Lightroom Presets

Lightroom Presets – Focal Point for Portraits and Landscapes

Hey there! I just wanted to say a quick thanks to everyone who came out to my Austin “Photoshop for Photographers” seminar on Friday. The city pretty much shut down because of dangerously icy roads but we still had a great group that braved it anyway and it turned out to be an awesome day. Thanks for coming by. Stop by to see where I’ll be next (Houston on March 9th for Lightroom 3 I believe).

Anyway, today I’ve got a follow up to some presets I released a while ago. Here’s the back story so you know where they’re coming from. See, I had an idea a while back about using the adjustment brush to create a focal point in certain parts of the photo (by darkening the rest of the photo). The vignetting controls are great for doing this but if your subject isn’t in the middle of the photo then it doesn’t work as well. So I figured I could use the adjustment brush to darken parts of the photo and save it as a preset. Nope! I quickly found out you couldn’t save adjustment brush controls as a preset so I went back to the drawing board and came up with this idea instead. I’ve created 8 different presets that each use the Graduated Filter to do something similar. 4 of them are for Portraits (or portrait oriented images) and 4 of them are for landscape oriented photos (top left, top right, bottom left, and bottom right). Enjoy ’em and let me know what you think!

Portrait (Top Left)

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Portrait (Top Right)

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Landscape (Bottom Right)

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Click here to download Matt’s Focal Point Presets
Click here for a video on how to install presets