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Post Production Tips

Make Creative Brushing Enhancements in Lightroom 4

By Pye Jirsa on June 11th 2012

In this Episode – Ordinary to Extraordinary Mixology Recipe and Tutorial!

We recently posted this shot to our Facebook page and briefly explained how this image was shot. In today’s Lightroom 4 tutorial we are going to show you how we would produce this shot to give us a dark, dramatic, romantic image. We are going to switch things up a bit. Rather than doing a Mixology, we are just going use the Lightroom 4 Preset System to first apply our developing adjustments, then we will be using the LR4 Preset Systems Brushes to do several enhancements to our image. Throughout the process, we will also show you the exact settings so that those that may not have the LR4 Preset System can also benefit, as well as see how the preset system works in more detail. Enjoy!

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Before and After Examples

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Original RAW SOOC

Final Image

Enjoy the video below!

Video Tutorial and Mixology

Mixology Recipe

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.

1. BASE ADJUSTMENTS –> 06 Lighten (+1 Exposure)
2. BASE ADJUSTMENTS –> 15 Medium HDR (Base Tones)
3. BASE ADJUSTMENTS –> 23 Light Boost (Detail)
4. BASE ADJUSTMENTS –> 34 Medium Boost (Contrast)
5. BASE ADJUSTMENTS –> 44 Medium Brighten (Blacks)
6. BASE ADJUSTMENTS –> 62 Light (Noise Reduction)

The SLR Lounge Lightroom 4 Preset System

Purchase or Learn More About the Lightroom 4 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.

Purchase or Learn More About the Lightroom 4 Preset System

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