MikeW Photoshop Actions

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MW Basic Retouch Photoshop Action Set has over 30 of the most frequently used Actions for Basic Retouching in Photoshop. The set includes actions for adjusting Levels, Defogging, increasing Color Saturation, increasing Contrast, Sharpening, Blurring, Black & White Conversion, Black & White Toning and includes a Mat/Frame Action for web display.

This action set is like having training wheels for Photoshop. Each action opens the filter and shows you what settings are being used. The action is followed by a Fade Command to adjust the desired level of the effect to taste, while viewing your image. Once you become familiar with the settings, you can turn off the dialogue box in the action palette so the action will automatically apply the effect, then go to fade. Eventually, you will know the settings that suit your taste in processing and will be able to create your own settings and will no longer have to rely on the actions for the more commonly used steps in your workflow. This enables you to be immediately productive with methods you are not familiar with while you are learning. Ideally, you should record your own action work flow using the methods that work best for you to use with batch processing.
The various actions within the same category are not intended to be run after each other. There are many different ways to skin a cat using Photoshop. I have provided several different options for each stage of processing that achieve a similar result, but are slightly different depending on your workflow, taste and the size of the file you are working with. You will have to decide which method you prefer through experimentation. Many actions will guide you with stop screens instructing you what to do before or after running the action, requiring your input to adjusting a setting while viewing your image. This action set is more like a tutorial than a one-click action solution.

Whether you are just beginning to use Photoshop or are an intermediate user, I'm sure you find many of these actions to be unique and very productive to your workflow. Even if you already know most of these filter settings, this action set will allow you to be more organized and productive. This is the set of actions I use in my work everyday.

Retouch Action Gallery showing examples of the various effects applied to the same image.
A "read me" file is provided with the Action instructing you how to load and run Actions. Photoshop CS2, CS3, CS4 or CS5 is required for the Extreme Blur Actions. The rest of the Actions will run in PS7 or higher. Start with a flattened 8 bit RGB image. Always view your image at 100% when applying Sharpening or Blurring.

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$24.95

MW Retouch Photoshop Action Bundle:

• Basic Retouch Action Set
• Pop! Action
• Dragan Effect Action

Actions are compatible with Photoshop CS2, CS3, CS4, CS5 and CS6.

$37.00 ($44.85 Value)

MW Retouch/Illustration Photoshop Action Pro-Bundle:

• Basic Retouch Action Set
• Pop! Action
• Dragan Effect Action
• Illustration/Watercolor Action Set
• Full Set of Custom Photoshop textures

Actions are compatible with Photoshop CS2, CS3, CS4, CS5 and CS6.

$68.00 ($84.75 Value)

Everything you need to get that Urban-Grunge-Draganized-Illustrated Look.

Pop! Photoshop Action adds Color Saturation, Sharpness and Contrast to your image, giving them Pop! in one click.

Simply the best sharpening enhancement you can use. Wins hands down against Unsharp Mask, Smart Sharpening, High Pass Sharpening and LAB Sharpening methods. Sharpens without the haloing and artifacts found in other methods. Increases contrast and color saturation in one step. Saves processing time!

Pop! Action set comes with 6 Actions:

3 Pop! Actions: Full Strength Color Saturation, Half Strength Color Saturation and Sharpening Only.
3 No-Halo Sharpening Actions: Full Strength Color Saturation, Half Strength Color Saturation and Sharpening Only.

Works in both 8 Bit and 16 Bit on lo-res and hi-res files. Action is compatible with Photoshop CS2, CS3, CS4, CS5 and CS6.

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Before and After example using Pop!

Example of USM VS. No-Halo Sharpening

MW Dragan Effect Photoshop Action enhances the image by muting the colors while adding a low contrast tri-tone color cast, giving the image a dark moody look. This look is similar to work by Andrzej Dragan, Jim Fiscus or Dave Hill and it also known as the Grunge or Urban look. The Action comes with three different versions to give you more control of the outcome, based on the contrast of the the original image. This image shows the original image, the image after running the Action and the image after flattening, burning and sharpening.

Action is compatible with Photoshop CS2, CS3, CS4, CS5 and CS6.

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$9.95

Retouch Gallery

MW Vintage Pin-Up Toning Action applies a light Illustration effect on the image, then adds a half-sepia effect with a vintage colorcast. The colors and contrast can be fine tuned to taste by using the adjustment layers. The look is similar to the pin-up posters from the 1940's by Alberto Vargas. Use my Illustration Action before using the Vintage Toning Action for more of an Illustrated look.

Action is compatible with Photoshop CS2, CS3, CS4, CS5 and CS6.

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$14.95

Vintage Pin-Up Gallery

Original Photo by Alex Dylikowski

MW Black & White Action Set has three different methods of converting Color Images to Black & White with options to add Toning and/or blend the Original Color image back on for a Half-Sepia look. There are additional finishing actions to add an S-Curve to increase contrast, Hi-Pass Sharpening and options to Blur and Darken the background that you paint on the image using a mask.

Action is compatible with Photoshop CS2, CS3, CS4, CS5 and CS6.

$14.95

Black & White Action Gallery

MW Lith Print Action makes images look like they were taken with Hi-Speed Black & White Film enlarged with High-Contrast Paper. The result is a very high contrast image with very interesting grain. There is a toning Action included to change the color of the paper and ink to emulate a Lith Print.

Action is compatible with Photoshop CS2, CS3, CS4, CS5 and CS6.

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$14.95

Lith Print Gallery