Lightroom Presets

Monday Presets – Blue Sky B&W

Good morning everyone. I’m back from Photoshop World and I had an absolute blast. It was the funnest/most tiring week I’ve had in a long time. I’ve got some presets for you so feel free to scroll down but first a couple of quick news bites.

NewsTerry White wrote a quick review of my Layers book over at his Tech Blog site. I’m really excited to say that the Layers book was a total hit last week at Photoshop World. I had no less then 100 people ask me to sign it and it was an honor each time. Thanks to everyone who came up. Anyway, as much as this is a chance to plug my Layers book (you know I love those 😉 ), it’s also a chance to send people to Terry’s Tech blog because he gives the flat-out best tech advice out there.

Lightroom 2 Beta was announced last week (see previous post) and I got a ton of question both here at the blog, and at Photoshop World. Tomorrow (which could be Wednesday… or not) I’m going to post a Q&A to answer them all.

PresetsNow for the presets. This is one that I’ve had an idea floating around about for a while. It’s a black and white preset but it’s primarily meant for outdoor photos. They could contain people, animals, mountains, trees or whatever but there’s one key ingredient that they must have – skies. These presets target the sky and give you three different choices: light, medium, or dark. So you can push your skies toward white, a medium grayish color, or get dark skies if you’d like.

Well I’m about to dig myself out of email-inbox-hell after it piling up for a week. Make sure you stop back tomorrow for the Lightroom 2.0 Q&A session. Have a great one!

Click here to see a sample of the preset.
Click here to download Matt’s Blue Sky B&W presets
Click here to see a video on how to install presets.



  1. Christopher Souser 4 November, 2008 at 23:41 Reply

    I like this.. but really would love to see a comprehensive B&W preset that gives that artsy studio B&W look. I have been working on one myself (as well as using this one and the IR B&W) but it still isn’t quite there and find myself using other programs than Lightroom to do B&W conversions.


  2. pk 8 April, 2008 at 12:42 Reply


    First a thank you for great site and your tutorials on Photoshop TV.

    Q1: Can you go over the sharpening option in LR 2 Beta (what does it do or how does it work?)

    Q2. I remember seeing a very nice way of putting copyright mark on photoshop tv episode. I can’t find it anymore.

    Q2. Is there a way to put Copyright mark in LR (probably not) but would not hurt asking 🙁


  3. justin short 8 April, 2008 at 02:46 Reply

    Hi Matt,

    Been a scavenger of your presets and Lightroom information since the launch – love your enthusiasm.

    I’m a jobbing photographer and have found Lightroom the best software by far and love the feel of the Beta version so far…

    Best new feature for me is the dodge and burn tool – this will mean much less photoshop work and more time for shooting!

    Any plans for a European trip in 2008?

    Wiltshire, UK

  4. Gilles 7 April, 2008 at 23:46 Reply

    Thanks for the preset again Matt.

    I’m currently working on B&W photos of easter. So, that will sure help me with my task 🙂

    To answer Jeff question about the preset working in version 2? I have the two of them working and all my preset from version 1.3.1 where imported into version 2 with no problems.

    On another note, from working with version 2, for me anyways it’s like version 1 on steroids 🙂 I haven’t found anything bad so far.


  5. Major John 7 April, 2008 at 22:06 Reply


    It was great to meet you last week. You and everyone at NAPP did a great job! A lot of fun for sure.

    I hope you can make it down to New Orleans one of these days.

    Thanks for the presets. 90% of my LR education came from you and I can’t wait to see what 2.0 can really do for us.

    Hope to see you again soon.

    Major John
    New Orleans

  6. Gretchen Cole 7 April, 2008 at 20:34 Reply

    I have downloaded several presets, including some from last fall. I cannot get them into my LR preset groups. Any suggestions?

  7. Broderick 7 April, 2008 at 18:05 Reply

    Thanks for the presets!!

    Joe– try the presets on a shot that has both clouds and blue sky, if you use it on a shot with a blank sky you’ll probably have that result.

  8. Joe Pellicone 7 April, 2008 at 15:09 Reply

    Hi Mat,

    I really like what your doing with the presets and have downloaded and do use most of them. I just installed this last group and I dont know if its my copy of LR or the presets but when applied, all three look the same??

    If you can let me know If Im doing something wrong


    Joe P aka NotYourAvgJoe

  9. Shawn Daly 7 April, 2008 at 12:55 Reply

    Good preset. Funnily enough I have been doing this for weeks using your tips in the saturation tutorial. Cool effect. Thanks for the constantly updated site. As for the 2 BETA, my version 1 libraries are not opening in 2 so I think I might wait for a later release to test drive. Looks great though!

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