Using Overlays and Special Photoshop Actions

June 23, 2017  •  Leave a Comment


Melissa Southern



I thought that this week was a good time to discuss using special effects when processing your photos. I am just experimenting with a few for fun and thought I would show you the results. 


There are a wide variety of special effects filters, overlays, and brushes available through many different developers. These filters are all from the Pretty Actions Fairyland and Fireflies collection.


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Original Fairy Light
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Original Sunray Applicator
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Original Fireflies Overlay
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Original Fireflies Overlay & Sunray Applicator
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Original Fireflies Overlay & Sunray Applicator & Fairy Wing Applicator


As you can see, I went a little crazy, but sometimes that is exactly what you need to do to learn a new technique or a new software application. Experimentation is what makes you become a better photographer. Experimentation is what gives you more experience and allows you to offer more customization to your photographs and to your clients. It is also just plain fun!


I hope you all get the chance to do some experimentation on your own, with your camera and with your computer!


Happy Shooting!


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