I was recently asked to try out and review the Sleeklens Through the Woods Workflow for Adobe Lightroom. The Through the Woods Workflow consists of 51 Adobe Lightroom presets and 30 brushes for landscape editing. This was my first time working with a Sleeklens workflow so I have definitely eager to give it whirl.
I decided to pick photos that I initially struggled to edit due to a variety of issues like either I overexposed the photo or I even underexposed it. Some photos had dark shadows and blown out highlights. I wanted to see what this workflow from Sleeklens could really do with problematic photos. I can always make a good image great, but I wanted to make a bad image great and with this workflow I was really able to.
When I first installed the presets and brushes for Adobe Lightroom I was instantly taken by surprise by how the presets were structured and grouped together. Usually when I buy presets for Adobe Lightroom I just get a bunch of presets just thrown together with no semblance to naming convention or structure of the groups of presets etc. Sleeklens had setup their presets just like a numbered workflow where I can go step by step and pick the presets I wanted to use on the image.
The presets start out with 12 All in One Presets which self explanatory. If I didn’t want to use an All in One Preset I would jump to the 12 Base Presets and start from there. Once I pick my base preset I work down the line of presets which include Exposure Presets, Color Correct Presets, Tone Tint Presets, Polish Presets, and Vignette Presets. I would just plug and play with certain presets and I was just blown away at the transformation of my images using the Sleeklens Through the Woods Workflow.
The brushes that came with the Workflow where labeled and organized in the same easy manner like the presets. The brushes were even easier to use. If I felt if I used a darken brush and it was a little too dark, I could just change the setting in the brush panel and I was good to go. It was an easy process that kept getting easier the more I used it and as photographers the less time we have in front of the computer the more time we have behind the camera.
The ease of using the Through the Woods Workflow presets can’t be stated enough. It literally changed the way I post process my photos. The workflow worked for me. I would just go down the list and pick the presets I want and then I would add some finishing touches with some of the local adjustment brushes. I didn’t know what to expect and what I found is that I have transformed my post processing workflow with these Adobe Lightroom presets and brushes from Sleeklens.
To purchase the Through the Woods Workflow or other workflows from Sleeklens visit the Sleeklens website.
Below are before and after pictures using the Skeelens Through the Woods Workflow. I have also listed the presets and brushes I used in each photo.