Lightroom Presets – Desaturated Sports Photo Presets

Not a great sports weekend here in Tampa. The Giants beat the Bucs yesterday. Even though I’m from New Jersey, I’ve been in Florida long enough (over 20 years) that I consider the Tampa Bay Bucs my home team. And sadly, my USF Bulls did lose to Rutgers the other night (yes, another New Jersey team). Oh well… πŸ™‚

Anyway, now that you have your sports update, let’s move on to the presets. Last week, I released some sports photo presets that I used on some football photos I had. Usually whenever I post new presets, people who read the blog send me examples of what they’ve done with them. Well, I looked at one of the examples from last week, and saw something different. To me at least, their photo looked a little desaturated. I thought, “Hey this looks cool!”. It seemed to add to the drama that the effect has. So I went in and tweaked the presets from last week to have a kind-of desaturated look to them. I think I may even like it better than the other presets on some photos.

Here’s a Before/After:

Just like last week, there’s 3 different versions (Light, Medium, Strong) so you can pick your level of edginess/desaturated-ness for the photo.
Enjoy β€˜em and please let me know what you think!

Have a good one!


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  1. Hello, thanks for sharing I would love to add a comprehensive suite of Free Lightroom Presets.

    You can have a look at them here: Free Lightroom Presets . net

    Your feedback is highly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance & Have a Great Day.


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  2. Is there a way for me to obtain all of the Presets for LR3?
    I am on a fix income and truly can not afford to upgrade to LR4.
    I will really appreciate it. Thanks!

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    • Sure. Just click the “Presets” link located on the right side of this page. It’ll show you all preset posts. Just look through them. If they’re LR 4 only then don’t download them. The rest will work just fine for LR3.

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  3. Downloaded these today and was giving them a try on some different images, gotta say I am really like what the effect does with some of my images of vintage aircraft! May end up being one of my favorite presets. Thanks!

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  4. Matt,
    I also have a “Matt K” folder for all of the presets you have generously given us. So well appreciated. I use them quite a bit.
    It was great to see you last week in St Louis! Did any of the pizza make it’s way to Kansas?

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  5. Great set! A refreshing change as I sit and edit numerous football games – some shots just beg to be tweaked like this.
    You know Matt, I have a dedicated “Matt K” user preset file in Lr4 – thanks for sharing your talents!

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  6. Another great effect, will soon be upgrading to LR4 next week πŸ™‚

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  7. Q. … when applying a preset in LR4, what must I do to the image if I want to try a different preset? Are both presets applied to that image or just the most recent one? If both, then how do I erase the 1st preset and apply the 2nd preset without any of the 1st preset settings? Thx. Val.

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  8. Since you are always giving us some great presets for Lightroom, I would like to share some of my with you. How can I do this? Is there a place on your website where I can upload some of my presets with examples?


    Jerry Kolnick

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  9. Were you watching a different game? Pretty sure Giants 41, Bucs 34

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    • Long story. I had to leave watching the game early and I checked my sportacular app and it showed me results from last week’s game instead. Ooops πŸ™‚

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  10. thanks! I hope it works with LR3

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  11. thanks! I hope it works with LR3

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