Presets – Lightroom 3 Edge Darkening

A while back I released the edge darkening presets that I use in Lightroom. I used to use the vignetting setting and then Lightroom 2 came out and I started to use the Post-crop settings. I wasn’t really happy with them though since the edges just looked kinda “blah”. Now with Lightroom 3 we get the best of both works. We get that burned in edge darkening effect that vignetting gave us but the advantage of using the effect on cropped images.

As always, your comments are welcome. Download ’em and let me know what you think.

Here’s an example of all 4 of them (click to see it larger):

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.


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  1. I am having a hard time unziipping the presets. I know I was able to do this before, not sure what happened. I am on LR3, MAc Os10.5.8
    Right click does not seem to help. What application do I need to unzip? thanks.

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  2. hi is there a way in lightroom 3 to have color vignetting i want the color to be brown or blue etcinstead of black any help will be greatly appreciated HR

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  3. thnx for the cool preset.

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  4. Hi Matt,

    Edge darkening in LR2 I always felt was like you say, a little bit ‘blah’…rather flat in the results it gave and so I stopped using it. However LR3 does seem improved and as a consequence I have started using it again.

    I’ve said it before but I’m really impressed with LR3; so much more responsive, but it’s the tethering and the speed of the image transfers from camera to computer that does it for me; I’d have paid the upgrade price for that alone.

    Cheers for the presets which are now firmly embedded in the Develop Module.

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  5. Hello Matt.
    Id like to know how to change or modify metadata to an in individual photo or multiple photos.I have lightroom showing on all my photos the same Keywords,needs to be changed…………….Thanks

    P.S. Anyone reading this who can help, much appreciated

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  6. You’re so generous with these great tools! I take it your old edge darkening presets are in a sense obsolete??

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  7. Thanks Matt. Already used these to salvage a snapshot from a trip.

    Q re LR3 Beta: will collections transfer to LR3 from LR3Beta if you let the beta expire? (ie: can’t afford LR3 now, but hope to later…will my stuff still transfer?)

    Thanks again!

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  8. Hi Matt

    I appreciate this is not releated to this post but I was wondering if there was a way to stop lightroom expanding the volume browser everytime you launch lightroom.

    It expands the volume browser and all the sub folders which can be annoying


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  9. Thanks, Matt! (thanks for the help over on twitter as well).

    These presets will save me some time and I’ve replaced them with your other versions. They give great results based on the few tests I’ve done so far. Although, I still find myself manually tweaking settings in LR3 rather than using presets as it’s the best way to learn.

    Good stuff.

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  10. Hey, Matt, thanks for these. I’ve still been fiddling to get a really good edge darkening for LR3.

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  11. Thank You Matt!

    I do agree, LR3 effects are way to go now for adding vignetting.
    And I will comment, I have had to do some tweeks to most of
    the presets that have vignetting as part of them to use the post crop
    vignetting instead.

    As a tip to everyone,
    You can zero out the vignetting in the lens correction (select manual correction
    to access it) and then apply vignetting in the effects panel. Then right click on the
    preset your tweeking and choose update with current settings.
    Make sure you only include those adjustments that DO NOT INCLUDE;
    WHITE BAL, EXPOSURE, AND THOSE UNDER BASIC TONE, LOCAL ADJUSTMENTS ECT. Although its nice to have that one click wonder, I personally
    find it better to have presets that only effect settings for individual panels.
    For special effects that use more than one panel to create them, a variation of 4 different settings is a good way to go. I just never include WB or BASIC TONE adjustments since those are always different for each photo.


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    • Thank you Ron! I’ve been looking for this information (remove vignette from previous version presets) for a while. THANK YOU!!!

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