Lightroom 4 Presets: Summer Haze

It’s May 1st and summer is rapidly approaching (we’ve already got summer-like weather in Florida so we’re close enough in my book). I was looking through some of my old Lightroom 3 presets and deciding which ones to update to Lightroom 4, and the Summer Haze preset seemed like a good choice. Overall, I was trying to get across that summery, warm, hazy feeling and this is what came out of it. The preset adjusts the white balance, Vibrance, Saturation, negative Clarity (for some softness) and Split Toning sliders. I even tossed in a bit of a Tone Curve adjustment on it in the Shadows since the other settings seemed to muddy the photo up a bit, and I thought it needed some more blacks to bring back the contrast. It works great on outdoor photos and even makes a pretty nifty wedding effect. Hope you and enjoy!

The Presets:

  • Click here to download the presets.
  • Here’s a video that’ll help you install and organize your presets.
  • Here’s a before/after examples (click to see it larger).

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,, 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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  1. there is something wrong with spring color preset
    It won’t get decompressed on iMac
    I don’t know why !!

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  2. Oh, I really like that preset! I will have to try it out. Thanks!

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  3. Hi Matt! Could you please update the Nikon presets for LR 4 (e.g. Standard, Neutral, Portrait, Landscape)?

    Thanks! :)

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