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TS3 Photoshop action

Posted on 2010.02.21 at 14:16
Mood: productive
Music: imogen, still.
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I recently came across this tutorial on taking and editing pictures in the Sims 3. It makes bright pictures look awesome although it doesn't seem to do much for my darker pictures. Anyway, I was thinking how much it would suck to have to do this to every single screenshot you take so I made it into a Photoshop action. The only part I left out was the original resizing, because I like to crop my pictures (to leave out the UI, to get a better shot, etc) and I didn't want to have the action resizing my original pictures without me cropping them first.

Here are some examples of this action in ... well ... action:

before & after

before & after

So basically, this action duplicates your image, adjusts the curves, sharpens with the unsharp mask and adds a border. You'll end up with two layers: your original and the final product. You can click back and forth between the layers to see if you like the end effect. If you don't, simply delete the altered layer (which will be named background copy) and you're left with your original image.


I made it in Photoshop CS4 but I think it should work in other versions. Please let me know if this is helpful to you or if you have any issues with it. I'd totally consider making some more actions in the future if anyone wants them.


albinobambi at 2010-03-29 17:32 (UTC) (Link)
So useful! :)
Although you could've just added the resizing, right? Because the action won't run unless you tell it to, so you can crop first, and then resize. Either way, thanks for uploading!
simpressive at 2010-03-29 17:48 (UTC) (Link)
I thought about that, but I crop in both landscape and portrait style, so if I had included the action to resize it to say ... 600 x 450, if I cropped a picture to be portrait style it should be resized to 450 x 600 instead, so if the action automatically resized it to 600 x 450 instead it would look stretched out and weird.

If you want an action that includes resizing it's really easy to add it so I wouldn't be against making a revised one.

I'm glad you find the action useful, though :)
albinobambi at 2010-03-29 18:01 (UTC) (Link)
Ah, fair enough. :) I only use this action for my legacy picture, and the only size requirement I have there is that the width is 530 pixels. I already made my own revised version though, so you don't have to worry about that. :)
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