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Editing Cheat Sheet: Editing Images of Children in Lightroom

Editing Images of Children in Lightroom

Kristen has been sharing fabulous edits with our Facebook Group for many months now.  We asked her to share a few of them with us and include her steps to editing these images.  Hopefully, it provides some wonderful inspiration to you as you edit your own images!  Thanks to Kristen for all her work on this!

 

Presets Used: Pretty Onyx from the Summer Limited Edition Collection, Graduated Filter Toolbox

  1. I started by applying Pretty Onyx from the Summer Limited Edition Collection.
  2. I noticed that the shadows were darker than I liked on the model’s skin, So I used Light Up Shadows from the Graduated Toolbox as an adjustment brush brushed over the upper half of the model’s face, arms, and dress. 
  3. I reduced the noise in the photo, by going to the NOISE REDUCTION tab, and increased the luminance to +22.

 Presets Used: Color Riche from the Summer Limited Edition Collection

This was a one-click edit using Color Riche from the Summer Limited Edition Collection and I love the gorgeous, subtle change it made!

Presets Used: Boho Chic from the Summer Limited Edition Collection, Perfect Portrait Brushes, Graduated Filter Toolbox 

  1. First, I applied BOHO CHIC from the Summer Limited Edition Collection. Boho Chic made my image a bit warmer than I’d like, So I moved the White Balance temperature slider to the left from 5.5K to 5.4K to cool the image off. 
  2. I then brought the exposure of the image up to +.25.  I set the highlights down to -65 as the model’s dress and skin was a bit bright.
  3. I cropped the image so that Vanessa’s (the girl on the left) face fell on one of the “thirds” of the photo to make it visually more pleasing. 
  4. I used the Skin Smooth brush from the Perfect Portrait Brushes and brushed over the model’s skin leaving out the tip of the nose, eyes, and mouth to keep those features sharp.  I pressed “done.”  (
  5. I used Soften Background from the Graduated Filter Toolbox as a brush and brushed over the background to smooth it out. I pressed “done.” 
  6. I used a Add Detail from the Perfect Portrait Brushes over the green dress since it was shiny and reflected a lot of light. I pressed “done” 
  7. I removed the distracting yellow leaves on the right side of the image by clicking on the “HEAL” tool and setting the size to 80, the feather to 0, and Opacity to 100.
  8. I applied the Pretty Presets Bonus Bokeh : DEWDROPS From the Summer Limited Edition Collection. Some of the filters landed on the subjects. When this happened, I clicked on the Radial Filter icon, clicked on each gray circle that landed on the subject, and simply moved it to the side.

     Presets Used: Clean and Creative Advanced Workflow, Perfect Portrait Brushes, Graduated Filter Toolbox

    1. Starting Preset: Clean and Creative Advanced Workflow.  I applied A Quick Clean, Center Light, Contrast, Sharpening for Babies and Females and Babies, and Recover Clipping.
    2. Cropped tighter to center the subjects
    3. Took a the Basics Darken from the Graduated Filter Toolbox and used it around the subjects, just to make them stand out more. 
    4. Took the Skin Undereye Circles brush from the Perfect Portrait Brushes and brushed underneath each of the kids eyes to bring up the shadows and reduce under eye circles. 

     Presets Used: Matte Color from Fine Art FilmPerfect Portrait Brushes, Graduated Filter Toolbox

    1. From the Fine Art Film Collection: I applied the Matte Color preset.
    2. The photo looked dark, so I added +20 on the exposure slider to lighten the image up.
    3. To give the photo a “darker” feel, I set the Contrast to +12, I set the Highlights to -3, andI brought the shadows to -21.
    4. I used the Soften Background and Depth and Drama graduated filters as brushes, and darkened and smoothed the background being careful not to get it on my subjects.
    5. I updated the Highlight Vignetting to -9.
    6. I then took the Skin Smooth Brush from the Perfect Portrait Brushes and brushed over the model’s face, careful not to brush over eyes, the tip of nose, edges of the face, or lips so that those features will stay as sharp as possible.  I pressed “done.” 
    7. I used Eyes Sharpen from the Perfect Portrait Brushes and went over the model’s eyes to sharpen them. I pressed “done.” 
    8. I used the Skin Undereye Circles brush from the Perfect Portrait Brushes and brushed under the models eyes, and on her chin, to raise some of the shadows that had been darkened when I darkened the whole image.  I pressed “done”.
    9. I used the Eyes White Brush from the Perfect Portrait Brushes over the models eye whites to take some red out of her eyes. I pressed “done” 
    10. Finally, I added more “life” to the models hair with one final adjustment brush. I used Hair Add Contrast Brush from the Perfect Portrait Brushes and brushed over the model’s hair.  

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