Sleeklens is a Denmark-based company that creates post-processing products for Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. In this review I take a look at the Landscape Adventures Collection which is an action set created for Photoshop.
The Landscape Adventures Collection comes with 56 Photoshop actions that are easy to install and start using. After you download and unzip your purchase, you simply open the .atn file and the actions will be added into the Photoshop software.
After loading the actions into Photoshop, I found that it comes with a lot of unnecessary “filler” actions that are there to help organize the set. These are in the form of empty actions that are used as header labels and line dividers. They take up too much space in my opinion, and all the actions are already labeled with the header name anyway, so I simply deleted them.
The reason I chose to go with the Photoshop action set versus the Lightroom landscape workflows such as Through the Woods is that I use a lot of masks, layering, and dodging and burning in my work to get things looking exactly how I want them. Using the Sleeklens workflow in Photoshop allows me to apply these effects locally instead of globally, which is a must. To my surprise some of the actions even require you to apply the effect with a brush by default. The actions will also alert you to when you may want to refine the opacity of the effect so that your work does not come across too heavy-handed. I thought these were nice touches that beginners would appreciate because they may not always remember how much control they really have in Photoshop.
The downside to Photoshop actions, and where Lightroom Presets shine, is the ability to preview effects. Lightroom allows you to see what a preset will do to your image just by hovering the label in the sidebar. This is not so with Photoshop, where you have to apply the effect completely to see what it does. The titles of many of the Photoshop actions in the Landscape Adventures Collection do give some hint as to what they probably do, but there is no way of truly knowing without spending time running the actions on your image and then potentially undoing the effect and trying another over and over again. It’s more time consuming, but in the end once you find something you like you will have more control with it than you would in Lightroom.
As you can imagine with any collection of presets, there are some that you will find work better for your images and style than others. For the casual landscape photographer I think using this collection will help make the most out of the images you capture without having to spend too much time on each one. Below are a few sample images of mine that were edited using the Landscape Adventures Collection.
Here’s the list of Photoshop actions that come with the Landscape Adventures Collection:
Expanded dynamic range
This is cool
Red and blue
Blue and yellow
Dark and stormy
Dull weather correction
Punch black and white
Expanded dynamic range
Soft golden hour
Shine into the sunset
Love me tender
Vivid pastel painting
Deep blue sky
Bonus: Web File Preparation
Resize for Web – Custom size on a long side
Resize for Web – 960px on a long side
Resize for Web – 2048px on a long side
The Landscape Adventures Collection for Photoshop is available now for $49 and can be purchased through the Sleeklens website. They also have several other collections for other genres that you may want to check out.