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New Creative Profiles Pack for Lightroom and Photoshop

I’m happy to announce that my newest product is now available. It is a set of creative profiles for use with Lightroom (version 7.3 or later) and Photoshop Camera RAW. “Creative Profile Pack One” is a set of 45 creative profiles for Lightroom and Photoshop.

Creative Profiles were introduced in Lightroom 7.3 and are a one-click way to apply a look to your image. Unlike a preset which adjusts the sliders in Lightroom, Creative Profiles behave more like an overall effect, and with a single button, apply all the adjustments. They have the additional advantage of allowing you to adjust the amount of the effect with a single slider. Creative profiles can also equally be applied to both Jpeg and RAW files.

The profiles in this pack are decided into three collections: Film Lux Profiles, TF-Colour and TF-Mono. Some of these are derived from my popular Lightroom presets but have been specially modified and enhanced so that they work better as Profiles.

CP1-Box.jpgFilm Lux Profiles are loosely based on my “Film Lux” presets, and provide an analogue film feel. TF-Colour contains a number of colour effects, including Vivid effects, and Warming and Cooling effects. They contain some looks inspired by my popular Landscape Gold and Bleached Bronze presets. TF-Mono contains a number of black and white profiles.

Creative Pack One is on sale now for €15 but for the rest of the month, it’s on sale for just €12 (until the 31st July). There are full details and some downloadable sample profiles for you to try on the product page.

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An Update on Lightroom Presets in Version 7.3 and Later

Ever since Adobe updated Lightroom earlier this month and changed the way presets are stored, there has been a lot of confusion around the new system, and I myself have been caught out by this too. In fact, I was so confused by the changes, I mistook one aspect of the new format entirely, and ended up putting out some incorrect information. Luckily a reader set me straight, and so here is the semi-definitive guide to the new preset format.

First of all, if you have upgraded to 7.3, you may want to get the latest point update (released yesterday at the time of writing this) as it fixes some of the bugs that were introduced with 7.3. These were mostly to do with the sorting of presets, but there were a few other bugs too, and this point update is supposed to address those.

Note, if you have any of my presets, and they were installed before you upgraded, then you don’t need to do anything. This information is primarily intended for those who may need to re-install presets at a later date, or are installing them after upgrading to Lightroom 7.3

The new format

In a nutshell, Adobe changed the format that Lightroom presets used from the old .lrtemplate format, which used their own data structure (I think) to a standard .xmp file format. This new format is also shared with Photoshop and Camera Raw, and in fact presets are now shared between the two.

New .xmp presets go into a different location than the old presets, and this new “settings” folder is the same location as you use to store presets for Camera Raw now too. As I said, presets are now shared between Lightroom Classic and Photoshop. The new format also supports some additional things that the old format didn’t. You can now add copyright information for example. The new “creative profiles” that were also announced as part of Lightroom 7.3, also use the same .xmp format and the files go in the same place. In fact, they are a variation of the new preset format. The new files can also have sorting information built into the preset, rather than be based on the folder structure where they’re stored, which I suspect may have been part of the problems with upgrading.

Upgrading & compatibility

It is the process of upgrading older presets that tripped me up at first. I had read from a reliable source that Lightroom only upgraded legacy presets once, at the time of upgrading to 7.3. However, it turns out that this is not the case at all. If you install new legacy .lrtemplate presets, Lightroom will detect the new presets and upgrade these the next time you launch Lightroom. This means that older presets remain compatible, at least for now.

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So, if you want to install legacy .lrtemplate presets, you can do so, just as you used to. You install them into the original preset destination, and then when you relaunch Lightroom, it will run through the upgrade process again.

I had kind of panicked when this release came out as I thought all my presets would be incompatible, but it turns out I was worrying over nothing. They should all still work as before, with the only difference being the upgrading step which happens automatically.

Mixing new and old presets

If you are installing both new and old presets, then you need to make sure that you put them into the right location. So here is a handy diagram to help you make sure you put the right ones in the right place.

The root folder location for this diagram (below) is different on windows and macOS. The simplest way to get to this is to open Lightroom, then go to preferences -> presets and click on the show presets button. This will open the Lightroom folder. You need to go up one level in the hierarchy to get to the root Adobe folder. Or you can go to the location directly in either the finder or windows explorer.

Mac: ~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/ PC: C:\ProgramData\Adobe\

To go to a specific folder on a Mac, from the Finder menu choose Go > Go To Folder…

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Major changes to Lightroom in 7.3 – Some important Notes about my Products

Adobe has just released a major new version of Lightroom that includes some significant changes. The biggest and most notable one is the inclusion of new Raw and “Creative” profiles. However, there are also some major changes under the hood. Specifically, they have changed the file format that presets use. If you have any of my guides or presets, you may be wondering what happens.

If you are upgrading and already have presets installed, Lightroom will upgrade the presets for you when you first launch Lightroom 7.3. However, this only happens once. So if you have my presets installed before the upgrade, they should be upgraded without any problems.

However if you try to install my presets after the upgrade using the old instructions, nothing will happen, and they won’t appear. This is because they will need to be upgraded, or newer versions will need to be installed.

I will endeavour to release upgraded versions as soon as physically possible. In the meantime here is, however, a temporary workaround. If you choose to import presets from the + menu at top of the presets panel in Lightroom Classic and select the presets, they will be upgraded as you import. This may take a few minutes. The downside to this is that you can’t select a folder, and they will go to your User Presets folder inside the develop module.

I have been blindsided by this, as Adobe only told a select few developers in advance of today’s release. I’m sure this will cause confusion, so I apologise to anyone who is having difficulty. I will endeavour to upgrade everything as soon as possible, but as I have a lot, I need to take the time to make sure it gets done properly.

I’ll have another post on my main blog shortly about some of the other changes in Lightroom, and what it means, so stay tuned.

See this help centre article for a step by step guide for installing older presets.

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My new Fuji Jpeg Guide is now Available

I’m happy to announce that my latest in a series of guides for Fuji X-Series cameras is now available. The official title is “Fuji Jpegs: A Guide to Shooting and Processing” is a 76-page guide with tips and techniques for getting the best results when shooting with Fuji’s Jpeg engine.

The guide covers both things you can do in-camera and how to treat your images afterwards. I start by discussing why you would want to shoot JPEG in the first place. I outline some of the advantages and disadvantages of shooting the format, and I talk about the pros and cons of shooting Jpeg and RAW to separate cards on cameras with dual card slots.

I then talk about some of the settings that you can change in-camera on Fuji X-series cameras, how things like shadow tone and highlight tone work. I also discuss noise reduction and sharpening settings, and how to optimise the in-camera jpegs for post-production.

This is followed by some more general shooting tips, including how I have my own X-Pro 2 set up, and some tips for avoiding camera shake, how to focus on tricky subjects and so on. I also offer a series of recipes. These are basically some suggestions for combinations of settings that you can use to achieve various effects in-camera.

Finally, I look at some tips for processing Jpegs. I look at ways to sharpen Jpegs based on the settings I had previously suggested, and I look at some other tips and tricks for different software. Specifically, I deal with Lightroom, Photoshop and Apple Photos. I also discuss Fuji’s own X-Raw studio and how to generate new Jpegs from raw files in-camera. The guide also comes with some presets for Lightroom, designed to sharpen Jpegs and some Actions for Photoshop.

It’s the longest in this series of guides that I’ve written yet, and I hope people find it useful. I tried to pitch this guide at a broad audience in terms of experience level. I didn’t want to make it too “beginner” to put off more experienced readers, but I didn’t want to make it too advanced either. Similarly, it covers a broad range of topics, but I didn’t want to go too deep into any one, as not everyone has the same interests. It’s probably a little different from my other guides too, in that it focuses more on shooting rather than editing.

Anyway, I have been quite nervous about launching it, because it is a little different, but it’s done now, so it’s in the hands of the readers!

The guide will normally sell for €6.50 but I’m having a special launch price of €5 for the first two weeks. (The exact price depends on local Vat rates.) You can find out more details about it here on the store page, including a complete chapter breakdown, and a downloadable excerpt.

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Compatibility of my Lightroom Products with Lightroom Classic and Lightroom CC

Major new versions of Lightroom were recently released, and the Lightroom family now consists of two Applications: Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic. Lightroom classic is the new name for the previous version of Lightroom, and Lightroom CC is a new desktop version of the mobile and cloud version of Lightroom. As many of my products contain Lightroom presets, including the actual Lightroom preset packs that I sell, I wanted to outline the current state of compatibility with the new versions of Lightroom, and give an outline of future plans.

Lightroom Presets and Compatibility with Lightroom Classic

All of my presets of are compatible with Lightroom Classic with one minor issue. This includes any presets included with any of my guides.

The one issue is that the presets currently set the process version. This was done to ensure that they wouldn’t use an older version which wouldn’t have the necessary features, and was the recommended way of saving presets. However now that there is a new process version (Version 4) and applying any of my presets at current will set the image to the older (Version 3). It should be noted that the changes in version 4, according to Adobe are to do with performance issues, and so the change will not affect your images visually.

If you’re using my presets, and they set the process version to 3, and you want to change it back to the current process version after applying there are three ways to do this:

  1. Manually change it in the calibration panel of the Develop module
  2. If you have the older process version applied, you will see a little lightening bolt icon on the histogram panel in the develop module. Clicking on this will bring up a dialog box asking you if you want to upgrade. This will also ask you if you want to upgrade all the images on the filmstrip.
  3. You can batch upgrade lots of Images by going to the library module, selecting the images and choosing Photo > Develop Settings > Update to current process

I will be rolling out updates to the existing presets over the coming weeks that remove the explicit setting of the process version. I will be updating the presets that come with my guides first, and then stand alone presets. However, I also plan to discontinue some of my older presets, so some of the very old ones won’t be updated, unless there is significant demand. They will all still work, but just you will just need to manually upgrade the process version.

Lightroom Presets and compatibility with Lightroom CC

Lightroom CC can use presets too, however there are a few key features missing from Lightroom CC which means that I can’t guarantee compatibility at this stage. Specifically, Lightroom CC does not include the ability to change the colour profile, but you can change it by using presets.

It is also lacking some of the grain controls. However, in general look presets should work, and sharpening presets should work too.

To install presets into Lightroom CC do the following

  1. Launch Lightroom CC
  2. Select any Image and go to the develop mode
  3. Click on the presets button
  4. From the … menu at the top of the presets panel, choose: “Open Presets Folder”
  5. This should open the folder, either in the Finder on the Mac, or Windows Explorer on Windows.
  6. Copy your presets in here.
  7. Restart Lightroom CC

Roadmap

I am planning to upgrade the presets that come with my guides as a priority. This may take a little time, as I need to do multiple checks to make sure everything works and so on.

The Fuji sharpening presets will also be updated, as will f-Variations, however, as these are free they will be last to be updated

For my standalone Lightroom preset packs, I will endeavour to update these as soon as possible, however I am discontinuing older preset packs in the next little while.

[UPDATE] I’ve now updated all the presets to remove explicit references to the process version, so if you want to update, you can re-download them from your account. See here for more details.

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Autumn Lightroom Preset Sale: 50% off selected Preset Pack

To celebrate the arrival of Autumn, I’m putting a selection of my Lightroom Presets down to half price. This includes “Landscape Gold”, which started life as a way to enhance Autumn images, and is great for enhancing the warm tones in your pictures.

Also reduced to half price are Film Candy 1 and 2 which are special effects presets, designed to create a vintage, or expired film look. Previously €15 they are now just €7. Finally, Vivid Extreme and QuickLux one are now just €5 each, also down to half price (or even less in the case of QuickLux.)

This sale will run throughout September. You can see all the products currently on sale here.

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X-Transformer Guide Updated to 1.2

I have updated my Iridient X-Transformer Guide with new information to cover the latest release. The new update of the guide (v1.2) covers beta 4 of X-Transformer, and includes details on using the new plug-in as well as the new options for preserving the film simulation modes as colour profiles.

If you currently own my X-Transformer Guide, the update is free, and you can find it in your downloads page on the store account. If you need help finding updates I have a help centre article about how to re-download.

Here is a list of what is changed from the previous version. You can also find this information on the guide beta release notes page on my help centre.

  1. Cleaned up the language in several parts of the document to correct some minor grammar and structural issues.
  2. Added instructions for installing the new Lightroom plug-in.
  3. Added instructions for using the new Lightroom plug-in.
  4. Added additional details about the new options in the DNG Options panel.
  5. Added a new workflow for processing files using the plug-in.
  6. Removed the “edit in” workflow as the plug-in method replaces this.
  7. Now 37 pages long.
  8. Updated recipe presets to fix typos in the names.

Please note that I had some minor technical difficulties with my store and rolling out this update – it should now be resolved, but if you don’t see your updated guide in your downloads, please let me know, and I’ll fix it.

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A Look at the New Features in X-Transformer Beta 4

Late last week Iridient Digital released an update to the X-Transformer beta. Now at Beta 4 it adds a few new features, including some significant ones. I will be updating my X-Transformer guide soon with details of the new features, but for now, I wanted to provide a quick overview for users, and so I’ve created a video showcasing the new features.

If you already have my guide, when I have updated it, the update will be free, and you will find the revised version in your account. If you signed up to be notified, you will receive an email with details when it is released.

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X-Trans Capture One Guide Updated with Supplement for 10.1

When Capture One was recently updated to 10.1 they made some significant changes to the way X-Trans files are supported. I have been in a bit of a quandary as to what to do about my Capture One X-Trans guide. I originally wrote this quite some time ago now, and it was several versions ago. I have kept updating it, but it was getting a bit messy. I am planning to do a completely new version, for just 10.1, and structuring the guide differently. However, I didn’t want to leave existing readers hanging either. With that in mind I’ve created a supplement for 10.1 and it is included free with the existing guide.

The supplement includes information on updates for 10.1 as well as a set of new sharpening and noise reduction settings. I’ve decided to include these as presets, and these presets are also included as a download with the supplement. These were designed for 10.1 but will work with version 10 too. Most of the new document is details on how to download, install and use these presets. I also have some information on using the Analyse function for chromatic aberration, and I’ve also added details and a link to my video for getting and installing colour profiles.

The supplement and presets are free for current owners of my Capture One guide, as well as owners of the Bundle. To get the additional downloads, you just need to go to your account on my store, and under the downloads section, you will see the new presets and supplement for 10.1 . If you need more detailed instructions for finding the updates, I have more information on my help centre.

This will be the last update to the current guide. I have started working on the new Capture One eBook, which may take a few months to fully write, but I will keep you updated when it is close to release.

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Fujifilm X-Trans eBook Guide Bundle now Available

Based on popular request, I’ve created a bundle of all four of my current Fuji X-Trans post processing guides. The guides cover Capture One, Lightroom, Iridient Developer and Iridient X-Transformer. This bundle contains all 4 of these guides and is a little cheaper than buying them separately.

If you get the bundle you will receive individual PDFs along with the presets that are included with some of the Guides. All guides are formatted as PDF which you can print for your own personal use, or it can be read on an iPad or other device.

For more information or to get the bundle, see here on the store.

If you haven’t seen my guides before, here is an overview of the individual ebooks included in the bundle:

Workflow & Settings for Processing Fuji X-Trans Raw Files in Capture One PDF Guide

This is a PDF version of my online guide for processing X-Trans files in Capture One. This short guide attempts to cover the main settings that I use to get good results from Fuji X-Trans files. It is written specifically for Fuji X-Trans shooters who are using Capture One.

Format: PDF

Formatted Size: A4

Pages: 25

Learn more about this guide

Workflow and Settings For Processing Fuji X-Trans images in Lightroom

This guide looks at the many aspects of processing Fuji X-Trans images in Lightroom. It talks about what makes the X-Trans sensor unique, and how that affects post processing. It discusses working with RAW and JPEG files in Lightroom, and shows some strategies for managing both.

It also looks at how to get the best out of Fuji RAW files in Lightroom. It shows you how to mimic Fuji’s film simulations, and how to match Fuji’s dynamic range settings. Finally it covers sharpening X-Trans files in Lightroom and how to minimise artifacts and reduce some of the issues around Lightroom’s conversion of Fuji Raw files.

As a bonus, this guide also comes with my collected Fuji Lightroom presets, all in a single easy to find collection. These presets have been given away on my Blog in the past, and I’ve included them with this guide as a bonus so that you don’t have to download them separately.

Format: PDF

Formatted Size: US Letter 8.5″ X 11″

Pages: 48

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Processing X-Trans Images in Iridient Developer

This guide is designed to help you get the best results from processing Fuji X-Trans files in Iridient Developer. It is designed specifically for X-Trans shooters to tell you what you need to know to process your images in Iridient Developer.

Format: PDF

Formatted Size: 8.5″ X 11″

Pages: 68

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Processing Fuji X-Trans Files with Iridient X-Transformer and Lightroom

This guide is designed to help you understand and get the best results from using Iridient’s X-Transformer Software in Conjunction with Lightroom to process Fuji X-Trans raw files. While it may seem like a simple application, the number of parameters available make for a lot of possible options when using it. This guide aims to provide you with a roadmap through those options, and provided you with some recipes to get you started with the software.

Format: PDF

Formatted Size: 8.5″ X 11″

Pages: 30

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X-Transformer Book First Update Now Available

I’ve just published the first update to my X-Transformer guide. This update is free to anyone who has already purchased the book. It contains a number of fixes for a few mistakes that made it through (sorry about that!). I’ve also added a few extra sections based on feedback from readers of the first version. Here’s a breakdown of what’s changed:

1. Fixed some typos

2. Added Missing Panel In lens corrections section

3. Added section on Saving out Metadata from Lightroom

4. Added notes on possible PC limitations to using drag and drop

5. Fixed incorrect naming of menu item for saving metadata to disk

6. Added additional workflow

7. Added some suggestions for using the files with Capture One 10.1

8. Added table of contents and improved the layout

9. Now 35 pages

I want to thank everyone who purchased the guide. The response was greater than I was expecting. I also want to thank everyone who sent feedback, which has helped improve it, and I hope will continue to improve it going forward.

If you already purchased the guide, the update is available in your Downloads page under your account on my digital download store. It’s labelled with the postfix 1.1. For full details on how to upgrade see this post on my help centre:

How to Re-Download your Previous Purchases or Get Updated Products

Discussion and Community

Speaking of the help centre, I’ve added a new “Community” section to the help centre courtesy of the latest round of Zendesk updates. This is a kind of user forum, and so if you want to discuss the guide and make suggestions for future versions, or ask questions, you can do it there. I may not be able to answer immediately, but other users can chime in and help too. You can visit the community on my help centre here:

Thomas Fitzgerald Photography Community

I’m still in the process of setting it up, so there aren’t many topics there yet, but feel free to use it. I will be adding more topics and content to it if there’s interest, but it’s a good way to discuss things. It will be moderated though, so be nice!

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My New Iridient X-Transformer Guide is now available

I’ve been promising this for a little while now, and I’m happy to announce that my guide for Iridient X-Transformer is now available. It took me a bit longer to get it finalised that I had thought because I kept doing different tests and tweaking the results and I also kept tweaking the text till I was happy. Called “Processing Fuji X-Trans Files with Iridient X-Transformer and Lightroom”, This guide is designed to help you understand and get the best results from using Iridient’s X-Transformer Software in Conjunction with Lightroom to process Fuji X-Trans raw files.

This guide is based on my own personal use and opinion. I wrote it because I like the software, and personally find it very useful. While it may seem like a simple application, the number of parameters available make for a lot of possible options when using it. This guide aims to provide you with a roadmap through those options, and provided you with some recipes to get you started with the software.

The guide is not too long, and is 30 pagers, broken down into 3 chapters and an introduction. It also contains a set of bonus Lightroom presets which are designed to work with some of the suggestions included in the book.

You can find full details on my store, including a low res version that you can page through to see what’s in the book before you buy it.

It’s on sale now for just €3 (Price may vary depending on your local VAT rate)