News – HDR, Lightroom Plug-ins, Free Presets, and More

Hey there. Here’s a few news items to check out:

• Don’t forget I’m signing all pre-order copies of my newly updated Photoshop Layers book if you order from Kelby Training. By the way, Amazon has the updated final cover. That always means it’s really close to coming out 🙂

• onOne Software has some new (Free) Lightroom presets.

• I’ll be teaching a few sessions on HDR Efex Pro at the Nik Software booth later this week at Photo Plus. You can catch me on Thursday at 2:30 or Friday at 11am. Make sure you stop by and say hi.

• Timothy Armes has a really cool new Lightroom plug-in called the Zip Exporter which let’s you create a zipped folder of any photos you’re exporting.

• Matt from the Turning Gate has announced the upcoming release of TTG Stage CE, a web module plugin for Lightroom

• Scott over at Weekly Photo Tips did a review on my “Mastering HDR in Photoshop CS5” DVD. Thanks Scott 🙂


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  1. Matt, is there a way I can write an ‘action’ to switch directly into HDR Efex Pro , after I have selected my photos, instead of clicking Export and then HDR Efex Pro>

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  2. Brilliant tip Matt. Really helped de-clutter my Dev module. Love the Instant collapsibility feature when switching to the different tools in the Dev module.

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  3. I have used the plugins and are very impressed , the silly thing is I can’t get the ones VOL 2, from the gradient brush tool or selective brush tools Effects. he only one showing is the Skin Soften, I have tried everything . Help please ??
    Many thanks Pauline

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  4. Are the topics discussed in Layers: The Complete Guide to Photoshop’s Most Powerful Feature (2nd Edition) applicable to Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 and Adobe Lightroom 3 for the Mac? I’m interested in purchasing your book to learn more about Photoshop, but I want to make sure that I have the right version of Adobe Photoshop so that I can work along with the book.

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    • Hi. I’d say about 70% of the book is related to Elements 8. Elements 9 has layer masks in it which probably brings the percentage up to about 80%. If you buy it from Kelby Training and absolutely hate it, they’re pretty good about refunds as well. You can also read some of the reviews from the 1st edition of the book on Amazon. From what I saw, there were a decent number of Elements users that found it useful. Thanks!

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  5. Matt:

    This question is not related to the topic, but I could not find a topic that was…..

    I have a LR3 question please…..

    I have several external USB drives that I use interchangeably. Problem is, when you unplug one drive, and plug in another and do this a few times, windows does not always name the drive the same as it did before, therefore LR can no longer find the files it expects on the new drive ’cause the drive letter is not the same….and now you have a bunch of missing photos in your catalog.

    Is there a way around this problem?

    I would like your permission to share the answer on the Nikonians website.


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  6. Here;s a general question. I removed LR2 and CS4 from my system yesterday on the theory that if you haven’t used them for five months, you probably won’t for the next five. But in the process, the “edit in” option disappeared from LR3 … the link between Lightroom and CS5. This is very frustrating, and I can’t find a way to correct it. (Tried preferences in LR, running the LR install program … neither works.) Does anyone have a solution? (This is particularly odd because LR3 was opening in CS5, not 4. So why would removing CS4 have caused this?)

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    • For anyone with the same issue, the NAPP help desk solved this one for me. The options are (1) remove and reinstall CS5 or (2) edit the registry. Instructions for the latter are at (Steps 7 and 13 in this document relate to the change you make in Step 6.)

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  7. Hi Matt, HDR Efex Pro totally rocks. I just did a webinar for Nik about it in Dutch and people really loved it.
    There’s a great trick: if for some reason the built-in de-ghosting does not work as it should, you can actually use Photoshop’s De-Ghosting Commands and then do the actual HDR-Conversion in Nik HDR Efex Pro! I’m gonna blog about that one of these days if I get a free moment…

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  8. HI Matt

    Great stuff as always. Have you been able to try the new OnOne plugin “Perfect Layers 1”?

    It looks to me that we will be able to stay in Lightroom a lot more.

    Would be interested to see what you think.

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  9. Hi Matt! Do you think the new HDR Efex from Nik is really worth it? Having already Photoshop CS5 HDR Pro (which I don’t think add very much to the good old Photomatix Pro) I’m not sure I’d invest $159 for this? Unless you say it’s a terrific program, like their Color Efex Pro is! 😀

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  10. Requests:
    1) How do you use Nik Sharpener Pro in Lightroom?
    2) How do you use Nik HDR Efex Pro in Lightroom? I sometimes have trouble with the HDR image coming back into LR after saving in HDR Efex.

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  11. An almost preset question. I discovered when starting a new catalog for a camera club project that all existing import presets remained as defaults, copyright etc. The problem was the project was for a book and was a bunch of different photographers work. After I caught what was happening I was able to delete and restart with new blank defaults. My question is, is this an as designed gotcha, or did I miss something or a routine to clear settings for a new catalog. I would have though that presets would have returned to default status upon starting a new catalog, but it appears that when I go back to my main catalog I will have to reestablish presets again.
    Any suggestions?

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  12. Matt, is it possible to make a set of photoshop actions into a preset?

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  13. I have downloaded the preset from onOne, executed the setup without any errors.
    But I do not get the presets in Lightroom!

    Anyone else had this problem?

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    • Yes, I’m having the exact same problem. Running Lightroom 2 on a Mac with 10.5.8.

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      • I found this solution:

        Will try it tonight after work if this is the solution. I think it is.

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      • Hi Patrick – I also found that support document but I can’t even find the PhotoPresets Wow folder to import the lrtemplate files. My first experience of onone software isn’t great!

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  14. Matt is actually my favorite teacher from all
    rhat I have watched on Kelby Training. $39.99 would be the sweet
    spot for all those teaching DVD’s though.

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  15. Ignore my previous comment Matt. I found those presets.
    Next time I will read the User Guide properly before posting a comment. 🙂
    Keep up the great work Matt. This is a fabulous website.

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  16. Hi Matt, many thanks for the onONE presets. These are terrific. I’m already using them and having a lot of success with them. There appears to be a minor hiccup however with my download. The user guide pdf states that in Volume 2 there are presets for Background Blowouts, Eyes and Skin. These have not appeared in my downloads though. Volume 2 only contains the presets from Reset to Gradients. Is this an error on the part of onONE or in my downloading somehow?
    Hope this makes sense.

    Cheers and thanks again for another great contribution.


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    • Ignore my previous comment regarding the missing presets. Found them. Next time I will read the User Guide properly before posting a comment on here. 🙂
      Fabulous website Matt. Keep up the great work. Michael

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  17. Matt – I’ve switched from Photomatix Pro to Nik HDR EFEX Pro and very much like it. The Nik HDR program allows you to both make and import presets. When will you be making available some of your presets for this new program. (Like that? Sort of a forward leaning question).

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  18. CS5 HDR Pro: Do you have any plans for creating HDR Pro presets? I am a little surprised that I have not been able to track down any available for download. I have made a few (uninspired) of my own but have been hoping for some Kloskowski quality work. Thanks!


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  19. Hey Matt,

    Thanks for the links.
    I’ve used the Zip Exporter and love it; another useful addition to the Lightroom toolbox.

    Also, regarding your Lightroom 3 Kelby Training Series, there’s one section you cover that I’m almost embarrassed to admit I wasn’t 100% sure how to do; until I watched your training that is ie moving the location of your image files/folders from one folder/drive to another.

    Having revamped my Backup Workflow recently moving files around was something I knew I was going to have to do, but was a little apprehensive. However, having watched the section on doing just that, I went ahead and did it and without a hiccup.

    Just a thought but is this something you’d be able to include here on the blog (just the moving files around section) ?

    Apologies in advance if you already have.

    Cheers and thanks for sharing,

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