Monday, November 14, 2011

Using Actions for Photoshop Elements to Edit Your Photos

I've had a DSLR camera for a few years now, and having a nicer camera {even though mine is the the bottom of the line Nikon D40} really has improved my photos. Besides the fact that the quality of the photo is better, having a DSLR makes me think out the composition and lighting of my photos a lot more than when I simply used a point and shoot digital camera. But having a good camera is only the first step in taking great photos...you also have to know how to edit pictures to get the most out of each shot!

There are more than a few editing programs out there, some are outrageously expensive and some {like the one I have} are more affordable. I use Photoshop Elements for all my editing. I bought it when we got our new laptop a few years ago, and I think it cost somewhere between $80 and $100. The only problem with photo editing programs is you really need to know how to use a them to get the most out of them...and it can be quite complicated to figure out!

My biggest help in using PSE to edit my photos was when I discovered Actions! And even better I found some really awesome FREE Actions! I've downloaded free Actions from two websites {and I'm sure there are lots more out there too} : The CoffeeShop Blog and The Pioneer Woman. Having these actions has really helped me improve my pictures! I love all the different options that both of these websites provide, and I love the different feel you can get just by clicking a few buttons!

Just to show you what Actions can do for your photos, here are a few straight out the camera shots along with some shot that I edited with the free PSE Actions that I downloaded. I am not an expert with these by any means, and I honestly can't remember the names of the Actions that I used for each picture. I usually just click an Action and see how I like it with the photo. If I don't like it, I just click undo and start over. These next three photos were all edited with The Pioneer Woman Actions, but you can see some photos that I edited with The CoffeeShop Blog Actions HERE.

                             SOOC                                                                              Edited with PSE Actions



{{Can you tell I like taking pictures in this spot!}}
I'm sure there are a few professional photographers cringing at my overeditednotverygood photos, but I think they look pretty great for a self taught phtotographer with SUPER squirmy kids! IF you are looking for a way to edit your photos without blowing the bank {or blowing your mind}, check out PSE. The abundance of free downloadable Actions totally make Photoshop Elements worth the initial cost.

{FYI I wasn't paid to share any of this with you even thought I know it sounds kind of like a sales pitch:) I really have been having a ton of fun editing my picture {including the photos that I used with my Thankful Photo Decor} with these free Actions lately and I thought you might want to know about them too!}

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11 comments:

CM said...

I use those actions too and they really do make quite the difference!

What a great spot to take pics! And yes, I hear ya when it comes to squirmy kids! You did great with these shots.

Lexie Loo, Little Lily, and Dylan Too! said...

Those pictures are cute, and the actions do make a big difference!

Kelli said...

Actions is the next thing I want to look into. I was just playing around with my PS last night, but my picture could still use a little more something...and I think actions are just the thing. I love what you did with your GREAT pictures :)

Dee said...

I've been thinking about getting photoshop but have NO clue how to edit pictures!

Foursons said...

I always want to download those actions, but I don't have the matching software. Maybe one day....

carissa at lowercase letters said...

this is a great spot for pics! i'm all over coffeeshop actions and actions in general... i especially love the Pioneer Woman's ones. great edits!

Miller Racing Family said...

What great information. I love the photos of the boys. I think that spot is perfect. To get three boys to take photos is even more amazing. Have a fabulous day!

Darcie said...

Thanks for the helpful tips!!

sstone said...

Thanks so much for these tips. I need to do more work with my photos, I just haven't gotten around to it yet.:)
Shiloh
everydaygameplan.net

Joanna said...

An SLR is on my list for 2012. But you are so right, editing is the key to perfect photos. I have a higher end point and shoot that I play with the settings all the time to create the best shots. And Photoshop helps make them look Pro when I'm all done. And my favorite actions by far have been the Coffee Shop ones. They are fantastic!

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

It is a bit addicting once you start using actions. I've been enjoying using some on my iPhone. I like it a lot mainly because there's less to play with. On PSE I spend way to much time mixing actions and adjusting percentages.

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