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 there a lot lately. You’ll find there’s a little bit of everything thrown into this one. If it looks too strong (or not strong enough), I’ve found that tweaking the Exposure and Blacks sliders usually helps, as its hard to create a preset that nails Exposure and Blacks for every photo.

As always, your comments are welcome. Download ‘em and let me know what you think.

To install:
1) Unzip the preset zip file on to your desktop
2) Go to the Develop module. NOTE: YOU MUST BE 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

? Click here to download the preset.
? Click here to see a sample of the preset.

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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20 Comments

  1. Nice effects Matt!!

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  2. Nice effects Matt. Many thanks!

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  3. Thank you for sharing! I am trying to find my editing style and be consistent. I love your work.

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  4. Nice, thanks Matt
    My collection of presets keeps growing!

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  5. Bravo!
    I’m going to use these for sure!

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  6. I am the develope module… I am the develope module… I AM THE DEVELOPE MODULE!

    (sorry, couldn’t resist)

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  7. Very nice. These will be used a lot. Thanks, Matt!

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  8. hey Matt,

    i work as extensively on images as you do though i really dont like getting into PS when i can avoid it. this brings me to your introduction of the silver fx – i have found that i use the develop module exactly the same way you used the silver fx – i would have even done hey Matt,

    thank you for the tutorial. it was very insightful.

    i have something to add to it if you dont mind. i work as extensively on images as you do. though i really dont like getting into PS when i can avoid it. this brings me to your introduction of the silver fx filter – i have found that i use the develop module exactly the same way you used the silver fx – i would have even done the cloning (on that exact image) in LR instead of PS. the only thing that is not available in LR is the filmstyle simulation which i find quite interesting – it reminds me of amplitube or the guitar rig for emulating vintage amps in music production. that would be a great thing to have in LR.

    you mentioned the channels in silver fx and that brings me to my method of converting to B&W:
    i do it by desaturating every single color channel in the HSL module and then applying lightness correction in the luminance module – this way i can tweak the main saturation and vibrance channels for the overall look (if you press v and go into grayscale both vibrance and saturation become unavailable). in some cases this tweaking makes or breaks and image for me and i rely on it heavily. unfortunately there is no single button to desaturate all the saturation channels at once without losing the main vibrance and saturation channels (i might suggest that in the LR3 features forums at adobe labs if it has not been requested yet – its not in the LR3 beta though i checked). it would be interesting to set all the sliders to -100 with one click similar to the Alt+click reset (maybe Ctrl+click).

    so my point is – set aside the filmstyle sim you can do exactly the same adjustments in LR as you did in PS without leaving LR and creating a potentially huge duplicate file (especially if you are working in 16bit as i am). i will have to test the filter more extensively for potential visual improvement which would make a strong argument for me to go into PS.

    thank you again for the tutorial.
    cheers
    viktorthe cloning (on that exact image) in LR instead of PS. the only thing that is not available in LR is the filmstyle simulation which i find quite interesting – it reminds me of amplitube or the guitar rig for emulating vintage amps in music production. that would be a great thing to have in LR.

    you mentioned the channels in silver fx and that brings me to my method of converting to B&W:
    i do it by desaturating in the HSL module and then applying lightness correction in the lightness module – this way i can tweak the main saturation and vibrance channels for the overall look. in some cases this tweaking makes or breaks and image and i rely on it heavily. unfortunately there is no single button to desaturate alls the saturation channels at once without losing the main vibrance and saturation channels.

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    • sorry – it seems there has been a minor oopsy with the copy+paste function.
      the stuff after my regards is not part of the original message

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      • is there no end to my ineptitude? i posted the comment in the wrong section. i am terribly sorry. Matt is it possible for you to move my wrong doings to the proper place?

        thanks for your patience.

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  9. Hi!
    just a quick question, this preset would also work on lightroom 1 or is it just for lightroom 2 and 3 ?
    thanks,
    Orash

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  10. How do you do the import on a Mac?

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  11. Matt-this is one of my favorite presets. Also, let me just say that I LOVED the wedding fantasy preset so much that I used it in almost all of the images from my cousin’s wedding. So awesome. You saved me soooo much time. I heart your work!

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  12. Hi, I am having problems uploading these presets to my laptop. I have a Dell. I’m getting an error message saying “the preset file was the wrong type of preset”. Any suggestions for me?

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