Lightroom Portrait Presets by FixThePhoto

When it comes to Lightroom preset packages, you would be spoilt for choice by the myriad of packages available online. You can find generic presets which apply image processing to all kinds of photos or more specialise packages which focus on just landscapes, food, portraits etc.

Recently I was contacted by FixThePhoto to try out and give an honest review of one of their Lightroom presets. Since I shoot a lot of portrait photos, I chose the Lightroom Portrait Presets.

In addition to creating Lightroom presets they also produce Photoshop actions, brushes, overlay and textures. They also offer retouching services.

Lightroom Portrait Presets

On the FixThePhoto website for this set of presets they mentioned that this set was designed by their retouchers for quick and easy editing of both male and female portraits.

This package comes with 40 presets. There are presets to convert photos to B&W, sharpen an image, bring out the vibrance and open up shadows. You also have some which tone and tint photos. In other words this is a very diverse set of presets and offers a variety of ways to experiment and find a style or treatment for your photos.

Testing

I tested the presets with a few of my archived photos. 1 of the photos was already processed and the other 3 were straight off the camera with minimal Lightroom adjustments.

I wanted to see how well the presets worked for untouched camera raw images.

Results

Here are the results of the individual photos after applying the preset(s). I have indicated the adjustments applied to each image.

 Untouched photo with Portrait Spearmint preset applied.

Untouched photo with Portrait Spearmint preset applied.

 Untouched photo with Portrait Mild HDR and Portrait High Fashion presets applied.

Untouched photo with Portrait Mild HDR and Portrait High Fashion presets applied.

 Post-processed photo with Portrait Film preset applied.

Post-processed photo with Portrait Film preset applied.

 Untouched photo with Portrait Matte, Portrait Smooth Skin, Portrait Cinematic and Portrait Dark Contrast presets applied.

Untouched photo with Portrait Matte, Portrait Smooth Skin, Portrait Cinematic and Portrait Dark Contrast presets applied.

Conclusion

Like other Lightroom presets, I found this set very easy to use. You can try a preset and adjust the Lightroom develop settings to fine-tune the result. As you can see from the examples above, you can get subtle or pronounced results from the presets. When it comes to portrait retouching, a little bit goes a long way!

I was very pleased with the results which I was able to produce with this set. I particularly liked the Film, Spearmint and Sea Breeze presets. The Sepia preset was another favourite. These came close to the type of look I like for the style of work I do.

In conclusion, for $39 you will not go wrong with this package from FixThePhoto. The presets work very well off the shelf for portraits and are also a great launching point for further experimentation.

Visit their website to see some really amazing examples.

Happy shooting and processing!