HOW TO use

ETIVE and Storr

by Sean Bell

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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 ETIVE ONE, ETIVE TWO etc…) into their own preset folders along with their own specific toolkits. The goal with this was to allow you to choose one preset tone, and have all the toolkit &  adjustments in one panel without having to scroll up and down trying to find them all.

For ETIVE and STORR, we approached the pack with a lot more clarity. 

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: ETIVE ONE, ETIVE TWO or STORR. We used icons to help identify which are the base presets amongst the pack.

Work your way down through the basic panel adjusting things like your white balance and exposure. ETIVE looks gorgeous when you’re going for a darker edit so try and keep the highlights exposed correctly. However, ETIVE can also be used on brighter images and it’s equally stunning. 

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.

ETIVE (BOTH) and STORR all have AI Masks and tools within their preset panel for easy access. With a simple click of a button, you can elevate your image even further. With all our tools, you can simply adjust the ‘amount’ slider at the top of the preset panel to control the strength. 

ETIVE has a very fine grain setting which looks great to wrap things up. Apply it if you like and feel free to tweak / adjust it as necessary.

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. 

Exposing for the highlights such as the white dress, a shirt, a light spot somewhere will allow you to retain details and have a much more balanced raw image to start with. Plus, Etive is primarily a darker/moodier preset and this is exactly what you need to do in order to help get the tones you see Etive making.

To give a more ‘cinematic’ or dramatic feel or when you want to thin facial features then try and shoot portraits from the ‘shadow’ side. When using this short lighting technique for portraits it may cause blemishes/spots to show up and also a shine to the skin if under a more direct light source, so just be aware about this.

Promist filters influence the highlights of your image by morphing them into a slight glow/haze. This filter sits on your lens and can help make your images feel a lot softer and less digital.

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 as the goal was to not blow out the highlights; keeping as much detail in them as possible.
Applied "ETIVE ONE" Base Preset
ETIVE one is the harsher of the two base presets which was perfect for bringing out those details.
Applied "Softer Contrasts" Preset
This preset softens the contrast overall by adjusting the contrast slider, highlights & shadows, blacks & whites. Furhter tweaking was done but ever so slightly.
Exposure Adjustments
We raised the exposure slightly so we could start to see the detail in the brides face
White Balance & Color Adjustments
We noticed that everthing felt a little too cool so we warmed up the white balance slightly until we got a tone we were happy with. We then pushed the saturation slider up slightly just to bring a bit more color back.
Background Soften Mask
We applied the background-soften mask and reduced its strength. We also dropped the exposure in the mask just to help make the couple pop out even more; but we didn't want it to look unnatural. So it was a very slight adjustment overall.
Manual Vignette
We created a very simple radial mask and dragged it over the couple. We then darkend the exposure ever so slightly to create a large, but soft vignette.
Sun
With all this darkening of the background, we did lose interest in the background and as the sun was lighting up the clouds, we wanted to bring that element back. So we created another radial mask and dragged it over the area where the sun was. This time, we raised our exposure slightly and dropped the dehaze adjustment a little.
Vignette & Grain
Just to help darken the edges, we used the vignette preset in the preset panel. We also finished off with the Light layer of grain to wrap everything up and soften some of the harder edges.
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