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Squeaky Clean | Clean Action | Mini Tut | AMP Actions

October 23, 2010

Every photographer has their own style- something that brings their signature to an image. My ‘clean’ will not be everyone’s version of clean. This is how I use my own proofing action CLEAN to clean up my digital images.

Clean is for full Photoshop only. I do have a lot of Elements compatible actions for you to play with and I was going to make a Clean action for Elements but after seeing such gorgeous results from Amanda at Everyday Elements- I urge you to go get hers! I’m not even going to try. I am not well versed in clean processing in Elements- she is. So if you have Elements and want a good Clean action to help you improve your workflow…go to Everyday Elements and check out what Amanda has for you!

I will say upfront I am not a curves user. I use levels, color balance and selective color to tweak exposures, colors and tones. That’s my workflow. If you use curves. you can still follow along because I actually include several curves layers for you to use. 😀

I run all my images through Lightroom. In varying degrees. Sometimes I don’t even need to clean up much in PS after LR…but I still usually run a color balance and eye pop on most images. And also to remove color casts and whiten teeth. (that’s all in the proofing action Clean). The entire set has the proofing action Clean as well as most of them broken down into individual actions…so you will also find as stand alones: eye pop, 3 color pops, 1 less color (sometimes you want less),


  • Mindy · Posted October 23, 2010 at 6:37 pm · Link · Reply

    This looks fantastic! I have only really used LR and have just been using PS the last couple of weeks but feel completely clueless really on working the masks, levels, and have no idea how to use a plug-on! Thank you for giving us a great little look at your workflow.

  • Amanda Padgett · Posted October 24, 2010 at 6:09 am · Link · Reply

    Beautiful picture and gorgeous processing! You are amazing, Amy!

    Thank you for sharing my site. You’re the bestest!

  • Mary · Posted October 25, 2010 at 5:19 am · Link · Reply

    I’ve been trying to purchase one of your action sets but somehow the purchase site isn’t working. It won’t open.

  • Digital Paradise · Posted January 17, 2011 at 12:02 pm · Link · Reply

    I bought this action and I use it on all of my photos. Thanks for the Tut on this action. I’m just learning photoshop and photography at the same time and you make it all seem so simple. :)

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AMP Actions in Action | Newborns

May 25, 2010

So here are a few samples of using AMP Actions on a Newborn. All were ran untweaked- I might mask a little here and there for a final finished product. But wanted to show some untweaked samples. I love that some of my actions are soft pastel color with a little haze.


  • Kaitlyn · Posted May 25, 2010 at 7:21 pm · Link · Reply

    Gorgeous Amy! These are perfect on a new born… but i have to say. Your SOOC is breath taking! <3 great work love!

  • Sophie · Posted May 25, 2010 at 8:33 pm · Link · Reply

    these are just beautiful! I am such a HUGE fan 😀

  • Amanda Padgett · Posted May 25, 2010 at 9:17 pm · Link · Reply

    I love your stuff! And, I wanted to tell you that your LR preset is the best ever!!

    I will be doing a PSE workshop on actions soon. Could I buy a set if these to use as a giveaway for someone in the class?

    • Amy Beth · Posted May 25, 2010 at 9:44 pm · Link · Reply

      I would be happy to donate a set as a prize. 😀

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Miss M | Newborn | Sneak Peek | Redding Newborn Photographer

May 24, 2010

Nine day old, Baby M. So new, so tiny, so pink and perfect. I got to meet the two very handsome big brothers, a sweet mom and a realllly helpful dad. What a wonderful family this new little creature has been welcomed into! After a full tummy and some daddy snuggles she was out for the count. Enjoy your sweet sneak peek and your gorgeous little girl, Mom and Dad

(all color images processed using my own actions: cutie pie and soft haze from the little wonders set)


  • Cheryle · Posted May 24, 2010 at 6:45 pm · Link · Reply

    so beautiful! I love this!!

  • Brooke · Posted May 25, 2010 at 3:25 pm · Link · Reply


  • Sophie · Posted May 25, 2010 at 7:12 pm · Link · Reply

    oh my goodness, this is gorgeous!!

  • Steve · Posted May 29, 2010 at 11:37 am · Link · Reply

    so beautiful! I love this!!

  • Emily · Posted June 3, 2010 at 2:51 pm · Link · Reply

    oh my goodness, this is gorgeous!!

  • Amy · Posted June 6, 2010 at 11:07 am · Link · Reply

    so beautiful! I love this!!

  • Lydia · Posted June 20, 2010 at 1:46 pm · Link · Reply

    so beautiful! I love this!!

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AMP Actions in Action | Clean {squeaky clean set}

May 15, 2010

My Squeaky Clean set is several simple actions plus one mega action called CLEAN- that can be used when Batch processing in Photoshop (you don’t have to batch it of course but it works great as a Batch action). {For full versions of Photoshop only} This set allows you to tweak exposure, eye pop, lightly whiten/brighten teeth, pop color without making skin tones go nuts, fix skin tones (you tweak it- it’s not an easy button sorry!), add a vignette, a layer for cloning or noiseware, an urban color that allows you to paint on deep vibrant color just where you want it….so much in here! And all this ALSO runs as a mega action. Some finishing actions- resizing&sharpening and an action I use for prints called Two Sharp.

I use this action on all my images to clean them up before playing on them with my ‘fun’ actions. :) No skin smoothing actions included- I personally choose to use Portraiture on images that I feel needs a little smoothing.

And a sample….

Using the eye pop layer at a low opacity, adding some yellow on a color balance layer (curves layer included for you curves users), vignette masked off face, urban color, slight color pop….all this in one easy to use action. Took me about 2 minutes from start to finish. Some resize and sharpen actions included in this set- and I used the Facebook Resize&Sharpen for Horizontal images.

Stay tuned this week for more befores and afters of my actions that will be released next weekend! <3 Thankssss for stopping by! ~amy beth

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