Presets – The Twilight Preset

It’s official. I’ve jumped on the vampire bandwagon too. It’s impossible not to with all of the movies and TV shows out there. It doesn’t help that my wife is totally addicted to True Blood on HBO. Anyway, I’ve got a new group of presets this week that were inspired by the Twilight saga movie posters. There’s actually a few movie posters with a lot of different looks, but I’ve settled on the ones here. They do a few things with color saturation, white balance, split toning and some vignetting of course. The first two give a nice effect that can be used on various portrait photos (probably best for dramatic portraits though). The last one really takes a lot of the color out of skin tones so be careful with it but hey, you never know when you want that vampire look.

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

Here’s an example of the medium version. (click to see it larger).

• Click here to download the preset.

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

Author: Matt K

Matt is a full time Education Director for the NAPP and Kelby Training. He's a best-selling author of various books on Photoshop and Photography co-hosts the live weekly photography talk show "The Grid" and is co-host of "Photoshop User TV". In his spare time he practices as a 1st degree black belt in Taekwondo and enjoys spending time with his family in Tampa, FL.

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  1. What if I’m not “the develop module” and just a regular everyday normal guy? :P

    Thanks for this. It looks cool, I like the blue vignetting a lot.

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  2. Matt,

    thanks for the presets: I like the effect.

    When I looked at your samples, I was thinking that it would be great to be able to paint a develop preset selectively on the photo…would be a great addition to LR 4!

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  3. Ok I have to admit, I too am a fan of True Blood; there I said it :)

    Superb presets Matt, thanks for sharing these.

    Best wishes to you,

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    • No need to be ashamed, it’s a kickass show!

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    puuuh…this i a tough challenge…..I really like LR, but to be honest: I don’t think that I could say I am a develop module…


    ps: very nice preset! great work!

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    • Thanks Theo. It’s fixed.
      But… you could BE the Develop module. Become one with it my young apprentice ;-)

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      • Just curious, is there a camera raw version of this?

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  5. Wow! Really nice one!

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  6. LOL,





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    • And here we go again. Always a donkey in the group, that’s got to write a comment in caps.


      Great preset Matt!

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  7. Thanks Matt! Great work!

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  8. How nice……lovely presets on a Monday morning. Thank you.

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  9. Hey Matt,

    Nice presets! Really appreciate your hard work putting these together for us! My wife and I are heading to New England on Thursday. Really looking forward to the color change, lighthouses, covered bridges and Ben and Jerry’s ice cream! :-)


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  10. NOT YOU TOO! HOW COULD YOU! OK BTW, love the presets, tho.

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  11. How come I only see export or new folder when I right click in the presets box? Help pleaseeeee!

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  12. I like your stuff Matt. I just got LR3, it is my first time using lightroom. Got the Scott book and I am learning away. I saw this preset and I have a question about it. The last image, the guitar player. The after has a light spot behind him. Did the preset add that light in, or was that a photoshop touch? I wondered because the other 3 do not “seem” have light added in. Thanks in advance, Dennis.

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    • Hey Dennis. It’s a vignette from the preset. You can see it a little in some of the others but the background was brighter in that photo so it stands out more.


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  13. Matt, Is there any chance that you will put a download of all of your preset at once?
    Something like a preset pack.

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  14. Thank You!! for the presets…….

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  15. Last effect looks like John Mayer on his “Havier Things” -Coverart. Maybe you already knew it when you chose the model with that Strat :)
    Greets from Germany!

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  16. hey Matt, if you ever get hooked on Vampire Diaries and you’re in Atlanta, you should come to my home town (covington – about 45min away) where it’s filmed and shoot some of the historic houses/buildings

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  17. Thanks Matt – I’ve been using LR for a year now and reading your blog – I finally got around to downloading some of your presets – and now I have no idea why I didn’t before! Thank you so much for these – and this Twilight one is one of my favourites so far!

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  18. Wonderful colours! Thank you for sharing!

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