How to Create a Beautiful Faded Effect in Photoshop

In a past tutorial we looked at how to make colors pop in Photoshop. Although that can be a very useful technique there will also be times when you want to use faded colors rather than making them pop. Here we’ll go through the process of creating an awesome faded effect that will look great with a lot of photos.

The effect we’ll create in this tutorial is the same as the one created with our Classic Blue action from our set of 18 Faded Photoshop Actions. If you’d like to use this effect on your own photos you can follow the steps shown here, or use the action if you want to save a little time.

How to Create a Beautiful Faded Effect in Photoshop

How to Create a Beautiful Matte Effect in Photoshop

One of the most useful types of effects that you can create in Photoshop is the matte effect. Matte effects are highly versatile and will look great with a large selection of photos, and they are also pretty easy to accomplish.

Here we’ll go through the process of creating a matte effect from scratch. The effect we’ll be creating is the same as the one used in our “Strong Matte” action that is a part of our set of Matte Photoshop Actions. Of course, you can follow along with this tutorial to apply the effect to your own photos, or simply use the action if you’d like to save a little time.

How to Create a Beautiful Matte Effect in Photoshop

How to Create a Vintage Black & White Effect in Photoshop

Photoshop makes it easy to convert your color photos to black & white, but typically you will also need to make some other adjustments in order to get your black & whites just how you want them. In this tutorial we’ll show how you can create a black & white conversion that has sort of a vintage or film-inspired effect.

The steps that are shown in this tutorial are the same steps used in our Faded B&W Film action that is included in our set of 24 Vintage Black & White Photoshop Actions. You can follow along with the steps shown here, or simply use the action if you want to save some time.

How to Create a Vintage Black & White Effect in Photoshop

How to Create a Cinematic Effect in Lightroom

In this tutorial we’ll go through the process of creating a cinema-inspired effect in Lightroom. The cinematic style works well with a lot of photos, and it is not difficult to create. The effects created in this tutorial are used in our “Intensity” preset, which is included in our set of 12 Cinema Lightroom Presets, so if you want the effect without following all of the steps you can simply use the preset.

How to Create a Cinematic Effect in Lightroom

How to Make Colors Pop in Photoshop

Photoshop will allow you to apply all kinds of effects to your photos if you understand how to use the various tools, but sometimes the most useful techniques will be the subtle edits and changes. In situations where you photo is lacking a little color you can give it some extra life by making the colors pop.

This is a useful technique with a lot of photos and there are several different ways to bring a photo’s colors to life. You can adjust vibrance and saturation, add contrast, use levels or curves, adjust the exposure, among other approaches.

In this quick tutorial we’ll look at one versatile approach and we’ll show the results with two different photos. This is the same approach that is used by the color pop actions in our set of Boosters Photoshop Actions.

How to Make Colors Pop in Photoshop

3 Ways to Save Time with Our Photoshop Actions and Lightroom Presets

Photoshop actions and Lightroom presets are great for helping you to achieve a particular look or style with your photos, but where they really can prove to be valuable is in the amount of time that they can save. Let’s face it, post processing can be quite time consuming. If actions and presets are able to reduce the amount of time that you spend in Photoshop or Lightroom they can have a big impact by freeing up more of your time.

At Shutter Pulse our goal is to create actions and presets that will be highly useful and practical for photographers. We want you to be able to get great results as quickly as possible. Let’s take a look at 3 ways that our actions and presets can save your time.

3 Ways to Save Time with Our Photoshop Actions and Lightroom Presets

How to Customize Lightroom Presets

Lightroom is an incredible tool for photographers. Not only can it help you to keep your photos neatly organized, but it is also extremely powerful for editing and processing photos. In many ways Lightroom is superior to Photoshop, although it does not include all of the same tools and functions of Photoshop. Many photographers find that they can do 95% of what they need in Lightroom without ever needing to open Photoshop.

One of the ways that you can enhance your workflow and save even more time is by making use of Lightroom presets. Develop presets will apply specific settings in Lightroom’s develop module, allowing you to instantly create an effect, or at least serve as a starting point. You can create your own presets or use presets that have been created by others. Here at Shutter Pulse we offer more than 300 different Lightroom presets.

As great as Lightroom presets are, no preset will work perfectly with every photo. Presets should be seen as a starting point that can save time in your post processing, but you may need to make some tweaks or adjustments after applying a preset in order to get the best results for your photo. Let’s take a look at the process of using and tweaking the output of a preset.

How to Customize Lightroom Presets

How to Customize and Tweak Photoshop Actions

Here at Shutter Pulse we aim to make our Photoshop actions versatile and useful for a wide range of photos. But no Photoshop action will look perfect on every photo. Each photo is unique, so to get the best results for the specific photo that you are working with you want need or want to customize or tweak the action in some way. Really, Photoshop actions are just starting points. They can help you to save a great deal of time, but they are not one-size-fits-all. Let’s take a look at some of the ways that you can customize Photoshop actions to suit the needs of your photos.

Let’s start with our HDR Photoshop actions, one of our most popular sets of actions. This set includes actions to create HDR-inspired effects of different strengths, but sometimes you may want to customize the effect to best suit your photo.

How to Customize and Tweak Photoshop Actions