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Combining Lightroom Presets and Photoshop Actions


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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.

Steph-Dennis Combining Lightroom Presets and Photoshop Actions Blueprints Lightroom Presets Lightroom Tutorials Photoshop Actions Photoshop Tips & Tutorials She 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!



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  1. Allie Miller on December 16, 2011 at 11:57 am

    I do mix my presets & actions… it offers variety … <3 it

  2. Cristina Lee on December 16, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    Can’t wait to get Lightroom and play with the presets and actions 🙂

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