Presets – Max Payne Movie Style

By Matt Kloskowski  //  Presets  //  No Comments

Howdy folks. I hope you had a great weekend – I know I did. I’m gearing up for the Lightroom 2 Live Tour in Covington, KY this Friday so make sure you come out and see me if you’re in the area. Now, on to the presets. I was watching the NFL playoff games yesterday and saw a commercial for the upcoming DVD release of the Max Payne movie. I caught a quick glimpse of a neat effect that I quickly tried to replicate in Lightroom. It’s basically all red. At first it looked really weird but I tweaked a few other settings as well as added some edge darkening (doesn’t every effect have that these days) and it turned out pretty cool. One word of caution though. This preset is meant for a very specific style of photo. Photos that have that edgier look and especially sports or senior portraits will probably benefit most from it. In other words, don’t try it on photos of small babies, warm family portraits or tiny kittens :)

Click here to see a sample of the preset.
Click here to download Matt’s Max Payne Presets
Click here to see a video on how to install presets .

No Comments to “Presets – Max Payne Movie Style”

  • I think I’ve got a new tool in my arsenal for military movie posters, boxing, and anger management classes. :-) Cool look. There were actually some great visuals in the movie as well.

  • This is good. I’m going to change it though so that the edge effects aren’t there. Then I’ll go to Matt’s very first preset tip where he gives a choice of three varying strengths of edge darkening. That can be found here:


    Better to have the choice.

  • I’m new to LightRoom and I was wondering if there’s a way to automatically put all of LR’s catalogues on an external terabyte I have.

  • Another great preset Matt – thanks for sharing these with us. Kevin

  • Thanks, I love your presets. :)

  • It is a nice wash effect.

    Must have gone to the loo at some point though because I watched that on Saturday and I don’t remember a single scene which was red gel’d

    Plenty of desaturation and heavy lighting but really don’t remember it being red..

  • Sorry just re-read your description.

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