Bright & Sweet gives portraits a warm and inviting glow. It enhances skin tones and softens the feel of the portrait. It also comes with a creamy tint that adds to the sweet mood of the image.
This preset is ideal for portraits with sufficient lighting and muted tones. We just love how it transforms skin tones and the entire mood! With its tender aesthetic, you may also use it for wedding, newborn, and pet photography. Or you may try to use it as a preset for Instagram if you want this style all over your feed.
Creates a Warm and Natural Look
Natural Glow. The Before and After pictures above exude different moods. The After image, with the preset applied, is much more appealing because of its soft matte look. The subtle magenta tint further adds to its charm.
Smoother Skin. Pay attention to how this portrait enhances skin tones and makes makeup look natural. You can notice this best in the woman’s softened eyeliners and her now-nude matte lipstick.
Expressive Details. Bright & Sweet preset also tweaks the exposure, vibrance, and sharpening to reveal the subject’s features. You can see in the After photo that there is now less shadow on the woman’s face. We can also see the highlights, even strands, of her long hair.
Softens the Expressions on Portraits with Pastels
Light Mood. You may use this preset to soften the mood of a shot, too. More specifically, it will infuse a warm and cozy atmosphere.
Gentler Expressions. In the example above, see how the Before image looks quite formal, even with the man’s candid smile. We like how the preset makes him seem more approachable. You can totally get this look for urban portraits like this. Just observe how the focus is now on his gentler expressions, not his imposing attire and vibrant car.
Pastel Tints. While the resulting photo looks somewhat muted, the preset retains some depth by tinting the highlights with orange, and the shadows with pink hues. This is why skin tones look warmer in tone, and why dark areas have hints of magenta. As you can see, it can also be a soft yet moody preset.
Lightens the Portrait’s Mood
Light Details. Look at how much of the woman’s face is now revealed. We can finally fully see her expression after the brightening of this preset. The shadows are no longer as harsh, particularly at the lower part of her face. The black sunglasses do not look as jarring now, too. Her scarf, lastly, is more noticeable.
Warm Tints. Like in above examples, you can notice the intricate pastel hues that layer the image. You can think of this effect as similar to the light and airy aesthetic, but with a subtle creamy tint. This is most apparent on the subject’s white top: it looks creamy now, close to a peach hue. The trees in the background appear lighter, too; this is because of the preset’s adjustment in saturation and luminance.
Bright & Sweet is for Lightroom Mobile, Desktop and…
Like all our presets, you can absolutely use Bright & Sweet 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, be sure to check out our Lightroom presets for portraits.
Need help with the presets? You can go through our guide to learn how to install presets on Lightroom mobile and desktop.
- 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