Update : 2018. I stopped using this software. My style is doing retouch manually and using my own built photoshop actions (aligned with my own workflow and very subtle on details).
Recently Sleeklens contacted me and kindly offered me the opportunity to work with their software. Sleeklens sells Lightroom and Photoshop workflows to photographers that want to cut down photo editing time. As their Photoshop actions are ‘not only custom-built but also of high quality for guaranteed efficiency’, Sleeklens got my interest.
Up until now I had around 20 Photoshop actions that I use for portraiture. Half of them I recorded myself. So far my actions were not about adjusting colors and tones (like applying a Filter effect), they were about ‘automated’ repetitive and lenghty workflow steps. For coloring and toning I sometimes used the NIK collection. Because I give full attention to all my selective images and never ‘batch automate’ the editing, I was doubtful if I could benefit and realise efficiency gains with the new Photoshop action bundle.
Portrait Perfection Collection
‘The Sleeklens bundle contains 56 Photoshop portrait brushes and actions that will help you adjust tones, colors and improve the overall appearance of your images turning them into amazing masterpieces. Apply soft, velvety looks and feels to your portraits, while giving them a professional finish’.
Although I had doubts, I did find some gem Portrait Retouch actions, that are in line with my style and vision. I started working with them and find that they speed up my fine retouching editing. So far I am very happy with :
- Portrait Retouch
- Enhance Tones
- Candy Store
Up until now I have been quite a minimalist with filter effects. Also I have not done any serious ‘digital recipe cooking’. But I am keen to explore and learn. So, mange tak Sleeklens for the opportunity to explore and build upon your portrait recipe collection. Maybe I can come up with my own flavoured recipe lists. (However I doubt that my digital recipes will ever outnumber my slow cooking and oven recipes…).
I am convinced that many portrait photographers can benefit from the Sleeklens software and find for instance good use in ‘Temperature’, ‘Color correction’ and ‘Light Glow’ actions. Creative and seasoned Photoshop/Lightroom and Filter users will undoubtedly be efficient and great in mixing actions and make many interesting own ‘recipes’ and tasteful portraits. Hence I can recommend my/their
‘Portrait Perfection Bundle’
Check out the Sleeklens website and this video for more information and examples :