Lightroom Presets – Adding a Sunflare Effect

By Matt Kloskowski  //  Presets  //  32 Comments

NOTE: Before you read this post or download presets (or leave a comment saying they don’t work), make sure you watch the video. These presets don’t install like most others do :)

There’s some pretty cool possibilities for creating presets with the Adjustment Brush in Lightroom. This week I have 3 presets that create a sunflare effect that you can brush on to your photos. It’s a little different from the normal Develop module presets, but I think there’s a lot of possibilities here for some create brushing in Lightroom.

First, make sure you watch the video below. It shows you how to install the presets since it’s a little different that normal and it also shows you an example of where you’d use them. Then, of course, you can download the presets by clicking on the link right here:
Download Matt’s Sunflare Presets here.

Video: Installing and using the Adjustment Brush Presets

Enjoy and let me know what you think. Thanks :)

32 Comments to “Lightroom Presets – Adding a Sunflare Effect”

  • Thanks Matt. I am presently working on a few pictures where this would really suit nicely..I will test and share a picture here.

  • Wow, thanks for such a brilliant preset Matt, this is just perfect for an e-shoot I did in low sunlight last night, works a treat, thank you, what would we do without you?

  • Can I use it with lighroom 3.6? I got an error (similar to not supported…) Greetings

    • Adrian,

      Pretty presets offered a similar preset free at one time. It was also for LR3.

      Check their website to see if its still there for free.

  • Perfect, thanks!!!!

  • I just downloaded and installed the presets — they appear in the drop down menu, but they do not make any adjustments to the settings—all three options, no setting changes.

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  • Hi. look great, but i have the big problem :( I click on the presents and lightroom (4.1 64bit and win 7 64bit) crashes. other presets are ok. what is wrong ? Help me please. thank you very much

    Problem signature:

    Problem Event Name: APPCRASH
    Application Name: lightroom.exe
    Application Version:
    Application Timestamp: 4fb2266f
    Fault Module Name: MSVCR100.dll
    Fault Module Version: 10.0.40219.1
    Fault Module Timestamp: 44d5f034a
    Exception Code: 40000015
    Exception Offset: 00000000000761c9
    OS Version: 6.1.7601.
    Locale ID: 1029
    Additional Information 1: e5e1
    Additional Information 2: e5e196dc6e2ad7e88b15a5cd3e96a7d6
    Additional Information 3: b537
    Additional Information 4: b537f4f737ca7d797c0351792f2bb03e

    • reinstal the program does not help :(

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  • Hey Matt, looking forward to these updated presets, however, when I try to import them Lightroom spits at me and says, “error importing “Sunflare – Light.lrtemplate. The preset file was the wrong type of preset.” Thank you.

    • Hey Jack. Watch the video. You’re putting them in the wrong place.

      • Mine is doing the same thing in LR4. I have sucessfully imported other presets of yours but the Sunflare will not work. I get the same error message.

        I’m right clicking USER PRESETS…IMPORT…then select the Sunflare presets.

      • Watch the video in this post Kyle (above). It’s not the usual way of importing presets and you don’t go to User Presets to do it.

      • Ha! What an idiot I am! That’s what I get for updating too many presets at once. Not all presets are alike : ) Thanks Matt!

  • Hello Matt! this presets doesn’t work for me :( Sistem information: Windows 7 SP1, Lighroom 4.1
    Help me, please)

  • The video is just a black square for me.

    • Hmmm. Not sure Thomas. It’s a youtube video and I’ve checked it on multiple browsers.

  • Thank you so much for all the freebies and your generosity. You make our photography world gets better and better.

    I especially love this sunflare set as it targets exactly at the sunflare spot in your picture.

    However, i tried to download it a few times, all my downloaded zip files cannot be opened, giving me message that: “cannot open file: it does not appear to be a valid archive” Could you please help?

    • Please ignore this message. I downloaded a good file directly from your website.

  • Hey Matt, for me don’t work. I’m right clicking USER PRESETS…IMPORT…then select the Sunflare presets.

    • Watch the video above. You don’t put them in User Presets :)

  • I have the same PROBLEM as another person who commentet here:
    I installed the presets — they appear in the drop down menu, but they do not make any adjustments to the settings—all three options, no setting changes.

  • I have as the same problem as above. I installed as per your instruction, but when i apply, there is no change to the photo, it luks just like a normal adjustment brush where you need to change the settings(exposure,brightness etc) by your own! I did not get any sunflare effect!! Please Help!!

  • Hello I am having the same issue as above.

    thank you

  • Hi there,

    I installed it but just wanted to let you know that its not working. I think one other person had this problem as well

    There are no adjustments on the presets everything is set to zero

  • Hi Matt, just upgraded t 4.2 (Windows) and this update no longer works. When I import it, I get the following error, “The preset file was the wrong type of preset.”

    Other than that, all is well. Thank you for all the presets and everything you do!

  • Hey Matt, I watched your video, and extracted the files and moved them exactly into the folder at preferences>presets>show lightroom presets folder>lightroom>local adjustment brushes folder….and I’m getting the same issue as everyone else. The files show up in my adjustment brushes area, but all the settings are set at 0, so when I paint over the image, nothing appears. When I tried to upload them the normal way, I got the error message. Not quite sure what’s up with that, or how to fix it.

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