February 2021 // The Post-Production Edition

STEP 2. MASK IN & OUT IN LIGHTROOM

The first thing we need to do is grab the adjustment brush by striking the ‘k’ key. After clicking the new brush tab, we can add more sharpening and simply paint on the eyes, mouth and hair to let those areas pop. (fig. 11) You can also add some contrast, whites and black to add some depth to this effect. (fig. 12) This will make your image appear slightly sharper as well. (fig. 13) Now you can also remove the sharpening applied earlier in the Details panel if a blurred background looks off. This can simply be done with a new brush and lowering the sharpening slider to -50. Now that our image has input sharpening applied, we’re ready to jump into Photoshop. (fig. 14)

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