Aesthetic Soft and Dreamy Portrait Retouching

In this video, I’m going to show you how to create an aesthetic soft and dreamy portrait with the use of Luminar Neo. You will learn how to use various tools and editing techniques to get the perfect type of look for your photos. I will also show you my favorite adjustment tools that I always use for outdoor portraits.


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Editing workflow in Luminar Neo

One thing I like about Luminar Neo, is that it makes it easy to accomplish certain tasks that usually will take several steps in other photo editing software.  The workflow I used to edit this portrait is the following:

  • Develop: Selected camera profile(only for RAW images)
  • Details: Used to sharpen eyes, eyebrows and lips.
  • Erase AI: Erase hair strays and some skin blemishes
  • Skin AI: Used AI based skin softening and shine removal.
  • Face AI:  This tool has a lot features, but for this portrait I used face light and eye tools to brighten the face and make the eyes pop out a bit.
  • Dodge and burn: Used this tool to relight and enhance the face features of the model.
  • Layers: Applied to incorporate overlays to change the color mood of the portrait.

My Luminar Neo favorite tools

The main reason I am using Luminar Neo more an more in my edits is because of the AI based tools.

Skin AI tool in Luminar Neo
Face Ai Tool in Luminar Neo

Even though some of the adjustments might look exaggerated, I did it like that because I knew that the overlay layer will darken and soften the light due to the “soft light” layer blending mode.

Below you could see the before and after:

How to create a soft and dreamy aesthetic look in a portrait.
RAW Image before retouching
How to create a soft and dreamy aesthetic look in a portrait.
Portrait edited in Luminar Neo

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