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DanielleS83
08-31-2012, 01:28 PM
Hello everyone! I am getting this out a little early [ just a day or so! ] because I'm afraid I've got the crud! Or at least that's what my doctor calls it. I didn't want to miss out being on time - just ask my kids..I am such a punctual kind of person!

This is our first round of Photography challenge and depending on how this month goes, maybe I will do it more often. I personally love photography { even though I'm not the best! } so it just seemed like a fantastic idea to me. Hope you agree ;)

To start us off this month I have decided to go with Color! I selected a wonderful action from The Coffee Shop Blog called Lustrous Pop. You can find this action here: http://www.thecoffeeshopblog.com/2010/09/coffeeshop-lustrous-pop-pspse-action.html

It's free to download and use! It comes in versions for Photoshop, PSE5-8 and if you can't run actions, she does write about her action which can help you recreate the effect! One of the best things about these actions [ the ones I have used so far ] is that they are easily customized and 100% user friendly!

For this challenge I went with a picture of my son. I used the action two times to show the various results you can get.

http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1420/medium/Sept12_v1_Rickyboy_ColorPop_DMS_2012.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/photography-challenge/p104554-lustrous-pop.html)

Now for your challenge:
Select a photo with a person as the main image - something that has been done recently - and make the color enhance. You do not have to use the action, I was just providing it to lend a digital hand!

When you are happy with your photo, load it to the Photography Challenge Gallery and leave a link here!

As a participation reward, we offer a 10% discount on ALL of your purchases for the following month! So, if you participate this month in any of the challenges (AND post a link in the challenge forum - IE, right here for this challenge), you will receive 10% off of every purchase made next month! No coupons required, the discount will automatically apply to your purchase(s). It's important that you're registered in the forum using the same e-mail address.

Bonus: All participants who post by Sept 30th will receive a $3.00 coupon to my personal use store!

Grand Prize: One winner will get a wonderful Guest CT Position on a surprise designers CT Team!
You are welcome to OPT OUT of the Grand Prize as not everyone has the time or desire to be a guest on a CT team!!!


Thank you for joining in on this challenge and feel free to leave some thoughts! I DO need to get to pro status and all that *winks*
Danielle S.
<3

NancyP
08-31-2012, 01:34 PM
I LOVE photography and LOVE this challenge. Now l don't use actions because in the past they have messed up my PSE and I have had to get rid of them but there is certainly more than one way to enhance a photo!!! Looking forward to this challenge.

Jacque
08-31-2012, 06:35 PM
looking forward to this dani. i love photography challenges :) can we enter more than once?

PamR
09-01-2012, 10:26 AM
That is a super cool action. I'll use it alot, thanks. I decided to post the 'before' and 'after' of my grandson's sunburned face. The action made it pop so well.
http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1420/PhotoChall-PhotoPop.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/photography-challenge/p104636-photo-pop.html)

DanielleS83
09-01-2012, 12:14 PM
You can do as many as you want Jacque but you only get one entry doll - and the grand prize is a doozie! So glad to see your wonderful font!

I look forward to seeing what you come up with Nancy! If you need any help just say so! I know programs can be tricky when you're really trying to make it do what YOU want and it says no. They're mean that way lol

Great work Pam! I do so like that color pop on his cheeks! Makes them look that much more adorable!

jilbert
09-01-2012, 11:14 PM
Hope you manage to beat the "crud" ... and LOVE the opportunity to play around with one of Rita's actions (The CoffeeShop Blog -- http://www.thecoffeeshopblog.com). If you are a BIG fan of Photoshop, following this blog is a must!!! I've learned things from here that was never covered in the multitude of Photoshop classes I've taken.

soshanna
09-02-2012, 03:06 AM
Hmm, I hope I did this right.
http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/500/soshanna-photochal.jpg
Enhancing the color of my son playing on the beach, well too bad he wore black at that time...
maybe red shorts will be more eye catching. :)
No action used.

jimmyrose
09-02-2012, 08:49 AM
This sounds like fun. Back soon with a photo.

DanielleS83
09-02-2012, 10:55 AM
You did perfect Shanna!!! Can't wait for yours JimmyRose!

makeyesup
09-03-2012, 02:42 PM
Had fun with this. Liked the Lustrous Pop action; however, wanted to sharpen the picture more, so also used 2 actions by Pioneer Women.

makDSS201209Photo (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/photography-challenge/p104908-makdss201209photo.html)

http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1420/makDSS201209Photo_1.jpg

DanielleS83
09-04-2012, 01:47 PM
Nice work!!! Really does make a difference!

momto7
09-04-2012, 03:39 PM
Thank you for finding this great action. I used a photo of my granddaughter. Here is my before and after.
http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/g1420-photography-challenge.html
http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1420/Lustrous-Pop-Action.jpg

NancyP
09-04-2012, 05:43 PM
Well, I thought I'd take a chance and found an action, followed the path from C and dragged it over there. Then went to PSE and------couldn't find it!!! How do you find a new action. But I did find something called Unsharpen Mask, and this is what it did to my photo. Do I know what I'm doing???? Do pigs fly?????:((

http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/member-galleries/p105025-photography-challenge.html

http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1215/Photo-with-action.jpg

DanielleS83
09-04-2012, 06:42 PM
LOL Nancy you crack me up! I don't use PSE so I honestly don't know. BUT if you ask in the forum I am sure many others will have the answer and we can BOTH learn! Thank you for playing along!!

Nicely done Norma! I love horses personally so you had me at neigh :0)

Breeza
09-05-2012, 10:00 AM
Well, I thought I'd take a chance and found an action, followed the path from C and dragged it over there. Then went to PSE and------couldn't find it!!! How do you find a new action. But I did find something called Unsharpen Mask, and this is what it did to my photo. Do I know what I'm doing???? Do pigs fly?????:((

http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/member-galleries/p105025-photography-challenge.html



LOL Nancy you crack me up! I don't use PSE so I honestly don't know. BUT if you ask in the forum I am sure many others will have the answer and we can BOTH learn! Thank you for playing along!!

Nicely done Norma! I love horses personally so you had me at neigh :0)

MPC Actions has a fantastic tutorial (http://www.mcpactions.com/blog/2011/03/09/installing-actions-elements/) on installing and troubleshooting actions in PSE. She explains how to fix your exact problem Nancy. You need to reset your mediadatabase.db3 file :D I hope this helps ♥

Breeza
09-05-2012, 10:33 AM
Thanks for such a great challenge Dani. Photography & Actions....2 of my favorite things! ♥♥

I cheated and used one of my own Actions....too lazy to download...lol

Here's my Photo :D

http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1420/Photography_Challenge_part_1.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/photography-challenge/p105120-pheobe.html)

DanielleS83
09-05-2012, 02:39 PM
Great info Breeza! Thanks for helping out :)

Great effect on your photo! I love how it turned out!!

mariasangel
09-06-2012, 10:04 AM
http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1420/before_and_after1.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/photography-challenge/p105245-before-and-after.html)

i didn't use any actions, just light and color adjustments.

yorkiemom
09-06-2012, 02:14 PM
I of course forgot to upload mine...off to do it now!

Can anyone tell me how to get them together as one picture in the gallery?

DanielleS83
09-06-2012, 04:48 PM
*crawls through the forum* Omg SO MUCH voting *falls over* I'm okay....it's all good....whew

You can just open a new canvas and resize them as needed - to put them in together Norma :)

Great work Mariasangel! Especially with such simple tools - nice!!

88Mwife
09-06-2012, 08:59 PM
Ok Here is mine... I am having some issues with photo shop so I had to use my Paint Shop Pro.
Here is my link (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1420/RaeLynnPhotoChallenge.jpg) These are my furry brats!
http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1420/RaeLynnPhotoChallenge.jpg

browneyedsusan
09-06-2012, 09:40 PM
Nancy from what I understand you said you dropped your action into PSE and then can't find it, you cannot drop actions or styles in there and find them like you can in Photoshop. I love that about Photoshop and it made me so frustrated about PSE. You have to have a metadata file and then you have to rebuild your database before you can access the action. It will then show up in your action drop down, there is actually a nifty program called Add-o-matic that you drag and drop the styles and actions into and it does the work for you. Doesn't organize them like this OCD girl likes them, but I bought it even still. I don't use PSE at all anymore but did for years. Going to find a picture to join in the fun. :)

browneyedsusan
09-06-2012, 11:08 PM
Here is mine. Loved the action!! Love seeing everyones pics. Fun challenge!!

http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1420/medium/Color_Pop.jpg

DanielleS83
09-07-2012, 02:53 PM
Awesome work everyone! Though I have to admit - Oddball really did it in for me - I LOVE the name and that pup is just so cute!!!!

88Mwife
09-07-2012, 07:27 PM
lol Thanks! She got her name because when she was born... She was the only black one with that little bit of white on her..her siblings all were white with spots of their mom's ( Tequila Rose's) coloring... TR is also mom to Cullen as well. Out of the three litters TR has had Cullen is the only one that has come out looking like her!

DanielleS83
09-07-2012, 08:41 PM
I guess the mommy genes arent the same way in dogs! Thats actually pretty cool to know!!

yorkiemom
09-08-2012, 10:50 AM
Had to put mine back up here...for some reason I lost a photo.

Before http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/member-galleries/p105256-before-action-lustrous-pop.html
http://i912.photobucket.com/albums/ac327/momtojodie/horse-before.jpg
After http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/member-galleries/p105255-after-action-lustrous-pop.html

http://i912.photobucket.com/albums/ac327/momtojodie/horse-after.jpg

DanielleS83
09-08-2012, 12:33 PM
I guess the gallery ate it! I wonder if it tasted good....

sailwemust
09-10-2012, 01:34 AM
I guess the gallery ate it! I wonder if it tasted good....

Lol!

Here's one I did - sorry it looks pixelated (resizing I guess? The gallery didn't want me to upload the pictures only so I pretended it was a layout), but the color adjustment is what to focus on...the photos themselves aren't so pixelated on my computer.

http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1215/medium/Photo_actions_-_Page_069.jpg
http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/photography-challenge/p105597-before-and-after.html

DanielleS83
09-10-2012, 01:58 PM
That is a scary picture LOL I'd be running!!! Nice photo alteration!

LLinda
09-13-2012, 06:10 PM
Very cool photo action, thanks for pointing us to it.
Here's what I did with it:
My photo (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/photography-challenge/p106152-photo-challenge.html)

jimmyrose
09-29-2012, 10:26 AM
Great photos every one. The way they changed each and every time is fantastic.

cylynn
09-29-2012, 02:20 PM
Great challenge, I made a recent software change from GIMP to PSE10 so learning actions is great.
I used Perfect Portrait from the Coffee Shop to edit my picture.
http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1420/medium/perfectpic_Web.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/photography-challenge/p107721-best-buddies.html)

kimberkatt
09-30-2012, 09:15 AM
Here is mine! I love this action, thanks Dani!! I snapped these pics the other day with my phone, I loved them except the phones don't take great pics, especially with no flash! This action worked wonders!!

http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1420/lustrouspop.jpg (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/photography-challenge/p107777-lustrouspop.html)

DanielleS83
09-30-2012, 03:57 PM
no kidding! heck of a difference!