For this weeks tutorial, we’re going to create a stylized image using our BCAS formula. BCAS stands for Base, Curve, Adjust, SFX, and the SLR Lounge Lightroom Presets v5 is designed to work in that order. We’re going to go from a regular image to a stylized yellow violet vintage fade in just a few clicks.
[Note: In the new Lightroom Presets v5, we have revamped all of the presets to improve image tonality and quality, allowing you to achieve even more amazing results. We’ve also added 95 new presets to reach a total of 311 presets in what is the gold standard of Lightroom image processing. In this series we’ll be going over how to use the new v5 presets to create great looking photos. Click Here to learn more or purchase the system.]
With each of our Ordinary to Extraordinary Edits, we’re going to first be going through how we create our effects with the SLR Lounge Lightroom Presets v5, then we’ll be going through the details in the develop settings so everyone can understand exactly how we get to a specific look. This way, whether you have the presets or not, everyone can benefit from watching this video or reading the article below.
Lightroom Presets v5 Mixology Recipe
- 01-20 BASE – SOFT STYLIZED: 23a. Dark Fade – Skin Desat
- 02-20 CURVES – WARM: 25c. Dark Wash – Crimson
- 03-20 ADJUST – DETAIL SKIN: 22. Detail Soften – Light (Portraits)
- 04-00 SFX – COLOR SCHEMES: 01a. Yellow/Violet
- 03-50 ADJUST – SATURATION: 52b. Skin Desat – De-Red
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Complete Written Tutorial
When we check our EXIF data we see that this photo was shot on a Canon 5D Mark II with a Canon EF 50mm 1.4 lens. We shot this at f/2 because it gives us great background bokeh while maintaining a good area of focus.
We’re going to start with the “01-20 BASE – SOFT STYLIZED: 23a. Dark Fade – Skin Desat” preset and adjust the Exposure to +2.30. This will give us a nice bright fade over the entire image.
For our Curve preset, we’re going to select the “02-20 CURVES – WARM: 25c. Dark Wash – Crimson” preset. We like how it gives our image a slight red toning, and it compliments the “Dark Fade” preset well.
For the Adjust preset, we want this image to maintain a light fade so we’re going to select our “03-30 ADJUST – CONTRAST: 35. Neutral – Zeroed” preset. We also want to take the softening down slightly so we’re going to select our “03-20 ADJUST – DETAIL SKIN: 22. Detail Soften – Light (Portraits)” preset.
For SFX we’re going to apply the “04-00 SFX – COLOR SCHEMES: 01a. Yellow/Violet” preset because we like the warm complimentary look that it gives our image. Then we’re going to adjust our Tint and Color Temperature to give a softer look.
In four clicks, using our BCAS preset system, we were able to create a whole new look for this photo. If you want to save this as a new preset simply click on the “+” button on the top left hand corner right next to “Presets”. After you press the “+” window with a checklist of settings you want to save will pop up. You’ll want to uncheck “White Balance”, “Exposure”, “Lens Corrections” (but make sure you keep “Lens Vignetting” checked) and “Calibration” so you can flip to this new preset without changing the settings on your Import Preset. Also make sure you name your preset something logical, so you’ll remember exactly what it does when you read the name.
We had to raise our Exposure quite a bit because of the “Dark Fade” preset and because the image was underexposed to begin with. Our presets dropped the Highlights, Shadows, Whites and Blacks and that’s creating a nice fade and rich dark areas in the image. Our Clarity is being dropped because we have this nice vintage fade look and we want to compliment that by softening the image. We’re also going to apply our “03-50 ADJUST – SATURATION: 52b. Skin Desat – De-Red” preset because we want to add a bit of skin desaturation to the image. That preset is going to lower the Vibrance and Saturation slightly and lower the Red and Orange in the HSL.
When we look at the Tone Curve we see that we’re raising up our Shadow clipping and dropping the Highlight clipping and creating a very subtle curve. The “04-00 SFX – COLOR SCHEMES: 01a. Yellow/Violet” preset has added split toning to our image with complimentary colors. If you feel like you want to tweak the ratio between the Highlights and the Shadows, you can with the Balance tab, and that will change the look of the image. In the Details we have our standard Sharpening settings applied. We don’t have any Noise Reduction applied because this wasn’t one of the “Soft Portrait” presets. Here’s what our Develop Settings look like after our presets are applied.
Here’s what our image looks like before and after our BCAS formula is applied.
Conclusion and Learn More
We hope you all enjoyed this tutorial. If you are interested in learning more or purchasing the SLR Lounge Lightroom Presets v5, please click any of the links in this article.
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