It's "Suggest a Preset" Day

Does October 15, 2007 ring a bell? That was the day I started releasing my presets out to all of the visitors to this site each week. That was almost 4 months ago and something occurred to me the other day. I’m only giving away the presets I use. What about you guys? I’m sure there’s lots of presets that you wish you had. So let me know what they are? Is there any effect, technique, template, Identity Plate or anything else that you think would make a good candidate for Preset Monday? Maybe it’ll even spawn off into a video. Post your ideas as a comment here. If I end up using them (and I’m sure there’s plenty of good ideas out there) I’ll throw all of the candidates names into a hat and draw a couple names for a free month subscription over at Kelby Training’s online training website. I can’t wait to see your ideas. Thanks!



  1. Matt Pavel 8 June, 2008 at 18:10 Reply

    Hi Matt, I love your “300” style presets. How about a “Sin City” preset? The photography or maybe I should say special effects from that movie was great!

  2. Corey 7 February, 2008 at 01:12 Reply

    I’m new new new to Lightroom and this site (just installed it and found this immediately after!).

    I really would love to see a preset that makes colors pop (especially jeans). I’ve seen some work where the jeans look amazing in shots and I have yet to perfect that.

    A TTV-like preset would be awesome as well. Even if it’s just the colors and not the texture/box.

  3. Cathy 31 January, 2008 at 12:02 Reply

    I’m a huge fan of anything Polaroid. So a preset with the super saturated colors of Polaroid film would be awesome.

    Thanks for all the Monday (Tuesday) presets… I really look forward to them


  4. David Hopkins 31 January, 2008 at 10:50 Reply

    How about some presets for exporting.
    Im new to this diital thing and whould love to see how you deal with exporting Images for different aploications

    thanks David

  5. Peter 31 January, 2008 at 09:33 Reply

    Here are a few random, and not too specific ideas.

    1. How about a few pre-sets to overexpose an image? (though I’m not sure a pre-set will really work for this). Might be better to do it in camera (as always).

    2. Some low contrast, dreamy color images.

    3. How about some that would mimic the color use and styles of the great painters? Say Van Gogh to start with. I’m probably dreaming here though….

    Once again great work with the site, Matt and thanks for all the hard work.

  6. Sacha 31 January, 2008 at 09:00 Reply

    Hi Matt!

    Thank you very much for your blog! I’ve really learnt much already.

    What I’m missing is a preset for (better) skin tones. Often I try to enhance skin colors (e.g. more brown instead of pale white) or even get a natural skin tone at all.

    Keep up the good work!

  7. Erin Gilmore 31 January, 2008 at 02:51 Reply

    Hey Matt. First let me say what an awesome resource you have created and a huge thanks for all your hard work!
    Since you are offering… why stop at one..My call would be for a “DAILY GRIND” set of presets that would cover off many of the routine adjustments all in one set:
    1) sharpen: light, medium, hard
    2) cyan shadow reducer (for those white dresses)
    3) skin tone corrector to realistically lighten the orange tones
    4) highlight recovery
    5) b&w: low contract, medium contract, high key
    6) POW FACTOR: saturation, clarity, dense darks

    Thanks a ton!
    Erin Gilmore, Vancouver Canada

  8. Jas 30 January, 2008 at 15:05 Reply

    How about one to replicate that 80’s photography that has the look as if there is no contrast at all and the colors are washed out and desaturated just a bit? Keep it up, Matt – plenty of ideas here, I guess!! Thanks for all that you do for the Lightroom community.
    brand new NAPPy dude

  9. Denear 30 January, 2008 at 13:23 Reply

    I think you have loads of ideas already submitted which will keep you busy with presets for a while now…. so I thought I might recommend a tutorial to make Lightroom a little faster.
    I know, you have mentioned it in passing a while back, but since many of us use lightroom extensivelly these days, a way of making it not slow our computers downs would be awesome. I have come across many tutorials with PS suggestions, so how about putting together a list of recommendations which we could apply to our computers to make this program rock even more than it already does. It is a little resource intensive.
    You, Scott and the rest of the guys at NAPP and Kelby Training are really awesome.
    Thanks for all your great help

  10. Lisa Epp 30 January, 2008 at 11:49 Reply

    First I’d like to say that if you get ALL the way down to my suggestion, that will be an accomplishment all in itself! ha.
    I want to second David Akessons suggestion of a blue/grey preset for the look of something from the Pirates of the Caribbean, that would be a fantastic preset.
    I was thinking along the lines of a “snow” preset. Something to bring out the blue/green, making a cool effect for bright photos..or snow shots.
    Does that make sense.
    Can’t wait to see what you end up with out of all these suggestions.
    You ought to be a busy man.!

  11. Mario 30 January, 2008 at 11:06 Reply

    i’d love a skiing preset. one that brings out fine detail in the snow and punchy colors and detail on the skiers. reason for this is, i’m going skiing for two weeks and would love to come back and see a perfect preset for all my shots, right next to a kelbytraining account ;-). looking forward to what you’ll come up with when i’m back and thanks for all your work here.

    btw my favorite presets till now are the sharpening presets, they are so incredibly useful for all my shots!

  12. Barbara 30 January, 2008 at 11:05 Reply

    I heard there was a way to make photo frames using the identity plate. With your work around (pdf to tiff or jpg) the frames could then be printed.
    You will have your hands full making these presents – thank you for doing this!!!

  13. David 30 January, 2008 at 10:45 Reply

    Hey Matt,
    How about a preset to organize all of the presetts…..To make it easy to find,for example all of the cross processed in a folder, all of the B&w in a folder, all of the split tone in a folder,your favs in a folder… least a video on how to do that…& is there a sugested way or an order to do multiple presets that one should follow?
    Thanks again Matt… are better then a Rock Star!!!

  14. René 30 January, 2008 at 07:16 Reply

    Sorry I didn’t check whether it was already posted but I’d like to see a preset for getting an IR image…
    I’d also like to know how to get that very warm skin color when taking portraits…
    And the last one I’d like to see is the preset that makes a nude/semi-nude photo black and white but that way that the skin looks silver(ish)…

    Great work by the way… 😀

  15. fastfreddy 30 January, 2008 at 03:32 Reply

    I vote for the soft light preset that is being asked for. Picasa has a simple but effective tool for this that I would love to see in lightroom

  16. Aaron K 30 January, 2008 at 00:28 Reply

    I don’t know if it’s possible without reprogramming Lightroom but I’d like to see some HDR controls which we could add multiple captures too and edit inside of light room. Can there be a Preset made for that? 😀

    Thanks everybody.

    Aaron K

  17. Gustavo Vieira 29 January, 2008 at 23:06 Reply

    Hi Matt,
    sorry, my post is totally off topic.

    I’m having an issue exporting a downsized jpeg in Lightroom. My images got some odd thing on the contrast areas, like a very strange sharpening. And I’m not even sharpening the image in Lightroom. I would like to send you an example of what’s happening so you could bring the issue to the discussion or tell us how to solve it. Is it possible?

    Thank you,

  18. Ed 29 January, 2008 at 22:03 Reply

    Lots of great ideas here.

    I made a preset from an article I saw either here or on some other site. It involves max-ing out your fill, vibrance, clarity etc then dropping your saturation. I’m not much of a web author, so I haven’t figured out how to post it on my site to make it available for download, but if anyone wants it, let me konw and I’ll make it available somehow (upload to here, email the attachment, finally figure out how to place it on my site for you to take, etc.) I’ve used it with great success on automobile images.


  19. Trude 29 January, 2008 at 20:55 Reply

    Wow there are some awesome suggestions! I ditto Tom on the Hollywood glamour look.

    I looove the look that Annie Leibovitz captured for last year’s Vanity Fair annual Hollywood edition, it had such a dark, grungy feel to it. Probably had a lot to do with Photoshop, but maybe a preset that darkens and saturates?

  20. Peter Marcaurelle 29 January, 2008 at 20:42 Reply


    One other preset related item – can you explain what to watch out for, if any, on compatibility issues between PCs and Macs relative to Print Module Presets or any other presets for that matter, when it comes to sharing with others on different platforms.

    There should be enough from all these post to keep you busy for awhile.


  21. Tiffany 29 January, 2008 at 20:41 Reply

    New to all of this. Love what you have here. All useful and helpful. What about Lomo? I’d love some Lomo filters.

  22. Richard Earney 29 January, 2008 at 20:10 Reply

    To all

    Remember there is a website that hosts loads of presets similar to the ones you are asking for. Namely Inside Lightroom You can submit interesting ones and help contribute to this resource.

  23. Jared 29 January, 2008 at 20:02 Reply

    I was thinking something along the lines of a ‘soft’ preset or ‘key light’ preset. I don’t know if either is possible but something to soften a photo and/or to make a photo very bright.

  24. Michael 29 January, 2008 at 19:36 Reply

    I would like the ability for people to upload their presents with a sample image for the ultimate sharing experience.

    I have developed my own Nikon D200 and D300 presets so images from each camera look identical – worth sharing??

  25. pesh 29 January, 2008 at 19:23 Reply


    I am hoping to put one together that is like a golden diffusion that cinematographers sometimes use in movie, like the movie “Fool’s Gold”.

    By the way, great work… I was also able to visit the Adobe campus last week… oddly, I didn’t bump into you 🙂


  26. rob Jaudon 29 January, 2008 at 18:15 Reply

    I would love some skin softening presets to use on portraits. For the landscape pics I would like something to mimic a Graduated filter.

    BTW, Your site rocks and I am still waiting on your announcement that you’ll be putting all these tips into a killer lightroom book.

  27. Kenny 29 January, 2008 at 17:55 Reply

    Ok, I’ve only scanned the list but from what I’ve seen B&W features a lot. I’ve been trying to get really punchy B&W pics in Lightroom like I used to make in the darkroom – I’ve yet to see any even on any of the Lightroom preset sites out there, so my tuppence worth – that strong, immediate, photojournalistic ‘Capa’ look – you know what I mean….


  28. Jamie Wynne 29 January, 2008 at 17:12 Reply

    Has anyone mentioned one that would simulate an outdated polaroid? Or a template to drop it into? Something with texture.

  29. Jan 29 January, 2008 at 15:05 Reply

    Hi Matt,

    I’d like to have some tips, tutorials or presets about skin colors.
    While developing my pictures, I often end up using all kind of settings in order to achieve a natural skin color. But the results often aren’t really satisfying. In PS there is quite an easy way to do it (color-info CMYK and adjusting the RGB curves) but I didn’t manage to copy this workflow to Lightroom or to create a new one.
    Maybe you could dedicate one of your future presets (tuts or tips) to this topic.
    Thanks in advance.

    Greetings from Germany!

  30. Florent 29 January, 2008 at 14:34 Reply

    Hi Matt–this one is a super hard one! How about a turnaround to the absence of dodge/burn tools in LR that would work in a selective manner of course? You’re challenged Matt! Thanks–Florent.

  31. Nando 29 January, 2008 at 14:22 Reply

    since there is alot of B&W film suggestions that i would also love to see…i think having a Patrick Hoelck style Polaroid preset or Polaroid style in general would be something cool and unique

  32. Matt B 29 January, 2008 at 13:32 Reply

    Every month I try to post a desktop image on my blog. I can easily set up the size of the image with my copyright notice in the lower left while exporting. But, is there a way to use a small logo, say the one I have in my name plate on the picture? This would help brand he image.

    Thanks again for your effort and time on this site.

  33. kelli 29 January, 2008 at 12:41 Reply

    i love your presets!
    my suggestion would be a “skin tone” preset, where it softens and evens out skin for a portrait photo.

  34. Tom Brooks 29 January, 2008 at 12:38 Reply

    Hi Matt,

    I too am new to Lightroom and particularly to using the tone curve. I would love to see some presets for it including presets that effectively use the split controls at the bottom of the tone curve.

    Thanks for the presets you’ve already given and your other tips, they have been very helpful.


  35. Teri 29 January, 2008 at 12:33 Reply

    A preset that would make my landscapes look like Ansel Adams……….okay, who am I kidding? But, I would still like a B&W preset that makes my landscapes POP:)

  36. Thom Dombrowski 29 January, 2008 at 12:32 Reply

    Ok, I am going to be shameless again.. pick me for the months worth of photoshop training at kellbytraning. I can not get the preset that you did for the old time look that you posted today. Also as part of the print module I would like to see the identity plate rendered on the back of the 2 up greeting card. It will only go on one of them. You posted a reply once on how to do it, but I could not get that to run also. I promise if you pick me for a month training, when I learn a few things I will sign up for a year. Again.. shameless..

    But as always. I do love your presets. I also agree more B&W presets.

  37. Brent Disney 29 January, 2008 at 12:16 Reply

    I’m very new to Lightroom, receiving for Christmas. One issue I’m having with my photos is color noise.

    Learning about using lower ISO has solved that problem for the most part, but occasionally I still get some red/green noise in shots and a preset that would help clean those out would be great.

    P.S. Very helpful site, glad I stumbled on to it.

  38. Dennis Zito 29 January, 2008 at 12:15 Reply

    Hi Matt,

    Thanks for giving us the opportunity to make some suggestions. I’d like to see something that creates a look similar to a Graduated neutral density gray filter. I shoot landscapes, but sometimes forget my graduated filter.



  39. Kevin 29 January, 2008 at 12:00 Reply

    I would like to see something similar to what you see in a lot of the newer crop of wedding photographers. They all seem to use presets/actions by Kevin Kubota and I love how some of the images look.

  40. Chris 29 January, 2008 at 11:47 Reply

    How about a preset that would be used in a way such as a filter like Gradient Nuetral Density or Nuetral Density?

    Another suggestion would be to incorporate high saturation to give it a more unusal look than your normal picture?


  41. Raymond Kozma 29 January, 2008 at 11:36 Reply

    Any way to get a preset for the Identity Plate that would allow directly entering more formation than currently allowed? As I understand it, the current restriction is no more than 57 pixels in height. Thanks, Matt!

  42. Chad 29 January, 2008 at 10:55 Reply

    one thing I would love in terms of presets are film presets. I’m talking about cool shadows, warm highlights, butter gradiants… something along the lines of what alienware is doing with their exposure program….just for lightroom.

  43. Kirk 29 January, 2008 at 10:07 Reply

    Good Morning,

    Over the MLK weekend I went to the M.B.A. (Monterey Bay Aquarium) I took my camera with me. I shot a few images and used my “Off Camera” flash. Not only did I have to shoot through 2 inch glass, I also had to light subjects through millions of gallons of water. As everyone knows when you shoot underwater you lose the red spectrum of your light very rapidly.

    I have fooled around with some settings and made a few presets. Nothing great. Actually I have been using Matt’s WB Auto preset. For some reason that preset has worked the best. A little tweaking is required to bring red back into a cold image.

    If someone has a magic Preset for underwater I would like to see that?


  44. Fabio Bernardino 29 January, 2008 at 09:56 Reply

    I’d like to see some presets that emulate film or resemble its looks.
    – Velvia
    – Provia
    – and B&W films as already suggested

    The canon picture style (or Nikon) look would be fun too.

  45. MG 29 January, 2008 at 09:54 Reply

    Matt- You’ve given us some great sharpening tools. How about some noise reduction presets to help speed up our workflow?

  46. GeorgeT 29 January, 2008 at 09:51 Reply

    Since Valentine’s day is coming up, I would like to to see a preset that would do a high contrast B&W but have the reds in the picture show in color. You did this in your colorize preset, but maybe you could add to it to make it more soft and romantic.

  47. Jeremy 29 January, 2008 at 09:18 Reply

    How about some basic B&W effects (maybe 3 or 4)?

    That way you could hover and see what channel mix is closest to what you had in mind. Some would be suitable for portraits, others for landscapes, etc… It’d be a nice jump-off point for fine tuning.

  48. mattk 29 January, 2008 at 09:10 Reply

    Hey everyone,
    Thanks for the ideas. Keep ’em coming. I’ve already got a couple that I’ll be working on.
    FYI… anything that involves a blurry or “dreamy” effect really can’t be done in Lightroom yet. We don’t have filters or layers so it would involve a trip to Photoshop. That said, maybe you’ll see a couple of Lightroom/Photoshop tutorials coming up where we do just that.

    Thanks again!
    Matt K

  49. Christoph Nicolai 29 January, 2008 at 08:47 Reply

    Hi Matt,

    thanks again for your Podcast…..great help!!!

    I know you’ve made a 300-Look preset, but how about a Die Hard 4.0 preset? I often wonderd how to get this cool kind of blue effect. But when I try it it’s getting to harsh or looks boring! I would love one of these presets.

    Sorry for my English 😉 and have a nice week,


  50. David Akesson 29 January, 2008 at 07:10 Reply

    Something that I reckon would go really well would be a bluey/grey preset that assists in giving the look of the Pirates of the Caribbean – at worlds end with that smokey feel. In a way it’s similar to the 300 look but with the blues and greys instead of the golds/browns/reds.

    And while I’d also love to see a glamour glow preset with dreamy and soft effects I can’t for the life of me see how you could do that in light room. It doesn’t provide for blurs to my understanding.

  51. Jon 29 January, 2008 at 05:27 Reply

    Further to Scott’s recomendation & an article in the British Journal of Photography I have been glued to Jill Greenberg’s site at;

    I have been playing around to try to get anything like her presentation & I am not even on the same planet! A nudge in the right direction with a preset would just make me so happy.

    Then all I’ve got to do is sort out the lighting, the quality, the models & the skillset……Anyone got a polar bear out there?

  52. Heike P. 29 January, 2008 at 05:21 Reply

    I’d like to see…

    1) a Bleach Bypass preset, resulting in a high contrast and low saturation image.

    2) a Glamour Glow preset to achieve dreamy and soft effects.

    Thanks Matt!

  53. Mike 29 January, 2008 at 04:25 Reply

    There’s only so much one can do, but I’m thinking about an ‘intense fluffy clouds’ preset (which would of course only work on pictures of bright days with fluffy clouds 😉 )

  54. Sean McCormack 29 January, 2008 at 03:13 Reply

    Some creative Sharpening presets would be cool. I know we get 2 with Lightroom, but something that makes good use of the mask and detail in a way that is both usable and educational would be excellent.

  55. Tom Lowe 29 January, 2008 at 02:57 Reply

    A old fashioned “glamor” soft lighting/soft focus portrait set of presets would be interesting- both color and Black and White in the style of 1940s Hollywood.

  56. Philip Dhillon 29 January, 2008 at 02:45 Reply

    How about a preset for the “300” movie effect that you did in Adobe Camera Raw? Shouldnt you be able to do it LR as well?

    Overall, I think any preset that gives interesting effects that are out of the ordinary, like the New York style ones.

  57. Janine Smith 29 January, 2008 at 01:23 Reply

    1) I’m not sure if this is possible in LR, but I’d love a preset that turns a photo into a line drawing. I know it’s possible in PS, and I’m sure I have the directions somewhere. But a one-click in LR? Awesome!

    2) A Lens-baby-like blur? Where just one part of the photo is in focus?

    3)You’ve kind of done this in some of your presets, but I love a photo that’s just almost desaturated, with a teeny tiny bit of color left.

    4) How about a super-saturated, super-contrast image?

  58. Mike Lao 29 January, 2008 at 01:21 Reply

    Hey Matt – one thing that I always wanted to work on was to replicate the Picture Styles (Canon) / Picture Control (Nikon) in Lightroom. Examples of this are the following picture styles: Clear, Vivid, etc.

    This would surely help a lot of the RAW shooters out there. 🙂

    – Mike Lao

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