Do you use Florabella photoshop actions? Do you have a favorite?

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Posted 8/27/2012 by raindancer in NSBR Board
 

raindancer
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Posted: 8/27/2012 3:10:47 PM
I got birthday money and I have been wanting some forever, but now I can not choose!

Do you have a favorite set?

I'm looking at casual to semi-formal, family shots (my family and my kids and sisters kids mainly) and just for fun.

Any suggestions?


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Posted: 8/27/2012 3:59:21 PM
Totally jumping in here to say that I have never used Florabella actions, but I'm going to give you my unsolicited opinion anyway.

I *adore* RadLab, and hardly ever use actions now. You have the ability to mix and match their stylets (based on their actions), and see how the different combinations (which are all completely adjustable) will work together before you actually do it.

RadLab kicks actions butts.



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Posted: 8/27/2012 4:11:00 PM
I have the classic work flow and hazy skies. I don't use the classic workflow that often but I do use the hazy skies quite often.

I'm still getting used to the washed out look that you get with the actions. I have to retrain my brain to not look at them as "washed out"

I have RadLab bookmarked and started to register to get the stuff but got side tracked. Good to know you really like them - will have to revisit the site again.



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Posted: 8/27/2012 4:27:21 PM
Heidi,

I have some Florabella and I consider them a waste of good money.

NOW, I have to be fair here. I really, really do not like the "haze" look that was so popular the last couple years. That said, heaven only knows why I bought Florabella because that is pretty much the point of them. I think I'm just a sucker for what is the rage.

There was a fairly large discussion about these actions on a photography forum recently, and the general opinion even from some pretty fair photographers is that it is just too hard to get the advertised "look" that they supposedly give you. I'd never buy them again and rarely, rarely use the ones I have.

About RAD...I agree. They are terrific. I use them on almost every photo I edit.


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Posted: 8/27/2012 4:32:47 PM
I'm a dissenter- I LOVE my florabella actions. I use the classic workflow and the classic retouch. I rarely ever use the haze bonus that came with the classic set b/c I dislike that look but the workflow is fantastic.

I tweak them a decent bit. If I run classic color, I typically go into the layers and adjust the settings within it - I don't like overly exposed actions so I bring down a decent bit of the levels to get the look I want. I think you can achieve a pretty natural look with them or a really dramatic look depending on what you are going for.

I layer a lot of the workflow actions too- like, I'll run classic rich and then run modern color or sweet tea or something after it. I think that set mixes and matches really well.

They are PRICEY but I think they are worth it. Almost all my blog pics are edited with them. So if you hate my blog pics, maybe not for you, lol!


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Posted: 8/27/2012 5:33:28 PM

Totally jumping in here to say that I have never used Florabella actions, but I'm going to give you my unsolicited opinion anyway.

I *adore* RadLab, and hardly ever use actions now. You have the ability to mix and match their stylets (based on their actions), and see how the different combinations (which are all completely adjustable) will work together before you actually do it.


Can you explain this a little more? Is it like actions? In that I don't have to really understand photoshop to use them? I have CS6? or 5 I'm not even sure now, and I have no time at all to learn or take a class. I just want to be able to do quick edits because I do all the pics of all the kids in our family. I'm not that great, but good enough. I just take FOREVER to edit one picture and I can't deal with that. I need to be able to get in and out and love the look.




They are PRICEY but I think they are worth it. Almost all my blog pics are edited with them. So if you hate my blog pics, maybe not for you, lol!


I will pop over to your blog, it's been awhile since I was there, but I am glad to hear someone likes it!

I have also considered the MCP(?) actions, I'm not sure.


~Heidi~



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Posted: 8/27/2012 5:35:06 PM
of the two i like mcp better than florabella....

have you looked into any free actions?

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Posted: 8/27/2012 5:52:36 PM
I use my Classic Florabella collection all the time. I do adjust to more natural tones from the pre-sets. I like the Classic Color, they have noise reduction along with others like sharpening & teal shift. I have been really happy with my purchase and have been looking to buy my next set of actions from them.

I use PSE10 & totally rad actions work only for full photoshop.


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Posted: 8/27/2012 6:24:20 PM
Gina I do use free actions, but they feel very limiting to me, and layering them never seems to work right.

Which MCP actions do you like?



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Posted: 8/27/2012 6:57:47 PM

I use PSE10 & totally rad actions work only for full photoshop.
According to this, RadLab works in PSE 7+.


Can you explain this a little more? Is it like actions? In that I don't have to really understand photoshop to use them?
They are far superior to actions, and way easier to use. They are based off of their action (which I bought before RadLab was released) but it's a separate plug in. You install it (and it's super easy!) and then, when you want to use it, you click on the icon. It pops up in a window, with your photo on the left, and along the right are the different options, shown in a sample using YOUR image! So, you can see exactly what it will look like if you use it. (Not like an action, where you run it, and then decide you don't like it, and then have to backtrack and try another one.)

So, say you add the "Lights On" stylet, which ups your exposure. Immediately, all of the samples on the right are updated, so then, if you decide to use a black and white filter, it shows how that will work with what you've already done. And, each one is fully adjustable on the right, using sliders for percentages, or checkmarks to completely turn some things off... and not just the stylet, but also individual components of each stylet.

Then, once you get it the way you like it, it puts it together as smart object overlay, which you can then *further* tweak by adjusting the opacity, etc.

In addition, RadLab saves a history of what you've done, so you can go back in later and use the exact same settings on another photo.

The stylets include a variety of things, from special effects, to black and whites, to hazes, to sharpening ones, etc. AND, you can download the full version of RadLab for 30 days to try it before you buy it.

Two blog posts, if you want visuals: Tiffany Tillman and Cathy Zielske.



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Posted: 8/27/2012 10:01:33 PM
Ok Gennifer, I may be sold. I procrastinated on my chem lab report long enough to check it out, looks interesting.


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Posted: 8/27/2012 10:21:04 PM
I'm going to check out RadLabs. I've thought about Florabella and I've resisted laying out the cash because I can't get it out of my head that, after the "fad" has died down, my pictures will look dated.

Gennifer, thanks for the info.


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Posted: 8/27/2012 11:20:44 PM
I totally get it... I laid down a lot of money for Totally Rad's actions back in the day.

I just cannot say enough good things about RadLab. I almost like it more than my husband.


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