- Installing Photoshop Actions
- Actions in PSE 10 & below (Effects Panel)
- Sky Overlays
- Lightroom Presets & Brushes
New to Photoshop Actions? Start here!
Installing Photoshop Actions
This installation method works in Photoshop CC, CS, & in Elements 11 & Up using the Actions Player.
After downloading your Actions, be sure to extract the Zip file they came in and save them to a safe place on your computer.
1. Launch Photoshop
2. At the top of your screen, navigate to Window>Actions. This should make the Actions Panel pop out.
3. Click on the little button in the top right corner of the Actions Panel (the button with the downward pointing arrow and four horizontal lines). When the flyout menu pops out, find and select “Load Actions” from the list.
4. A window will open that allows you to navigate and find the ATN file you wish to install.
5. When you find the ATN file, highlight it and hit ‘Load’.
6. Your new Action folder should pop up in the Actions Panel. You should see the name of the action set with a little folder icon next to it. Be sure the little triangle to the left of the folder icon is pointing down. (This means the folder is open and reveals the individual actions below it.)
7. Once the individual actions pop up below, all you have to do is highlight the one you want to use and hit the triangular ‘Play’ button at the bottom of the Actions Panel.
Actions in Elements 10 and below (Effects Panel Method):
Installing actions in Elements 10 and below can be kind of tricky, click here for a walk-through video tutorial.
New to Sky Overlays? Start here!
Before applying Sky Overlays in Photoshop, be sure to ‘Extract’ the zip file they come in. If your file isn’t zipped, then you’re all set!
1. Open the image you wish to edit in Photoshop and go to File>Place Embedded (or File>Place)
2. Navigate to the Overlay you would like to apply and click ‘Place’.
3. The Sky Overlay should now appear on your image. Stretch it to fit your photo as needed and then hit Enter to accept the changes.
4. Blur the sky using a Gaussian blur if necessary. (If the background of your photo is out of focus, blurred skies look more natural.)
5. Next, place the Sky in ‘Multiply’ blend mode.
6. Select the Layer Mask on your Sky layer, and use a soft black brush to remove the sky effect from any areas you don’t want it to apply.
7. If needed, you can finish up by adjusting the opacity of the sky to soften the look.
Applying Overlays and Textures in Photoshop:
Before applying Overlays and Textures, be sure to extract the Zip file they came in. If your file isn’t zipped, then you’re all set!
There are two different methods you can use to apply overlays & textures in Photoshop. I will describe both below. The first method is a slightly longer method, but saves you time in the long run if you wish to use the overlay/texture on more than one image. The second method is a quicker method that applies the overlay/texture directly to the image you are editing. This method is great if you only have to apply the overlay to one image, but will take more time in the long run if you have more than one image to apply the overlay to.
Method 1. (best method if you wish to use the overlay on more than one image)
1. Open the Overlay or Texture like you would open a regular photo, by going to File>Open.
2. Navigate to the folder you saved your products in and double click the overlay you would like to use and it should open into Photoshop.
3. Once the Overlay or Texture opens in Photoshop, grab your move tool and drag and drop the overlay onto the image you are editing.
4. If the Overlay or Texture doesn’t quite fit your photo, go to Edit>Free Transform and you can stretch the Overlay/Texture to fit to the edges of your photo. (Feel to get creative with the way you move or transform the overlay for different looks.)
5. You can then change the blend mode for different effects, or adjust the opacity to your liking.
6. If you wish to remove the effect of the Overlay or Texture from any area of your image, you can use a layer masks and paint with a black brush to remove or soften the look of the overlay or texture from any area it is too strong.
Method 2. (easy method if you only wish to apply the overlay to one image)
1. To place the overlay directly onto the image you are editing go to File>Place to navigate to the folder you saved your products in. Double click the overlay you would like to use, and it opens directly onto your image.
2. Stretch the Overlay/Texture to fit to the edges of your photo and hit Enter when you’re done. (Feel to get creative with the way you move or transform the overlay for different looks.)
3. You can then change the blend mode for different effects, or adjust the opacity to your liking.
4. If you wish to remove the effect of the Overlay or Texture from any area of
your image, you can use a layer masks and paint with a black brush to remove or soften the look of the overlay or texture from any area it is too strong.
New to Lightroom Presets? Start here!
Before installing your presets, be sure to extract the Zip file your products came in. If the file isn’t zipped, then you’re all set!
1. Launch Lightroom and click the ‘Develop’ tab at the top of your screen.
2. From the list, select ‘New Preset Folder’ and type the name of the product you are installing.
3. The new folder will appear in the ‘Presets’ box on the left side of your screen. Right-click on your new folder and hit ‘Import’.
4. Navigate to where you saved the preset files you downloaded, select them and click Import.
The presets will now be added to your Lightroom Preset folder.
Lightroom Adjustment Brushes:
Before installing your Adjustment Brushes, be sure to extract the Zip file your products came in. If the file isn’t zipped, then you’re all set!
1. Launch Lightroom and go to Edit > Preferences in the top bar of your screen. (Lightroom > Preferences if you are on a mac)
2. When the Preferences box pops up, select the ‘Presets’ tab at the top.
3. Click the ‘Show Lightroom Presets’ button.
4. Double click the ‘Lightroom’ folder to open it.
5. Then Double click the ‘Local Adjustment Presets’ folder.
6. Copy and your paste your MB Lightroom brushes into the ‘Local Adjustment Presets’ folder.
The brushes will now be added to Lightroom. Close and restart Lightroom to begin using them!