Photoshop Actions & Overlays | Knowing and understanding the Difference

Photoshop Actions & Overlays | Knowing and understanding the Difference

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  Hello, we’re so glad you’re here! If you’ve found this page there’s a chance that you, like many others, may be frustrated or just simply curious about how to use Overlays in Photoshop. I know it can be a tiny bit confusing because it is pretty well known that in Lightroom you apply Presets to enhance an image and in Photoshop you apply Actions to enhance an image…so it is sometimes, and understandably so, assumed that Overlays are actions as well. While we do have Actions that will help you apply an Overlay, an Overlay is still just that–an Overlay....

Getting Your Clients to Giggle Naturally: Questions and Phrases to Break the Ice

Getting Your Clients to Giggle Naturally: Questions and Phrases to Break the Ice

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Getting Your Clients to Giggle Naturally: Questions and Phrases to Break the Ice Be honest, how many photographers reading this are still saying, “Smile on three! One…two…three!” or “Everyone say cheese!”? While these phrases work wonders on getting your clients to stretch their lips into forming a smile…it isn’t one of those authentic, I’m loving life and being with my family or best friend on Earth right now type of smiles–you know what I mean? It really is super simple to get your clients to smile naturally, so don't worry about overcoming an unattainable or hard to reach goal. All...

3 Things to do Right Now to Boost Your Web Presence | SEO for Photographers

3 Things to do Right Now to Boost Your Web Presence | SEO for Photographers

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Improving SEO for photographers  We all want to see our own website at the top of Google searches for photographers in our area, am I right? With your site ranking at the top of local Google searches you’re guaranteed to have your services front row and center in front of a lot more local people who are of course your potential clients. So basically, if you can figure out the ever changing game of Google and get your website ranking closer to the top of the list you will have more clients (assuming they love your work which is of...

Editing Newborns in Photoshop

Editing Newborns in Photoshop

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Hello newborn photogs! Have you been itching to up your editing game or do you simply want to pick up a new trick or two when it comes to editing newborns in Photoshop? Well get ready because I'm about to let you in on a little secret–are you ready? Pretty Actions makes complex tasks like filling in the beanbag blanket, changing a blanket color, and even revealing creamy skin in Photoshop super duper easy. I mean so easy your going to have to figure out what to do with all of your extra time because the actions are doing all...

Newborn Photography: How to Get Baby to Sleep

Newborn Photography: How to Get Baby to Sleep

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It’s every newborn photographer’s dream to have a session where baby sleeps soundly–OK, OK, we’ll say it, like a baby–for their entire session. Where does that phrase come from anyway? If you’ve ever been a parent, or a newborn photographer for that matter you know that babies don’t always sleep soundly. In fact, if you are not somewhat of an expert on what babies want and how delicate they are, there may be something you’re missing that is causing the little munchkin to be fussy. Here are a few things to watch out for to ensure the newborn you are...

Lifestyle Photography: How to Capture Natural Images Every Time

Lifestyle Photography: How to Capture Natural Images Every Time

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Lifestyle photography can be absolutely magical. Let’s think about it for a moment, what other time do couples, children or families have the ability to take a peek into their own beautiful, ever evolving lives? When are they able to see that same beauty others see whenever they are near? The answer is, sadly–not many. It’s so incredibly satisfying to capture images of our clients that are full of raw emotion and connection, with little details that can speak a thousand words–a touch, a look, even a laugh that though captured on an image is heard unmistakably by anyone who peers...

Changing your Fairy Wing Color Using the Fairyland Collection

Changing your Fairy Wing Color Using the Fairyland Collection

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Hello pretties! I know you are all excited about the Fairyland collection coming out (I will admit...I've been playing with it for hours already!) and we wanted to make sure you have all the cool info. on what this set can do. So here were are writing this fun post for you all to enjoy!  My guess is that if you have this collection already, you have had some fun applying different fairy wings, adding fireflies and sun rays, and even sprinkling fairy dust liberally over a lot of your images, I will admit...I've been doing this too! The Fairyland Photoshop action...

How to Change the Storyline of Your Photo with Photoshop

How to Change the Storyline of Your Photo with Photoshop

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Adobe Photoshop is able to aid modern-day photographers in editing and enhancing their photographs.  There are a variety of reasons as to how the software has changed society; however, the most prevalently discussed is that it allows photographers to modify their images.  We will go through each way in which Photoshop is able to help inspired artists with their desired representation using the Elements 6 Version 6.0 Software. Let’s talk about how we can change the storyline of our images.  For example, the two images shown below are nearly exactly the same; however, in the second, the model is looking...

Pretty Photoshop Actions Scholarship Spring 2017 Winner Announced!

Pretty Photoshop Actions Scholarship Spring 2017 Winner Announced!

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Congratulations to our 2017 Spring Scholarship Winner! During the past 6 months, Pretty Photoshop Actions collected essays written by current and prospective college students from around the U.S and Canada.  It was a pleasure to read all of the insightful essays about Photoshop that were submitted to us. We were so impressed by the caliber of all of the submissions we received.  However, we could only select one winner for our 1st bi-annual scholarship.  All of us at Pretty Photoshop Actions would like to give a BIG CONGRATULATIONS to Kristen Berezniak, a current student at Seton Hall University in South...

Wedding Photography: Creating Memories that Last a Lifetime

Wedding Photography: Creating Memories that Last a Lifetime

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Creating memories is not an easy task; it requires dedication, talent, and good communication skills. The demand for wedding photographers is higher than ever, but with so many choices on the market, couples can get overwhelmed and make the mistake of choosing the cheaper option. This becomes a problem when they don’t get the photos they expected after their wedding. The Importance of Wedding Photography A wedding is a special day that people want to capture and remember forever. A good photographer will try to get great shots of the couple and guests as they are relaxing and enjoying some...

Photographer Spotlight: Elisa Cogotti

Photographer Spotlight: Elisa Cogotti

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1. Where did your inspiration for photography begin? I've been an artist since I was very young and have always loved paint, music, colors and forms.  But my passion was always photography.  I began my career as a child photographer after my son was born.  I studied by taking workshops with Ana Brandt (California) and by following Kelly Brown on Creative Live. 2. How would you describe your photography style? I feel my style is very eclectic: I observe, ask a lot of questions, and draw inspiration from my subject's personality.  After that, my own creativity will move me towards...

Alice in Wonderland Inspired Shoot

Alice in Wonderland Inspired Shoot

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“We’re all mad here.” -Cheshire Cat, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland “Why sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” -The Queen, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland “Curiouser and curiouser!” -Alice, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland “ Who are YOU?” said the Caterpillar. This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation. Alice replied, rather shyly, “I–I hardly know, sir, just at present– at least I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.” -Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland...