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Post Production Tips

Lightroom 4 Portrait Magic Preset

By Pye Jirsa on April 23rd 2012

In this Episode – Portrait Magic!

Today we bring you guys yet another Lightroom 4 Preset System Mixology episode! In this Mixology Tutorial we are going to create a new Mixology Preset that is going to work magic on portraits. Hence, we are going to call it, Portrait Magic (or really whatever you guys like). This Mixology Preset is designed to make portraits vivid and poppy, while also smoothing out unflattering detail and highlights on skin. The goal is to create a nice high contrast image, but one that is overall flattering for our subjects as well. This Lightroom 4 Mixology Preset should work wonders on any semi-close to close up portrait shot. Enjoy!

Share Your Results!

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Before and After Examples

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Original RAW SOOC

After applying the Preset

A Brief Note on the MY MIXOLOGY Folder

The Lightroom 4 Preset System is extremely powerful because it allows you to create a virtually endless variety of looks with just a few simple clicks which you can then save to your 00 MY MIXOLOGY Folder. In each of these episodes, we will create one of these looks with just a few clicks, then we will save it out as a new Mixology in MY MIXOLOGY. We are going to cover a variety of styles and effects, so feel free to name and organize your MY MIXOLOGY folder contents however you like, as that folder is designed to be your personal space for all your favorite mixologies.

Enjoy the video below!

Video Tutorial and Mixology

Mixology Recipe

For those that don’t want to watch the video, here are the steps to achieve this effect using the Lightroom 4 Preset System. As always, start with the Standard Import Preset which should be applied to each image when you first bring it into LR4 before applying the settings below:

1. BASE ADJUSTMENTS –> 12 Flatten (Portraits) Dynamic Range
2. BASE ADJUSTMENTS –> 22 Light Soften (Skin) Detail
3. BASE ADJUSTMENTS –> 62 Light (Noise Reduction)
4. NEUTRAL CURVES –> 31 Ivory

That’s it! Now just save it out in your MY MIXOLOGY folder with a cool name of your liking and you are done!

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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Q&A Discussions

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  2. Chris


    How can this preset be made with the LR5 Preset System?


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  3. preet johal

    i cannot find the number 31 ivory neutral curve at all?! :/

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  4. fanboy

    Hey, thanks for all this.  I purchased the presets yeterday, great stuff.  One question – the Mixologies on this site (this one – Portrait Magic LR4 Mixology – is a good example) doesn’t appear in the Mixology folder, same for most of them, Comical Faux HDR, Black and White Magic etc etc however, there are a bunch of Mixologies that do exist.

    Have the ones listed here been renamed, or is the download incomplete?

    If it’s just a rename, any chance you can either rename the list on the site to match, or provide a rename mapping document …??


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    • Anonymous

      Those presets have been renamed

      Portrait Magic = Soft Portrait Standard Color
      Black and White Magic = Soft Portrait Standard B&W
      Comical Faux HDR = Vivid Landscape HDR Light

      We just renamed and reorganized them to make it easier to understand.

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