Review: Craig’s Actions Production Assistant Series
The Production Assistant Actions series includes the iTones, Jazz, Portrait and Wedding action sets that add excitement and variety to your photographs and speed your workflow.
By Shawn Soni
The Craig's Actions Production Assistant series of Photoshop actions are designed to help photographers speed their workflow and produce consistent output. Canadian photographer Craig Minielly’s experience as a professional photographer affords him excellent insight into the arcana of the digital workflow, the need to produce accurate, consistent products, and above all, come up with creative results for his clients.
The relatively straightforward initial instructions and download include links to QuickTime movies created by Minielly that take you step-by-step through setting up the proper folders for saving your work.
The videos do an excellent job of explaining how to install the components and make modifications to each of the Save actions (or Dump files) to match your desktop environment. The actions are essentially recorded Macros in Photoshop, so editing them is simple, and the videos show you how to customize so you’ll always know where your files are. You can even edit things like the JPEG quality in the RGB Web folder to change the Craig's Actions default setting. In all, you create three sets of Dump files, one containing Photoshop PSD files that have all the information you need to go back and rework the image, one Dump file that’s the RGB/Web image, and one that’s a sharpened TIFF for print output.
A simple touch-up to the raw file looks okay (left); right, the image makes a much bolder statement after applying the iTones action Neuport Soft +2. ©Shawn Soni