Presets – Dramatic Skies
Sep14

Presets – Dramatic Skies

This week I’ve got some sky-enhancing presets for you. I created some similar presets a couple of years ago, but I’ve replaced them with the ones you’ll see below. There’s 3 versions (Lite, Medium, and Strong) and they do a few things. First, they add some extra punch to the blues in the sky. It’s actually more of a deepening effect, rather than just saturating the blues. They also increase the contrast...

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Presets – The Trick to Getting Good Prints
Aug30

Presets – The Trick to Getting Good Prints

Hey everyone! I’m out in Las Vegas teaching at Photoshop World this week, but I wanted to kick the week off with a topic (and some presets) that I get asked about often. The Old Printing Problem Every time I get in front of a crowd and teach Lightroom I get a lot of questions about one topic… Printing. But the questions have changed over the years. The printing questions used to revolve around the color being off in the...

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Lightroom Print Presets – Multi-Photo Custom Grid
Aug25

Lightroom Print Presets – Multi-Photo Custom Grid

I’ve got a pretty cool Print module preset this time around. It utilizes the new Custom Print Package feature in Lightroom 3. It’s based on a 12×12 inch paper size. There’s room for 15 photos in it which makes a really nice way to show off some travel photos or even a portrait session. Here’s how it works: First download and import the new print template. Look at the directions below and make sure you...

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Presets – Lightroom iPad Export Settings
Jun28

Presets – Lightroom iPad Export Settings

I was loading some photos on my iPad this past weekend, and it led me down the path of figuring out what the best Lightroom photo export settings are for it. After working with various settings for a while (and after taking the kids to see the Karate Kid movie) I realized a few things. 1) I got better results from saving images to exactly the size of the iPad’s screen rather than letting iPhoto or the iPad resize them. For...

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Presets – Lightroom 3 Edge Darkening
Jun22

Presets – Lightroom 3 Edge Darkening

A while back I released the edge darkening presets that I use in Lightroom. I used to use the vignetting setting and then Lightroom 2 came out and I started to use the Post-crop settings. I wasn’t really happy with them though since the edges just looked kinda “blah”. Now with Lightroom 3 we get the best of both works. We get that burned in edge darkening effect that vignetting gave us but the advantage of using the...

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Presets – The Vintage Look
Apr26

Presets – The Vintage Look

This week on Photoshop TV I did a Lightroom/Camera Raw preset tutorial. Part of the tutorial was creating a vintage-style look for your photos. It came out great and definitely adds a nice 70’s look to a photo. So I decided to create two Lightroom presets for it. One of them is simply the vintage look and will work fine in Lightroom 2 and Lightroom 3 Beta. The second one incorporates the same look but also the Grain setting...

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