This is a post for my fellow portrait photographers out there.

I’ve been using this technique for my skin retouching for a few months now, and the more I use it, the more I fall in love with it.

I’m not sure if the average client realizes, but as a portrait photographer, a large portion of the work gets done on the computer after the photo shoot is complete. Only then can the images be turned into something that reflects the style, quality and flavor of the photographer.

Back in the day when I still photographed weddings, I used Lightroom as my go-to editing platform, because it allowed me to cull and edit in bulk and the minor retouching I did on those images was easily managed by the Lightroom Development tools.

Now that I shoot exclusively portraits, I don’t have the same volume of images that need editing, but the degree and quality of retouching required is much higher. Lightroom doesn’t really perform to my liking in this area, but at the same time, Photoshop can be so laborious, slow and heavy. So for ages, I’ve been struggling between the two, trying to find the perfect balance. That was until I discovered the SleekLens Portrait Perfection Photoshop Actions. 

SleekLens Portrait Perfection Photoshop Actions

If Lightroom and Photoshop had a baby, it would look like SleekLens’ actions.

It combines the ease and speed of Lightroom Development tools with the power of Photoshop, making it a breeze to create gorgeous images, with less of the hassle, and in a short amount of time.

With one click of a button, all the layers needed to turn your image into a masterpiece appear in the layers module, and then its up to you to paint in or adjust the individual layers to your liking.

My favorite, go-to action is the Portrait Retouch – Fast Retouch (Eyes, Skin, Teeth). Run the action, select the layer you want to work on and adjust to your liking. I then do a bit of clone stamping on any obvious blemishes, and then I’m done.

To be honest, I haven’t really explored all the other actions in this set to their full capacity, but this one alone has changed my retouching workflow for the better.

Before Retouching

After Retouching

Then I add my Abigail K flavour (like mama’s family secret recipe!) and voila…

Click here if you’d like to check out Sleek Lens’ Portrait Perfection Photoshop Actions (If you buy any SleekLens actions, I DON’T receive any payment, #justsaying. I just really like this particular action and think that a lot of other portrait photographers out there will enjoy it too!)

And if you want to watch a tutorial on how you can use SleekLens Portrait Perfection, head on over to this YouTube Video. And find out more about their Lightroom Tutorials, PhotoShop Actions and follow them on Pinterest

See more gorgeous images from Alexi’s shoot, click here.