This action is built to remove the digital grey (lack of contrast or true black) that comes with HDR photography (or normal images could use this as well as a one click fix). When combining many photos to extend the dynamic range, the contrast curve can become very flat and even reverse. Modern programs are getting much better at handling this problem but I still will apply at least one of these actions to my final work before submitting to my clients.
New set has 4 actions, HDR Fix light, normal, heavy and Clicker.
To use Clicker just keep clicking play until you get the desired level of the effect from the action. I recommended using the HDR Fix Light action as the last step after using click pop.
The more grey (lack of contrast or true black) the photo has the heavier action you should employ.
Method 1: Browse to your Photoshop folder, enter the Presets folder and then the Actions folder. Once you are in the Actions folder, copy paste the .ATN file there (or you can drag and drop the .ATN file).
Method 2: In Photoshop, go to the Window menu and open the Actions panel. Click the flyout menu on the upper right corner of the Actions panel and select Load Actions … Now navigate to the Action(s) file you want to load, select it and click Load.
Another action. Please respect the rules... I'd like to share more actions... The result will be different on different pictures, so just play with it if not happy with the result, be creative --- Stock IMG F2FStocks --- * fav if downloaded! *Credit with a link to my page if used, in or outside DA *Note if used, I want to see what you did with it
EDIT 18/10/06: I revised this lithprint action by adding a generated texture (optional) and making it compatible with other language packs of Photoshop. Furthermore I deleted some unneccesary steps which were accidently recorded
I tried it on several photos and it works best on those with medium balanced levels. In other words, you might use levels or curves first. Since it has fixed settings for unsharp mask, the outcome can look different on images over/under 8 mpx of size!!!
DISCLAIMER: I spent a lot of time creating this action. It helps you to save time, and maybe you can even learn something new. Nevertheless, to install and use Photoshop actions you have to have at least basic Photoshop skills. I won't help you with that. There are plenty of Tutorials on dA and the www. My actions often have the approach to mimic a certain kind of photographic process. I enjoy to study prints and to reveal its essence, while thinking of a way to empathize this essence with Photoshop. I'm aware that my actions don't create adequate substitutes for an original piece. I just mention this, because there were some purists and hardliners in the past, that shook their heads or even felt offended. Consider this simply a nerdy hobby of mine. A weak point of Photoshop actions is, that it's not convenient to load files (like textures) during playback, if you want to use the actions on different machines. That's because the paths saved in the action are absolute. To make the outcome perfect, you should adjust the layers and values to your needs and place additional textures manually. DeviantART has changed the submission rules (again). From now on .ATN files have to be zipped to be approved. Sorry for the inconvenience!
A piece of a promotional trailer for Megiddo Heights that was extinguished by depression caused by my under-developed Flash skills (at that time). May finish it, but don't stare too long; those 3 frames can murder ya retinas. Vim(c)me