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Like you, my heart sings when I can one-click a preset and finish with a beautiful edit.  Unfortunately, because there are many factors that contribute to how a preset effects the photo, this doesn’t always happen though. Factors such as; lighting, lights and shadows, shooting file format, camera type, white balance all play a role in the overall edit- even the colors that you are photographing contributes to the preset effect. So, although it would be amazing to have one click edits happen for every photo, often preset adjustments will need to be made.

For this tutorial, I’ll be sharing a quick fix to giving your photo a boost if the preset you applied happens to fall flat.


I took this photo of Olivia on an overcast-rainy day.  As you can see, while the soft light was glorious for skin tones- it also came with very little contrast and depth.


I knew I wanted a clean edit so I decided to apply the OWP Lightroom Preset Brisk + the Finishing Preset Reduce Noise; both from the Rustic Collection.  The effect of this preset was definitely a beautiful enhancement to the original but I felt it fell a bit flat and still lacking of depth.


To adjust the issue, I pulled up the strength of the contrast slider until I felt it was sufficient (being careful to make sure her skin didn’t grab to many highlights from the contrast increase). Then I moved to the Tone Curve Panel and adjusted the sliders (Highlights, Lights, Darks, Shadows). I played with the sliders until I was pleased with overall adjustment. I’ve included the curve panels of both the original curve and of the adjusted curve on the photos above. Tip: Turn on your blacks and highlights clipping arrows in the histogram to alert you when/if you’ve gone to far on these adjustments. 


To finish, I decided to brighten the background colors. If you like more rich, muted tones then you could also leave it as is. To enhance the colors I used the Color Enhance brush from the OWP Brush Collection and painted onto the backround (and foreground bokeh). By using a brush instead of the panel slider, I was able to enhance the color without effecting her hair and skin tones.

These adjustments were quick and easy and made a wonderful difference in the edit. I hope you’ve enjoyed this quick Lightroom tutorial by One Willow Presets and have found it helpful to your workflow.

Happy Editing! -Jess


One Willow Presets for Lightroom are creatively designed to provide beautiful and effective photo enhancements. These Lightroom presets help streamline photo editing and provide a wide range of edits; some are subtle, some are simple and some are a bit more dramatic, but all are fully adjustable to suit your image and photography style.





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