Typically this action is known for enhancing landscapes but I love the dreamy & hazy effect it has and thought I'd give it a whirl on some faces. Personally, I love it~
Here's another example of how I used it on a portrait recently:
I opened my original image in Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac...
I lightened under her eyes just a bit using the clone tool on Lighten around 20%.
Then I softened the skin using Baby Powder Room action.
Next I cropped the picture to a square focusing on just her portrait.
Then I ran the Orton Action and adjusted the Brightness/Contrast as follows when the pop-up windows came up:
+39 for the first window on Brightness.
-7 for the Brightness on second window. I have no formula for this, it's just how it looked good to me at the time.
Then I erased most of the effect off her face using the built in layer mask....what this does is just soften her hair and the surroundings and give it just a touch of a 'glow'~
I love the great color of her hair here but it still looked too ordinary to me so I ran the Pioneer Woman 70's action and took the opacity to 50%...
Here's my final...
So don't be afraid to try typical actions in new ways....never know what you'll end up with!