Monday, April 1, 2013

Before and After: Dreamy Edit

I want to share a tutorial on how I get a dreamy effect using my own Lr presets, some brush work, and Snap Art 3.

This is the final image:


This image was a little too saturated for the look I was trying to create right out of the camera.

Before:
This image isn't horrible, but it has a large blown out area in the front due to the strong sun coming from a window on camera right.  I decided to blur this out with a white vignette (yes, I said that!).  If you are a member of Clickin Moms, you can see a funny tutorial about what NOT to do with this vignetting option in Lr! 

The first thing I did was to run my Love Stands Still Soft Matte Preset in Lr:

This preset created muted tones and softened the blown spots. This preset is available for free to Clickin Moms members in the Pay it Forward section.


Then I did some brush work. I painted some saturation on the lips and some clarity on the eye lashes using the adjustment brush in Lr.


I added a wee bit of white vignette to smooth out the sun-washed areas by using the Post Crop Vignetting under "Effects" in Lr.


I then brought the image into Snap Art 3 and added an oil painting effect:


Then I brought it back into Lr and warmed it up just a tiny bit, added a bit more contrast, and exported the file.


I finished the edit with a quick soft light layer in PS set to 50% opacity. :)