Combining Lightroom Presets and Photoshop Actions

Do you prefer Lightroom or Photoshop?  For many photographers, both are an important part of their workflow.  When it comes to shortcuts, both Photoshop actions and Lightroom presets can help you edit faster and get the results you want. To learn more about the differences between the two, read about the pros and cons to actions and presets and when you might want to use each.

In this step-by-step Blueprint, professional photographer Stephani Dennis used a mix of actions and presets in her editing.

stephani dennis professional photographerShe started her edit in Lightroom, using the Quick Clicks Collection Lightroom presets.  She used a preset called Extreme Detail. This preset brings out incredible details in the photo, such as the texture in the dog and the metal.  It really made the photo pop.  Next she went into Photoshop and smoothed the model’s skin using the Magic Skin action set – Powder Your Nose action. Lastly she used Touch of Light/Touch of Darkness, a free Photoshop action. She used a 30% opacity brush and painted on the light on her arms and the darkness around the edge of the photo.  In less than 2 minutes, she went from the before image to the after photo.  Thank you Stephani for sharing your work with us!


Jodi Friedman, MCP Actions

Jodi Friedman is the founder of MCP Actions. She designs popular Photoshop actions and Lightroom presets that make editing faster, easier and more fun.

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