Are You Using Beauty Actions?

Ok, so by now you’ve (hopefully) added Lightroom presets to your workflow to speed up the editing process! Presets are specifically great for making exposure adjustments to quickly batch process large amounts of files. Once your images have been delivered most likely you are not done there! Your client may want you to do a little “extra work” on their favorites but Photoshop makes you nervous. You guessed it… I’m going to explain to you why you should be using beauty actions!

Ya’ll, let me tell you… learning how to use Photoshop wasn’t an easy task. There’s a million ways to do one thing and it can be very time consuming. No wonder some people decide to focus on just being a retoucher, it’s a true skill! By downloading Photoshop actions you can save yourself so much time and elevate the quality of your work.

I specifically love using beauty actions. Beauty actions are used to soften skin, sharpen eyes, and even lightened or darkening certain areas. Actions typically are using masks; by doing this you are able to “paint in” the action to specific areas. For those of you out there who spend a lot of time retouching skin, you know how long it can take to go in with the clone or stamp tool to smooth out that skin!

When you feel like you have a solid understanding of Photoshop, you are able to make your own actions. To do this you hit record and each action you make is saved for you to eaily replicate what you just did. You dont feel like you’re quite there yet?  Never fret, many photographers and retouchers have made different actions for you to download and install on your computer!  For some of my go-to beatuty actions you can download those from my  shop!

Beauty actions are just the tip of the iceberg. Actions can be used in many creative ways for every kind of artist! It’s what I love so much about them! Members on The Inspired Club we go more in depth with tutorials about editing in Lightroom and Photoshop. Have you used different kinds of actions when you’re editing your photos? What are some of your go-tos?

 

 

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Jana Williams
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