Free Photoshop Actions
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Brian surprised me with a DSLR camera (Cannon Rebel T2i) as my wedding gift this past July.  Since then, I’ve been researching like crazy trying to learn as much as I can to create great looking photos.  I’ve recently looked into new equipment for my camera.  A new lens (I’m forcing myself to start out cheap until I learn more), flash, and an adorable camera bag ruled my christmas list, along with photoshop CS5 Extended.  Lucky for me, I am a teacher, therefore I purchased CS5 with an 80% discount.  I was ecstatic!  I downloaded it right away and couldn’t wait to get started on making some amazing photos.  Well, it ended up taking me 20 minutes just to figure out how to open an image.  I thought photoshop was going to be something I’d be able to play around with and pick up on “as I go.”  No, Ma’am!  I have no idea what I’m doing.  But just tonight, I was browsing photography on pinterest and came across this, 45 Amazing and Free Photoshop Actions from Vandelay Design.  I downloaded about 5 of these and they’ve given me a starting point with editing my photos.  Here’s what I came up with…

Two years ago this week, Brian surprised me with an engagement ring and a trip to Napa.  So I felt the need to edit some of my Napa photos.

Before                                                                         After 

My goal was to make this barn look old and antique-y.  I wanted the photo to look like is was taken in the early 1900’s.  My next plan is to learn how to add textures to photos so this would look wrinkled and aged.

For this one, I just wanted a very sharp B&W shot.

These Napa photos were taken with my old 8 megapixel camera.  This proves just how amazing Photoshop is!

Then I went into editing photos from our most recent trip, Kauai and Maui Hawaii.  These photos were taken with my Cannon Rebel.  However, seeing as the camera was a wedding gift and this trip was our honeymoon, I had owned the camera for one day before we left for this trip.  Therefore, most of these photos were taken in automatic mode.

This first photo is one of my favorites from our trip.  We were cruising around Maui and pulled over to look at some views.  Brian took this shot just by holding the camera out in front of us.  I thought the colors in the original were beautiful.  I never thought this picture could improve.  But, photoshop proved me wrong.  I used the high definition photoshop action for this one and the helicopter shot.  I miss being tan…


In Kauai we hiked along the Na’Pali coast.  This picture is from that hike.


So, those of you out there with photoshop, enjoy these free actions.  If you’re a photoshop expert, puuuuuhlease share your secrets!  Leave a comment or email me at

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I think chocolate and cheese should be their own food group. Or, at least I treat them as if they are. To say I like wine is an understatement. I hope to one day call myself a professional photographer, but in the meantime, I'll just pretend I am. I'm a second grade teacher by day but a potty mouth by night.