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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Fix It For Me Wednesday: Lots of Looks

This week's picture came from my good from Em (Emily-awesome awesome name) of Emilisq. She has been one of my long time blogging friends. She sent me this adorable picture of her daughter that her friend actually took. Today, rather than go through a step by step-I want to show you how drastically a picture can change and how with simple presets available for Lightroom can change the look of a picture with one click.

Whenever I am going to be trying lots of different looks to a picture, I always "fix" the picture first. Fix the exposure, sharpen the eyes, get rid of any blemishes (which there weren't any on this baby), do any cropping. Basic things that I know I will want to be fixed no matter what look I give the picture.

In this picture, besides the eye sharpening, etc, I extended the blanket in the upper left hand corner, I increased the exposure a lot and also decreased the red saturation quite a bit to get that creamy white skin that is popular on babies in pictures currently.

And then I just started to have a little fun

1- Preset: Summer Love (by Pretty presets)
2- Preset: Old Hoga B&W
3- Preset: Kiss & Tell
4- Preset: B&W Bliss and Black Border (by Pretty Presets)
5- Preset: Mocha And the Preset Vignette

Before I applied any of these presets, I went back to my fixed picture and started from there. In a lot of ways I think #3 is my favorite-the coloring just really seems to work for me with the whole look of the picture. Obviously I would not want to give this look to an entire session, but for a single picture here and there it is awesome.

Which is your favorite?


  1. I really like 3. It is nice look for sure. After three I would pick 4. Nicely done.

  2. I really really like them all, but I think 1 is my favorite.

  3. The first one is my absolute fav!!! Although, I will say I love them all. Hoping I get copies to blow up for my walls???

  4. But #4 is a very close second. Man I love that kid.

  5. Love the pictures, so cute and I agree, all pictures these days with babies in them are so white and creamy.

  6. #3 is my favorite too! Really a darling picture!

  7. I would have to say 1 and 3 are my fave. Your edditing is looking great. That is what I need to work on. I just need to find the time. Any tips or tricks on when you were first learning your edditing and post processing would be great!