Lightroom Presets

Preset – Wedding Grain Effect

Holy cow! It’s February, and more importantly my birthday month 🙂 It’s also preset day and I’ve got one that’s been asked for quite a bit since I started making presets. It has to do with a “grain” effect and it deals with the new Grain setting in Lightroom 3 Beta. BUT WAIT!!! If you’re not a LR3 Beta user don’t worry. The preset itself still looks cool and still works in Lightroom 2 (it just doesn’t apply the grain). Depending on the photo, the settings still bring out a little graininess in the image so its not a total loss. Anyway, take a look at the before and after by clicking below. It definitely is a nice effect with or without grain and I think it looks good on portraits as well as all the other wedding stuff (shoes, dress, table settings, rings, etc…). Let me know what you think.

To install:
1) Unzip the preset zip file on to your desktop
2) Go to the Develop module. NOTE: YOU MUST BE 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

• Click here to download the preset.
• Click here to see a sample of the preset.



  1. Katherine 3 February, 2010 at 01:44 Reply

    This probably sounds stupid, but do I have to leave the preset file on my desktop after I import it – or can I delete it or save it in another folder.

  2. David 2 February, 2010 at 15:49 Reply

    I used to shoot and develop my own B&Ws many years ago when I had access to the local Universities Darkroom from a “you scratch my back I scratch yours” deal I had withe the newspaper (I did free computer maintenance for them, they gave me access to the darkroom and free chemicals).

    I said that to say this. I remember hating when I got a grainy photo because it usually meant I did something wrong. Since everything is digital now its starting to become a ‘look’ and not an accident with your film develop.

  3. John Tucker 2 February, 2010 at 14:09 Reply

    Jon said:

    “I still dont understand why anyone would introduce “grain” to an otherwise sharp picture. Im just not getting it I guessÂ…”

    Jon, while grain used to be the bane of film photography, it is now considered by many to be an artistic touch to digital images. I think adding grain to a digital image takes it from looking too sterile and perfect to organic and imperfect. It is in that latter state that the art exists.

    That’s my take on it.


  4. Jon 1 February, 2010 at 22:44 Reply

    I still dont understand why anyone would introduce “grain” to an otherwise sharp picture. Im just not getting it I guess…

  5. vizcara 1 February, 2010 at 15:22 Reply

    Thanks Matt this is one I have been looking for to save myself a lot of time and hassle.. Sorry in my tweet I gave scott credit by accident. When its you that deserves it.. As you are the best out of all 3 of you guys.

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