In my more than 10 years in using Photoshop, I still consider myself as beginner or at that level. All I do is contrast, curves, resize, crop and everything basic. I’ve seen several Photoshop artworks and I have no clue how to do it.
Anyway, I depend a lot on actions. Actions are series of Photoshop commands that you can save. Every time you hit play, it automatically runs. I find it very convenient for me, that’s why I’ve been using it for years.
I must have bought almost $1,000 worth of actions.
Just to show you.
Here’s the original shot from the camera.
This is a combination of Totally Rad Action Rusty Cage and Yin Yang.
This is a combination of Troy, Warm it up and Select of pop. Also from Totally Rad. Troy is from the new series called Revenge.
This has Yin Yang, Warm and Snap and the final B&W conversion is from Jeff Ascough’s Actions.
This post is mainly intended for photographers. I always suggest getting actions. If you feel it’s too expensive and can only buy one, get totally rad.
Most photographers I know are just waiting for someone to give them a copy for free but I don’t recommend that. If you are processing so many pictures a day, it’s worth every cent. Just saving me a lot of time learning everything in Photoshop is one cost justification already.