Lightroom Tutorials Tue, 26 Jun 2018 22:00:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 85945046 How to Convert Lightroom Presets to Lightroom Profiles Sun, 24 Jun 2018 19:18:07 +0000 ...]]>

Lightroom profiles are similar to Lightroom presets but solves several issues. First, you no longer have to hover over every preset to preview it. Lightroom’s profile browser gives you a thumbnail preview of all profiles. Second, there was no native way to adjust the opacity of Lightroom presets. Lightroom profiles have a new “Amount” slider which lets you adjust the profiles from 0-200%. But if you have Lightroom presets, how do you convert them into Lightroom profiles? In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to easily do that.

1. Open Photoshop CC’s Camera Raw filter.

Yes that’s right, you’ll need to do this in Photoshop CC. Go to Filter > Camera Raw filter.

2. Apply your preset.

Go to the Presets tab and then click on the preset to apply it to your image.

3. Access the hidden “New Profile” button.

Here’s the secret. The button is actually hidden as the “New Preset” button. This button lets you create a new Lightroom preset but if you hold the Alt/Option key, you’ll reach the “New Profile” tool instead.

4. Create your Lightroom profile

Give your Lightroom profile a name. In the set dropdown menu, you can create your own set. This will appear as a folder inside Lightroom’s profile browser. Adobe recommends naming your set “YOUR COMPANY – product name”. It should automatically checkmark the options that you’ve used but in case there is any that you don’t want included, you can uncheck it. Click OK when you’re done.

5. Find your profile in Lightroom Classic CC

Once you hit OK, your profile will be accessible from Photoshop’s Camera Raw filter and Lightroom Classic CC in the same location (Profiles dropdown menu > Browse).

6. Load your profile in Lightroom CC

The profiles won’t show up automatically in Lightroom CC. Instead, you must load it. First, you’ll need to place the profile into a ZIP file. Browse to the location

  • Windows: C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\CameraRaw\Settings
  • Macs: /Users/<username>/Library/Application Support/Adobe/CameraRaw

Find the XMP file then compress it to ZIP file. Once zipped, open Lightroom CC, press E to open the Edit panel. Click on the Browse button.

Click on the panel menu then select “Import Profiles”. Browse for the ZIP file then click OK.

Lightroom Presets vs Profiles

The main differences between Lightroom presets and Lightroom profiles is that profiles are shown with thumbnail previews and they let you adjust the opacity. However, you will not be able to edit the individual develop settings like you can with Lightroom presets.

For advanced colorists, Lightroom profiles also let you load color lookup tables. This lets you create color grading beyond what is possible with Lightroom’s develop settings. For example, VOXCOLOR’s Colorboost profiles let you increase your photo’s vibrance while keeping gray areas gray – something that can’t be done with vibrance or saturation. We’ll show you how to do this in a future tutorial.

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How to Create a Twilight Blue Effect in Lightroom Wed, 16 May 2018 04:39:47 +0000 ...]]>

In this Lightroom tutorial, you’ll learn how to recreate the dim blue color grading seen in Tom Blachford’s Nihon Noir project. You’ll do this with only the tone curves and calibration settings. This will give you a base effect which you can further modify with the HSL settings. You can also download the free Lightroom profiles and presets inspired by this color grading.

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Colorboost Lightroom Profiles Helps When Vibrance Fails Thu, 03 May 2018 21:04:00 +0000 ...]]>

Download these free Colorboost Lightroom profiles by VOXCOLOR to make colors pop. They work in a much different way than Lightroom’s vibrance or saturation and can give you much better results. For example, with vibrance, neutral-color objects (rocks, roads, and white walls) can turn unnaturally colorful. Colorboost lets you boost colors without this flaw.

This is the first time you can do this in Lightroom. In the past, this could only be done in Photoshop using a technique called Vibrancy Masking. The profiles are compatible with Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic CC.

Learn more and download the profiles at VOXCOLOR

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How to Edit Like Ben Thomas in Lightroom Wed, 28 Mar 2018 14:16:20 +0000 ...]]>

Learn how to achieve a surreal look in Lightroom with this tutorial by Denny’s Tips. This is a popular effect created by Ben Thomas that have been requested in the postprocessing subreddit. You’ll learn how to shift the hue using a combination of the camera calibration and HSL settings. After learning how it’s done, you’ll be able to create other pastel color combinations using slight variations in the settings. The free presets mentioned in the video can be downloaded from Photoshop Tutorials.

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Better than Lightroom’s HDR Merge? Aurora HDR Review Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:35:52 +0000 ...]]> If you do HDR photography, you know how time consuming the postprocessing part of it can be. In this video, you’ll find out how Aurora HDR stack up Lightroom’s HDR Merge. Overall, Aurora HDR is significantly better than Lightroom yet still being easy to use. It’ll let you create stunning HDR photos easier and faster. Plus, it produces less artifacts than Lightroom especially if your photo has moving clouds.

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Learn 5 Lightroom Effects in Under 5 Minutes Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:00:05 +0000

Clean whites, faded film, green shadows, orange and teal and smooth skin – you’ll learn all these effects in this 5 minute Lightroom tutorial. This tutorial will show you the simplest and fastest way to reproduce the effects.

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How to Achieve the Cyberpunk Pink/Cyan/Purple Effect in Lightroom Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:05:51 +0000 ...]]> Learn how to create the cyberpunk neon look in Lightroom with this tutorial. You’ll learn how to shift the hue beyond what is possible with Lightroom’s Hue adjustment, add contrast and tint with the tone curve, and finally finish the look with a diffused glow effect. Also mentioned is a set of free Cyberpunk Lightroom presets as well as a pro version.

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How to Create Film Lightroom Presets Mon, 18 Sep 2017 21:43:20 +0000 ...]]> Learn step-by-step how to create your own film-like presets in Lightroom. This tutorial will show you how to use the tone curves and HSL settings to create lightweight presets that won’t slow down Lightroom. You’ll learn techniques such as how to create a faded film look with the tone curve, color shifting with HSL, and highlight/shadow tinting with the RGB tone curves. You’ll also learn what settings you absolutely should avoid especially if you plan on selling your preset.

The video also mentions a Lightroom plugin called “The Fader” by Capture Monkey which will let you fade your preset. If you use this plugin, it makes sense to start off by overprocessing and then using the Fader plugin to fine-tune it down to the perfect setting. Also mentioned is the tone chart which is essential for understanding how the tone curve works.

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How to Equalize White Balance and Exposure in Lightroom Thu, 03 Aug 2017 16:57:37 +0000 ...]]> Does it feel like you can never get the right white balance or exposure? In this video tutorial, you’ll learn how to even out the tones and colors using radial filters. Radial filters let you make local adjustments quickly.  This technique is useful for photos that were shot with mixed lighting, such as a room with warm lightbulbs and cool daytime light coming through the windows. The before and after difference is significant. The video demostrates this with Adobe Camera Raw but it can also be done in Adobe Lightroom (the settings are the same).

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How to Create the Urban Desaturated Look in Lightroom Tue, 23 May 2017 08:14:41 +0000

This urban desaturated effect has been growing in popularity especially on Instagram. In this Lightroom tutorial, you’ll learn the process behind creating your own urban desaturated look with the highlights, shadows, clarity, and tone curve adjustments.

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