Lightroom Presets

New Presets – Burnt Tone

As you may have seen, I took a couple of days off but I’m back from my quick trip out west and I’ve got another free preset for you. This one was actually inspired by a poster I saw in Las Vegas this past weekend. The effect was a very strong burned feeling and I set out on the flight back home to recreate it.

When you download the presets (and unzip the zip file), you’ll notice that there are two presets in this package. One of them is for people and the other is for anything with a sky in it. One thing I noticed when creating it is that skies reacted differently (mostly in a bad way) to the people preset so I made a couple of changes to account for anything with sky in it (which ended up doing bad things to skin tones, hence the “sky” name). That said, rules are made to be broken so feel free to give either preset a try on any photo to see which one you like better.

Click here to see a before/after sample of the preset.
Click here to download Matt’s Burnt Tone Preset



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  2. Rochelle Woodley-Baker 2 November, 2008 at 00:50 Reply

    I am okay at taking photos but post production is still a major learning curve for me – My computer system is windows and i am using lightroom 1 – i download the presets to my system – open the zip and then find that the computer cannot recognise the program and asks to go to the internet to find the appropriate program – so can you give me advice as to setting up my system to use your presets cheers rochelle

  3. Jesper 15 February, 2008 at 06:33 Reply

    Maybe I’m asking something obvious, but how do I save an image’s all different stages?
    Let me explain the scenario.
    I have an awesome image that I want to try out some cool changes to. Of all my tweeks and settings I really like how it turns out in 10-20 different ways.
    I have loads of more images that I like, and want to try with even more different settings. All these different unique settings/stages for all these different images is something I want to save for later!
    Now the problem – how do I save all these unique settings PER image!?

  4. mattk 13 February, 2008 at 23:09 Reply

    Gerry – I wound up breaking even. I had a blast though.

    Ivan – Oh well.

    Casey – They’re located in Library > Application Support > Adobe > Lightroom. You could also just right click on the preset and export them. Then re-import them later.

    Everyone else – thanks for the kind words. I know this was a little different but I agree with scott. We needed some color and I think this was a cool (or hot 😉 ) one.

    Take care!
    Matt K

  5. Steve Cherrier 13 February, 2008 at 20:38 Reply

    Thanks again for another quality preset, Matt. I too have been visiting your page for quite some time and constantly appreciate the wonderful presets you graciously share with the community.

    Thanks again!


  6. Balliolman 13 February, 2008 at 17:32 Reply

    I have just used your Burnt Tone presets on silhouettes I took on a coastal sunset shoot and the results are beautiful. Thanks for another cracking preset combination. When it comes to LR, Matt, you are the GURU!

    Best wishes,

  7. chad 13 February, 2008 at 17:10 Reply


    Very nice…I like the burnt tone!

    Unrelated question…if a person were to want to inquire about your availabilty to speak at a photo event, how would I go about that? You have my email (as required by this post), any chance you could contact me for the details?


  8. Casey Figlewicz 13 February, 2008 at 14:12 Reply

    Question…I am about to install a new internal hard drive on my mac and I was wondering how to save my Lightroom Presets that I have made and the ones that I have downloaded for your site. Your are great by the way. Also where are they stored?

    Thanks so much for all you are doing for us!

  9. doug stremel 13 February, 2008 at 11:10 Reply

    Just wanted to drop you a note of thanks Matt. I’ve been visiting your site and downloading presets for a while now. But never left a comment. I really dig you blog – almost as much as I did Lightroom. Keep the good stuff coming.


  10. Gerry 13 February, 2008 at 02:18 Reply

    Hi Matt, thanks for the presets – I’ll check this out tonight. But hey, how was your trip? Did you crack the jackpot ?

    Take care.

    Have a great day.

    Regards, Gerry Pacher

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