Bearded Man free Lightroom preset gives portraits a detailed and rugged look, and is specially designed to enhance headshots of men. Its adjustments in tone and color will create a somewhat dark motif and make facial features look vivid. The undersaturated cool colors that it produces, too, help accentuate the overall portrait.
This preset is great as an Instagram filter, particularly if you are going for a dark, crisp, and rugged style. It works best on portraits that focus on the subject’s facial features and expressions. You can also make the most out of its complex tones by applying it to photos with diffused lighting.
Brightening. The preset first increases the exposure of the photo to add more light to the image. This is complemented by a little increase in contrast, just enough to draw out the tones amidst the brightening. These fundamental settings help highlight the features of the subject and serve as a base for further adjustments in tone.
You can already notice the difference in the above example. The exposure increase brightens the man’s face. There is now greater depth as well. You can learn more about the tone adjustments below.
Produces Warm and Brilliant Tones
Light and Crisp. Bearded Man preset lightens all tones: it makes whites more brilliant, while it lightens blacks and shadows. It refines dark areas, too, by tweaking them further in the tone curve. Then, to add a layer of complexity to the tones, the preset adds an elegant warm tone in the highlights.
You can notice the results in the above example. The highlights, especially the snow in the background, look warm and brilliant. The man’s coat is in a lighter shade of gray, also with a tinge of warmth.
Intensifies Colors and Midtones
Complex Vibrance. The preset distinctly produces rich and deep colors. These are because of its well-blended enhancements in color and tone. For this batch of adjustments, Bearded Man intensifies the colors: it boosts the midtones with clarity, amplifies vibrance, and creates a medium contrast curve.
You can examine the result in the photo above. Notice how the man’s skin tones look more complex in the After photo. Both hues and tones look clear and vivid, too. Between the two photos above, the one on the right, with the Bearded Man preset applied, looks more compelling.
Creates a Contrast Between Warm and Cool Hues
Contrasting Hues. The preset adjusts the saturation of hues to draw attention to the subject and create its signature dark look. This works by lowering the saturation of green, aqua, blue, purple, and magenta. On the other hand, it amplifies the luminance of the color red, which primarily affects skin tones.
See how the man seems to pop more in the After photo above. The background looks dim, and his aqua shirt looks undersaturated. His skin looks more illuminated as well.
Sharp Details. This preset can’t be called Bearded Man without its improvements in sharpening and texture. It boosts sharpening so that you can appreciate every detail in the portrait. As you can notice in the above images, the preset makes you notice more features, including the texture of the men’s beard.
As it is a preset specially designed for portraits, it also applies the usual polishing adjustments like noise reduction and vignetting. Notice how the vignette helps frame the portrait and underscore the dark vivid look of the preset.
Bearded Man is for Lightroom Mobile, Desktop and…
Like all our presets, you can absolutely use Bearded Man as is, right out of the box. With any preset, you might need to make adjustments to accommodate your specific camera, settings, lighting, and subject matter.
If you want more presets like this, you can check out our collection of Lightroom presets for portraits.
- Entirely Adjustable
- Compatible with Lightroom 4, 5, 6, and CC
- Performs with both PC, Mac, and Mobile
- Applicable to both RAW and JPG images
- 100% Free