How to Create an AWESOME Photoshop Action Sequence in 10 Easy Steps

Amanda Tucker, who is one of the the members of our Facebook community, and who took the 30-Day online portrait photography class recently, did an awesome Photoshop work of a wedding picture (see below) that created an action sequence. She was kind enough to share her talents with all of you and reveals here how to make one of your own!  You can check out Amanda’s (upcoming) website here.

This is the final product of this tutorial, created by Amanda Tucker. Want to make one? Read on!

Step 1: Take your photos. For the easiest sequence, set up tripod and take photos without moving the camera.  Ensure your subject is within the same focal plane to ensure the depth of field matches. If you decided to pan, keep it short, so that the background isn’t distorted once assembled.

Step 2: Open all the images in Photoshop.

Step 3: Pick your first photo of the sequence, then copy and paste the other images on top, in the order you would like them to appear. Tip: You can just cut and paste the relevant portion of the images.

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Step 4: Adjust opacity of layers to ~50% and align as needed using the move tool and arrow keys

Step 5: Once all your images are loaded and aligned, turn off all the layers except the first and second.

Photoshop tutorial action

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Step 6: With layer 2 selected, add a layer mask – (Layer> Layer Mask>Reveal All)

Step 7: With the layer mask selected, choose a large, soft paintbrush. Paint back in anything you want showing through from layer 1. Adjust brush opacity to taste.

Step 9: Adjust the layer opacity to taste to make your subjects more or less ghostly.

Step 8: Turn on layer 3- repeat step 6 and 7.

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Step 10: Repeat for all your layers. Fine tune by adding to or subtracting from the layer masks (by painting in black or white) and adjusting opacity on the paint brush where needed.

Ta Da!

Ta da! Cool, huh?

Comments from the I.P. Community

  1. Victoria - Whidbey Island Boudoir Photographer says

    Very cool tutorial! Personally though I think it would have been a bit better if the first ghost image was placed at 25% opacity, the second at 50%, and the final one at 100%, just a suggestion, thanks for the information!

  2. jan says

    That was very interesting. I will give it a try, but not as a wedding photo. I can visualize other uses. Thanks for the tip.

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