You have probably been in this situation before. You download your favorite preset. Then you test multiple options and finally decide on the style you love. So you are super excited to apply it. But there are some photos that simply don’t fit the same standard. Maybe the lighting in those photos is different and you just don’t know how to fix it? No worries, this article is here to help you!
Let me tell you how to:
- Brighten or darken your photo
- Get rid of too much saturation and tone everything DOWN
- Have luminant and beautiful skin without the unwanted orange tones
- Make your photos look even better :)
How to fade presets in lightroom mobile?
Have you ever wondered how to adjust the preset intensity in lightroom mobile? Me too! Unfortunately for us, Lightroom currently doesn’t have a slider for that. But do not worry there are some tricks on how to do that. Okay, I have heard people say that they don’t like to mess with the sliders because that could result in a bad image. However, let me tell you this, there are clues in Lightroom after your preset has been applied. It is very easy to see which effects were applied the most just by taking a quick look at the sliders. But first, take a look at the photo and decide what exactly bothers you. Is blue color too vibrant? Does the red color feel saturated? Or is the image simply too bright?
How to make your photo less bright or dark?
Let’s start with the easiest: too bright or too dark photo. All you need to do is to go to the “Exposure” slider and push it to the left if the photo is too bright or push it to the right if the photo isn’t bright enough. By the way, lightening the shadows usually make your image pop. This is just a style preference of mine. I like lightening the shadows and bringing black down. Doing so creates a nice contrast without the “this looks so fake” look.
What should I do if the colors look oversaturated?
You don’t even need to mess with individual color sliders. Just reduce the general saturation of the photo. Yes, that’s right. All of your colors will be less saturated. This is the quickest and easiest way to tweak presets intensity. However, sometimes there is only one color that is too vibrant. In that case, you need to adjust the sliders of that particular color. Usually, that color’s slider will be pushed way more than the others. All you need to do is to bring that slider back to the middle.
How to get rid of the orange color in your photos?
This one is actually fairly easy. All you need to do is to reduce the amount of orange in your photos. You will need to go to your colors > saturation > and reduce the orange slider. Decreased saturation can do wonders. Just don’t overdo it or you will have grey skin and nobody looks great in that.
How to make Lightroom presets look even better
Some days your skin just isn’t the best. Especially when you are traveling. However, taking at least some photos on a trip is a must simply to capture those beautiful memories that you will be grateful to yourself for later on. The presets are great and they do make your skin look better. But there is a trick to make your photo look way better than before.
So what is this magical free tool that makes your skin look perfect?
It’s called “Airbrush” and it allows you to remove pimples, brighten your teeth and eyes, brighten the under eyes in a natural way (extremely important when you look tired). These features are the most important for me because they make my skin look perfect. So after that, I can just apply the preset and it’s ready to go. By the way, they also have a button called “beauty magic” and it does everything for you. So hey, this becomes even easier.
This is just my personal preference but I still prefer to go through my options one by one because I achieve a more natural look. I also strongly believe that details matter. One of the details I never forget to do is to brighten my eyes. Trust me on this, this little detail makes a big difference.
Let me give you an example. Let's say that after applying the preset I notice that I would prefer a little bit whiter teeth. Check it out what the app can do for you:
The difference is veeery subtle. We still want to keep that natural look but draw attention to the smile.
If you want more drastic changes, you can apply makeup in the app.
One thing to remember though is that you have to bring the opacity level down with the slider or it will look freakish. Just check out this example 😳
Less is more for a reason 😂
You might also ask but why don’t you just use mobile lightroom for that? You can, of course. However, “Airbrush” is free and the features for smoothening my skin on Lightroom are not.
Either way, I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any questions in the comments, I will be happy to answer them :)