Friday, March 30, 2012

Goodbye Picnik, Hello Actions

Pin It So, I'm sad to say that picnik, my Favorite on-line photo editing software will be shutting down in April. I LOVED picnik! It was so easy and quick to use, EVERY photo I took went through picnik. I guess this means I will actually have to LEARN something new and start training on Photoshop Actions for editing my photos. I found this website, MCP, the other day. Yes, you can find free phtoshop actions all over the Internet, and a lot of them for free, but, I like MCP's approach with these. I downloaded the handful of free actions they offer for a test run. I love the instructions they provide in the zip files AND the online tutorials! I already knew how to load new actions, but, if you are a beginner in Photoshop or with actions, the video tutorial is really helpful! Here is a my test run photo, before and after. I used the following free actions -

MCP-High-Definition-Sharpening-for-PS
MCP-Mini-Fusion-for-PS
MCP-TouchOfLight-TouchOfDarkness-for-PS

and they also offered a free blog photo board, which I used for this test example.

MCP-Magic-Blog-It-Board-TRY-ME-for-PS


What do ya think? I'm pretty impressed. I have some learning to do on masking and just getting the right feel for each action, but, I'm liking it already and am finding that I can do so much more with this than with picnik. ;) MCP is now in my favorites bookmarks and I already have several action packages on my wish list!

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