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How to Create a Wedding Photoshop Action

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What You'll Be Creating

With Photoshop actions, you can create your own Photoshop filters that can be used on your images to achieve cool photo effects. In this tutorial, I'll show you how to create an action in Photoshop that is perfect for wedding photos. By creating this wedding Photoshop action, you'll learn how to easily create your own photo filters and effects.

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You can find also loads of free Photoshop actions in this useful roundup:

How to Create a Wedding Photoshop Action

Step 1

First, make sure your image is a background layer. If not, go to Layer > New > Background From Layer.

new background layer

Step 2

Use your chosen selection tool to outline the silhouette of the couple. Try to be as precise as possible. I used the Pen Tool (P), and then I used the Refine Edge (Select > Refine Edge) panel to make the edge softer.

select the outline

Step 3

Create a New Layer. Fill it with black using the Paint Bucket Tool (G).

create new layer
fill selection with black

Step 4

Create a New Layer below. Fill it with a black and white gradient using the Gradient Tool (G). The white part will be later affected by the blur. The black part will stay as it is. Plan your gradient accordingly.

gradient settings
gradient background
add gradient layer

Step 5

Click somewhere outside of the layers to deselect them. Create a New Action. Give it a name and click Record.

create new action

Step 6

Go to the Channels tab. Right-click any channel and select Duplicate Channel. Name it mask. Select the RGB channel again and go back to the Layers tab.

duplicate channel

Step 7

Hide both masks. Duplicate the Background layer with Control-J. Go to Filter > Blur > Lens Blur. Use the channel mask as the Source for the Depth Map. Adjust the Radius for the amount of blur, and the Brightness and Threshold for the bokeh effect.

add blurred background
blur background in photo

Step 8

Let's create a custom photo filter by mixing a couple of adjustments. First, add a Gradient Map. The left side colorizes the dark tones of the image, and the right side the light ones. You can add a hue and change the lightness of these areas by adding colors to this gradient. You can also achieve a trendy effect of lower contrast by colorizing the darker areas with a bright color.

Feel free to experiment with the colors, but if you want to achieve the same effect as me, here are the exact values:

  1. #3b1a5c, Location 0%
  2. #698646, Location 34%
  3. #59edfa, Location 100%
duplicate layer
gradient map colors
gradient map effect

Step 9

Lower the Opacity of this layer to make the effect subtler.

lower opacity
adjust intensity with opacity

Step 10

Add a Curves adjustment. Switch the Channel to Green and drag the curve down to make the greens more subdued.

add curves adjustment
curves adjustment effect

Step 11

Add a Levels adjustment. Drag the left marker of the Output to brighten the dark shades.

add levels adjustment
levels lower contrast

Step 12

Double-click the layer to open the Blending Options panel. Drag the lower left marker of the Blend If settings to remove the effect of the adjustment from the dark areas. Split the marker with the Alt key to make the effect more transitional.

blend if setting
selective opacity

Step 13

Adjustments can be also added selectively to a part of the picture. Go to the Channels tab, hold Control, and click the thumbnail of the mask channel. Then go back to the Layers tab and add a Solid Color adjustment. Make it blue (#548cdf).

take selection from channel
add solid color adjustment
solid color background

Step 14

Change its Blend Mode to Divide and lower the Opacity to make the effect subtler.

change blend mode
make warm background

Step 15

Finally, let's make the bright parts brighter. Add a Brightness/Contrast adjustment. Make the whole image brighter, without trying to keep it looking good.

add brightness contrast adjustment
brighten photo

Step 16

Double-click the layer. Adjust the Blend If settings to make the brightening effect more selective. Lower the Opacity if the effect is still too intense.

blending options
lower opacity of adjustment
how to make better contrast

Step 17

Let's make the image just a little sharper as well. Make a selection out of the silhouette of the couple and duplicate the Background layer with Control-J. Drag it to the top. Go to Filter > Other > High Pass. Drag the Radius until you see the lines without too much glow around.

high pass options
how to use high pass in photoshop

Step 18

Change the Blend Mode to Linear Light. If you want to make this effect more intense, duplicate the layer.

change blend mdoe to linear light
how to sharpen photo

Step 19

The action is finished now, so click Stop Recording.

stop recording

Now you can add the same photo effect to other photos. Just create the masks and click Play. Because this Photoshop filter consists of various adjustment layers, they all can be adjusted afterwards to customize the effect.

wedding photo effect
wedding photoshop action
wedding photo filter
wedding photoshop edit

Wedding Photoshop Actions

Wedday Matte Photoshop Action

Wedding Photoshop actions can make your wedding photos even more special and beautiful than they already are! This set of actions will provide a soft and non-destructive matte pastel toning, enhancing the overall look and feel of your images, adding atmosphere and an artsy touch. Plus that little white balance tune-up that you were looking for.

Wedday Matte Photoshop Action

Bouquet Wedding Actions for Photoshop

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

Bouquet Wedding Actions for Photoshop

Vintage Wedding Action for Photoshop

Vintage Wedding Action for Photoshop is specially designed for wedding and event photography. It will provide a beautiful and non-destructive film-inspired toning, enhancing the overall look and feel of your images and adding atmosphere and expression.

Vintage Wedding Action for Photoshop

12 Beautiful Wedding Effects

Add beautiful effects to your photos with one click. These Photoshop actions simulate the popular subtle faded looks used in wedding photography, and they’re extremely easy to use. Simply play one action and pick from any of the 12 effects.

12 Beautiful Wedding Effects

Caramel Wedding Photoshop Action

Caramel Wedding is a must-have Photoshop action for wedding, event, portrait photographers, and bloggers. Whether you are a pro or an amateur, Caramel will speed up your post-processing and help you get awesome results fast. It allows full customization with adjustment layers!

Caramel Wedding Photoshop Action

Good Job!

Now you know how to create a wedding Photoshop action. If you're interested in other photo filters and effects, check out these tutorials:

how to create wedding photoshop action
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