Create a Photoshop Action to create stylised portraits using the cross-processing technique.
In our recent Photoshop tutorial we explained the benefits of using Photoshop actions, and explained how to set them up. Now that you’ve had some time to digest this information we thought we’d just go ahead and save you the trouble – we’ve created 50 Photoshop actions for portrait photographers which you can download for free today!
Learning how to use Photoshop Actions might not be the most glamorous aspect of creative post-processing, but integrate them into your workflow and you’ll save bags of time by applying your favourite special effects in seconds.
An Action is essentially a recording of a Photoshop process (you can only record Actions in CS; newer versions of Elements enable you to play Actions, but the options are limited). In this Photoshop tutorial we’ll create a cool retro effect by editing the red, green and blue colour channels on a Curves adjustment layer.
When you shoot dozens of similar shots in the same location, you may end up needing to tweak loads of nearly identical photos.
You could slog through each photo one at a time, tweaking contrast using a Curves Adjustment Layer and then adding a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer to boost colour, but this repetitive editing process could take ages. A faster way to tackle a group of photos with similar photo-fixing needs is to condense multiple editing commands into a single Photoshop Action.