Lightroom Presets – Focal Point with Blurry Backgrounds

A few weeks ago I released some Focal Point Lightroom presets that basically help you draw focus to one part of a photo by darkening other areas. Well, I was messing around with the presets the other day and realized that you could also do the same thing by blurring the background too (with negative clarity). When you add the darkening effect along with the blurred background you have a really cool way to draw attention to parts of...

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Why I Have A New Blog?

  Hey everyone. I’ve had a few people notice that my website (mattk.com) recently went from just a portfolio site to a blog as well. Since I already run a blog over here, I thought I’d take a quick minute to write a little about why I did this. Why a New Blog? It’s actually pretty simple. I think because of the name of this site (LightroomKillerTips.com) that people who visit expect Lightroom tutorials, presets,...

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Lightroom Presets – Desaturated Sports Photo Presets

  Not a great sports weekend here in Tampa. The Giants beat the Bucs yesterday. Even though I’m from New Jersey, I’ve been in Florida long enough (over 20 years) that I consider the Tampa Bay Bucs my home team. And sadly, my USF Bulls did lose to Rutgers the other night (yes, another New Jersey team). Oh well… Anyway, now that you have your sports update, let’s move on to the presets. Last week, I released...

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What Does The Latest Lightroom 4.2 Release Candidate Mean For You

Adobe announced a release candidate for Lightroom 4.2 a couple days ago and I wanted to write a quick article on what this means to you as a Lightroom 4.1 user. First, What Is A Release Candiate? A release candidate is basically a beta version of the software, that has the potential to be a final version. Everything at this stage has been designed and tested thoroughly and unless there’s a significant bug that’s...

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Lightroom Presets – Focal Point Background Effects

A while back I had an idea about using the adjustment brush to create a focal point in certain parts of the photo (by darkening the rest of the photo). The vignetting controls (in the Effects panel) are great for doing this but if your subject isn’t in the middle of the photo then it doesn’t work as well. So I figured I could use the adjustment brush to darken parts of the photo and save it as a preset. Nope! I quickly found out you...

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