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(Click here to check out the full wedding blog post!)

The Original Images

04wedding-portrait-photoshop-layeringNikon D5300, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8
1/80 sec. @ f/5 & ISO 100
FotoPro C5C Tripod

05wedding-portrait-photoshop-layering 15 sec. @ f/10 & ISO 100
Hoya HMC 9-stop ND Filter


2 sec. @ f/7.1 & ISO 100
Hoya HMC 9-stop ND Filter

The Final Images

07wedding-portrait-photoshop-layeringBlended PSD layers, without additional editing

 01wedding-portrait-photoshop-layering Final Editing Applied (Burning & Dodging, Crop, Vignette)

03wedding-portrait-photoshop-layering Warm “Wash” Version, Using SLR Lounge Preset “Neutral Wash – Apricot”

02wedding-portrait-photoshop-layeringB&W Version, Using SLR Lounge Preset “Light Crush – B&W” &
“B&W Warm Boost – Heavy” Plus Additional Burning & Dodging

When editing images in Lightroom and merging them as layers in Photoshop, there are certain adjustments that you should do first, to the original RAW images, and other adjustments that you should not make until after you’re done creating a layered PSD in Photoshop.

This might sound really obvious to anyone who has a lot of experience doing advanced photoshop work and going back and forth between Lightroom and Photoshop, however hopefully these tips can help save at least a few people from making a mistake that might force them to redo some advanced Photoshop work that was really time-consuming.

Mostly, you want to perform basic corrections and dynamic range adjustments before hand, and wait to do any stylized editing or potentially “over-the-top” processing until AFTER you have done all of the more complex layering in Photoshop.

Especially avoid cropping and excessive burning & dodging until after you have brought the blended PSD image back into Lightroom.

Of course, there are other techniques out there that can help you in this process, including even the ability to re-edit RAW images as layers of a PSD!

Layer Masking In Photoshop – Beverly Hills Montage Wedding Portrait

Using Layers to Preserve Highlights In a Saturated HDR

As always, please feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions or additional tips!

Take care, and happy clicking,
=Matthew Saville=

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