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AMP Action Freebie | Sharpen This! | PSE6 – CS5

January 7, 2011


  • Vera · Posted January 8, 2011 at 3:54 am · Link · Reply

    Thank you!!! You’ve taken a lot of time off of my (budding) workflow! I’m new at all of this editing stuff and sharpening kind of boggles my mind. This post really spells it out well!

  • rachaelmarie · Posted January 8, 2011 at 7:05 am · Link · Reply

    love this…exactly what i have been missing! btw…i also adore your simply b&w action. and the softly/sweetly combination for babies. heaven!

  • Amy Beth · Posted January 8, 2011 at 10:36 am · Link · Reply

    Thanks Ladies! Glad these are useful! 😀

  • Natasha · Posted January 8, 2011 at 10:39 am · Link · Reply

    I was looking forward to release of these… didn’t know they’d be free. You’re too good to us Amy! THANK YOU!

  • laura · Posted January 8, 2011 at 6:06 pm · Link · Reply

    Thanks so much for this great action!! I love it!!! have a wonderfull 2011!!! greeting from Mexico!!!

  • Bethany · Posted January 12, 2011 at 9:38 am · Link · Reply

    I’ve always wondered why my nice sharp crisp pictures turn into slightly blurry ones on Facebook… thanks for clearing that up!

  • DC2349 · Posted January 14, 2011 at 8:18 pm · Link · Reply

    Thank you so much for this freebie! It’s very kind of you to take the time to do this. I hope I will understand how to use it when I am ready to start working on my photos. Again Thank you!

  • Maggie · Posted January 15, 2011 at 4:29 am · Link · Reply

    Thank you so much for your very generous giveaway. I am just beginning to use actions so, I could not resist. : )

  • Chris · Posted January 16, 2011 at 10:23 am · Link · Reply

    Thanks Amy! Always love trying your actions!

  • Pily · Posted August 8, 2012 at 2:23 pm · Link · Reply

    Hi, i will love to try this action looks beautiful, im a begginer in photoshop and super begginer in photos love you blog its inspirational.

  • Heidi · Posted October 24, 2012 at 8:00 pm · Link · Reply

    I’m new to lightroom actions. Can’t wait to give this one a try. Thank you!

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Photoshop | New Release | Beyond Shades of Gray for CS3-CS5 and PSE6-PSE8

September 9, 2010

My first ever black and white action set for Photoshop is here! Months in the making. Yes I take my time and tweak and tweak until it’s ‘just so’. :) A little bit of a perfectionist I am.

In this set, there is a little bit of everything. Crisp and clean- true black and whites. Some tinted black and whites. A few vintage. And some extremely delicious hazes that look stunning on the clean black and whites. I just love love love these hazes! Little Boy Blue, Sweet Pink, Sheer and Sage Hazes. And even a really subtle but lovely blue tint for those who like cooler black and whites. I even stuffed in my oldie but goodie (and oh so popular) freebie- Simply B&W and the massive haze and tint action that comes with it.

I do most of my black and whites in Lightroom, but when I convert in in Photoshop this is the set I use almost all. the. time. There are a couple sweet little BW actions hiding in my A Little Sugar and Just Beachy action sets that I love to use also.

A few tips: If the midtones are a little dim, I personally find that adding a brightness/contrast adjustment layer and bumping up the brightness almost completely solves that dimness. Usually I use Levels (my most used adjustment layer in my workflow bar none) but I just find the brightness/contrast adjustment just ‘the’ thing to give it that perfect midtone lift.

Using the dodge n burn action is so fantastic I routinely play it out on ALL my edits. I usually have something I can use it on.

TRY the haze/tint action to create your own stunning tinted black and whites. Chocolate, vanilla, espresso, plum…it’s ALL in there. Use different combos for your own signature black and white. As I say with all my actions and presets- make them yours. I may have created the action or preset but I make everything in a way that the artist using them has full control over the results.

Some samples:

This set has 12 black and white actions and 12 mini actions.

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As always thank you for trying AMP Actions and Lightroom Presets!

This weekend Photog Freebies is doing a big AMP giveaway. So if you have been wanting to get my Just Beachy actions AND Lightroom presets- then this is a giveaway you do NOT want to miss! If you are an Elements user- play anyway. When my Elements version hits the shop- I will send you the Elements set too!

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AMP Action Freebie | Mud Pies | CS2-CS5 and PSE6-8

September 1, 2010

Another fun Summer action as we wind down from Summer and move towards Fall …spiced apple cider,


  • Amarie · Posted September 1, 2010 at 7:25 pm · Link · Reply

    Thank you for sharing!

  • Jamie M. · Posted September 1, 2010 at 7:34 pm · Link · Reply

    I LOVE this one, thank you SO MUCH!!!

  • Debra · Posted September 1, 2010 at 9:56 pm · Link · Reply

    Just downloaded mud pies and can’t wait to try it out. Thank you so mucy, from an elements 7 user! :)

  • Deb Cee · Posted September 1, 2010 at 10:14 pm · Link · Reply

    These actions look terrific.
    Thank you for sharing with PSE users – ’cause we can’t create our own :(
    And, I learn SO much by playing with others’ actions.
    You’ve got talent. No doubt.

  • Lela · Posted September 2, 2010 at 10:59 am · Link · Reply


  • Caroline Jensen · Posted September 3, 2010 at 7:49 pm · Link · Reply

    I just downloaded this and it is awesome. It looks so good with my daughters fair skin. Gorgeous and fun!

  • Melissa Herrin · Posted September 8, 2010 at 8:54 pm · Link · Reply

    Thank you so much! This one looks awesome- can’t wait to try it. I just recently discovered your site and am looking forward to seeing more actions for PSE. Thanks for your generosity!

  • Leslie P · Posted September 9, 2010 at 7:19 pm · Link · Reply

    Amazing, thank you so much!!

  • Chris · Posted September 15, 2010 at 3:42 pm · Link · Reply

    I found you on Clickin Mom’s earlier this year and just read along as you asked lots of great questions. Someone referenced your actions and I just took a peak at the blog and WOW!!! Fabulous Work!!!

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AMP Action Freebie {day dream} for Elements and Photoshop

July 9, 2010

So here’s the next installment in my free Summer Vacation set. I love this little action. It’s soft. It’s sweet. Just adds a little…bit of vintage and sweetness. My daughter is my pretty little model dolled up in her tutu and pretty little flower wand. Both are custom made creations from QT Patootie Boutique here in Redding. I love that place! My daughters and I get lost oohing and ahhing. :)

And can I just say that I am so madly in love with my 50mm f/1.4? I am adding a dreamy 85mm f/1.8 to my bag very very soon. I love shooting wide! Total bokeholic here! 😀

AMP Day Dream action freebie for PS&PSE

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Enjoy a 15% discount to my store today. One day only. Come’n get it!

Thank you for using AMP Actions- without you there’d be no AMP Actions. <3 <3



  • Deanna · Posted July 9, 2010 at 10:26 pm · Link · Reply

    Thanks!! This looks greaT!

  • Debra · Posted July 9, 2010 at 11:24 pm · Link · Reply

    Thanks for the freebie, I can’t wait to try it out! :)

  • Cheryle · Posted July 10, 2010 at 7:47 am · Link · Reply

    beautiful picture and a fantastic action!

  • Diana · Posted July 11, 2010 at 8:39 am · Link · Reply

    Thank you for this nice freebie!

  • sherri · Posted July 11, 2010 at 6:25 pm · Link · Reply

    beautiful…thank you! :)

  • OJ Photo · Posted August 3, 2010 at 2:49 pm · Link · Reply

    Wow, Thank you so very much!

  • Cheryle Kupsch Photography · Posted October 15, 2010 at 4:29 pm · Link · Reply

    […] Picture I really love AMPs freebie action, “day dream” for lightening up shadows in a picture. And that is the first thing I ran on the picture when I […]

  • Mare Fiala Photography · Posted November 7, 2010 at 9:29 am · Link · Reply

    What wonderful actions you have!!! Thank you so much for the freebie!

  • Tracy · Posted November 8, 2010 at 10:31 am · Link · Reply

    Thanks for the freebies. Can’t wait to play with them!

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AMP Action Freebie | Morning Cartoons | PS & PSE

June 6, 2010

Finally back to offering freebies sometimes. :) I love sharing! Here is one action of a new freebie set I created called Lazy Saturdays. I’ll release one action at a time- over the Summer. So be sure to collect them all. :)

This one is called Morning Cartoons. It’s just a fun little color pop with a kiss of colorful haze. Delicious and fun! Enjoy!

This action comes with a PSE and a PS version. Make sure you install the correct one. The one labeled as {PS} is NOT for Elements. You will need to add it to your cart and checkout like you were buying it. But don’t worry- it’s free. 😉 Thanks for trying AMP Actions!

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  • OJ Photo · Posted June 6, 2010 at 6:48 pm · Link · Reply

    Awesome, very generous of you! Thanks so much – Can’t wait to try it out!

  • laura · Posted June 7, 2010 at 1:16 am · Link · Reply

    Thanks Amy!!

  • Stephanie · Posted June 8, 2010 at 3:59 am · Link · Reply

    I’ve been using your freebies, and I’m loving them! Thanks for sharing!

  • Courtney · Posted June 19, 2010 at 4:03 am · Link · Reply

    All of your actions are perfect for my style of editing! I’m so glad I came across them in another blog (which I would love to mention, but I am deliriously tired & I can’t remember where/who)! lol Thank you for sharing your amazing work w/ us fellow photogs!

  • Maya · Posted June 30, 2010 at 1:50 pm · Link · Reply

    Thanks Amy!!

  • Naomi · Posted July 9, 2010 at 10:31 pm · Link · Reply

    I’m always on the lookout for freebies and I came across yours somehow…don’t remember how! Thanks for sharing! They’re great!

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