Lightroom Presets

Presets – The Cutting Edge

Its preset time again. This week I’ve got an one with an edgy feel to it. You’ll see it works perfectly for photos like the sample below. Its a little desaturated in nature with some extra exposure and a few other things packed in there. One quick note about the preset that I found was that you’ll probably need to tweak the Exposure setting the most. Depending on the brightness (or lack thereof) of the photo, I found the Exposure setting to be something I had to change significantly for just about everything. I left it pretty bright though since that’s the whole point of the preset is a very over-exposed look so don’t change it too much – just enough so a person’s skin isn’t totally white. I hope you enjoy it!

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



  1. dtpancio 4 January, 2011 at 14:16 Reply

    If anyone cares, I “converted” the vignetting from the Lens Corrections panel to the Effects panel, with the following parameters:

    Highlight Priority
    Amount: -40
    Midpoint: 5
    Roundness: 100
    Feather: 100
    Highlights: 0

    So vignetting works fine even after cropping.

  2. Simon 24 February, 2010 at 23:35 Reply

    I was struggling to get the preset into Lightroom 1.4 (mac) until I went to the preferences/presets/show lightroom presets folder/user prefs and dropped it into that and restarted Lightroom

  3. Kathleen 17 December, 2009 at 03:33 Reply

    Figured out the crop issue by chance tonight and hadn’t even read the directions you’ve all posted. Thanks for the instructions, though. Now I’m really in LOVE with LR2!!! 😀 Blessings, Kathleen

  4. mattk 16 December, 2009 at 23:21 Reply

    Thanks for the kinda words everyone.

    Sarah: Personally I’m not really into that look but I’ll see if I come up with anything.

    Yolanda: Not sure about that. Your mac should unzip it the file and then you just import into your Presets folder. Sorry 🙂

  5. Marloes 16 December, 2009 at 04:46 Reply

    Nick, to change the orientation of the cutting rectangle you just hold one corner and drag it the way you want it, once ypu pass a sertain treschold it jumps the other orientation.

    if you google for it you’ll find a more elaborate explanation.


  6. Martin Chamberlain 15 December, 2009 at 17:57 Reply

    Kathleen and Nick,
    To change the orientation of the crop (and assuming you have the crop rectangle showing) from portrait to landscape, simply grab the top right corner handle of the crop frame and drag down vertically. Similarly, to change landscape to portrait grab the same handle and drag to the left. You can actually use any handle, but then you’ll need to drag in a different direction. Make sure you actually click the corner so you don’t get the rotate symbol.

    I love the preset – very edgy. Not sure why you’ve incorporated a white balance adjustment which I think of as unique to each image. Still, easy enough to recreate without this. Many thanks. Great idea.

  7. Oyvind 15 December, 2009 at 17:42 Reply


    Nice preset. Thank you for the many tips and tricks you provide. Nick: To change the orientation of an image from landscape to portrait or vice versa, go into crop mode and click and drag the one of the arrows at the corners straight up or down (do NOT try to rotate the image). This should change the orientation of your photo.



  8. Kathleen 15 December, 2009 at 17:36 Reply

    Thanks for the cool preset!

    I also would like to know about the portrait crop from a landscape. That’s my only real complaint about LR2. It’s not a cheap program, so I was very disappointed that this feature was missing. It kind of defeats the purpose of doing everything else in LR, if I still have to open PS just to crop! 🙁 Any possibility they will add it in future updates?

  9. Nick 15 December, 2009 at 15:51 Reply

    Hey Matt,
    So here’s something I just can’t figure out in LR2 (or LR1, for that matter). Is there a quick way to change the orientation of my cropping rectangle? Say I have a landscape photo, but want to crop part of the image into portrait orientation… Is that possible? I have a clunky work-around that kinda does the job.

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