Foto Rx-Cure for the common capture launches today!

I am sure you have heard the collective sigh straight through your screen that both Michelle and I have let out now that our Foto Rx | First Aid Kit photoshop actions have finally been released into the wild! It has only taken us 3 years to do this, we had originally created a version of them for our Food + Foto class and had great feedback, but we figured it was just for our students. Fast forward a couple years later and the uber talented + creative Ez Pudewa formerly of Creature Comforts (and now of the darling Petit Pippin), asked me if they were available for sale, I mentioned it to Michelle and we both thought it was a good idea, (I mean if Ez liked them!), but then we must have saw something shiny because we were off doing one of our many other projects once again. The thing is we do a lot of photo editing around these parts, we shoot for the blog, we have shot commercially (a book cover!), now with my baby I shoot like I’m the paparazzo, we shoot in every kind of lighting condition and truth be told not all the images come s.o.o.c. (that’s photographer speak for ‘straight out of camera’) looking as ideal as we would have envisioned and time after time we went back to our little Foto Rx action set and were able to achieve the desired results in mere clicks. We knew the time had come to share our little secret with the world, make photo editing a lot easier, less daunting and dare I say fun?

Once we put our minds to something, Michelle and I become laser focused and maybe (just maybe) I get a little obsessive. We earned what Michelle has dubbed our ‘PsD’s’ by basically putting the original set on steroids and adding actions we wish we had prior (learning a ton along the way). We are calling it our Foto Rx | First Aid Kit, it will have everything you need to get your dull and lifeless photos to come back to life.  We should put in a disclaimer here and add that some images just can’t be saved, we call these D.O.A. (that’s death on arrival), those are the images that have zero information in them (it’s so overexposed as to have become white and no information can be mined).

We know a lot of you that may be interested in the First Aid Kit might not have a ton of Photoshop experience, I did round up these tutorials for you and Michelle and I have been working on more tutorials that we will be uploading shortly (we will be doing a workflow edit on an image so you can see how we use them). We hope that with the links and the 25 page pdf that comes with the set that it will help get you started and build your Photoshop confidence. We will be answering questions of course both from our shop and in the comments below, but we thought we might get ahead of some of the questions that may come up:

What are Photoshop actions?

Simply put they are recorded tasks that you can ‘play’ in Photoshop (in the actions palette) that will automate your editing work flow. Our First Aid Kit Photoshop actions assist with ‘recovery and healing’ getting your images back from being sickly to stunners. We soon will be adding the ‘cosmetic surgery’ aspect to actions which will enhance your photos even further.

Will the Foto Rx Photoshop actions work for Photoshop Elements or Lightroom?

Unfortunately, they will not.  We will be bringing you Lightroom presets of the actions soon though!

Do I need Photoshop to use your Foto Rx Photoshop actions?

Yes, you will. It is not an app (yet!) nor is it a stand alone application, we need Photoshop to run them.

Are Photoshop actions magic?

No, they are not, but they certainly can be magical!

I don’t have an English version of Photoshop, can I use your actions?

Maybe. They are made for the English version only, but Photoshop does have an options preference to change your language to English. Of course if you don’t speak English this could pose a problem.

My sharpening action isn’t working!

We recommend using sharpening as the finishing touch on your image. Flatten your previous layers, or make sure you have the photo layer you’d like sharpened highlighted before you run any sharpening actions.

I ran an action and my photo isn’t perfect, what the what?

Sometimes you may need to increase the strength of your ‘prescription’  by running the cure more than once. If that still doesn’t work, try another remedy. If that doesn’t work make sure your photo isn’t D.O.A. and is just too poor a quality to mine information from (either pitch black, or bright white). We currently can’t make a super blurry image crystal clear, but we are working on some ‘cosmetic surgery’ actions that may make that super blurry photo look incredibly cool (so don’t toss it just yet!)

P.S. We are launching on Valentine’s day because we know you are going to LOVE our actions! We created a Valentine’s inspired mini set for everyone lovely enough to sign-up for our launch, it’s not too late to be our pen pal and get the mini set free (Foto Rx Loves You). you can sign-up here!

//RESOURCES//

Foto Rx | First Aid Kit

Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Bundle (the video on this post was made in Photoshop CC!)

Cameras used: Canon EOS 60D | 50mm 1.4  Canon 6D (full frame)

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.

Beautiful new calligraphy font!

calligraphy font via besotted blog

A little bird (aka Miss Michelle) sent me a note this morning that this gorgeous font was on sale! Who am I to resist a beauty such as this? Another amazing offering from Sudtipos!

Lettering Photoshop brushes

hand lettered corazon besotted

Yesterday I posted this lettering on Instagram and thought it might make a good Photoshop brush, I made two versions, both available for free to download (Valentine’s day is right around the corner after all).  We are still hoping to launch our Foto Rx  Photoshop actions this week and I have been a bit frantic, Michelle on the other hand is cool as a cucumber whilst the top of my head keeps popping off and steam escapes cartoon style. I am hoping to get back to a more dignified demeanor soon.  I am just so darn excited, it’s the first big thing I have done since baby E. arrived and it’s making me feel like I am finally starting to get a groove going.  I have felt so inept at adding any other task other than mother to my plate. I seriously don’t know how mom’s around the globe do it, it took me over a year to finally get anything done!

The photo above was edited with Foto Rx (but of course), the front most flower was suffering from overexposure so I used ‘paint on dark’ to bring back detail in the petals, if this had gotten to bright white on the overexposure mark, nothing short of time travel and taking the photo again would bring the detail back, all white overexposure means there isn’t any data to mine, thus rendering any remedy completely useless. We have included a few bonus film effect actions for you in the set, I used Matte+ a few times to get that muddy/foggy film look that is currently so popular and added film grain.  The effect also helped me add my Photoshop lettering brush over the photograph without there being too much competing detail, a cool ‘trick’ to use when you want to add text to your photographs for your blog.site, Instagram, etc. Have any burning questions? Now is the time to ask them, always best to leave us comments, because it’ll be much faster to get your answers than via the abyss known as my email account.

If you would like to be notified of the launch of our Foto Rx actions you can sign-up here! and you can download the lettering Photoshop brushes here.

P.S. This was shot with my Iphone, it was one of a series (I did get in one decent photo), it was an image I thought was a goner until I ran it through a Foto Rx remedy, so if you are wondering if you can edit Iphone images, the answer is yes, if you have a high enough res image!

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.

A collection of essential Photoshop tutorials

essential photoshop tutorials via besotted blog

I thought I would collect some of the Photoshop tutorials you may need in order to use your Photoshop actions. These are all very basic skills that you may already be using in Photoshop and some of these tutorials may bring about an ‘aha!’ moment (we love those). I will try to keep adding to this list and make sure it’s an easily accessible reference for you for the future.

//BASIC PHOTOSHOP TUTORIALS//

Photoshop CC interface-A short video going over the new interface.

Brushes tutorial-Where to find your brushes and how to adjust the size and hardness.

Layers palette tutorial-A super thorough + basic overview on how to access the layers palette, what layers are and how to work with them.

//INTERMEDIATE PHOTOSHOP TUTORIALS//

Layer mask tutorial-How-to use a layer mask

Batch processing-How-to use your actions on multiple images at once!

//RESOURCES//

Photoshop CC

Adobe TV (tons of free, high quality Photoshop videos)

Photoshop CC getting started videos

P.S. The photo above was one of the those ubiquitous above the cloud images taken from an airplane window. I wanted to enhance it so with our Foto Rx actions I ran ‘add a little pep’ (to bring out the cloud details) and our ‘warm rosy glow’ action. The ‘warm rosy glow’ adds a bit of a dreamy/haze with both golden and pink tones.If you would like to be notified of the launch of our Foto Rx actions you can sign-up here!

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.

Lettering photograph before and after using Foto Rx Photoshop actions

lettering photo using foto rx besotted blog

I have received emails asking whether or not our Foto Rx actions will help with line art/lettering scans and photos (some people shoot their lettering/line art with their smartphones then upload to edit in their computer). Since I can’t answer all my emails individually at this juncture, I thought I should address it here. The answer?–it depends.  If your image has a color cast like mine did in the example above, Foto Rx will be able to assist you with the removal of the cast, with our brighteners you can bring up the white a bit more as shown. Of course we have discussed a lettering Foto Rx edition, but realistically that wouldn’t happen for awhile and no matter how simplified I could try to make it there is some work involved with Photoshop for lettering. I hope this answered the question though!

And when is the darn Foto Rx launch?  We are shooting for next week, fingers and toes crossed! We are wrapping up our visual instructions/pdf. I don’t know if we will be able to record all the tutorials for you that we’d like to launch with, but we will at the very least find links and sources for those we can’t do that would be helpful. As long as you have basic Photoshop knowledge (like how-to open Photoshop, access your layers palette), you should have no problem!

If you have any other questions, leave them in the comments, you’ll get a much faster answer than my email (I feel like I am about a year behind!)

If you would like to be notified of the launch of our Foto Rx actions you can sign-up here!

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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