A while ago, I was asked to review a set of presets for wedding editing that are compatible with Lightroom…the Forever Thine Wedding Workflow by Sleeklens.
First, I have never been asked to review anything before, so I feel pretty great about that. Thank you, sleeklens!
Second, I should note that I don’t regularly use presets in Lightroom or actions in Photoshop in my wedding editing workflow. I have some presets and actions I made myself of things I do to every raw image and I apply those to speed up my editing process so that I don’t have to do the same things over and over. Other than that, I do everything myself and by hand. I have tried presets and actions before though, so I have some previous knowledge to work with.
So…after saying that…This is a pretty great workflow set. It’s not just a set of presets. It’s a big set of presets AND a set of brushes. There are 11 SETS of presets and 5 SETS of brushes, with a bunch in each set. The presets: All-in-ones, bases, exposure, color, tone/tint, polish, vignettes, film, fashion, matte, vintage, and black and white. The brushes: color, face, haze, light, wedding.
You can start with a preset, tweak it how you like, and then use the brushes to do fine adjustments. They send you a PDF with a few recipes to do just that, to get you started.
I chose a few images from one of my weddings this summer to do a few examples.
First…This was my edit from this wedding. The one I sent my client.
This next one is the one I made using the Forever Thine Wedding Workflow:
This is “Base – warmer” with “Tone/tint – Fading Dream” with a bump in tint, clarity, and temperature. This formula is pretty much straight from their instructional PDF.
Honestly, I don’t love it as much as the one I sent my client. But I could probably tweak it a little more and get it there.
Here’s another of my own that I sent my client:
And one I made using the workflow:
This is “Wedding Film – Breakfast at Tiffany’s” with “Fix Over-exposure” brush on their bodies.
I know, they’re not the same. But it could be done. I’m trying to showcase what can be done with their presets, not my own editing. This is more like an editing style that is popular right now. Muted greens and grayed tones. If that’s your thing, this set of presets has a few muted tone and film style looks.
And here’s a look at a raw version of another photo with my edit:
And two versions from the workflow:
This is “Wedding Film – Gone with the Wind” with the “Add Golden Sun” brush on the left and “All-in-One – Best Man” with the “Add Golden Sun” brush on the right.
These are both beautiful as well.
A black and white of my own:
Another popular style…the dark and moody black and white. This one is made using “Repulsion” (They may want to reconsider that name? haha), using the brush “Fix underexpose” on the face and shoulder area, and pulling exposure up a bit.
There are so many things you can do with these presets. Depending on your style, it would be really easy to come up with a formula and dramatically reduce the amount of time you spend editing. And for $31, it’s pretty much a steal to get this many presets and brushes.