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Preset Monday & Photoshop World Week

Happy Monday! The preset info is below but here’s some quick Photoshop World info as well. This week is Photoshop World in Orlando, FL. It’s always nice when I can drive to the conference on Monday and back again on Friday. Plus, I’m really excited as my wife and kids will probably make it over for a day or two. Believe it or not, my kids have never seen me teach. Anyway, here’s a recap of what I’ll be teaching –
– Tuesday – “Layers 101” pre-con.
– Wednesday – “Top 10 Photoshop Technqiues” and recording Photoshop TV Live
– Thursday – 1) Lightroom Basic Training, 2) Lightroom and Photoshop: Connecting the dots, 3) Automating Photoshop for Photographers
– Friday – I’ve got a session on the show floor
Photoshop World is always my favorite week of the year and if you’re going make sure you stop by and say hi and let me know you visit the blog (I just brush off anyone who doesn’t visit – 😉 totally just kidding!).

Preset Stuff
OK, on to the preset stuff. This week’s preset comes from my “Suggest a Preset Day” a while back. Some one had requested a Bleach Bypass preset and after researching a little I think I came pretty close in Lightroom. A Bleach Bypass is basically putting a black and white image over a color image. The end result is usually lower saturation and increased contrast (almost like what would happen if you did this in Photoshop with a blend mode). I’ve got two in the included set here. One has more color saturation then the other. Also, be aware that this one increases your Exposure by about two thirds of a stop over what you normally set exposure at so you may need to adjust it down. But it’s supposed to look a little blown out so don’t reel it back too much. Enjoy!

Click here to see a sample of the preset.
Click here to download Matt’s Bleach Bypass Presets
Click here to see a video on how to install presets.



  1. Wayne Clarke 1 April, 2008 at 10:42 Reply

    Charlotte, personally I’d be tempted to do the toning as the last step, adding a texture may affect the colours otherwise. Wayne

  2. Gina 1 April, 2008 at 03:21 Reply

    Great presets, as always! I often use the Tiffen plugin package that offers a bleach process filter and I LOVE the effect it produces. This is similar. So thanks! I use your presets often, especially the nostalgic one and just recently the 300 one. You can check out some of them on my page at You can see on there a few of the bleach filter pics I did to make a comparison if you’d like. But mine are REALLY dramatic! They are near the bottom of my “Pinkus” set. You’ll notice them right away…. the blacks are really black.

    Gina in Chicago

  3. Tim 31 March, 2008 at 21:25 Reply

    Matt – I just got the Layers book, and read it from cover to cover — I read this blog before I read the news!! Keep all the great work coming!


  4. Charlotte 31 March, 2008 at 16:15 Reply

    Yeah! a LR-PS-LR workflow book 🙂
    Okay can I ask you guys a few workflow questions?

    I want to try working with adding textures to my photos in PS. Would you tone and optimize the photos in LR first and when they are done, open it in PS to add the textured layers. Or would you tone and optimize last? Can’t figure out which is better for the the output. I mostly work in LR now, so haven’t got the LR-PS-LR clear yet….

    Thanks 🙂

  5. Rod 31 March, 2008 at 12:33 Reply

    Looks like you took my suggestion for a Lightroom-Photoshop Workflow book and turned it into a training session. Excellent! I still think there is book potential, Matt, so don’t discount the idea just yet. You might throw out a few feelers to the audience and see what the response is. Heck, I’d buy it. Best of luck at the show!

  6. F.Yasi 31 March, 2008 at 10:48 Reply

    Great presets, thanks Matt.
    Have great time in Photoshop World and I wish we can see some of your tips in the “Top 10 Photoshop Technqiues” session since we live faraway from that huge event.

  7. Heike.P 31 March, 2008 at 09:05 Reply

    Hi Matt,

    thank you very much for realizing my suggestion! I really like the preset and can’t wait to apply it to a couple of images:-)

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