A Professional Portrait Retouch Tutorial Using the SLR Lounge Lightroom 4 Preset System

August 13th 2012 12:13 PM

In this Episode – Professional Portrait Retouch Using LR4

In this Lightroom 4 tutorial episode, we will be working through a full professional portrait retouch using the SLR Lounge LR4 Preset System. This beautiful portrait image was shot and provided to us by SLR Lounger Matthew Turner of

Matthew originally posted this image in our forum to get our thoughts on his post production styling. What better to show you all than to simply post produce his image in a tutorial? Thanks Matt for submitting such a well shot image. From the lighting to the pose and composition, Matt did a wonderful job in creating this head shot.

Before and After Examples

Original RAW
Image by Matthew Turner of Mike Whiskey Tango

Pye’s After (Color)
Image by Matthew Turner of Mike Whiskey Tango

Pye’s After (B&W)
Image by Matthew Turner of Mike Whiskey Tango

Full Video Tutorial

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 182 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.

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Founding Partner of Lin and Jirsa Photography, LJP Studios and SLR Lounge. Follow my updates on Facebook and my latest work on Instagram both under username pyejirsa. Also, join me on the SLR Lounge Community Page where I am frequently posting tips, tricks, tutorials and behind the scenes details.

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  1. 1

    Very nice, and I completely agree, Matt did a killer job lighting his model- puts my RAWs to shame.

  2. 1

    Great job editing and taking the picture too

  3. 1

    Pye, are the presets that were used in Matt’s portrait the ones you guys created for purchase?

  4. 1

    I really enjoyed Pye’s editing and the overall result was very good. ¬†However, he seemed to struggle with the spot remover and took far longer that I would have liked. The spot removal brush in Elements 10 that I use, gets the job done much efficiently.

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      Alex, Unfortunately Lightroom 4’s spot removal tool hiccups a lot. It is an Adobe issue that they are looking into. In general LR4 is quite a bit slower, especially with the local area adjustments, than LR3. Hopefully they will get this issue fixed.

  5. 1

    Would you mind telling me what version your using in light room 4. I’m using LR but i dont have some of the feature effects your are using. Like the iris enhancer and eye brighten etc.. Thanks