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Nostalgia | Vintage Actions | PSE6-CS5

January 19, 2011

Site getting a little update…

Thanks to several amazing photographers- I have some new images to add to my action galleries. I really wanted to share a wide range of uses for my actions. So please excuse the mess while I redo my galleries over the next couple weeks.

Here are just a couple little samples for my Nostalgia Set. And surprisingly just figured out I never announcened it on my blog months ago.

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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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New Mini Set of Fall Actions | Autumn Days | for Photoshop and Elements

October 12, 2010

Five new actions perfect for Fall. I have mentioned before that it’s my favorite season right? 😉

Those of you that have bought AMP Actions before are probably pretty used to getting a lot of helper actions with the main actions.

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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.

For CS3-CS5



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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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