i love fall! it’s my favorite. it’s been a while since i have shared a freebie. this sweet little action has a touch of spice…cinnamon to be exact that gives the bokeh and background a lovely cinnamon tint. simple yet complete. dodge and burn layers, a wash, cinnamon color…everything thing you need for a sweet fall touch.
here are some tips to use this action to the max:
start from the bottom most layer and work your way up.
- the bottom Levels layer. please tweak this to specifically suit each image. midtones are the middle slider- left to brighten, right to darken. far left slider is the darks- left to brighten, right to darken.
- cinnamon layer. using a soft black brush mask off everywhere you do not want the cinnamon tones. adjust the opacity of the layer to control the overall cinnamon tones in the entire image.
- wash layer. love this layer. adjust the opacity of this layer to taste. then take a soft black brush at about 30% opacity and swipe it over the main subject- especially the eyes themselves, lips, hair and clothing or anywhere you want to remove some of the wash. keep swiping to remove even more.
- depth layer. a teeny tiny contrast pop. use a soft white brush at 50% opacity for a subtle touch and 100% for the full effect.
- contrast layer. adjust opacity of this layer to taste. then using a soft black brush, erase the effect off the areas you feel may be too heavy in contrast.
- dodge it layer. use a soft white brush at 10% opacity, select the GRAY mask and dodge the areas of the image you wish to lighten. for example- the whites of the eyes or teeth, maybe the catchlights in the eyes. take it easy- less is more.
-burn it layer. love this layer too. use a soft black brush at 10% opacity, select the GRAY mask and dodge the areas of the image you wish to darken. adjust your brush size for the job. some things you may wish to burn are: the background, the clothing, the hair, the eye lashes of the subjects. the cinnamon action fades the image a bit- put back some contrast on the eyes and the main subject using some light burning. turn this layer off and on to check your progress as you work so you do not over do it.
that’s it. easy stuff right?
currently i only have the photoshop version available. i will release the elements version in about a day or so. i will add to length of time this action is available as needed to allow elements users to have access to this action too.
this action is free for a limited time. grab it while you can!
cinnamon action for photoshop
cs4, cs5 and cs6
(may work in cs3- but i no longer test in earlier versions)
finally it’s here! cinnamon for elements