Lightroom Presets

Lightroom Presets – Sin City Look

Hey there! I hope everyone had a good hurricane-free weekend. My sympathies go out to anyone along the east coast that was affected by Irene.

Before we get to the presets, don’t forget that I’m doing a free (LIVE) webcast tomorrow to celebrate the release of my Photoshop Compositing Secrets book. Scott Kelby is co-hosting it with me. I’ll spend about an hour going over various techniques and concepts behind compositing and some sneak peaks into the book. It’s totally free and you can sign up here.
(BTW… We’re not giving away free copies of the book, but I’m sure that we’ll have some cool bundles with the book if you purchase a NAPP membership or a DVD bundle so stay tuned)

OK, on to the presets. This week I’ve got another batch for you that comes from updated-preset vault. My original Sin City presets were really popular so I’ve gone and updated them for Lightroom 3 (about time eh?). The main idea behind the Sin City look is pretty much a desaturated high contrast photo with some red saturation left in. The preset is mostly a desaturating effect. But it also leaves certain colors saturated (reds and oranges). The idea behind this is that you’ve got to have something in your photo that has those colors in it. Even if it’s just a photo of people though, it should work since the skin tones will fall in those saturated colors. Also, there’s two flavors to this preset – a light red one and a dark red one so it changes how bright the reds appear.

Click here to see a sample of the preset.
Click here to download Matt’s Sin City Presets

To install:
1) Unzip the preset zip file on to your desktop. Then double click the .LRTEMPLATE file to install
1) Unzip the preset zip file on to your desktop
2) Go to the Develop module. NOTE: YOU MUST BE IN THE DEVELOP MODULE
3) Go to the Presets panel on the left. Right click anywhere in it and choose “Import”.
4) Select the .lrtemplate files you unzipped in Step 1 and click Import NOTE: DO NOT IMPORT THE ZIP FILE



  1. FotoMike 3 September, 2011 at 00:23 Reply

    Do you have a preset like this for blue? Our school colors are blue and I would love to play with some of our football team.

    Thanks for everything that you share!!

  2. Mike Groseth 31 August, 2011 at 10:54 Reply

    Forgot to mention in previous post…

    ~Sarcasm Alert!~
    Can you make these presets available for Android??? 😉

    As a NAPP member, Kelby Training member, & fan of all things Kelby I couldn’t resist the Android comment even though it makes no sense here on this forum!

  3. Steve Wetzel 30 August, 2011 at 00:43 Reply

    Great looking preset Matt. I just purchased your book today from Amazon to read on my iPad (I just cannot bring myself to say the “K” word). It really looks great. I am hoping to get part way through it before Photoshop World!

  4. gene lowinger 29 August, 2011 at 16:36 Reply

    Thanks for the preset, Matt. I’m curious, although this has nothing to do with Lightroom. On the ‘GRID’ broadcast Scott, RC and you said you would post presets for HDR Pro. I got Scott’s and RC’s, but never could find yours? Did you post it somewhere?


  5. Mike 29 August, 2011 at 15:19 Reply

    I predict a huge increase in the number of selective colour photos showing up on Flickr in three…two…one.

    Love the blog, Matt, but this preset (and the use of selective colouring overall) is a bit horrific.

  6. Gray 29 August, 2011 at 14:57 Reply

    Matttttttt!! I <3 this preset. !!! can you make more and share them with us? Great job as usual. BTW is there any tuts on how to make presets in your book? I am looking into buying it soon.

    • Matt Kloskowski 29 August, 2011 at 15:09 Reply

      Hi Gray. Just click the Preset category on the side of the page and you’ll find about 2 years worth of presets 🙂
      As for the book, it’s on Photoshop Compositing – no Lightroom presets in it.


  7. Dan Glass 29 August, 2011 at 12:34 Reply

    I lost about a half a day of photoshopping due to power failure during Irene….and it hurt. For those considering Matt’s new book and enjoy compositing or looking to expand into it, its a must have. Video tutorials are great, but there is something to be said for having a detailed book right in front of you to walk you through the process. I’m not even past chapter three and already feel like I’ve gotten my monies worth. Its that good. Looking forward to the rest. – Thanks for the presets Matt……and the book.

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