Using my own custom Adobe Lightroom CC presets

July 27, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

This post will be a small insight into my editing process using Adobe Lightroom. I like a lot on contrast in my images and I achieve this by using these presets that I have created.

I use Adobe Lightroom CC to edit all my images. The user interface is great and I know my way around it as I have used it for a number of years now. 

After selecting, renumbering and adding metadata to my images in Photomechanic I drop my selected images into Lightroom to edit. Upon importing I use the develop setting preset to get a base level that I can work from.

I always shoot in RAW so if I was to import and not apply a initial preset I would start with a flat image. By using a preset on import I can save a lot of time in the whole editing process.

 

The preset only adjusts these items in the develop module on my standard colour preset. 

  • Camera calibration- Vivid
  • Lens correction-       Remove chromatic aberration. Enable profile corrections; default
  • Detail-                        Sharpening; 55. Masking; 81
  • Noise reduction-       Luminance; 13. Detail; 50
  • Tone Curve-              Medium contrast
  • Presence-                  Clarity; +10 
  • Tone-                          Highlights; 0. Shadows;+38. Whites; 0. Blacks; -18
  • WB-                             As Shot

The results;

The 'flat' unprocessed RAW image converted straight to a JPEG

The image with my 'Standard' preset added

 

The Black and White Preset-

  • Camera calibration- Standard
  • Lens correction-       Remove chromatic aberration. Enable profile corrections; default
  • Detail-                        Sharpening; 55. Masking; 83
  • Noise reduction-       Luminance; 13. Detail; 50
  • B&W-                         Red; +11 Orange; -11 Yellow; -34 Green; +3 Aqua; -16 Blue; +3 Purple; +12 Magenta: +2
  • Tone Curve-              Linier 
  • Presence-                  Clarity; +10 
  • Tone-                          Highlights; 110. Shadows;+6. Whites; -42. Blacks; -42
  • Contrast-                     +100
  • WB-                             As Shot

 

The results;

The 'flat' unprocessed RAW image converted straight to a JPEG

 

The image with my B&W preset added and sign in background removed. 

 

 

The Portra Preset-

  • Camera calibration- Vivid
  • Lens correction-       Remove chromatic aberration. Enable profile corrections; default
  • Detail-                        Sharpening; 52. Masking; 79
  • Hue-                           Red; +20 Orange; 0 Yellow; +15 Green; +10 Aqua; 0 Blue; +10 Purple; +15 Magenta: +40
  • Noise reduction-       N/A
  • Tone Curve-              Custom
  • Presence-                  Saturation; -10 
  • Tone-                          Highlights; -73. Shadows;+48. Whites; -10. Blacks; +25
  • Exposure-                   +1.41
  • WB-                             As Shot

 

The results;

 

The 'flat' unprocessed RAW image converted straight to a JPEG

The image with my 'Portra' preset added

 

So there you go. A little insight into my editing process and how I achieve 'my look'. These are just a 'base' level of editing. If needed I will tweak each image a bit more to finish them off like all presets. 

To download the presets and use them check them out here

Hope you get some use out of them and if would like to see more check out my Facebook page or go follow me on Twitter

 

 


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