How to Create a Cool and Flattering Overexposed Portrait Look with the Lightroom 4 Preset System
In this Ordinary to Extraordinary edit, we are using images that were shot by fellow SLR Lounger Karl Bluemel who asked:
“I bought your LR4 presets serveral weeks ago, watched all the videos ‘how to…’, but I struggle a bit with “how I can achieve natural, rather cool skintones?”
Karl submitted his sample images, so we are going to use the Lightroom 4 Preset System to do exactly that! Of course, we will still show all of our final settings, so if you don’t have the preset system, you can still benefit from the tutorial.
There are a few distinct characteristics that this production style has, which are as follows:
1) Over exposed skin tones to create a more flattering look by making unflattering details less noticeable
2) Fairly high overall image contrast with good black levels
3) Desaturated color tones to help keep the skin free of strange color effects
4) Raised tint and adjusted temperature for a much “cooler” look to the skin
Hope you enjoy!
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Original RAW SOOC – Image courtesy of Karl Bluemel
Final Image After Tutorial – Image courtesy of Karl Bluemel
Enjoy the video below!
Here are the steps on creating the production effect, using the Lightroom 4 Preset System. However, you will want to make sure you watch the video to see how we create the final enhancements with the LR4 Preset System Brushes.
MY MIXOLOGY –> 11 Soft Portrait
BASE ADJUSTMENTS –> 06 Lighten +1
BASE ADJUSTMENTS –> 12 Portrait Flatten
BASE ADJUSTMENTS –> 45 Medium Darken
BASE ADJUSTMENTS –> 56 Light Desaturation
BASE ADJUSTMENTS –> 63 Medium Noise Reduction
RETOUCH –> Follow video and use the brush presets from the LR4 Preset System
For those that may not have seen the SLR Lounge Lightroom 4 Preset System. The Lightroom 4 Preset System has been designed from the ground up to be able to help you achieve any effect you desire. From vivid color correct images, to HDRs, to faded vintage images, to antiqued images, the sky is the limit!
Included are nearly 130 Develop Presets and 26 Brush Presets that are not only incredibly powerful, but also surprisingly simple and intuitive. Best of all, while other companies would charge $300, $400 or $500+ for a system like this, we are making the entire system available for only $99. Oh yeah, and the accompanying tutorials and mixologies, those are all free! So enjoy peeps. Below are all of the initial tutorials to get you guys started.
Modern Preset Pack
Give Your Images a Natural, Clean Style
Mood Preset Pack
Warm, Organic, Boho, Wanderlust Style
Crush Preset Pack
Give Images a Punch with Deep Blues
Pastel Preset Pack
Refined Film Emulation
Retouch, Dodge and Burn and Much More