FREE PHOTOSHOP ACTION – Get it here! Touch of Light | Touch of Darkness

Have you ever wanted to just lighten the face in your photo? Have you ever wanted to just lighten a part of a photo you did not expose properly?

Have you ever wanted to add emphasis to part of the photo by darkening the surround area but leaving the subject lighter?

If so, I have a special treat for you. It is an action called “Touch of Light | Touch of Darkness.” It will help you achieve this look! I have been getting requests to make and sell an action like this for months. But I have decided as a gift to my loyal MCP Actions Blog Readers to make this a FREE action.

In exchange for the free action, I would love for you to spread the word about my blog -tell your photographer friends to come get the action here too. This is a Blog EXCLUSIVE. This one will NOT be going on my regular website.

Click here to download this action – compatible in Photoshop CS and up and Elements 5 and up.

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Here are step by step details on using this action:

1. Start out by unzipping and installing the action – details available in my video tutorial on how to install and use actions.

2. You can use this action any time in your editing process. Just make sure no solid pixel layers are above this. Adjustment layers can be on top of this however. I usually do all of my editing before using this action, unless I need major lightening help. Then I may run it earlier on. This action works exceptionally in conjunction with my Complete Workflow Actions Set and with the Quickie Collection Actions. When you are ready to use them click PLAY button.

3. The action will run and leave you with 2 layers. One called “Touch if Light” and one called “Touch of Darkness.” Make sure to select the layer you want to work on and that the mask is selected to, as shown.

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4. Now select your brush tool – make sure to click back to your default colors (black and white). White reveals the effect, black conceals the effect.

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5. Make sure to vary your opacity of your BRUSH as shown below. You do NOT want to use it at 100%. You will want it way lower. You will want an airbrush soft round brush and will want to vary the hardness. Do not use this at 100%. You will want to use the brush at 0-50% hardness. In areas where you want it feathering out, you can keep it at “0.” In areas where you do NOT want a halo effect, for example if you are darkening close to a person to make them stand out, you will want it between 30-50%. I will still feather but there will be less of one, so less chance of a halo around your subject(s).

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6. Last step is to actually paint on the Light or Darkness. Often you will want a little of both. This usually is my last step in editing a photo but it can be used anytime. You can see the masks and how I revealed and concealed light to emphasize my twins riding their bikes. This photo was shot in full sun in the middle of the afternoon. Yet with this set and proper exposure it does not have that noon sunlight look at all.

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7. Enjoy this action. Please use the SHARE ME button below to share this blog page so your photographer friends can download the action. Also, if you find this tutorial useful and are happy with the action, please leave a comment. Thanks and enjoy the fun freebie.

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 FREE PHOTOSHOP ACTION   Get it here! Touch of Light | Touch of Darkness

Jodi Friedman, MCP Actions

Jodi Friedman is the founder of MCP Actions. She designs popular Photoshop actions and Lightroom presets that make editing faster, easier and more fun.

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  1. 1
    gina says:

    thank you for the free action… i will share your site!!

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    Adrianne says:

    Jodi ~ Thank you so much for the action and the detailed instructions on how to use it! You da bomb, babe! :D

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    Christina says:

    Thank you, Jodi! I’m off to play with this now!

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    Wanda says:

    Wow thanks Jodi! Can’t wait to play with this!

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    Rae Pulver says:

    Thanks Jodi! This is awesome!

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    Julie Cook says:

    wow Jodi, this is very cool! Thank you! I will download and share this after I get my dd to school.

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    Pam says:

    Thanks Jodi……..I just used them and you are a lifesaver!!! As I have said before….Jodi’s actions are absolutely “the best” out there!

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    Christina says:

    Thank you so much, Jodi – you are so generous. I can’t wait to try these out. I’ll definitely spread the word about your blog.

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    Niki says:

    Thanks Jodi!! It’s exactly what I needed for photos of our Mothers Day hike.

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    Jenny says:

    Thank you for sharing this Jodi!!

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    Rhonda says:

    Thank you so much, Jodi

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    Laura says:

    Another great tutorial Jodi!

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    Kandis says:

    Very Cool….Thanks. I’ll definately share your site!

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    Gina says:

    I am always bragging about MCP!! I will continue to do so!

  15. 15
    Brandi says:

    Thank you so much!!

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    Missy says:

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I can’t wait to try it out! And I’ll share your site too!

  17. 17
    Tracy YH says:

    Wow, thanks so much! I can’t wait to try this one… thanks for the instructions too!

    Tracy

  18. 18
    Cyndi says:

    Thank you so much for everything you do Jodi!!

  19. 19

    Thanks Jodi! I can’t wait to try it out!!!

  20. 20
    Tonya P says:

    What a great share. Thanks so much.

  21. 21
    Mell says:

    Thank for sharing Jodi. off to try this out now!

  22. 22
    Jayme Tighe says:

    Thanks Jodi! You ROCK!

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    admin says:

    You guys are all so welcome – let me know how you like it!

  24. 24
    MelissaJ says:

    Thanks, Jodi..what a nice treat for us..

  25. 25
    Valerie says:

    Thank you! Very generous!

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    Tory says:

    THANKS JODI, You’re the best! :)

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    Annie H. says:

    Thanks Jodi. Can’t wait to try it.

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    Natalie says:

    Thanks so much Jodi I love your eye/teeth actions so much!

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    Kris says:

    Thank you so much for sharing!

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    Cindy Conner says:

    Thank you Jodi for another wonderful action. I have your skins, dentist and eyes and love them! Can’t wait to try this one! Thanks again.

  31. 31
    Phyllis says:

    Thank you Jodie!

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    Kim Townsend says:

    Jodi you are awesome!!

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    Rene says:

    Jodi, Thanks for the action. I have purchased a few of yours. I’m off to your site to check out a few more. You rock girl!!!

  34. 34
    Kristy says:

    Thanks Jodie!! You are da bomb with your actions and tutorials. I’m learning so much from you. Love love love your blog.

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    Kait says:

    Thanks for the great action. Off to look at the examples, etc.

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    Beth says:

    Thanks Jodie. Appreciate the freebie :)

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    Suzanne says:

    Thanks Jodi! I have to correct a recent photo and this is just what I needed. You’re awesome!

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    Tonya Dreher says:

    Jodie – you’re the best! I can’t wait to try this action. I think I’ll write a little blurb about your and your actions on my blog and show some examples of my favorite things that you offer. Is that ok?

  39. 39

    I love using your actions!! Thanks for the freebie!!

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    christy Burrows says:

    thanks!!!!!!!!!

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    Marieke says:

    Thank you very much for sharing. I’m planning on editing some pics this weekend and will certainly try it out!

  42. 42
    HeatherA says:

    Thanks Girl! You are AMAZING!

  43. 43
    charleigh says:

    thanks jodi! i purchased your workflow actions – but your crackle examples look so good i might have to get the quickies too! :)

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    admin says:

    Glad everyone is loving this.

    I would love for you all to post examples on my flickr group (link at the top of each post).

    And a few of you mentioned “Crackle” – yep – “snap, crackle and pop” but especially “crackle” have become my favorite go to actions for photos that are really good SOOC but need a boost. It is amazing. Sometimes it, plus this free one, complete an already well exposed, well focused photo.

  45. 45

    Such an effective action! Thank you for the chance to use it. As with all your products, top notch.

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    Robyn says:

    Thanks so much that is great!

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    Teresa Pomerantz says:

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!! You are my hero!

  48. 48

    Thank you for the touch of light/touch of darkness action, I will try it out today!

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    Sheryl says:

    Thank you! Can’t wait to play! :)

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    kellie says:

    Thanks !!!!!!! I’ve purchased a few other action sets only to go unused(for the most part) I wish I had
    found your site before wasting all that money!!!! Your stuff is really great !!!!

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    Christine says:

    Looks so cool. I cant wait to try it out. Thanks a ton for sharing!!!

  52. 52

    Thanks so much for all your help, Jodi! Can’t wait to use these actions! :D

  53. 53
    Lydia says:

    Thank so you much I cant wait to purchase all your actions!

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    Paige n says:

    Jodi thank you so much for this action and the detailed instructions! I just love your actions! TFS

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    French mom says:

    MERCI BEAUCOUP!!!

    It’s really nice from you to share it for free!

  56. 56
    Julieta says:

    Jodi,

    Thank you so much for this wonderful treat!!! I can’t wait to play with them.
    Have an awesome week.

  57. 57
    Allyson says:

    I’m so new in this whole thing….I have to say, I just love your actions! You make my life SOOOO much easier. My kids thank you!

  58. 58

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  59. 59
    Kevin says:

    free action why not! Trick or Treat?
    Thanks for the action!

  60. 60

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    gail says:

    Cool! Thank you!!

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    Chi-Girl says:

    You have amazing before and after photos, Jodi! And your detailed explanation is great for beginners. Thank you.

    THe only problem……Does this action work in PSE? (I have 6.0) With most of the actions I’ve tried in PSE, a box comes up once the action is clicked and says there is no “xxxx” command (“Make” or something to that effect). So although the action is loaded and shows up in a layer, it can’t be adjusted. Would LOVE to know. Thank you. Colleen

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    DianseH says:

    COol, thanks a lot :) I’ts working for me

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    JerryG says:

    Thank you for this action. It looks like a great process

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    Tatang Soeganda says:

    Thank you for this information and this action, it’s special working for me

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    Victor says:

    you’re the best! I can’t wait to try this action.

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    Lisa Groeneweg says:

    Thank you for the action and the info. I can’t wait to get going!

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    Kristin says:

    Thanks! Looking forward to finding out more about your actions

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    Miranda says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this with us Jodi!

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    A. Michelle says:

    Thanks for the free action. I look forward to using it. I found your blog on the Adobe exchange website. I would like to know if I can link your site to my myspace page? Feel free to contact me thru my email address. This blog is just what I have been looking for. I’m a newbie photographer. Thank you for all your time and effort in advance.

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    Amie says:

    Your site/store is just what I’ve been looking for! So excited to work towards making purchases on your site here. And if you don’t mind, I’d like to link to you from my blog as well. Thanks!!!!

  72. 72
    carrie says:

    Thank you so much! I just bought some actions, and was so delighted to learn that there are also some free ones! This will keep me buying more from you and telling everyone I know about your actions! I feel really good about spending my hard earned money with such a generous person!

  73. 73
    lia says:

    thank you for sharing,Jodi. Your free action are really good. Looking forward to buy!

  74. 74

    love it! Thanks for sharing.

  75. 75

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  76. 76
    carolbrowne says:

    Oh Darn! I fell for it! April Fools indeed! But I did download the burnt edges action. I’m going to give it a whirl.

    Thank you!

  77. 77

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  78. 78
    Jan says:

    Thank you so very much. I look forward to using this very much.

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    Mandi says:

    Great action. Love it. Thanks for sharing. Love all your actions.

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    tajicat says:

    Thanks so much! :)

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    Katie says:

    thank you so much Jodi!!

  82. 82

    Thank you for sharing. You are such a fun tutor, and I am thankful for your sharing heart :).

  83. 83
    megan says:

    Thank you for sharing JODI!!!!

  84. 84
    Drea says:

    I love your work, and thanks for the great free actions! You are great! :D

    I will also buy som actions from you, but I must decide which one first! :)

  85. 85
    Traci says:

    Actions and tutorials are masterfully done…hv bought some and also gotten the freebies. Well done!

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    Heather Odom says:

    Thank You so much!!! Your kindness is so appreciated!!!

  88. 88

    Jodi, this is a remarkable action. I’ve been playing with my new purchase – your amazing Frosted Memories collection, and noticed that you’d sent this one free with the purchase. Thank you!

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    Jacqui says:

    Hey,

    How do i add the free action? i’m using adobe photoshop CS5 and have tried everything :(

  92. 92
    Ashley says:

    I have downloaded touch of light touch of darkness, but in my actions palette, that square is black, however when I hover my mouse over it, it doesn’t tell me that it is indeed that action. So, I drag is to my photo and a box pops up saying to “Have fun playing with your photos” etc, but it doesn’t work. I am not left with the two layers I am supposed to be…please help!

  93. 93
    Ashley says:

    oops, that’s supposed to say, “…it ‘does’ tell me that it is indeed that action.”

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    Ashley says:

    I apologize, I should have mentioned that I downloaded that action at the same time as all of the other freebies, but Burnt Edges, Gallery Frame, Watermark, and Touch of Light/Touch of Darkness are the only ones that show up as black icons.

  95. 95
    Ashley says:

    Should I delete them and install again? What would you say is my best option?

    • erin says:

      Hi Ashley, Touch of Light does not install like the other actions. Please delete it, return to the instructions that came in your download, and reinstall it following the instructions. Thanks, Erin

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    Zennie says:

    Please tell me how i download “Touch of Light | Touch of Darkness.” action. waiting for your response -_-



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