This morning, the lovely Miss Susie Ghahremani (boygirlparty) turned me on to the wonder that is Photoshop Actions — little automations that can be applied to your photos to achieve a host of different effects in a matter of seconds. As my BFF, Zak, put it: “It’s like instagram or camera+ (or any of a million other iPhone apps) but for Photoshop!”
Check out the much improved version of yesterday’s quickie that Susie sent me:
Massively better, right? I anticipate that my photos are about to improve significantly thanks to Susie and Photoshop Actions. Especially now that I know that you can get tons of them for free on deviantART. I’ve spent the last couple of hours just browsing, downloading and fooling around with them. Here’s me in my jammies and five different actions:
I would certainly tweak for-reals photos a bit more before posting, but I just wanted to show the effects that could be achieved simply with the actions themselves. They make a great basis for your own improvements and can quickly add to or change the mood of a photo. Vintage effects appear to be very popular, but there are literally hundreds to choose from. There are even some that make your photos look like Polaroids:
It’s a Polaroid, but I’m holding a DSLR. …buh?
Anyway, I hope you might find them useful for your own pictures. I know I will. Thanks so much, Susie!
P.S. Though I will definitely be using Photoshop Actions to enhance my photos, rest assured I will not be ‘shopping myself to enhance my looks. Given the amount of work necessary to tweak myself to my liking, I’d be better off just cutting myself out of the picture entirely.
P.P.S. What do you think of my new glasses? I got them because they reminded me of Henry Kissinger   , but then I saw him on Charlie Rose the other night and he’s changed his glasses.
P.P.P.S. Henry Kissinger is also the inspiration behind my facial expressions.