CS & CC Actions

CS & CC Actions :

1. After extracting the .zip file, Select the .atn file that came in your download folder. Right-click and hit Copy.

2. Navigate to your Photoshop Actions folder on your computer (C:/Program Files/Adobe/Photoshop CS/Presets/Photoshop Actions)

(You could load it straight from the download folder, but it’s a good idea to keep a copy of all your actions in the Photoshop Actions folder.)

3. Right-click and hit ‘Paste’ to paste the action into the Photoshop Actions folder.

4. Launch Photoshop.

5. Click on the Actions tab. (If you aren’t sure where this is, go to Window>Actions and the panel will pop out.) Now click on the little button in the top right corner of the Actions palette (the button with the downward pointing arrow and four horizontal lines) and select “Load Actions”.

6. Look for the ATN file you just saved when the pop up file browser comes up, Once you’ve found the .atn file, select “Load”.

PSE Actions (10 & below)

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.

PSE Actions (11 & up)

Actions in Elements 11 and up (Actions Player Method):

1. Launch Photoshop

2. At the top of your screen, navigate to Window>Actions. This should make the Actions Palette pop out.

3. Click on the little button in the top right corner of the Actions palette (the button with the downward pointing arrow and four horizontal lines). When the flyout menu pops out, find and select “Load Actions”.

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 the Open button.

6. Your new action folder should pop up in the Actions Palette. 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 Palette.

Sky Overlays

Sky Overlays:

Sky overlays also require no installation, however, their application is a little different than other overlays.

1. Once the zip file has been extracted, open Photoshop and go to File>Open and navigate to the one you would like to apply. Then double-click to open like a regular photo.

2.Use your move tool to grab the sky and drag and drop it onto the photo you are editing.

3. Blur the sky using a Gaussian blur if necessary. (If your background is out of focus, blurred skies look more natural.)

4. Free Transform the sky so that it fully covers the sky you want to replace.

5. Turn the visibility of the sky layer off.

6. Select your background layer and then grab your Magic Wand tool. Set the Tolerance numbers at the top of your 30.

7. Using the Magic Wand tool, click on the sky or blown out area you want to replace. If there are more sections to the sky that you need to select, hold down your shift key and click on those areas as well. Once your entire sky has been selected, click on the Sky layer in your Layer Panel and turn the visibility back on.

8. Hit the layer mask button at the bottom of your layers panel to turn your selection into a mask. 

9. Then, using a paintbrush, paint onto the mask to refine the edges of the sky and blend it in. (White adds more sky to areas it’s missing from, black will remove the sky from areas that you don’t want it.)

10. You may adjust opacity or blend mode of the sky as well to achieve different looks. (If your image has a tricky skyline, with lots of trees or difficult areas, try placing your sky in the ‘Multiply’ blend mode and then tweak and blend in using your layer mask.)

For a video tutorial on this application process, click here.


Overlays and Textures:

Overlays and Textures require no installation at all, but to apply them to your images, follow the steps below.

1. Extract the zip file. Then launch Photoshop.

2.   There are two different methods you can use to apply overlays & textures. I will describe both in Steps A & B below. Step A 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. Step B 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.

a) To open the Overlay like a regular photo (best method if you wish to use the overlay on more than one image) :
Go to File>Open to navigate to the folder you saved your products in. Double click the overlay you would like to use, and it opens just like a regular photo.  (If you use this method, ignore Step b below and move onto Step 3.)

b)  To place the overlay directly onto the image you are editing (easy method if you only wish to apply the overlay to one image) :
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. (If you use this method, skip step 3.)

3. Grab your move tool and drag and drop the overlay onto the image you are editing.  (Only follow this step if you used the File>Open method shown in step 2A above.)

4. If the overlay does not reach perfectly to the edges of your image, use Free Transform to size the product to fit. (You can also move or transform it for different looks.)

5.  Change the blend mode and/or opacity for different effects. Layer masks can be added as well to remove or soften the look of the overlay or texture from any area it is too strong.

For video tutorials, visit the following links:

Creative Overlays 

Textures or Solid Overlays

Lightroom Presets & Brushes

Lightroom Presets:

1. Extract the file.

2. Launch Lightroom and click the ‘Develop’ tab in the top bar of your screen.

3. From the list, select ‘New Preset Folder’ and type the name of the product you are installing.

4. 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’.

5. 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 Brushes:

1. Extract the file.

2. Launch Lightroom and go to Edit > Preferences in the top bar of your screen. (Lightroom > Preferences if you are on a mac)

3. When the Preferences box pops up, select the ‘Presets’ tab at the top.

4. Click the ‘Show Lightroom Presets’ button.

5. Double click the ‘Lightroom’ folder to open it.

6. Then Double click the ‘Local Adjustment Presets’ folder.

5. 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!


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