Adjusting opacity in Photoshop via Besotted i

As we ramp up for our Foto Rx launch we know that it would behoove us to provide some tutorials for those not as well versed in Photoshop. All of our actions are non-destructive and completely adjustable via an opacity adjustment in the layers palette, that may sound like gibberish right this second but trust me it’s much easier than it sounds! I do plan on creating some screencasts (I’m pretty terrible at them), but until launch I thought I would provide some visual step-by-steps.

My photo above was looking like it needed to get some light stat, so…

  • I ran our ‘lots of light’ action.
  • This created a new layer which is evidenced by the blue highlight in the layers palette.
  • On the images above I circled where you can find the opacity slider in the layers palette.
  • Slide the slider to the left or right to minimize or maximize the effect.
  • In my example the highlighted layer was set to 100% opacity (for Foto Rx purposes that would be considered full strength)
  • I decreased the opacity/strength (by moving the slider to the left) until it was at 65% (see photo sample).
  • You can keep editing after this or wrap it up!
  • Congrats! You now know how to- 1) identify an ‘active’ layer 2) Find the opacity slider 3) adjust the opacity slider! You are on your way to Photoshop ninja status!

Feel free to ask questions in the comments, let us know if this made sense to you. We know the screencasts may be a lot easier to follow so bear with us as I try to overcome my learning curve.  If you would like to be notified of the launch for our Foto Rx actions you can sign-up here!

Tip: Michelle read that putting the image all together in a long vertical graphic is what is preferred by Pinterest users for pinning, so there you have it!

Foto Rx Prescription Pad

Feeling yellow sample via besotted blog

If you are wondering why we have gone m.i.a. on you it’s because we are deep, deep in the midst of launching our Foto Rx actions (we do plan to go into detail in the future about launching a product). We have been writing the pdf/”prescription pad”, so that all it’s future owners will be able to have an easy visual reference. When I first started buying Photoshop actions (oh, so long ago) no one and I mean no one was providing instructions, you just bought them and then ‘see ya’.  Now action purveyors are a bit more sensitive to the cause and we wanted to make sure that we too made the journey into photo goodness as seamless as possible for our clients.  Another thing that most actions don’t usually consider is the fact that you may just have had a bum photo shoot day and we understand that, it’s real life and we know you are better than that, so we are here for you!  I wanted to give you a sneak peek here behind the scenes, we currently aren’t sure if anything will stay this way, but for now this is what we have, we reference the ‘symptoms’  (why is the photo in a bad way?) and then provide our expert ‘prescription’. These photos have not been altered in any other way than what is noted to ensure if you have a similar photo you will have similar results. We are hoping that we will have this wrapped up and ready to launch for you in the next week or so, ambitious indeed with a toddler that has currently decided to never nap ever again, but with Michelle by my side helping me hold my eyelids open and being both the voice of reason and wit (yes, she is responsible for 99.9% of the witty + smart  repertoire going on in our pdf,, and I am responsible for all the grammatical errors), we shall make this happen.

To continue our research we asked you to send in your photos that you thought could use some Foto Rx, we have some in and we will be previewing the results this week so you can get a better idea of how the actions may work on photos that aren’t ours. We will be opening up an email list for launch (hopefully, fingers crossed), but let me get some shut eye first…

If you have any questions for us now please do ask away!


Foto Rx-Coming soon!

Photoshop CC 2014-We are using the photography bundle it’s a really good deal and I always enjoy a good Photoshop upgrade!

Google Docs pdf editor-This is a great free tool for multiple individuals to collaborate on a document for free! It has a lot of formatting options and is fairly easy to use. There are options that I would like to have available that aren’t (like text tracking and being able to access my own fonts), so although we are using this now we may change in the near future.



Foto Rx Cherry Blossom before and after i

I have approximately 80,000+ photos on my hard drive of photos like this, it would have taken me a hefty amount of time to recover it from the abyss, but you guessed it a couple second clicks with our Foto Rx actions and viola! We have a masterpiece! These were used at full strength so no fiddling required-

Magic Pill 100%-our one click ‘cure’, this is usually all you need if you were in a rush

Slight Light 100%-This is an overall exposure/brighten fix

20/20 on the spot-This allows you to ‘paint’ on a sharper focus

We are almost ready to release them in the wild, a very exciting prospect indeed! Do you have some photos you want/need to save from the abyss?  I was thinking maybe of taking some of your photos and doing a little run through, what do you think? If you are interested leave a comment and lets see if we can get this party started!


FOTO Rx before and after fringe soap besotted blog

fringe soap before

Most individuals that have a lifestyle blog know the angst of color casts/shifts when shooting products + vignettes, it is the bane of my blogging existence (that and time of course). I lift my fist to the ceiling and grunt in exasperation when I pull a photo into Photoshop and see I have missed the mark. It’s truly difficult not to have some sort of color shift or light discrepancy when you are shooting in natural light. Also, as a blogger, this may not be your ‘job’ and you need to work within your time parameters and the light may not be on your side. What to do? Well, you need some Foto Rx actions of course! The above shot is technically ‘correct’ with the exposure and a custom white balance, but as you’ll see below, some small tweaks take it from ‘blah’ to ‘aha!’. We can’t wait to get these into your hands!

Fringesoap after fotorx magic pill

One click folks, one click and already this photo is looking better.

Fringe soap foto rx magic pill + slight light

I could probably stop here and be happy with my photo, but it’s so easy to just click and see how much better I can get this photo.


I pulled some of the blue cast out and was starting to do my happy dance. Again, these are super fast clicks, I edited this within seconds!

Fringesoap_finito foto rx

And that my friends is our super fast, super easy Foto Rx actions in well, action. If you have any questions let us know!



Foto Rx Samples Besotted Blog

I think I am about to fall out of my seat from excitement that I can finally reveal one of the projects Michelle and I have been furiously working on these past months (you know, when we have been suspiciously m.i.a. from this here blog). I think I should back up a little in case you are a new reader and have no idea that I am a Photoshop ninja (truly), each year for the past four I took on as one of my 365 projects to edit a terrible photo a day for 365 days (I have never finished), it was always super labor intensive but the results always made me feel like I accomplished something, the problem is I could never keep up the pace, it was not conducive to working (or eating and sleeping). I do love a good before and after (see here and here and make sure you click the ‘before’ links!). During this period I did develop some tricks to make the process go faster, I use those same tricks on the photos I take for the blog (Michelle doesn’t really need my tricks, she’s a pretty darn good photographer straight out of camera), but we all have those days where we need to contend with the rogue color cast, or photo that we wished came out better (you just knew you nailed it when you shot it…), our Foto Rx actions should be the perfect prescription for curing any myriad of photo ailments! As you can see in our example above the ‘Original’ we used ‘Magic Pill’  (that’s only one Photoshop action folks!) it saved this photo (and memory) from being tossed into the trash bin.  I could have stopped editing there, but I am prone to tinker (you?) and (full disclosure) I also wanted to show you some more of the goodies in our set. All of the actions are fully adjustable/non-destructive. We have been testing and know they work in CS3, CS5, CC 2014 (my new obsession) and most work in CS4 but we need to do a tweak on a couple. We are *this close* to launching the first (of many) Foto Rx Photoshop action sets, it has been a long time coming and to finally be this close to release date is just making me giddy!  We hope you don’t mind us showing more samples in the coming weeks and I am so anxious to see what you can do with them. We want to make this a collaborative project and want to hear from you what types of actions you’d like to see in the future. Here’s to the ‘cure for the common capture’, may all your photos look aces and all your memories be saved!

For those that want a quick walk-thru on what I did and why:

Magic Pill-This action will usually fix a photo immediately, you just need to adjust to suit your taste, this I ran at 100%

Felling Yellow?-This action adjusts a too yellow photo. I wanted to remove the yellow color cast from this image, as you can see I only have it at 10% opacity, it was a subtle color shift but I really liked the tweak.

Darken on the spot-This action allows you to ‘paint’ dark on select areas of your image. On this particular image I could see that I had some highlights on the fur (in the leg and back) that were looking a little blown out (thus not showing detail) I painted on the too light spots and brought back detail.

20/20 on the spot-This has been a favorite amongst our testers! It allows you to sharpen a specific area/detail of an image, this is great for eyes. I use it a ton when we shoot products. I chose to sharpen specific areas of the fur and water bubbles rather than doing a global sharpen because there were areas that I wanted to remain a little softened by the water.

Have any questions? Let us know!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. She lives in sunny Seattle with her handsome husband, wonderful baby girl and two pups. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

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