Presets – Retouching Brushes

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Presets – Darkening Brush Presets

Since Lightroom 2 came out, I’ve realized a whole new area for presets has emerged – Adjustment Brush presets. If you haven’t seen it yet, go to the Adjustment Brush tool in LR 2 and click on the Effect list. There’s a few defaults at the top but you may notice one called Soften Skin which is actually a custom preset. Well, it got me thinking about brush presets I use a lot so I’ve started coming up with...

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Presets – Edge Darkening

Today, I’m officially retiring my old edge darkening presets and I’ve converted over to my new ones which use the Vignettes panel inside of Lightroom 2. Not only does the Vignettes panel offer us the ability to darken the edges post-crop, but they just seem to look better, smoother, and overall less intrusive then it’s predecessor (the Lens Correction settings). Right now, there are 3 levels of edge darkening. But I...

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Presets – Soft Dreamy Effect

First off, I wanted to give a great-big-huge thank you to everyone who posted comments on my photo update from last week. I expected a few people to reply and I got over 100 comments. What really struck me though, was not the number of comments but the number of you who actually took the time to really look at the photos and leave very insightful comments. You guys rock! OK, last week I promised a new preset that dealt with an effect...

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Presets – Matt's Dramatic Sky presets

Well gang, it’s time for another round of presets. This time around I’m following up Matt’s Deep Blue Sky presets with Matt’s Dramatic Sky presets. Most of the presets I’ve used that dealt with enhancing skies usually just enhanced the color. But I’ve put a few other things in these presets that specialize in making the clouds look better too. You can use ‘em in photos with no clouds, but...

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