It’s a pretty amazing feeling when a company reaches out to YOU and asks you to review their product. I didn’t quite realize that I had hit that point in my career. But, lo and behold, I recently received an email from Sleeklens asking me to review a pack of their Lightroom Presets and Photoshop Actions.
Now, I don’t use Lightroom in my retouching workflow, but I do use Photoshop so I jumped at the chance to try out some new actions. While I do a lot of hand editing, I have a few actions that I love to use as a part of my basic workflow just for efficiency.
When I first opened the Portrait Perfection Photoshop Actions, and started to play around, I noticed that they were a little inconsistent with the prompts. Some actions would just run, while some would provide prompts for how to use them. This isn’t a problem if you are an experienced user of actions, but a beginner may feel a little lost on some of them.
Two points of contention, for me, were the actions that ran and flattened with no ability to adjust the opacity or mask off of the subject. These actions are a lot more intense than I prefer for my editing style so I like to have a little more control over them.
I tend to go for a lighter and airier look for my studio work and these feel little more intense than I usually go for on newborns, but I’m excited to use these for my outdoor fall sessions. There are some great easy processes included that can really make those outdoor sessions pop.
I really love the Light Glow and Enhance Tones packs in this workflow. There is a lot of freedom in these sets to play around and adjust the opacity to your liking. The Bases are good to create consistency in your images. However, I recommend going light with the opacity and brushing off of your subject.
Here is a Before and After of an image I took last year. In this image, all I’ve done in the edited version outside of the actions is clone out a few gnats from the girl. As you can see, the final image is fairly warm but for a session like this…it works.
Actions used: Portrait Retouch Fast Retouch- Skin smoother from “Eyes, Skin, Teeth”, Enhanced Tones in “Autumn Love” and brushed off of the subjects at reduced opacity, and Light Glow in “Sunny”.
My final notes on this product… If you’re a beginner to actions, this may feel a little cumbersome. But, the people at Sleeklens are really nice and there are a lot of videos available for how to use them. If you’re an experienced actions user, you’ll find this easy to use. I will definitely be looking more into Sleeklens’ product line and hope to use them again!
Thank you to Sleeklens for the opportunity to review their product! I did not receive any compensation for this review. I did receive the actions in exchange for my honest review. These opinions are mine and based on my experience with the Sleeklens actions set.