HOW TO use

Chérie

by Melli & Shayne

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THIS guide IS AIMED AT HELPING YOU understand HOW TO USE CHÉRIE & LUNE presets AND TO GET THE most out of them. WE’LL EXPLORE HOW TO install THE PRESETS, WHAT THE structure IS ALL ABOUT, HOW TO apply THEM AND IN what order AND FINALLY WE’LL SHARE SOME tips FOR YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY THAT WILL compliment THESE PRESETS THE MOST.

INSTALLATION

Installing these presets is the exact process same as installing any other preset into Adobe Lightroom Classic/CC/Camera RAW

Access the Develop Module:
1/ Open Adobe Lightroom Classic.
2/ Go to the Develop module.

Find the Presets Panel:
3/ On the left-hand side, you’ll find the Presets panel.

Import Presets:
4/ Right-click anywhere within the Presets panel.
5/ Choose “Import” from the context menu.
6/ Navigate to your preset files and select them.
7/ Click on the “Import” button.

Locate the Presets Panel:
1/ Open Adobe Lightroom CC.
2/ On the left-hand side, you’ll find the Presets panel.

Import Presets:
3/ Click on the “+” icon next to the Presets panel header.
4/ Choose “Import Presets” from the dropdown menu.
5/ Navigate to your preset files and select them.
6/ Click on the “Import” button.

Access Presets in Adobe Camera Raw:
1/ Open Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) either as a standalone application or within Adobe Photoshop.

Open the Presets Panel:
2/ In the ACR interface, locate the Presets panel.

Import Presets:
3/ Click on the “+” icon or the three-dot menu icon in the Presets panel.
4/ Choose “Import Profiles & Presets” from the dropdown menu.
5/ Navigate to your preset files and select them.
6/ Click on the “Import” button.

the STRUCTURE

The way Roots Presets are structured have been designed to enhance your workflow and not add unnecessary workloads. We have separated the base presets (i.e Chérie 1, Chérie 2, etc…) into their own sections along with their own specific toolkits. These tools and tweaks help enhance the respective base preset by adjusting certain parameters to fine tune your overall tones.

**** = BASE PRESET
HSL = HUE, SATURATION, LUMINANCE ADJUSTMENTS
TC = TONE CURVE ADJUSTMENTS
CG = COLOR GRADING ADJUSTMENTS

the PROCESS

With each pack having a base/starting preset, the process of using these couldn’t be easier. See below for the process breakdown and why this structure makes it a wonderful addition to your workflow rather than a hassle.

STEP by STEP

Begin by applying any of the base presets: Chérie 1, Chérie 2, Chérie 3, Lune (Lune does not adjust exposure settings as it was built to be applied to a virtual copy of a finished color edit).

Chérie is tweaked to have a neutral white balance or a slight shift towards the warmer side. Keeping the exposure a bit brighter without blowing out highlights in the skin is also recommended.

If you don’t see the previews over your image when you hover, make sure you have “Enable Hover Previews” enabled in your Lightroom settings.

Chérie and Lune both have AI masks that come standard with them. These are incredibly powerful adjustments that can quickly adjust things like the background.

Chérie is generally a very clean preset, so by adding a bit of grain from one of the presets, you’ll have texture and a slight hint of that nostaligic feeling.

OUR PRESETS AND WORKFLOW ARE FULLY CUSTOMIZABLE. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO TAKE ALL OF THIS AS A STARTING POINT, AND TWEAK AS YOU GO ALONG.

ADVICE for SHOOTING

One of the most important things to remember is that a preset, no matter who makes it or where you got it from, cannot fix a poorly photographed image. It starts with your photography first, then the editing. Click to open each point.

It goes without saying that shooting RAW is incredibly important as it allows you the most flexibility when you’re editing. With RAW images, you retain much more detail in the shadows & highlights as well as have complete control over the White Balance. JPEGs on the other hand are considered “finished” images, and therefore have vastly less flexibility. 

Chérie was built around having really beautiful, soft, natural skin tones without pushing them to be too orange or warm. Where possible, try and expose your image for the skin so that it does not overexpose or underexpose too much. This helps to have a decent starting point for when you’re editing. If your background is not crucial to your image, then rather let it overexpose slightly to ensure better skin tones.

It may seem obvious but where you shoot does have an effect on the tones you achieve in your image. You need to pay attention to color casts from colored rooms, green bushes and so on. Chérie really shines on neutral toned backgrounds or areas where the greens are not overly saturated. Of course that isn’t always possible to control, therefore a little more tweaking in the edit may be necessary.

Along with exposing for the skin, what you can do to achieve brighter-feeling images is to minimize what you have in your backgrounds, find neutral colored areas and even slightly overexpose the edit in Lightroom. Chérie tries to keep as much highlight information as possible in case you need to bring it back, but theres no rule in saying you can’t remove it entirely. In the end, you choose what is “included” in your final image and what isn’t.

When you’re facing harsh light situations, our recommendation would be to expose for the highlights. It’s much easier to bring back details in the shadows than it is from the highlights. Chérie doesn’t only look great on clean, brighter images but can be incredibly strong for darker, moodier, contrasty images too.

With Chérie being a very neutral and relatively light preset, it means that it works in plenty of situations. Including Flash. In fact, sometimes it feels as if Chérie was made specifically for flash photography. Don’t be afraid to have your flash on your camera and pointed at your couple/subjects. It’s trendy at the moment and to be honest, we genuinely like it. If you have access to a backlight, this combination also be strong.

example EDIT

Here is the entire process from start to finish of editing an image as an example. Cycle through each phase using the arrows on either side of the image.

RAW / SOOC IMAGE
This is the RAW image straight out of the camera. It was quite underexposed and this wasn't intentional, however, we can see how Chérie brings details back.
Appled "Chérie 1 (Rose)" Base preset
This is the immediate result after applying the base preset. We chose the Rose version due to there having a bit more red/pink in the skin tones.
Exposure Adjustments
We raised our exposure and highlights while dropping the shadows and blacks slightly to keep the contrast of the image.
Temperature
We raised the white balance slider ever so slightly to bring a bit more warmth to the skin tones. We didn't want to push it too far that the whites of the beach and dress shifted color too much.
Saturation & Texture
We pushed up the saturation slightly to bring a bit more "pop" to the image while also increasing the texture to just help bring out a bit more detail.
Grain & Healing
Lastly we removed some blemishes (non-permanent) and added our layer of grain.
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