Presets – Lightroom 3 Edge Darkening

A while back I released the edge darkening presets that I use in Lightroom. I used to use the vignetting setting and then Lightroom 2 came out and I started to use the Post-crop settings. I wasn’t really happy with them though since the edges just looked kinda “blah”. Now with Lightroom 3 we get the best of both works. We get that burned in edge darkening effect that vignetting gave us but the advantage of using the...

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Presets – The Vintage Look

This week on Photoshop TV I did a Lightroom/Camera Raw preset tutorial. Part of the tutorial was creating a vintage-style look for your photos. It came out great and definitely adds a nice 70’s look to a photo. So I decided to create two Lightroom presets for it. One of them is simply the vintage look and will work fine in Lightroom 2 and Lightroom 3 Beta. The second one incorporates the same look but also the Grain setting...

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Presets – Hard Edgy Look

Before we get to the preset, I wanted to let you know that Datacolor (makes of the Spyder monitor calibration system) is hosting a free webinar on Wednesday March 17 from 2-3pm. Here’s the details. OK, on to the preset. This week I’m going back to an edgier look for a preset. I’ve actually included two in this one – hard edge and soft edge. They’re both pretty contrast and come from a look that I see out...

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The 5 Places I use Lightroom Presets The Most (And the least)

If you’ve ever looked into Lightroom’s Presets folder (Lightroom Preferences > Presets area) you’ll see there are actually a lot of different areas in Lightroom that have presets. So which ones do I use the most? 1. Import – This one is pretty much on autopilot for me. Whenever I import, I have a Metadata template defined (bottom section of the import dialog) with all of my contact and copyright information....

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Preset – Warm and Fuzzy Effect

Hey folks. I’ll be heading out to teach at Gulf Photo Plus in Dubai later this week (by the way, if you have any “must shoot” places out there please let me know). Anyway, I wanted to make sure I got another preset in before I left. I called this one “Warm and Fuzzy” because that’s what it kinda looks like. Its got a warming quality to it as well as a fuzzy/soft look (from negative clarity)....

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Preset – Wedding Grain Effect

Holy cow! It’s February, and more importantly my birthday month It’s also preset day and I’ve got one that’s been asked for quite a bit since I started making presets. It has to do with a “grain” effect and it deals with the new Grain setting in Lightroom 3 Beta. BUT WAIT!!! If you’re not a LR3 Beta user don’t worry. The preset itself still looks cool and still works in Lightroom 2 (it...

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