The Runway Fashion Overflow is one of the best tools which you can use to enhance the overall look of your photographs. The overflow comes with 123 presets and 22 brushes which you can use for fashion photography to retouch the skin and add highlights and tones. It is recommended that the presets should be used with raw files since the presets might not appear as great as they appear in raw files if you are using images in JPEG format.
With all our presets open and a raw file pulled up, we will begin the process. The reason for using raw files is that images in JPEG format might not appear as great as you would want to or even come anywhere closer to what you get from raw files.
With our picture here, we will start with “Vintage Fashion Preset” and use one called deep hills. This will change the photograph both in contrast and exposure thus bringing out the colors in the model’s clothes and hue in the grass and surrounding elements. Although this photo is well exposed, it has a little more flare than you might see in magazines and in print.
Next we will use a basic collection preset known as “auto lens collection preset” and this really depends on the lens you used during the shooting and the level of distortion it might create in your photographs. This preset is a one-click preset and your photo might change minimally or more based on distortion collection. Once you are through with that step, it is good to remember that we are using brushes to polish local adjustments and therefore we will add vignette to the photograph by choosing a light black vignette. This brings a little bit of white to the center while darkening the edges thus adding a little bit of contrast to the image.
A look at the before and after photos will reveal that although the first picture was well exposed, it falls flat and doesn’t have the cinematic qualities and flare associated with fashion photography. The best thing is that our Runway Fashion Presets are stackable and so far we have already stack three of them on top of each other thus making some amazing improvements. This is great since if you have hundreds of photos to work with, you do not have to work on each one of them individually but only need a couple of clicks to apply the presets on all of them. However, despite the presets being “one-click edits” you can easily adjust them to work on each individual image the way you would prefer them to. We will now modify the presets we applied from the Basic panel and work on a different photograph.
This image is also evenly exposed but is a bit flat in color but we will use the presets to change it up. To do this, we will start with our Fashion Presets and scroll down to the one called “Dorian”. This will add a little bit of light and contrast to the photograph. And just as we did with the first photograph, we will use the Basic collection with the auto lens collection. You will realize that the auto lens collection in this photograph is a little bit more noticeable than in the previous one.
Next we will add a little more vignette to the photograph by using the same black vignette on the light setting. You realize that the vignette works very well here since his T-shirt is blown up as a highlight and is a little bit lighter in the edges and therefore will add a little bit of contrast and add some light in the center of the image. Next we will go to hue color and change the hue of the photo by choose “Medium Red.” We will open the color settings on the right side of the panel and since we are using red, we will select that option. With the colors open, we hit the “Medium Red” option and this will change the hue of it and what this does is that it gives our model a little bit more of skin tone that is more even and close to real life.
With these four presets applied, we will now go to the Runway Fashion brushes and use one called “Soften Skin.” You can change the size of your brush if you need to. Basically, we will now run the brush all over the face of the model to smooth out all the imperfections. However, you do not want the face skin to look too smooth and thus look fake. To control the amount of the skin soft brush, just go to clarity and slide it up a little bit. Looking at the before and after photo doesn’t show much of a different but we did manage to adjust his skin color, add some contrast, a little bit of light, exposure and softened his skin. We also were able to fix the obvious lens distortion.
We will now move to our third photograph start with the presets again. We will use “Vintage preset and scroll down to “Sauvage” which is a French word for wild. This changes the colors of the leaves and blues in her outfits and grass around there. This gives the photo a really wild contrasted effect. Then we will go to the “Auto Lens Collection’ option. This is always good to do this whether you think the photo has some lens distortion or not as it helps collect any distortions and a single click works that out.
Already we have applied two presets and this photo does not need much editing as was the case with the previous ones. From here, we will go to the brushes to work a little bit on her face and make-up which look a little bit too orange as a as a result o the first preset that we applied. We open brushes and choose “New” and in your Runway Fashion Brushes choose the “Desaturate” brush and run it all over her face to pull out a little bit of orange out of her skin. This will change the skin and make it more or a true life face skin.
As you can see, the Runway Fashion presets and brushes helps change the earlier photo which is a little bit flat and underexposed to bring that fashion effects with the actual photo with just wild colors and crazy contrasts. If you are going to fashion photography, this how you can work with Runway Fashion Workflow to achieve that cinematic look and fashion effects.
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