I was recently approached by the Public Relations Department of Sleeklens to use and give a review of their “Strike A Pose Workflow” package. On their website you can find many more packages for Photoshop and Lightroom. As I use Lightroom for the majority of my post-processing workflow I chose the Lightroom package which comes with 69 portrait presets and 62 portrait Adjustment Brushes.
Just to be clear, I did not have to pay for the Lightroom package and no conditions were placed on me by the company. All that was asked of me was to provide an honest review, and this is what I have embarked to do.
As mentioned this Strike A Pose Workflow package comes with huge number of presets and adjustment brushes. The presets and brushes are comprised of the following:
25 All in one presets, 15 Base presets, 6 Exposure presets, 5 Tone Tint presets, 5 Polish presets, and 4 Vignette presets.
8 Color Brushes, 31 Face Brushes, 5 Hair Brushes, 4 Haze Brushes, 8 Light Brushes.
The description of each preset and brush is mostly self-explanatory however the fun is in the discovery of what these can do for your photos so I usually don't delve too much in the names.
As the Strike A Pose workflow targets portraits I chose 4 portrait photos from my archive. The subjects in the photo range from being far back in the scene to headshot. I played around with the presets and adjustment brushes on the photos until I found a look I liked.
With Lightroom presets you can do stacking which means you can add presets on top of each other. You can see what presets you have used by checking the History listing on Lightroom.
For the headshot portraits I also used the adjustment brushes to smooth skin and bring out the details in the eyes and lips. Skin smoothing is obviously not as good as Photoshop as the latter is a more superior image editing program than Lightroom, but the adjustment brushes on Lightroom produced a pretty decent result.
The photos below show the before and after treatment of the presets and brushes. I have also indicated the main presets and brushes used.
I have to admit I am rather pleased with the versatility of the presets and brushes. Depending on the photo you are processing, you can get pretty amazing results using just the presets and brushes, without further tweaking. These presets are also a great starting point to experiment with the look and feel you are trying to achieve with your photo.
I did not follow much of the workflow suggested by the numbered groupings but that's not saying that they don't work. The workflow may work for you but for me I like to experiment!
The Strike A Pose Workflow is priced at US$39 on the Sleeklens store. For the price I think it is a bargain considering huge library of presets and brushes that come with it. I will definitely be keeping this package in my arsenal of image processing tools.
For more information on how to use the Lightroom presets check out the Lightroom tutorials.