I was asked by Sleek Lens if I would be interested in trying a set of their actions and be willing to write a review of the product. I agreed, why not? I wasnt expecting anything or that interested in more actions, but I thought I would give it a try.
I like to edit my photos in lightroom first making some local adjustments and then head to photoshop to put the finishing touches on my images. This can be for various things, some as small as cloning out distracting objects in the photo or all the way to playing with the white balance, contrast, sharpening, smoothing skin and so forth.
Sleek lens offered me the Portrait collection (Find them here: https://sleeklens.com/product/portrait-perfection-photoshop-actions/). This is a set of 56 actions that go from an all over adjustment to the image, to individual adjustments such as smoothing skin, brightening eyes and even making lip gloss pop. I have to say, even when loading them into photoshop, I still was skeptical...thinking I wouldn't really use them after this. WOW, was I wrong!!!
First off, I immediately fell in love with the Tone adjustments! SO easy!!! One click and I was just adjusting the opacity, and done! I found one I LOVE for the studio, called Romantic dance. I have a natural light studio and I do not care for bold colors in my images. This tone was perfect for my white studio and matched my branding. It gave the images a little extra pop. I also applied anther action they have called Frequency separation, where I smoothed moms skin over. I used the lip gloss action to make her lips pop a bit. I used the action, called SOFT GLOW skin, on baby. Below is a before and after.
This image below of the baby, i applied the romantic dance action. I then used the honey skin brush all over baby's skin. that was it! cloned out the top left. Below and after :
For outdoor images, I loved the FIrestarter action. This warmed up my image just a little bit and enhances that sun flare I love to capture in my outdoor images. Below is a before and after.
My all time favorite set on this particular action set was the Portrait brushes. What time savers! In one click I was smoothing skin, brightening eyes, and even sharpening the details! I have a makeup artist that dolls up my clients before the shoot, and this set just compliments that! My favorite brush has to be the lip gloss brush, brightening lips gloss but also lips even on my newborns giving them luscious little pouts.
There are multiple actions to resize your images for the web as well to save time! Overall I really have to say, I enjoyed using these, they saved me time! I would recommend them for sure!