Create a Hollywood portrait in Lightroom

Give your portraits a vintage monochrome makeover, and add retro artefacts like film grain and faded edges If youan Elements user who wants to take your image editing skills to the next level without blowing your budget, you can shoot Raw files and edit them in Lightroom 4. Lightroom costs a lot less than Photoshop CS, but it boasts the same set of powerful Raw editing tools that you ll find in the more expensive package. You can follow our walkthrough by downloading a free 30-day trial version of Lightroom 4 from www.adobe.com. In this walkthrough we ll show you how to use LightroomDevelop module to turn a Raw colour shot into a striking high-contrast mono image in the style of a Hollywood ’portrait. Lightroom 4 enables you to lighten or darken the tones of particular colours, and weuse it to give our subject a bright, glowing complexion that contrasts dramatically with her sultry dark lips.

Create a Hollywood portrait in Lightroom

Lightroom lacks the Blur filters found in Photoshop Elements and CS, so you cancreate a shallow depth of field effect in the conventional way. Instead, weshow you how to use Lightroom 4versatile Adjustment Brush to gently blur our subjecthair and clothing, and draw the eye to her sharply focused face. Wealso add film grain, and lighten the edges to help evoke that vintage feel. STEP BY STEP Create a vintage portrait Import the image Copy the holly wood_start.dng image to a folder on your computer, then in Lightroom 4 go to File > Import Photos and Video, and in the Source window browse to the image and select it. By default Lightroom will add the shot to its catalogue without moving it from its original location. Tick the holly wood_start.dng imagethumbnail and click Import —this will bring the shot into Lightroom s Library module. Crop in close Click the Develop icon —this opens the image in the Develop module, where you can edit it. The darkroom tools are at the top-right. Click the Crop tool (or press R to select it), and drag the crop overlayhandle in to tighten the crop around the subject. This removes some of the featureless studio backdrop, and makes our would-be starlet look more prominent in the frame. Click Done to apply the crop. Boost the contrast Click the Black & White option in the Basic panel to desaturate the shot, and push the Exposure slider up to +0.80 to brighten the skinhighlights. Next Go to the Tone Curve panel, click the Point Curve drop-down menu, and change it from the default Linear setting to Medium Contrast, to create a curve that produces darker shadows and brighter highlights. Selective tone tweaks To fine-tune which areas are lighter or darker, scroll down to the B&W panel. Drag the Red slider down to-20; this darkens tones that are red in the start image, creating striking dark lipstick that contrasts with the skin. Set the Orange slider to +30 to lighten the skin even more, and reveal more texture in the sweater, and set Purple to +50 to lighten the studio backdrop.

Create a Hollywood portrait in Lightroom

Add a vignette Go to the Post Crop Vignetting section of the Effects panel. Set Style to Colour Priority then set Amount to +20, Roundness to +70 and Feather to 40. This gently lightens the corners, giving them a faded look that evokes a vintage print and helping our subject s darker features stand out more. Add some grain Go to the Navigator window at the left of the interface, and click the 1:1 option to view the shotactual pixels. Go to the Grain section in the Effects panel and drag the Amount slider up to 12. Set Size to 40 for larger clumps of film-like grain, and set Roughness to 67. The cool thing about LightroomGrain effects is that theyalso be applied to areas we blur, creating a more authentic-looking film effect. To add a sheen to our subjecthair, click on the Adjustment Brush icon to select it (or press K). Click to place an adjustment ’in the hair, then set Exposure to 0.40 and Contrast to 30, and push Clarity up to 100, which will increase the local  contrast between the strands of hair. Set the brush size to 16.0, and paint over the hair to make the highlights stand out more in contrast to the darker details. Selective blur Click the New icon in the settings panel, and click to place a second pin near the edge of the hair. Set Exposure and Contrast to 0, and Sharpness and Clarity to TOO. Paint around the edges of the hair, and over the lower fifth or so of the subject, to blur those areas and create a shallow depth of field effect.

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