Presets – High Key Effect

This time around I’m digging way back into preset requests to one that really wouldn’t have looked as good in Lightroom 1 – the High Key effect. There’s a few components to this effect. First and foremost shooting a high key image (the exposure and lighting work done before hand) is really the main way to do this. But there’s still some things things that we can do in post-processing to help if the photo wasn’t taken that way. There’s also a degree of blur involved that we really couldn’t do in Lightroom 1 but with Lightroom 2 we have negative clarity and it makes things a bit easier. As you download the presets you’ll notice there’s 3 flavors ranging from high to higher to highest so you’ll have a few choices to pick the best from. As always let me (and the other comment readers) know what you think and if/how these can be useful for you. Thanks for stopping by!

Click here to see a sample of the preset.
Click here to download Matt’s High Key Effect Presets
Click here to see a video on how to install presets .

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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19 Comments

  1. Hi Matt,there the dogs bollocks, these high key presets!
    Thanks
    now off to watch psutv (if its on line!)
    James

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  2. hi Matt,

    thanks again for your Presets – they are so much different from the most others – wich are available in the web

    Thanks and meny greetings from germany

    Jan

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  3. Seims effects downloading your pre-sets,hmmmm,interesting!!

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  4. Another approach for high key is to use the vignette by making it positive rather than negative. While it doesn’t affect the entire image the same, it does affect fromthe middle out, with the most effect at the edges. I’m going to test a combination of this preset and vignetting to see how that works. Thanks.

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  5. Yummy! Love it! Thanks for all of these. (Check your ‘sample’ link. You are missing a dot before jpg)

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  6. Hi,

    I used your presets a lot and this one, his the best you are ever created!
    Thank yo so much to share.

    Thanks,
    Frederic

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  7. Cheers for this Matt – these presets are great and this is deffinately one I will use. I’m gaining a lot from these and using them as a standard for my own presets.

    Kevin

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  8. Thx Matt for the great preset

    Suggestion for the next preset: an Annie Leibovitz preset

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  9. I have a general question on presets: how can you actually see which settings are in a given preset ?

    You can of course apply the preset and see what changes, but that’s a bit cumbersome. Is there any other way ?

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  10. Thanks for sharing this preset! Very interesting effect. The resultant color is a bit “muted” for me but that you can adjust/refine easily. Great job :)

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  11. Chris,

    If you open the lrtemplate file in an application like Notepad, you’ll be able to see/edit what changes are made.

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  12. Hi Matt-
    Love the preset….and all the others, too! I think I have them ALL.
    However, I’ve tried this high key preset with a couple of portrait shots and it seems to leave a reddish or orangish cast on blonde hair with one of the poses that doesn’t exist in the original shot.
    Is that some sort of residual effect of the adjustments?
    Thanks…and keep ‘em comin’!
    Steve L

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  13. You do great work,but I need help. I have tried to see the video on installing presets,and the page comes up blank with header installing presets. I found someones statements,but it must be for ver 1. Thanks for your help

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  14. I cannot open the presets which have been downloaded. What file type should I use?

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