New Photoshop Actions with A Beautiful Mess!

abeautiful-mess-actions-before-and-after-natural-beauty-5

I’m so excited to announce the launch of the brand new A Beautiful Mess actions for Photoshop and Lightroom! If you really want to take your digital photography to the next level, this is the perfect tool for you! All it takes is one click, and your photos are completely transformed, and you can easily adjust opacity to change the strength of each effect. I love every single one of these filters, and have been using them on my photos for the blog and Instagram for a while now.

You may know that Sarah and I created all of the filters for the A Color Story app, and most recently we’ve been developing similar actions for people to use on their computers with Photoshop and Lightroom. I created a set of basic actions that come free with every Photoshop action pack, and I also designed 15 actions for the Natural Beauty collection and 10 actions for the Black and White + Enhance pack (which also contains some fun effects Sarah designed). Sarah did the Clean + Modern pack as well as Lightroom presets. There’s a lot to love, you guys! Sorry if it sounds like I’m gushing, but I totally am. This is a product I’m really proud of and very much enjoy using myself.

A Beautiful Mess Actions Before + AfterA Beautiful Mess Actions Before + After

The Basics pack comes free with every action pack and includes five actions that make simple adjustments to your photos. Actions include: “Bright + Warm,” “Bright + Cool,” “Dark + Contrast,” “Sharpen + Pop,” and “Color Enhance.” You can apply these actions before using a more dramatic effect from another pack, or just use them on their own. Here are some examples of me using only actions from the basics pack to kick my photos up a notch.

A Beautiful Mess Actions Before + After
A Beautiful Mess Actions Before + After

A Beautiful Mess Actions Before + After

A Beautiful Mess Actions Before + After

 
A Beautiful Mess Actions Before + AfterA Beautiful Mess Actions Before + After

The Natural Beauty collection is my favorite thing to use on my photos. I designed this pack to mimic the look of both film and vintage magazine editorials. If you’re tired of vintage-inspired filters adding a yellowy cast to your images, this will be a breath of fresh air to you! The filters from the Natural Beauty Collection gives you bright whites (with the exception of a couple of the filters), but the colors take on different moods and all feel very cheerful. I would like to tell you my favorite, but to be honest, I enjoy them all. The ones I use most frequently are “First Love,” “Teen Romance,” “Timeless,” and “Coffee Date.”

Check out some of my edits using filters from this pack! So fun, right?

A Beautiful Mess Actions Before + After

A Beautiful Mess Actions Before + After

A Beautiful Mess Actions Before + After
A Beautiful Mess Actions Before + After

A Beautiful Mess Actions Before + After
A Beautiful Mess Actions Before + After
A Beautiful Mess Actions Before + After

 

A Beautiful Mess Actions Before + AfterA Beautiful Mess Actions Before + After

Finding the right style of black and white editing can be frustrating, especially since your needs change from photo to photo, depending on how light or dark your image is, or depending on how much natural contrast there is. I created ten different black and white actions that will suit a wide variety of photos and styles, creating classic black and white photos that pop much more than a standard black and white effect. I think all of these filters are very usable, without being too extreme or trendy in style.

This pack also comes with effects like flares and light leaks that Sarah designed. Check them out here!

A Beautiful Mess Actions Before + After

A Beautiful Mess Actions Before + After

My Photoshop Actions

Sometimes I receive questions from readers about how I add that “vintage look” to the photos on my blog. Through the years I’ve experimented with different Photoshop actions, which compile a series of edits to achieve a specific style for an image. But I found that developing my own set of actions was the only way I would get a subtle look that perfectly suits my style. I wanted to let you know, if you’re interested in achieving the same look for your photos, I’m selling the action set that I made for $30, with the PayPal check out at the pink button below. If you guys have any questions about the actions, I’ll be answering them in the comments section below. Check out what you get in the set (plus a couple of surprise bonuses for bloggers) below!

FRESH PHOTO | Mad Men Photo Booth

IMG_1400

If you're planning on donating your time to a fundraising event, I suggest becoming a professional photographer and setting up a vintage-styled living room scene. It really is the best! I had so much fun at the Mad Men event last weekend simply standing behind the camera and posing people for maximum hamminess. The funniest part? The way all of these adults thought candy cigarettes were the coolest thing ever. If their kids only knew.

furniture provided by Adam of Main St. Modern
photos by me for my photography business, Fresh Photo

IMG_1460 IMG_1365b IMG_1381 IMG_1402b IMG_1418 IMG_1452b

Older