Presets – More Retouching Presets

Today I’ve got an update to some older retouching presets I created for the Adjustment Brush in Lightroom 2. On an interesting “retouching” side-note (and one that I promise I did not plan) Scott Kelby wrote a really fascinating article on the Kelly Clarkson retouching controversy. What I found most interesting is that it’s not about what you’d think (a retouching ethics article). They’ve been done...

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Presets – Summer Haze 2

I’m bringing back the summer haze preset from last year with a few changes. I know it’s not technically summer yet but Memorial Day is here in the US and, ever since I was a kid, that signifies “summer is here” (and if you live in Florida like I do, the torrential rain we’ve had every day for the last few days should already have you in that summery mood). This was one of my favorite presets from last...

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Presets – Better Black and Whites

Hey there. I’m back for another preset day. I wanted to share some new black and white ideas I’ve been working on in Lightroom. As you can imagine, there’s a few different ways to do black and whites (remember, they’re NOT called grayscale photos) in Lightroom. But, I’ve been honing in on what I think is the best since some methods tend to deteriorate the photo too much (or produce too much noise). This...

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Presets – Vintage New York Look

Happy Monday! I’m heading up to Boston this week to teach at Photoshop World (and the first ever Lightroom Conference at Photoshop World) but I wanted to add a preset here that I’ve been updating. A while back, I released a Vintage New York styled preset. Well, I was working on another effect this week and I realized that it looked very similar to the one I just mentioned. However, after a couple of tweaks I liked this one...

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Presets – Polo / Ralph Lauren Style

Hey there! I got some inspiration for this preset while looking through a magazine this past weekend. I saw a Ralph Lauren/Polo ad and I noticed their photos have a very distinct look to them. As always, I made it my mission to recreate the effect and I think I got pretty darn close. As you’ll see, it’s got a hint of green to it with a slightly desaturated look. I tried it out on some actual polo sport photos but I also...

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Presets – Focal Point for Landscapes

Hey there! I’m pretty excited about this week’s presets. I had an idea a while back 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 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...

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