The Lightroom Mobile app is one of my favorites for easy photo editing and amazing results, whether it’s making small corrections or adding a more personal touch. The first thing you should know is that this software is free, but it has a premium version with which you can unlock all the available options. You can get it in the application store of your mobile. So, if you haven’t already, download it and … let’s get started!
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I’ll walk you through the step-by-step editing of portraits like these:
Once you have chosen the photograph you want to retouch, you will be able to see, at the bottom of the screen, the toolbar with all the editing options that this application offers: cuts, color corrections, angle corrections, among others.
Now I will explain to you what are some of the essential tools and tricks to create a unique image.
Step one: correct blemishes
If you wishcorrect any detail of the skin such as pimples, blemishes or textures, the “healing” tool will be your best friend. You will find it in the lower left as a band aid icon. This brush has several options to adapt it to your needs and it works by duplicating another section of the photograph that you will select using one of the white circles like this:
This brush has several options that will allow you to adapt it to your needs: You can change the size, depending on the level of detail you need, and also choose how defined or diffuse you want it, that is, the intensity of the border . I recommend using the brush in the smallest possible size and with a very blurred edge to give a more natural effect.
Second step: light
Light is one of the most important elements in photography and one of the things that can most radically change your mood. Inside option Light , identified with a small sun, you will be able to find tools that will allow you raise and lower exposure and contrast, highlight shadows or points of light and even play with the balances of all the previous ones.
Personally, I tend to lower the contrast and raise the shadows because it is my personal aesthetic taste, however, I recommend that you play with the balances to find your own style and the configuration that best suits your photo.
Within this section you can also find a button Curves (RGB) which will allow you to fine-tune this category. A grid will appear with a diagonal line (as you can see in the photo). Click on each of the intersections (they must be 3 points) and then, in the middle of the first box, below and to the left. These will be the points of light -white, gray and black-, and you can drag it in various directions to achieve different results. The first point, for example, will allow you to make the blacks more opaque.
Tip: If you want to see the before and after editing for reference, hold your finger down on the photo and the original photo will be revealed for you to compare.
Third step: color
Color tools will allow you change the temperature and the undertone of the photo, as well as play with the intensity and balance of the colors .
I recommend modifying the temperature first and then using the ink option to balance the colors. The saturation and intensity tools will help you brighten up colors or make them look duller. For more advanced editions, you can experiment individually modifying the colors in the section of Mixture .
Step four: effects
To play with the texture and definition of your photographs, go to the section Effects edit . By changing these elements you can give your image a high definition look or, on the contrary, a vintage effect. The grain will help you achieve an analog film look, while the clarity will bring you closer to an HDR style. Likewise, the vignette tool will create an interesting style for your photo that will give it an old touch and highlight what is in the center of the image.
Now to export!
As a last tip I tell you that, to save time, I like to save some combinations as presets. For it select the three dots at the top right of the screen and choose the option create preset. Once there you will be able to select which of the settings you are interested in keeping in your new template and which ones are not.
This is all you need to edit a photo of any kind with Lightroom Mobile. Of course, this application offers you many more options that you can explore to achieve other effects and nuances in your images, but it is always good to have the basics.