|BLACK & WHITE EFFECTS
Modern Antique 1
Is it black and white, or is it color? It is a soft, lightly colored effect that gives an old, timeless feel to your image.
Modern Antique 1 with Glow
Like above, but with a romantic glow. Very old world feeling.
ToneTime Blue 1
Cool blue monochromatic toning.
ToneTime Blue 2
A more saturated blue toning.
ToneTime Red 1
You guessed it, red toning.
ToneTime Red 2
ToneTime Green 1
Green with envy?
ToneTime Green 2
The color of money. Hey, what about doing a cool 4-up panel with each of the color tones — sorta Warhol-esque.
Split Tone Warm and Blue
Classic split toning with warmth in the shadows and cool blue in the highlights.
Split Tone Blue and Warm
The opposite of the above — with blue in the shadows and warmth in the highlights.
Sing the Blues
Rich blue toning Hot Fudge 1 — but in the shadows primarily. A very rich look.
Red in the shadows only.
Green in the shadows.
Ahh, classic rock.
Select A Toner
Overall monochromatic toning where you select any color you want on the fly.
Shadow Select A Toner Subtle
Similar to above, but applies tone to the shadows primarily.
Shadow Select A Toner Heavier
More colorful version of above.
Hot Fudge 1
Yum. Love this. Nearly black and white, but with a richness that can only be compared to hot fudge.
When you really need a sugar fix. Warmer, fudgier.
Hot Fudge with a Cherry
Not for the faint at heart, or those on a diet. This is similar to modern antique, but combines warm fudge tones with some enhanced color from the original color image.
Very close to a true black and white, but with deep rich shadows. Not noticeably brown, just rich.
the NEW BW
The closest thing to straight black and white you will find here. For those who want more of a traditional black and white look.
the NEW BW midbright
Same as above, but with lightening in the midtones. Helps to brighten skin.
Daily Multi Vitamin
This is a subtle, but effective Action for adding "Life" to everyday color images. Especially for digital images, it adds a localized contrast boost, overall color punch, and deepens blue skies. You may want to use it on all your images.
Lord of the Rings EVERYDAY
The Lord of the Rings series of Actions is a popular creation that aims to mimic the deep, romantic feel of the movie. It adds color richness, a soft glowing effect, and contrast. This EVERYDAY version is light enough to use, well, everyday. A subtler version of the originals below.
Lord of the Rings 2
This is the standard version of the above. A classic, if I do say so myself.
LOTR Return of the King
You want deep, rich, and mysterious? This is the King.
LOTR Highlight Controller
Helps to reduce highlight burnout in LOTR Actions. Although the soft, glowing highlights are part of the effect of the Actions, sometimes the highlights might get too hot for your taste. Use this after running one of the LOTR Actions to bring the highlights back down a bit.
Bold, vivid, but no coconuts. This lively Action will pop color and add a vivid tropical life to images. Try it on scenic images or environmental portraits.
Based on our Radiance technique, this adds punch but is tuned to reduce over saturation of skin tones.
Radiance Landscape 1
One of our favorites for landscape or fine art images. Color boosting and vividness, without softening or glows.
Radiance Landscape 2
A stronger version of the above.
Ahh, the heavenly light. Glows the highlights only to create an ethereal feel. Beautiful on brightly lit sunny days with lots of specular highlights.
This might sound cheesy, but really it is not. Sometimes you want the look of darkened edges via vignette, but don't want a predictable even circle shape. This creates a harder to detect star shape around the subject before darkening the edges. You cannot see the star shape in the final effect, but it is more natural looking than a circular vignette.
Darkens just the edges evenly around the frame of the picture.
Edge Blur Modified
A cool effect with a gradual motion-like blur around the subject. It gently fades from clear at the subject center to blurred at the edges.
Edge Blur More
A stronger version of the above.
8 Then 16 Then 8
This Action will help to minimize or eliminate posterization problems in highly processed images. It is especially useful on JPG images, but also helpful to use on RAW files after they have had Actions run on them. The basic concept is that it uses 16 bit mode (much wider color palette) to apply all your adjustments, while keeping the original image and the final image in standard 8 bit mode. Use it as a final step just before sending an image to the lab or your printer. Assign a hot key and use it on everything if you want - it will not hurt, but helps quite often!
Digital Fill Flash
This is another handy, everyday tool. Use it to lighten key areas of your image without washing out the shadows or blowing highlights. Simply run the Action, then paint where you need light. Great for bringing attention to faces, lightening shadows on faces, or add depth to otherwise flatly lit images. You will wonder how you ever lived without it!
The opposite of Digital Fill, Smokeless Burn darkens areas where you paint. Great to add dramatic shadowing to sides of the face, minimizing unimportant details. Burn down edges of the photo to add depth and emphasis to the main subject.
Open up the midtones of an image without changing shadow or highlight information. Good to reveal mid-shadow detail or soften shadows around a face.
Amazing Detail Finder
When all else fails, this will help to bring apparent sharpness back to your image. Even helps with out of focus images! While nothing can create detail where there is none, this will create a darn good illusion of sharpness. After running the Action, you will need to paint where you want the sharpness to appear. The effect builds up slowly, and can look edgy if taken too far. Paint a few strokes and look at it before painting more. Be sure you have loaded our included custom brushes before running this Action.
Amazing Detail Finder 2
A stronger version of the above.
Smarter Sharp with edge mask 1
Smart Sharp was a nice new tool in CS2, but it was missing one important control - threshold. This would allow you to NOT sharpen areas that shouldn't be sharpened - like skin or smooth skies. By itself, Smart Sharpen works on everything - often enhancing the noise and texture in skin while sharpening details. Not good. Smarter Sharp makes a complex selection of the edges of your image first, thus allowing this cool sharpening tool to avoid enhancing noise and skin texture.
Reduces noise and grain in an image. Smooths things out subtly overall.
Works only on skin tones. Creates a smooth, porcelain like skin texture.
Similar to mid bright, but slightly different. This one has a smoother tone transition from shadow to mids to highlight. It is hard to explain, so just try it!
4x6 with White Borders
Great for those who print proofs. Creates a 4x6 image at 300 dpi with a white border all around. Keep in mind that a full-frame 35mm proportioned image cannot be framed in a 4x6 with even borders - and no cropping. So, the border is heavier on the short ends. If you want even borders all around, use the EVEN noted Actions below.
4x6 with Black Borders
Same, but with a black border.
4x6 with White Borders & Black Keyline
White borders and a thin black keyline around the image area.
4x6 with Black Borders & White Keyline
Black borders and a thin white keyline around the image area.
4x6 with EVEN White Borders
Even borders all around. Note, however, that some cropping of the image on the long side is necessary to create even borders. It will crop automatically.
4x6 with EVEN Black Borders
Same as above with black borders.
4x6 with EVEN White Borders & Black Keyline
Self-explanatory, don't ya think?
4x6 with EVEN Black Borders & White Keyline
You get the idea.