions. I want to show how they can be mixed and matched and used together to create a ton of different looks. I took some fun photos of my kids when we were up in Utah this month and I just started playing around with them. It is fun to see the different images you can create based on which actions you use and in which order.
Below are just a few different combinations that I wanted to show you. (Click on the images to see them larger.)
Here is the original and then I did the basic vintage followed by the extreme color action.
Here are a few more samples showing even more combinations. On the first sample I ran the extreme color followed by the simple color boost because I wanted a tiny bit more pop. Then the next sample shows the extreme color followed by the yellow vintage and then the warm vintage. On the last one I ran the extreme color and then the yellow vintage twice to make it very vintage looking.
I could just sit on here and play around for hours trying different combinations! It is fun to see what happens each time you layer another action over the previous one! Now, the hard part is choosing which version I like the best! :) As of now, I think this one is my favorite... extreme color followed by yellow vintage and then warm vintage.
What do you think? Let me know if you have a favorite combination that I haven't shown yet! I would love to try it and share it with everyone!! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
I am so excited to announce that I am now selling my photoshop actions!
People are always asking me how I edit my photos to get them looking the way they do. And honestly in the past, I couldn't say that there was a consistent process in my workflow. I had a bunch of different actions and would end up running them and then tweaking things or changing things to get the image to look just how I wanted it.
One thing that always bothered me was that some actions literally take ages to run because there are so many steps in them. I am a "keep it simple" girl and I believe in making things quicker and easier so that we all can spend more time away from the computer. My actions are right to the point and run very quickly (just how I like them).
I have spent the past months perfecting my actions and fine-tuning them so that they give me nice consistent results every time - without a lot of time and effort. And I am excited to finally be at a point where I can share them and help you get the same look with your photos!!
I am starting with the release of my Vintage Action Set and my Color Action Set.
The Vintage Action Set includes 3 different actions that will give your images that old, worn, vintage look that we are all loving right now.
The Color Action Set includes 3 color actions along with a bonus action called "lighten up" which brightens your dark or underexposed images before you run the other actions. I have included my Simple Color Boost action that I use it on all of my every-day photos when I want a little punch without spending a lot of time.
The actions can also be used together as the sample below shows to get even more looks for your photos.
Click on the links to the left for all of the details or to purchase my actions! Thanks to everyone I have talked to about this for believing in me and for giving me the encouragement to take this leap! I asked a handful of people to try out my actions before I started selling them and I have been absolutely in awe over their response and their kind words and support!
I will continue to show more samples using my actions in the coming weeks and I would also love to see what you do with them so please share!!