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5 Must-Know Shortcuts for Lightroom's Brush Tool

5 Must-Know Shortcuts for Lightroom's Brush Tool

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Here at Pretty Presets we are all about saving you time so that you can spend more time with those you love and less time on the computer.  Shortcuts are another way that you can save time in Lightroom. These 5 Lightroom shortcuts for the brush tools are MUST-KNOW! Adjustment Brush Tool Shortcuts K—Open the Brush Tool/Close the Brush Tool This is the most basic shortcut you need to know and it will save you from having to click the "Done" button or clicking "Close".  All you need to do is type the "K" key to open the Brush Tool and...

3 Things You Might Not Know About the Split Toning Panel

3 Things You Might Not Know About the Split Toning Panel

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You love the look of your favorite presets, but have you ever investigated to see how they're created? Lightroom is a masterful tool and its split toning panel is one of many awesome elements. Here are a few things you might not know about split toning. Where is the Split Toning Panel? Split toning is located on the right hand side right underneath the HSL panel. (Hint: right click on any of the panels and select "solo mode" if you prefer to open one panel at a time. My OCD thanks me.   What Does It Do? Split toning affects...

10 Steps to Planning a Styled Shoot

10 Steps to Planning a Styled Shoot

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Planning a styled shoot with other local businesses or vendors is a great way to express your creativity, network with other business owners, get some recognition for your own business, and practice your photography skills. But even the smallest of styled shoots need an organized leader to bring it all together. Here are some helpful steps to take your shoot from idea to execution. 1. Come Up With an Idea Having a good idea or theme is the foundation of a successful styled shoot. You want to choose something that’s unique (at least to the viewership you’re aiming for), something...

Delicious Food Photography - Winners Announced

Delicious Food Photography - Winners Announced

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 PHOTO CHALLENGE: SHOW US YOUR DELICIOUS FOOD PHOTOS Have you ever been to the grocery store on an empty stomach? Everything looks so good! This week, you might want to approach this newsfeed with the same caution. We want to see your favorite food! Congratulations to Sarah and Allison for captivating us all this week with these delicious images!  Please email me at laura@lightroompresets.com to redeem your $50 gift card to Pretty Presets or Pretty Actions. WINNERS ANNOUNCED My chickens thought their 1st birthday watermelon was ‪#‎PrettyDelish‬! Thought I'd offer a different take on the weekly challenge since it was...

5 Must-Know Shortcuts for Lightroom's Develop Module

5 Must-Know Shortcuts for Lightroom's Develop Module

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  At Pretty Presets, almost everything we do is about saving time in Lightroom.  We want you to spend less time on the computer and more time with those that you love.  That is why keyboard shortcuts are so valuable in Lightroom. Get familiar with these must-know shortcuts for Lightroom's Develop Module and you will quickly be saving lots of time in Lightroom!  Develop Mode Shortcuts D—Develop Mode We'll start with the most obvious.  Since we spend so much time developing our photos in the Develop Module it is important to know how to get there with just a finger...

10 Confessions of a Seasoned Photographer

10 Confessions of a Seasoned Photographer

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  I need to share these thoughts and actions with you.  Why?  Because you’re going to understand.  Only fellow photographers will understand the depth of my guilt and the ways in which I’ve been wrong.  I only ask this of you-don’t judge me.  At some point, you have either done one of these or you will do one of these.  My hope is that you never will.  But if you do, just know that someone else has been there and feels your pain.  Okay, I’m ready now. My TEN Confessions 1. I Shot in Auto Mode When I first went...

Editing Recipe: Recreate the Look of Film Using the Clean & Creative Advanced Workflow

Editing Recipe: Recreate the Look of Film Using the Clean & Creative Advanced Workflow

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Recreating the look of film in digital photography is quite the trend at the moment! Many photographers edit in a style that replicates the look of film photos that have been printed and have aged over time. The thing is, when the photos were first printed, though, they didn't have the green and magenta shifts that have become so popular when recreating a "vintage" look in digital photography. I have written several tutorials over the years that address how to get that faded/distressed photo look, but today I want to talk about how to replicate the look of film straight...

Adding More Haze and Enhancing Sun with the Enchanted Garden Collection

Adding More Haze and Enhancing Sun with the Enchanted Garden Collection

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Beautiful sun can make a good photo great!  But we don't always get the beautiful sun that we were looking for on each shoot. The Enchanted Garden Collection includes some beautiful haze brushes that allow you to add an extra touch of sun or just an overall hazy effect to your images! Watch Amy edit this photo and using the Enchanted Garden Collection and specifically the included haze brushes!   

Getting a Perfect White Balance with the Enchanted Garden Collection

Getting a Perfect White Balance with the Enchanted Garden Collection

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White Balance is one of the questions we get asked about when using presets.  With this preset collection, we have taken a step that we hope will help people get the best results with as little tweaking as possible. Each of the presets in this collection have the white balance set to Auto.  By doing this, we give the most amount of images the best results possible.  However, your image may not look it's best adjusted this with this white balance setting so we have created some one click changes you can make to your image to get the white...

Editing Portraits With the Enchanted Garden Presets and Brushes

Editing Portraits With the Enchanted Garden Presets and Brushes

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The Enchanted Garden Collection is a gorgeous set of spring-like presets to enhance color and create light airy edits!  Hopefully you have purchased this collection and had a chance to go through it and get familiar with what it offers as a collection. The Enchanted Garden Collection does a great job of handling white balance and skin tones.  Make sure to take advantages of the white balance POST presets in this collection as well as the brushes to help enhance and reduce color. When editing portraits with any presets, it is generally best to add your brush edits for skin...

Introducing the NEW Enchanted Garden Collection

Introducing the NEW Enchanted Garden Collection

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Enjoy this gorgeous collection with 46 beautiful presets and brushes for only $34 (extended through Monday).  After Monday, you can enjoy it for the regular price of $49. SALE: $34 ENCHANTED GARDEN COLLECTION  We are so excited to share our BRAND NEW Enchanted Garden Collection with you! The Enchanted Garden Collection will bring beautiful light and color to your images using our easy one-click presets. Customize your own signature style using quick post presets, and finish your image with our Mini-Brush Collection for that perfect one-of-a-kind look. Your Spring photo sessions will be infused with soft, sunny light and beautiful bright color.   These...

A Picture Worth A Thousand Words - Winners Announced!

A Picture Worth A Thousand Words - Winners Announced!

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"Sometimes you will never know the true value of a moment, until it becomes a memory" - Author Unknown PHOTO CHALLENGE: A PICTURE WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS Have you ever had an image where no words are necessary? You immediately feel the love, joy or even tear up just looking at it? This week we thought it would be fun to share images where very few words are necessary. Thank you for all of the incredible submissions.  We're so grateful you shared these special moments with us!  We want to congratulate Erin Ganley and Kaitlyn Armerding for being the winners...