How to Create a Soft Pastel Effect Lightroom, Plus a Free Preset

In this tutorial we’ll walk through the process of creating a nice, soft pastel effect in Adobe Lightroom. At the end of the tutorial you’ll also be able to download a free preset that will apply the settings shown in the tutorial, so you can use the preset on your own photos if you don’t want to work through the steps. This pastel effect can be used with a wide variety of photos, but they tend to work very well with portraits and outdoor photos.

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Use Vignettes and Targeted Exposure Adjustments to Lead the Viewer’s Eye

In this “how to” tutorial I’m going to walk through how to use vignettes and targeted exposure adjustments to help control where the viewer’s eye concentrates.

Vignetting in photos is a bit of an odd thing with some photographers willing to spend $1,000s on quality optics that offer an even exposure across the frame, while at the same time, the popularity of various photo filter apps have made bold and strong vignettes an aesthetic choice for others.

Sometimes a heavily contrived vignette can work really well with a specific image, but right now we’re going to see how subtle adjustments to a photo can make a big difference that won’t be immediately obvious to the viewer. I’m working with the Lightroom 5 Beta, but this is easily achieved using Photoshop too. I’ve also called upon the assistance of Alfie as my model – a one eyed, three and a half legged Yorkie recently rescued from a dog pound.

           Ian Pullen
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