We certainly like to show our wildlife photos on this blog, mostly birds of course. A couple of years ago, however, our daughter got me interested in quite special things that can be done with photographs using Adobe Photoshop Actions.
We use Adobe Photoshop on virtually every photo we take. Usually it’s just cropping, a touch of vibrance, a little brightness and sharpening or we try to save a poorly shot photo. With Photoshop Actions, however, a ton of effects can be applied, some quite interesting. Often there are many, many steps to be taken to make a photograph just the way you want, without overdoing it. With Actions, Photoshop can store hundreds of these steps in sequence, like a stored program. Actions can be very, very complicated and one has to be an expert to design some of these little “programs.” I’m just a user, not a designer. Some Actions are easy to apply and some require a whole lot of careful work. Some Actions “run” for a minutes and require a lot of input (from me).
Of course, just using tools that come standard with Photoshop software is pretty powerful. We often stitch photos together using Photomerge, for example. This can be very effective for certain images.
I don’t like to overdo Action effects and I don’t often put them in my blog but thought you’d like to see what can be done with photos, sometimes with quite remarkable and dramatic results.
Photoshop Actions are almost entirely free of charge (on the internet of course) except for some very special effects that are available at other sites. Here are some of my attempts. I hope you enjoy them.
Catch you later, Bob and Arlyne Draper