Today I am excited to post a new free action called "Dreams of Neptune". This is a fully adjustable action that adds a color tint, lens blur, and haze to your images. It looks really lovely on wedding, senior, and female portraits shot outdoors.
Mouse over to see the "before" image.
I ran Dreams of Neptune on this lovely photo I found on Pixabay. When prompted adjust the lens blur to taste. This layer will have a black layer mask so you won't see any lens blur unless you paint it back in when the action is completed.
In this image I removed a bit of the Red Tint layer from the background with a 50% black brush, removed Haze from the couple, and added some lens blur around the edges of the image to soften the trees. If you are new to layer masks I have a Layer Mask Tutorial posted here.
I ran Dreams of Neptune on this gorgeous image from Vanilla Tree Photography. In this edit I turned off the Red Tint layer, used a soft low opacity black brush on the Haze layer to remove some haze from the girl, and changed the Neptune Tint from Soft to Overlay blending mode and removed most of it from the girl.
It is so important to play with each layer when you use artistic actions like this one. Turning off a layer, adjusting the blending mode/opacity of layers, and painting on layer masks can turn a really plain image into a stunning piece of art. :-)
I would love to see your before and afters on my Facebook page!
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