Urban Senior Portrait Edit Using Lightroom Presets

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TIP: Make any necessary exposure, WB adjustment, and heal/clone touch-ups prior to applying the Develop Preset. Preset effects display the best on properly exposed images. You can adjust these again, if needed, after applying the preset.

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APPLY THE DEVELOP PRESET- For this image I applied the Vibrant Matte Preset from the Matte Collection.

TIP: Presets are fully adjustable and sometimes require some tweaking to suit an image . After applying a preset, make any adjustments needed to get the best overall look.

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USE LIGHTROOM BRUSHES TO MAKE LOCAL ADJUSTMENTS– Here I used a variety of Lightroom Brushes from both the Brush Collection and the Matte Collection; Warming, Darkening, H&S, Skin Soften, Eye Sparkle, Eye Whites and Color Enhance.

TIP: When switching between Lightroom Brushes be sure to click ‘New’ before choosing the Brush Preset- otherwise your last painted on effect will switch to the new settings.

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USE A RADIAL FILTER– In my opinion, this is the secret weapon of Lightroom and one of my most used tools. Here I added Radial Filter B from the Matte Collection and decreased the exposure setting to create a more dramatic effect.

TIP: Radial filters use the same same settings panel as Lightroom Brushes- this means you can use brush presets for radial filters too.  I’ve found Radial Filters are the most effective way to add a controlled, cohesive vignette in Lightroom.

To learn more about the Radial Filter- Check out this tutorial!

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LASTLY- Sharpen and prepare for print and web as needed.

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