Presets – Polo / Ralph Lauren Style

Hey there! I got some inspiration for this preset while looking through a magazine this past weekend. I saw a Ralph Lauren/Polo ad and I noticed their photos have a very distinct look to them. As always, I made it my mission to recreate the effect and I think I got pretty darn close. As you’ll see, it’s got a hint of green to it with a slightly desaturated look. I tried it out on some actual polo sport photos but I also tried it on some wedding photos and it had a very neat look to it. It’s worth mentioning that it seems to work best on brighter photos, so darker sunset photos or photos taken indoors probably won’t look as good. But give it a try and let me know what you think. Thanks!

Click here to see a sample of the Polo/Ralph Lauren Preset preset.
Click here to download Matt’s Polo Preset
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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25 Comments

  1. Matt- don’t suppose these presets would ever be available in a single comprehensive collection? Or maybe a monthly collection?

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  2. Hey Matt,

    Are you sure the exposure is the same on the preset and your preview/polo pictures ?

    Even light photos turn quite a bit darker on my computer.

    /Mathias

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  3. Hi Matt,

    Thanks so much – as always – for your fantastic information and tools! I have a question about presets (not sure if you’ve already covered it somewhere else): I recently transitioned from a PC to my iMac for Lightroom, and was wondering if there is a way to transfer all my presets and print templates from my PC lightroom version to my Mac. Can I export them, or copy a folder to the Mac?

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  4. Matt,

    I love the look of this preset! I haven’t tried it out yet, but I’m excited. I think it looks like it’d be a great fit for weddings and also some senior shots. Reminds me of some of the looks that Totally Rad Actions produce. Thanks a ton!

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  5. I love this! I use an action in Photoshop to get similar results. Soon, I won’t be opening up photoshop daily. ;)

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  6. Hey Matt and others,

    The other day I was looking at some photos on a site that were processed/developed using Lightroom. They used a preset that made it look like a painting, it was a great shot – they had the original/processed photo side by side.

    No idea now where I saw this – anyone know of good presets in Lightroom for this? Not ready to spend the evening trying this out myself!

    Any ideas, let me know!

    Lightroom Killer Tips Rocks!!

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  7. Thank you…..love Lightroom 2 and love your presets.

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  8. Your presets and tips are always so fantastic. Thank you for taking the time to do this!

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  9. Matt,

    Thanks for this addition! I like the subtle nature of this preset. I can see some great possibilities for this one. Many thanks again for your time and efforts.

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  10. Great Preset! works well for a lot of what I have tried it on. Always excellent work, I also get a kick out of watching you guys on PhotoshopUser TV.

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  11. Matt:

    First of all, thank you very much for the presets and for the “Killer Tips”! :) Keep them coming! :)

    I have been looking for a “rust” preset. Maybe I missed it on your site. Do you have a preset or have one in the works?

    Thank you very much.
    Neal

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  12. I like the preset, but I could’t find any Polo ads that looked like this. Their website is full of very vibrant colours.

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  13. Hello Matt! I’m a Floridian living in England – love your videos and presets and the accent makes me feel a little bit more at home! :) Along these lines (presets to recreate well-known ads) I would really love something to emulate the style we here in England are always seeing in the catalogues from a company called No Added Sugar. Could you please take a look at it here: http://www.noaddedsugar.com. Would love something like this! :)

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  14. these files do not unzip properly on a mac

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  15. Matt,

    Thank you for the presets.

    The video explaining how to install the presets seems to be broken. Can someone fix it, or explain to me how to install the presets? Thank you.

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  16. Instruction video isn’t working, not available. Help please.

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  17. Awesome tips Matt!!! Thank you for all your great work!!!

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  18. Hey I can’t get it to download, when I click on the link it’s blank. Did you disable it, or is there a way I can get the link to this? I would really appreciate it! Nakeshamika@yahoo.com is my email, if you wouldn’t mind helping. Thanks!

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  19. any idea how to accomplish this in ps? TIA

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  20. Thanks! You?ve always got something fun to share. I use your presets daily.

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  21. Ooooo. Easily my favorite one so far! Thanks!

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  22. Hi when I click on the links it brings me to the Kelby media group home page. Any help is appreciated. thx

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