Lightroom Presets

"Suggest a Preset" Recap

Hey gang! Below you’ll find a summary of my findings from Tuesday’s post about preset suggestions. Yep, I read every single one of them. First off, like I thought, you guys have a ton of great ideas. Thank you for sharing them. Some are definitely doable and some are just not in the realm of Lightroom Version 1. If we’re lucky maybe we’ll see more features in the next version of Lightroom though. We’ll have to wait and see.

Anyway, here’s a quick recap of some of the suggestions.

Recreate the Effect of a Line Drawing – Not possible in Lightroom

Lens Blur Effect – Blurring isn’t possible in Lightroom

Super Saturated, Super Contrast – Definitely a possibility

300 Movie Effect – Already done on this site.

Old Fashioned Glamor – Great idea!

Soft Focus or Dreamy Effect (lots of requests for this one) – Nope. No “soft” or “dreamy” features in Lightroom. That’s blurring and that’s Photoshop’s job for now at least.

Creative Sharpening – I like it!

Fluffy Clouds Preset – At first I thought “huh”? Then I started playing around and there’s something to be said for this one. Look for a cloud-related preset in the future.

Dodge and Burn (from Florent) – Come on Florent. You know there’s no dodging and burning in Lightroom. I can’t add features. Wish I could, but I can’t. 🙂 Nice try though.

Bleach Bypass – We may get close in Lightroom. I’ll give it a try

Glamor Glow – Probably not. I’ll try but there’s not glowing in Lightroom

Jill Greenberg – Some of the high contrast presets here will achieve the post-processed look there. However, I’m convinced that 90% of what Jill does is in the camera.

Pirates of Caribbean – Great idea! I love it! And yes Lisa Epp, I did get all the way down to your post 🙂

Die Hard 4 – I’ll give it a try.

Classic B&W – Great idea.

Valentines Day High Contrast B&W with Red – Sounds good to me.

Soft and Romantic – Nope. No soft and I’m not romantic 😉

Noise Reduction – Lightroom’s noise reduction controls are, well… pretty lame. I don’t use ’em so I probably won’t be creating presets telling others to use them.

Orton Effect – Nope. No combining images in Lightroom yet. Combining a sharp and blurry photo are the basis of this effect so this one can’t be done.

Cool Shadows / Warm Highlights – I like it.

Neutral Density – No gradients in Lightroom. You’ll have to do it in the camera or stick with Photoshop for this one.

Kevin Kubota Styled Presets – These are more workflow related and special effects. Not something really geared for Lightroom.

More Creative ID Plates – I’ve been toying with this idea so you’ll definitely see more ID plates in the future.

Landscape B&Ws – Great idea!

Splitting Controls at Bottom of Tone Curve – You can split the sliders in the Tone Curve?! 😉 Honestly, I never do it and you know my feelings on telling people to use things I don’t use. Maybe I’ll make a video just to let people know what they do though.

Skin Tone Softening – Sorry, no softening here.

Underwater Photos – Perfect candidate for a preset. If anyone has any killer underwater photos I can use as candidates let me know.

High Key – Possibly.

Patrick Hoelck Effect – Same as the Jill Greenberg one above. There is some post processing going on there but I really think the effect you’re after is done in the camera.

Skin Coloring – Cool idea.

Midnight Preset like Nik Color Effects – I’ll give it a try.

Photo Filters (Warming 85, 81, etc.) – Awesome idea.

Tri-X, Portra, Afga film stocks – I’ll take a look at them.

Preset to Organize Presets and/or A Preset for Sharing Presets – No can do. However, a video sounds like it’ll help.

Lomo Effect – Great idea! I’ve been playing around with a good one in Photoshop. Sounds like it’s time to try it in LR.

Compatibility Issues with PC and Mac and Print Presets – I’ll answer this one quickly. Yes there are issues. I have no idea why though. If I find out I’ll let you know.

Infrared – Nope. You gotta shoot it this way or you need Photoshop. (edit: I have to admit that I’ve been experimenting with this today and I may have been premature by saying no. It’s not going to be a really good IR image but there is some potential here. I’ll see what I can come up with.)

HDR Controls (Reprogramming Lightroom) – Not possible in LR. You can’t combine images. Hopefully we’ll see something like this in the future though.

Awesome Sepia Tone – Yep, not just a Sepia Tone preset but an “awesome” sepia preset. I’ll give it a try.

Photo Frames with ID Plates – Another great idea.

Presets to Bring out Detail in Snow – I’ll see what I can whip up.

Mimicking great painter styles (Van Gogh, etc…) – Sorry. No painterly like effects are available in LR.

Exporting Presets – Might make a good video topic.

So it looks like I’ve got my work cut out for me. I’d better get started. Thanks again for all of the ideas.