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Silhouette Photography – Photoshop How To

Hello there!  Today I have a fun, quick video tip for editing gorgeous silhouettes using Photoshop actions.  I *love* actions and use them often, my favorites being a mix of Totally Rad Actions and Kubota Actions.  Just FYI it's super easy to get caught up in action fever and end up with photos that look too over processed (aka fake) bleh!  The trick is to make subtle adjustments to enhance an image unless you *want* the picture to have that super saturated / comic effect.  And if that's what you're going for, totally cool.  For this video I'm going to share with you how I use a selection of actions to fix a "not quite" silhouette and really make the sky pop.

Here's the before picture... straight out of camera (no edits made.)  As you can see this is not exactly a silhouette even though that was my intention with this shot.  Yep, I try to get things right in camera as much as possible but sometimes it just happens.  No biggie!  This exposure is fairly close to what I want and is an easy fix.

camera: 5D Mark II
lens: 24-70 2.8 L
settings: f/7.1, 1/200, 24mm, 800 iso

And here is the edited silhouette!!

actions used -
Totally Rad Actions (from Daily Grind set)  - "lights out"  used twice
Kubota Artistic Actions (Vol. 2 set)  - "Hawaiian punch"  used once
+ actions adjusted to taste using layer masks

Woo hoo! Hope you enjoyed this video tip - I would *love* to see silhouettes my readers capture, so feel free to post and share your pictures at Bella Pop's facebook page. :)

If you'd like to learn even more about editing your photos... consider signing up for one of my beginner online editing classes: Lightroom + Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Have fun and happy shooting! xo Brandy

Wed. Jun 13, 2012 - 9:54 pm

Leigh - This may be the very first blog post I liked on bloglovin!… I want to do this sometime with my fiance! Thank you so much for posting!

Thu. Nov 6, 2014 - 8:46 am

sagari - Hi there, i was wondering what photoshop are you using.. i have cs6 and im new to it, but I can’t find all these funky ‘actions’ that you are talking about?

Sun. Jan 11, 2015 - 5:56 pm

Brandy - The actions I use are purchased separately from two different places – Totally Rad Actions and Kubota Actions. :) Hope this helps!

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