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Light and Airy Lightroom Mobile Tutorial [+8 Free Presets!]

September 1, 2019


– [Instructor] Hello and
welcome to this episode of Denny’s Tips. In this tutorial, you’ll
learn how to create the light and airy look in Lightroom CC. I will be using lightning
CC on the desktop but you can follow along with
Lightning CC on your phone, Lightroom Classic CC or
Photoshop’s Camera Raw Filter. If you’re editing on your smartphone make sure you go into settings and disable any sort
of screen enhancements. (slow music) We’ll start by reducing the saturation. If you do this vibrance
or saturation sliders the skin tones will look washed out. So, we’re going to use
a different technique. Go to a color section
and click on this button to bring up the color mixer. Click on the drop-down
menu and select saturation. Set the saturation to negative 50 for all of the colors except
for red, orange and yellow. Don’t worry too much about the settings because we’ll be fine-tuning it later. Now, switch to your luminance setting. Set the luminance to positive 50 for all of the colors except
for red, orange and yellow. As you can see the
image has a lighter look but the skin tone stay natural. (slow music) To make your photo lighter
you can pump up these shadows. However, this might make
things in your photos like hair and skin look a little bit flat. A great alternative to
this is the dehaze slider. Go to effects section and
reduce the dehaze setting. This will add some fogginess to your photo but be very careful and don’t overdo it. As you can see in this comparison image adding some haze will give
your photo a lighter look without that flat look
that you sometimes get with the shadows adjustment. You can use a combination of both depending on what you’re
trying to achieve. (slow music) Now we’re going edit the
tones with the curves. Go to your light section
and then click on this icon to bring up the curves editor. If you’re not familiar
with the curves don’t worry because you can still follow along. Well, I recommend checking on my tone chart tutorial afterwards. That video will help you
understand how this tool works. For now just follow along. In some light and airy photos you’ll notice that the
image looks a little bit dim but it’s not underexposed. To recreate this effect drag
the top right point downwards. This will drop the whites. Add a point to middle and
move it back up to the center. This will move to mid-tones
back to where they were before. Here’s how the image looks
like before and after. (slow music) If you want to make the
effect warmer or cooler don’t use the white balance. Instead, stay in the curves
and switch to a blue channel. Add a point in the middle and then drag up to make it cooler or
down to make it warmer. You only need to move it very slightly. For my image I prefer to keep it neutral so I’m just going to
leave this setting alone. (slow music) Now that we’re done
with the overall effect we can go back into any
settings and fine-tune it. Most of the fine tuning
will be in the color mixer. For example, I wanna make the foliage a little bit more blue
for that film like look. So, I’ll go into a hue settings and shift a green slider
towards the right. I’m also going to switch
our luminance setting and lighten the greens. You can also lighten the yellows but be careful because this
might effect skin tones. And we’re done. Here’s how the image looks
like before and after. (slow music) To save this as a preset
go to your preset section. Click on the panel menu
and select create preset. Give her a name and only check mark the settings that you’ve used. Then click Save. You can now apply this preset
to any photo that you like. (slow music) If you like this effect
there’s a download link for my free light and air presets in the video description below. There’s eight presets to choose from and you can use them on Lightroom for your laptop tablet or phone. There’s also a pro version
that you can upgrade to. And if you do thank you
so much for your support. I really appreciate it. In the pro version, you’ll
get all 50 Lightroom presets and you’ll get 50 lots that
you can use with other software like Premiere After
Effects and Final Cut Pro. Every preset also comes with
their skin protective version which restores up to 75%
of the original skin tones. The link for a pro version is also a new video description below. Thanks for watching. If you liked it, please remember hit the like button. Also if you’re new to curves still, remember to check out
my tone chart tutorial. It’s a great way to get an
understanding of how it works so you don’t have to rely on memorizing tone curve shapes and patterns. Anyways let me know what
you think of this tutorial in your comments below. I hope you have a great day and I’ll see you in the next video.

5 Comments

  • Reply Denny's Tips July 19, 2019 at 1:19 am

    Thank you for watching!! The download link is in the video description.
    BTW, look at your settings after following this tutorial. All the basic settings are untouched 🙂

  • Reply Martin Salazar July 19, 2019 at 2:12 am

    very nice tutorial.

  • Reply catnapwat July 19, 2019 at 8:49 am

    This is excellent. Explaining why you change things one way and not another is the big thing that's missing from other Lightroom videos. Thanks, please do more! Maybe how to recreate Instagram presets from big accounts like mariefeandjakesnow and gypsea_lust? Or how to copy looks- what to adjust in what order etc?

  • Reply Video Upskill August 9, 2019 at 11:50 am

    Awesome

  • Reply Sasha Stories August 17, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    Thank you for the tutorial Denny. Which top 3 books would you recommend from your amazon list?

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