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Lightroom 4 Soft Portrait Standard Black and White Preset

By Pye Jirsa on May 4th 2012

In this Episode – Soft Portrait Standard B&W!

Today we bring you guys yet another Lightroom 4 Preset System Mixology episode! In this LR4 Mixology tutorial, we will be showing you how and in which situations we like to use the 13 Standard B&W Portrait Mixology Preset. In addition, we will also be showing you the recipe using the LR4 Preset System, just to help you guys get a better idea of how to create your own Mixologies with a few simple clicks. This preset is designed for B&W images such as portraits that need a softer look and is much better than the standard Lightroom B&W conversion. This preset is included in the Presets 1.1 update under 13 Standard B&W in the Soft | Portrait category in your My Mixology Folder.

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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 –> 33 Light Boost (Contrast)
4. BASE ADJUSTMENTS –> 62 Light (Noise Reduction)
5. ANTIQUE CURVES –> 31 B&W (Neutral Punches)

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.

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2 Comments

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Presets really speed work flow up.

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  2. Janjan0000

    I don’t see anything about a $75 early bird special on that link?

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