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 some sports photo presets that I used on some football photos I had. Usually whenever I post new presets, people who read the blog send me examples of what they’ve done with them. Well, I looked at one of the examples from last week, and saw something different. To me at least, their photo looked a little desaturated. I thought, “Hey this looks cool!”. It seemed to add to the drama that the effect has. So I went in and tweaked the presets from last week to have a kind-of desaturated look to them. I think I may even like it better than the other presets on some photos.

Here’s a Before/After:

Just like last week, there’s 3 different versions (Light, Medium, Strong) so you can pick your level of edginess/desaturated-ness for the photo.
Enjoy ‘em and please let me know what you think!

Have a good one!

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. Is there a way for me to obtain all of the Presets for LR3?
    I am on a fix income and truly can not afford to upgrade to LR4.
    I will really appreciate it. Thanks!

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    • Sure. Just click the “Presets” link located on the right side of this page. It’ll show you all preset posts. Just look through them. If they’re LR 4 only then don’t download them. The rest will work just fine for LR3.

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  2. Downloaded these today and was giving them a try on some different images, gotta say I am really like what the effect does with some of my images of vintage aircraft! May end up being one of my favorite presets. Thanks!

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  3. Matt,
    I also have a “Matt K” folder for all of the presets you have generously given us. So well appreciated. I use them quite a bit.
    It was great to see you last week in St Louis! Did any of the pizza make it’s way to Kansas?

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  4. Great set! A refreshing change as I sit and edit numerous football games – some shots just beg to be tweaked like this.
    You know Matt, I have a dedicated “Matt K” user preset file in Lr4 – thanks for sharing your talents!

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  5. Q. … when applying a preset in LR4, what must I do to the image if I want to try a different preset? Are both presets applied to that image or just the most recent one? If both, then how do I erase the 1st preset and apply the 2nd preset without any of the 1st preset settings? Thx. Val.

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  6. Since you are always giving us some great presets for Lightroom, I would like to share some of my with you. How can I do this? Is there a place on your website where I can upload some of my presets with examples?


    Jerry Kolnick

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  7. Were you watching a different game? Pretty sure Giants 41, Bucs 34

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    • Long story. I had to leave watching the game early and I checked my sportacular app and it showed me results from last week’s game instead. Ooops :)

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  8. thanks! I hope it works with LR3

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  9. thanks! I hope it works with LR3

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