Blueprint: Fan Shares a Before & After of Her Daughter

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I got this email and Blueprint submission from Alicia Cerva of A Thousand Words by Alicia.

Jodi – I took this picture of my daughter over the weekend, and wanted to share the actions I used from MCP. Thanks for sharing your talents with us!  I love your actions. Thanks again! Alicia

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Here is her photoshop blueprint and her before and after:

  • Started with Crackle from the MCP Quickie Collection
  • Then used MCP Touch of Light on her face and arms 85%
  • Next used MCP Touch of Darkness on the background 100%
  • Ran Color Burst from the MCP Complete Workflow Actions – all opacities at default and turned on “heat the color” layer.
  • Then used MCP Magic Powder from the Magic Skin set on the Face and Arms 36%
  • Next ran the MCP Eye Doctor: Catch lights – 40%, Whites – 12%, Sharp as a tack – 100%
  • High Def Sharpening – Painted back skin with 70% opacity
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 Blueprint: Fan Shares a Before & After of Her Daughter

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
    jen says:

    she really made this picture POP!
    great job!!!

  2. 2
    Heather Price........vanilla moon says:

    WOW,that is a fantastic example of what your actions can do,thanks for sharing.

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    Jeanette says:

    my word!! I should really make a plan and buy your actions! WOW!

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  6. 6
    elena says:

    Awesome transformation. I am getting more and more tempted to get your actions, Jodi!

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    Terry Lee says:

    GORGEOUS! Thank you for that. xo

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    pam says:

    Wonderful image thanks for sharing.

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    Raquel says:

    Wow! The unedited photo was good, but with the help of your actions, Alicia was able to make the photo really stand out! Its beautiful!

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    Shelly Frische says:

    Just beautiful! Thanks for showing us this!!!

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    Janie Pearson says:

    I find it so helpful to see how people actually arrive at a beautiful end product in their photos. Thanks for sharing, Alicia (and Jodi!). I am feeling inspired and like I want a few more of your actions, Jodi. :)

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    Debbie G says:

    Can someone tell me what “Crackle” does??? I see this a lot.

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    MCP Actions says:

    crackle adds a midtone contrast. it is almost a 3D feel to the images.



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