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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Sleeklens Lightroom Presets and Brushes Trial

 I received an offer to try Sleeklens base landscape package for LR,  51 presets and 30 brushes for landscape editing, for more info follow this link and .

 Sleeklens was founded in 2015 by the current CEO and CoFounder Daniel Chabert. He started Sleeklens after being dissatisfied with the quality of products on the market. He would often end up with Lightroom or Photoshop products that were designed to be a “quick-fix” or an “all-in-one” solution. You will find no such products at Sleeklens. Our goal is to provide you with a product that works “with” you, not “for” you. Our growing company is currently based in Copenhagen, Denmark and employs talented experts from around the world.

To do the test I used one image that was part of a series of images in the Andes, this one was the darkest one, I wanted to see if I can use Sleeklens to bring back details and lights into it. 

It work very well and very fast too, 

The process image using Sleeklens,

Image processed using Sleeklens LR presets and brushes
 Original raw image directly from camera

Original Image From Camera Raw
As you can see the original is very dark, I was exposing for the sky, setting my camera to do a series of photos for hdr. Using Sleekens for LR I found out that I may not need to shoot 3 to 7 images "hdr process" to get all the details that I want.
My first concern when doing this kind of work, retrieving a lot of details in the shadows is the noise effect, and I was very please with the low noise found in the processed image.

How it worked, after installing the presets and brushes to LR, I imported the raw image and under the develop module, I started using the presets, I stacked 4 presets, (all presets can be modified)
  • All in one Shine into the Sunset
  • Base Basic Film
  • Base Hdr
  • Tone Desaturate
The result was great but I needed some touch up, to do so I used 2 Sleekens brushes,(all brushes can be modified)
  • Cloudy Sky Definition
  • Neutral Haze
To finish it I edited the image in Photoshop I always use PS to check my saturation and color cast.

First I used one of my favorite Nik Color Efex Pro "remove color cast" I don't use it all the time but for this image I had too, I always had problem with too much color that's probably why I like to do black and white, but anyway that's another story! Ok after using Nik, I checked my saturation level, to do so I used Gamut Warning, and for sure I had to lower down the saturation.
It looked pretty good but as a final touch I cropped the image to a 16 x 9 format.

After saving the image, I decided to try Topaz Impresson 2, using Edward Hooper modified.

Topaz Impression 2, Edward Hooper Modified.

 I found that using Sleeklens improved the process time and result, to learn more about the process visit their site

Or one of their tutorial on youtube