Blueprint: Photoshop Actions Make Color Pop and Contrast Fast and Easy

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If you like bold, vibrant, color popped images, you will love this edit by MCP customer Kattrina Holt of Sassafrass Photo. She sent in this before and after  step-by-step Blueprint edited primarily with Bag of Tricks and also the Free Photoshop action, Touch of Light/Touch of Darkness.

Kattrina opens her images in Lightroom and warms them up to her taste and then heads into Photoshop CS5 to edit using MCP actions. She went right to Bag of Tricks. her steps were as follows:

  • Color finder vivid- default setting (over the whole image except for jeans and skin and hair)
  • Color finder intense- at 33% -  just went over the background colors this time
  • Magical clarity Photoshop action at default ( she said she does this on every image she edits)
  • Magical contrast both- medium & low on default
  • Free Touch of light/dark Photoshop action: Light- 30% opacity brush over skin (especially their faces) then cranked it down to 75%,  Dark- 30% opacity brush over the background.

Kattrina said, ” I typically uses MCP’s actions on every single edit I do! I LOVE them!!!”

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 Blueprint: Photoshop Actions Make Color Pop and Contrast Fast and Easy

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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6 Comments and 1 Replies



  1. 1

    Absolutely love my bag of tricks! Thanks for such great actions!

  2. 2
    Priscilla says:

    Love the edit. Thanks for posting this and sharing the tricks. I use MCP on every photo I edit too. Love your stuff Jodi!

  3. 3

    Gorgeous edit…I wish I wasn’t so scared to take my colors to that point…LOVE IT
    Anyway you could point me to the action Magical Clarity, I would really like to check that out

    • Nadine Moyer says:

      Magical Clarity is included in Bag of Tricks… love the actions. I use Bag of tricks and Fusion a lot, and the Facebook Fix, too!!!
      Can’t wait to save up some money to get the rest of the actions!

      Love your stuff, Jodi!!!

  4. 4
    karen eagle says:

    love it! Beautiful! I love MCP! I too use these actions on my prints!

  5. 5
    Stef says:

    I love the edits! Not too much or too little… perfect!

    I haven’t used “Magical Clarity” before and need to check it out.

  6. 6
    Vinayak says:

    Wonderfull editing i was always wondering the photos u genreally see in any apple products like ipad or mac are so vibrent.. N colourfull so this is the scret of increasing colours in any picture u take. But this is edited in which application



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