Free Lightroom Presets – Hawaii Five-O

This week’s preset comes from what has to be the coolest opening credits on TV… Hawaii Five-O. Whether it’s the old show or the new one, which I’ve seen a couple of times, I just can’t get that song out of my head when I hear it. Anyway, they have a cool effect on most of the photos in the intro and I’ve got a few versions of some presets that do a good job of recreating it.

As always, your comments are welcome. Download ‘em and let me know what you think. If you like them, you’ll need to send my family a thank you note, as they’re the ones that have to listen to me humming “bah bah bah-bah bahhhh bahhhh…. dah dah dah dahhh dahhhhhh” (you’ve got to listen to the song to know what I mean). Try it, you’ll be humming it all day :)

Here’s a few samples. (click to see it larger).

? Click here to download the preset.

To install:
1) Unzip the preset zip file on to your desktop
2) Go to the Develop module. NOTE: YOU MUST BE IN THE DEVELOP MODULE
3) Go to the Presets panel on the left. Right click anywhere in it and choose “Import”.
4) Select the .lrtemplate files you unzipped in Step 1 and click Import NOTE: DO NOT IMPORT THE ZIP FILE

Author: Matt Kloskowski

Matt is the full-time Director of Education for Kelby Media Group and a Tampa-based photographer. He's the Editor-in-Chief of Lightroom Magazine, the lead instructor on the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom LIVE Seminar Tour and author of several best-selling Photoshop books. Matt also hosts the world's top Lightroom blog, LightroomKillerTips.com, where he's built up a massive library of Lightroom videos, presets and tips. In addition to teaching Photoshop, Lightroom and photography seminars around the world, he's an instructor at Photoshop World and one of the full-time staff writers for Photoshop User Magazine.

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46 Comments

  1. Great preset indeed. Is there any chance you can turn it into a Photoshop action?

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  2. I love this one, thank you for sharing all this work !

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  3. These presets are cool. Thanks Matt…

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  4. I don’t get an import dialog when I right click (on a Mac) in my presets menu. any idea? I feel like an idiot.

    thanks

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  5. Thank you very much for sharing the free presets. I have not watched the new show at all, and can’t even think of the theme song, but was happy to get the
    presets, and anxious to try them out.

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  6. Love the preset days Matt. Thanks bro.

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  7. Brooke – are you on a Mac? If so, download the file as above and unzip it by double clicking it in the download box, then go to Lightroom, drop down the Lightroom preferences menu, go to ‘presets’ click the ‘Show Lightroom Presets’ box then drag the ‘Hawaii 5O folder onto the Develop Present folder, close and re-open Lightroom, and the Hawaii 5O presets will be there with the others.

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  8. Thanks as always Matt! I’ve developed many of my own presets over time…and I have to say yours are the only ones I ever download and use from online…always great stuff!

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  9. Please help! I have tried to do this 20 times, and can’t. I don’t think I am un-zipping the files and then when I am in develop module and right click in preset box, it only gives me “export” and “new folder” options. There is no “import” option

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  10. I have dowloaded the WOW presets for lightroom.I have found the Iris brighten.teeth brighten. eyes sharpen.skin soften.skin darken. but I cannot get the ones I really want, background blow out and darken . HELP please ??

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  11. Great theme song but not all that happy with the presets – still you are always the go-to site for Lightroom. Presets are always a matter of taste and application.

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  12. I really liked the presets you created previously for hair, skin, iris, and lips in Lightroom 2. Unfortunately they don’t work with Lr3. Any chance of you updating them so they will work for Lightroom 3?

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  13. Thank you so much! Have a great weekend :)

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  14. By the way.. The song was composed by Morton Stevens and he actually won two Emmy awards for it!

    /Nik

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  15. I guess I am different from most Lightroom users. I want my photos to look better, not freaky.

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  16. The best type of sharping for different situations ie. landscape verus portraits

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  17. Hey Matt,
    Sorry I did not know where to throw this question so I left it here hoping it finds you well. Is there any preset or any easier way to find photos and tag them for later printing in lightroom? I’m asking this because when clients submit a big list of photos for printing, I find myself typing in the filename in the search box one by one then tagging or flagging them one at a time. (Afterwhich, I turn on the 1 star filter (I tagged them 1 star) so LR shows only those I tagged for export then printing) Thanks!

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    • Try this: 1. Create a ‘Client Prints’ collection & make it your target collection. 2. Select the files you want and add them to the collection. 3. Select the ‘Client Prints’ collection and head on over to the print module. 4.Print away. 5. When you’re done with it, you can remove the files and delete the ‘Client Prints’ collection or keep it around for future projects. I hope that works for you.

      I think collections are one of the most useful features in LR. You can organize them in hierarchies (like folders) and you can put the same file in several different collections. I’ve even seen smart collections used to automatically track workflow, something I need to develop for myself.

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  18. Great set even if we have to be stuck with the earworm! Thanks Matt!

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  19. I really liked the presets you created previously for hair, skin, iris, and lips in Lightroom 2. Unfortunately they don’t work with Lr3. Any chance of you updating them so they will work for Lightroom 3?

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  20. As soon as I saw your title, the song started in my head. The presets look lovely…can’t wait to give them a try. Many Thanks!

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  21. Yeah, thanks for putting that song in my head! I do that to my wife sometimes just before bed, lol. She really gets charged up when I do. Tonight it will be the Five-O theme and I have you to thank for it!!

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  22. Great presets Matt but darn you…can’t get the tune out of my head now…lol :)

    Cheers,
    Glyn

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  23. Hawai something didn’t ring a bell rightaway on the other side of the Atlantic, but YouTube helped me out. Yep, that’s a familiar song that keeps ya humming ;-)

    Hope I can give you a suggestion for another preset here as well… I recently started to create photobooks (yep, I’m a little late). Could you maybe create (a set of) presets that make our pictures nice backgrounds in a photobook (faded out, etc…)

    Thanks and keep humming!

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  24. the song was a great HS pep band song for games… right up there with the old Coca-Cola “i’d like to teach the world to sing…” and Budweiser songs… Ahh – the late 60’s / early 70’s again … mmmm

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  25. These are “No-ka-oui” brother.

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  26. Great presets, as always. To Matt’s family, thank you, thank you!

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  27. Thanks a bunch for the presets – but now i’m singing that song – make it STOP matt! make it stop! ?bah bah bah-bah bahhhh bahhhh?. dah dah dah dahhh dahhhhhh?

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  28. Thanks for sharing, very good preset.

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