Lightroom Presets

Presets – Lomo Arigato (Mr. Roboto) Version 2

I’ve updated one of the really popular presets here on the site – the Lomo effect. This one is based on a Lomography effect, hence the name “Lomo”. I know the weak Styx reference is pretty bad but whenever I here the name Lomo that’s what I think. Anyway, Lomography really has it’s roots in an old camera that produced a certain styled photo (you can read more about it here if you’d like). A while back I released a preset for the effect but it was missing something that just wasn’t possible in Lightroom 1 – a soft focus effect. With Lightroom 2 we can definitely come closer with negative clarity so I’ve updated it and even added another preset (1 for soft blur and one for a stronger blur). I’ve also updated the vignetting to use the Post-Crop feature in LR2.

One more thing. This adds a soft blurring effect to the photo. If you ever wanted to remove the effect from a certain part of the photo (someone’s eyes or face for example), make sure you check out this video I did a while ago. See ya!

Click here to see a before/after sample of the preset.
Click here to download Matt’s Lomo Version 2 Preset
Click here to see a video on how to install presets.



  1. Bill 3 May, 2010 at 03:52 Reply
  2. Kevin 24 November, 2009 at 14:44 Reply

    Just ran across this post, downloaded the preset, but the “how to install” page has been deleted. Searched the site for “install” instructions. Can you still help with this?

  3. Stephanei K 14 December, 2008 at 01:34 Reply

    I absolutely love this preset. I have used it a couple of times with some of my recent work and the images that I use them with are the ones that my clinets are choosing to purchase! Thanks so much for your generousity with these free presets!

  4. gene lowinger 5 December, 2008 at 10:51 Reply


    I love your presets, but they’re difficult to manage because LR doesn’t support nested preset folders. Perhaps you might mention to the powers that be at Adobe (since I know they listen to EVERYTHING you say) that this should be a consideration for them. Also, wouldn’t it be wonderful if the the Adjustment Brush tool (in the Develop module) it were possible to INVERT a brush somehow?

  5. Mary D 4 December, 2008 at 21:31 Reply

    Thanks for the very instructional video today! I really appreciate the time and energy you devote to helping us know more.

  6. tuur 4 December, 2008 at 20:00 Reply

    sorry Matt,
    but as a parttime (i also have a nikond300) lomographer I think you can’t give the real lomo feel to a digital image.
    but you have a great podcast/website and i love your work


  7. Sarah 4 December, 2008 at 13:46 Reply

    Sure you haven’t uploaded the old preset? After importing and applying it to a photo, all the settings are the same as the old one…perhaps I should try renaming it?

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