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Blog for Fun! | Tasty Tuesday | the 411

January 17, 2011

Hello Friends!

I’m hosting a new fun weekly blog ring…thing. I am horrible at blog lingo. Please excuse me. 😀

Tasty Tuesday.

Make it a part of your 365. Do it for fun. Let your readers get to know you a little better through food…or drink. :)

I will personally usually share a recipe along with my picture(s). But really if all you want to do is share a picture of a dish or drink…that’s fine. Edit it. Don’t edit it. No ‘rule’ suggestions at this time except to make sure it’s eatable or drinkable and is accompanied by at least one picture taken by you. 😀

Share what’s tasty to you!

Mr Linky opens to accept your Tasty Entries on Monday night’s at 7pm Pacific time and will close Tuesday at midnight (Pacific time).

The first Tasty Tuesday Start January 18, 2011. Mr Linky opens at 9pm Monday (subsequent Tasty Tuesdays Mr Linky will open at 7PM) to take your Tasty entries!

Feel free to use this post as a tester too if you’ve never used a Mr Linky before so you can see how it works. :)

See you there!

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  • Tasty Tuesday | life's a blog · Posted January 18, 2011 at 11:24 am · Link · Reply

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Announcing: Two New Actions Sets |Photoshop| CS2-CS5

July 16, 2010

AMP has two more fresh and fun action sets to add to the AMP family.


Just Beachy Actions for Photoshop CS2-CS5


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AMP Lightroom Presets | How To Get The Most

July 10, 2010

How To Get The Most from AMP Lightroom Presets:

Let me start off by saying I love Lightroom. I had Lightroom long before I entered Photoshop land. :) Although not a whiz in the Library, I worked the Develop mode hard. Anything to save me time in PS. Do I like Photoshop? Sure do! Do I want to work in Photoshop? I really don’t. I want to PLAY in Photoshop…or call it a day right out of Lightroom if I can. Especially when I am processing an entire session of 200 images. Sort, flag- pick or reject, delete all my rejects- do it again until I am down to a good 35 images. Now here is where I want to go from okee to wowee in seconds. I want to get that gallery up for that anxious client who wants to see their little ones precious smiles and moments.

I nail everything I can in camera. Exposure, focus and comp with a little bit of a pull back to allow me some crop room. Now I have my amazing 35 images. How can I make these images pop with Amy flavor in seconds and look good and get outtie?

In ALL my Lightroom Preset sets workflow is big- it’s actually the main idea. Not to fiddle with sliders and scroll down to another slider and keep doing that over and over. If you like doing that- that’s cool. I just don’t. :) Git. R. Dun. Oh yeah, I said it. hehe

I make my presets stackable and layerable. They are clearly labeled and orderly. There are <resets> sprinkled throughout to reset just one item instead of all if. There is a reset for resetting everything without touching your crop and gradients and brush touch ups. It’s just all there.

You can start out with an {aio} – which is an all-in-one. {aio}s do not change exposure. So you can tweak exposure before or after you apply an {aio}. Some add a little warmth (without messing with the temp sliders) and some just toss a little something on the image- depends on the set. {aio}s were never intended to be an end all- so if it needs a little white balance tweaking- do that. Or apply a {tone pop} which are simply various Tone Curve presets- and it applies it without changing anything else. Exposure presets that let you click up or down on exposure in no time without moving away from the left preset panel or affecting other presets. Presets for tints, warmth, calibrations, color pops, tone curve, clarity, blacks, brightness, contrast…it’s really all there. In ALL my sets.

The {aio}s are at the top of all the sets- like an appetizer. But you don’t have to order from that menu- if you know what calibration, color pop, tone curve you want- go make it happen and pop that image without using an {aio}.


  • Annie Manning · Posted July 10, 2010 at 6:30 am · Link · Reply

    Fabulous tips and advice … and so exciting about your upcoming presets! They look as gorgeous as all your other wonderful work, Amy! Love!

  • Romonia Isaac · Posted July 10, 2010 at 9:27 pm · Link · Reply

    Great post with a lot of great info! Thank you! I love Lightroom but now you have me completely intrigued with LR3! Loving the bliss preset!

  • Stephanie · Posted July 16, 2010 at 4:52 pm · Link · Reply

    I am teetering on the edge of buying Lightroom, and I think you have convinced me! :)

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