Blogger\Photographer says: I don’t know about you, but if I could only use one tool in photoshop for the rest of my life, it would be Curves. It can do so much! Not only can it lighten up your images, but it can make your colors and contrast pop by making an S curve. To do that, just add a second point in the curves window, and drag it down a bit. This is pictured here.
Photoshop help Don't get caught up in purchasing a zillion actions. It can all be done in plugins like Nik Filters and Topaz filters with much more flexibility. Actions take a while to run, the filters are faster.
HOW TO MAKE SPARKLER MESSAGES *Use a tripod *Set camera mode to M (manual) *Set f/stop to f5.6 *Set shutter speed to 4 (4 seconds) or slower (make the shutter speed faster for more defined words) *Set white balance to Tungsten *Make sure everyone writes their letters backwards!