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How to Create a Family Portrait Photoshop Action

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What You'll Be Creating

In this family portrait Photoshop tutorial, you'll learn how to create a family portrait Photoshop action. I will explain everything in so much detail that everyone can follow it, even those who have just opened Photoshop for the first time.

What You Will Learn in This Family Portrait Actions Photoshop Tutorial

  • How to make Photoshop actions
  • How to edit family portraits in Photoshop
  • How to do a good family portrait filter in Photoshop
  • How to make adjustments
  • How to save a family portrait action in Photoshop

What You'll Need

To recreate the design above, you will need the following resources:

1. How to Get Started

First, open the photo that you want to work with. To open your photo, go to File > Open, choose your photo, and click Open. Now, before we get started, just check a couple of things:

  1. Your photo should be in RGB Color mode, 8 Bits/Channel. To check this, go to Image > Mode.
  2. For best results, your photo size should be 2000–4000 px wide/high. To check this, go to Image > Image Size.
  3. Your photo should be the Background layer. If it is not, go to Layer > New > Background from Layer.

I've both resized and cropped the image.

checking image mode and size

2. How to Start Recording a Family Portrait Photoshop Action

In this section, we are going to start recording the Photoshop family portrait action. Go to Window > Actions, and in the Actions panel, click on the menu icon in the top right-hand corner, choose New Set to create a new set, and name it Family Portrait. Then, click on the same menu icon again, choose New Action to create a new action, and name it Family Portrait.

creating new Photoshop action

3. How to Do a Good Family Portrait Filter in Photoshop

Step 1

In this section, we are going to do some photo retouching using a combination of different Photoshop filters. Press Control-J on your keyboard to duplicate the Background layer. Then, go to Image > Auto Tone, Image > Auto Contrast, and Image > Auto Color to make some auto-corrections to the layer tone, contrast, and color.

making auto adjustments

Step 2

Now go to Image > Adjustments > Shadows/Highlights, and set Shadows to 10% and Highlights to 0%.

adjusting shadows and highlights

Step 3

Go to Filter > Noise > Reduce Noise and set the Strength to 10, Preserve Details to 25%, Reduce Color Noise to 50%, and Sharpen Details to 25%.

adding reduce noise filter

Step 4

Now go to Filter > Blur > Surface Blur, and set the Radius to 5 px and Threshold to 15.

adding surface blur filter

Step 5

Go to Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask, and set the Amount to 100%, Radius to 2 px, and Threshold to 0 levels.

adding unsharp mask filter

Step 6

Now go to Filter > Blur > Smart Blur, and set the Radius to 1, Threshold to 50, Quality to High, and Mode to Normal.

adding smart blur filter

Step 7

Go to Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask, and set the Amount to 50%, Radius to 2 px, and Threshold to 0 levels.

adding unsharp mask filter

Step 8

Now name this layer Retouching.

renaming layer

4. How to Edit Family Portraits in Photoshop With Adjustments

Step 1

In this section, we are going to make adjustments to our Photoshop family portrait action. Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves to create a new curves adjustment layer and name it Color Look.

creating new curves adjustment layer

Step 2

Now Double-click on this layer thumbnail and, in the Properties panel, enter the settings below:

adjusting curves

Step 3

Press D on your keyboard to reset the swatches. Then, go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Gradient Map to create a new gradient map adjustment layer and name it Overall Contrast.

creating new gradient map adjustment layer

Step 4

Now change the Blending Mode of this layer to Soft Light and set the Opacity to 30%.

changing blending mode and opacity

Step 5

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves to create a new curves adjustment layer, and name it Overall Brightness.

creating new levels adjustment layer

Step 6

Now Double-click on this layer thumbnail and, in the Properties panel, enter the settings below:

adjusting levels

Step 7

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Vibrance to create a new vibrance adjustment layer and name it Overall Vibrance/Saturation.

creating new vibrance adjustment layer

Step 8

Now Double-click on this layer thumbnail and, in the Properties panel, set the Vibrance to +20 and the Saturation to +10.

adjusting vibrance and saturation

Step 9

Press Control-Alt-Shift-E on your keyboard to make a screenshot. Then, go to Filter > Camera Raw Filter and enter the settings below:

adding camera raw filter

Step 10

Now name this layer Final Adjustments. Then, go to Window > Actions, and in the Actions panel, click on the rectangle icon in the bottom left-hand corner to stop recording the action. Then, in the same panel, click on the menu icon in the top right-hand corner and choose Save Actions to save the action.

saving photoshop action

You Made It!

Congratulations, you have succeeded! You've learned how to create Photoshop actions for family portraits and how to edit a family portrait in Photoshop. Here is our final result:

final result

Additional Results

Here are some additional results that I've made using the family portrait actions Photoshop tool we have just created:

family portrait photoshop action

5 Best Photoshop Actions for Family Portraits

Want to see the best Photoshop actions for family portraits? Check out this list of family portrait Photoshop actions and presets from Envato Elements. Enjoy incredible filters, from Photoshop actions to Lightroom presets and more!

LensDust Photoshop Action (ATN)

lens dust photoshop action

Create these amazing lens dust effects from your family portrait photos with just a few clicks! Simply open your photo, brush over your subject, choose the shape of the sparkles, and play the action. It’s really that simple! Creating an advanced Photoshop lens dust effect has never been this easy and fun.

Double Exposure Photoshop Action (ATN)

double exposure photoshop action

This action set includes four Photoshop actions to simulate a double exposure effect. You can combine these actions with any other actions as they aren't modifying the photo's colors.

Bouquet Wedding Actions for Photoshop (ATN)

bouquet wedding actions for photoshop

The Bouquet Wedding collection features beautiful photo actions for weddings, engagements, and portrait photography. Enhance your Photoshop post-processing and create your signature artistic style!

Fingerprint Photoshop Action (ATN, ABR, TXT)

fingerprint photoshop action

The Fingerprint Photoshop action was created in order to make a cool fingerprint effect from your photo. Use it to give an interesting effect to simple photos, collages, backgrounds, etc. Just open your picture, brush over your object, and play the action.

Insta Blog Photoshop Actions (ATN)

insta blog photoshop actions

Insta Blog is a beautiful collection specially hand-crafted for bloggers. It will create certain tones and styles within your images. This action works in a non-destructive way to achieve a high-quality look. Moreover, the original image layer will remain unchanged.

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