Action Edit using Carson City B&W

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It’s been a little while since I’ve done an action edit. And I haven’t had a chance to try out the updated “City Lights” B&W set from Amanda! There were a few new actions added into that set. For this edit I chose ‘Carson City’.



action edit before and after

The first thing I did was run Deep Clean 1 & 2 on my image and did all of my little tweaks to it.

before Deep Clean:

action edit 1

after Deep Clean:

action edit 2

Then I ran “Carson City” from the “City Lights B&W” set. I unchecked the ‘lighten shadows’ layer and brought the ‘brighten’ layer down to 70%.

action edit 3

Now because I have been really into that matte effect, I used the “Make Matte” action and brought it down to about 45%. It is only a siubtle change, but I really like it.

action edit 4

This edit only took about 2 minutes from start to finish! And I am really happy with how it turned out!


(P.S. Thank you to my gorgeous niece for being my model! We ended up using this image for her college grad pictures! She is graduating from Chico State University on May 26th!)

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About Beckie

I'm Beckie, a fun, think-outside-the-box mama to 2 miracle children.
I love all things photography, and being able to share in this art with others!


  1. What a gorgeous picture and niece you have Beckie. Congratulations to her and family for her upcoming graduation.

  2. This post reminded me to ask how does one go about getting the updated actions? I don’t ever recall seeing an email with them.

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