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Two New Preset Bundles now Available

I’ve added two new bundles of Lightroom Preset packs to the store. Previously I had created a bundle of my first 6 presets, and I’ve been waiting till I had another 6 to do a second bundle. Well, with the recent release of FilmLUX I now had another 6 Lightroom Preset packs, and so I’ve created another Bundle.

The not so subtly named “Lightroom Presets Bundle 2” is a collection of my 6 most recent presets.These include

  • QuickLUX 2
  • MonoLUX
  • FilmLUX
  • BleachedBronze
  • CoffeeTones
  • Film Candy 2

The bundle is on sale now for €45 (which offers a saving over buying them all separately) but to make it even better, for the rest of August, it’s on sale for just €35

I wanted to make things even easier for new customers who may be interested in my Lightroom Presets, and so I’ve created a bundle of the bundles, so to speak.

Called “Lightroom Presets – Complete Collection 2016” (another catchy title) this contains all of my Lightroom Preset packs to date. The bundle contains all 12 of my current Lightroom Preset packs and is priced at €80, which is a saving of €20 over buying the other two bundles separately.

Again, this is on sale for just €70 at the moment. This is a pretty good bargain. You’re saving nearly €40 over buying them all separately.

Both of these bundles are available now in my Digital Download store.

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Store Redesign

A while ago I wrote about some of the things that I had planned for my digital download store, and one of those was to implement an updated theme and a re-design. Well, I’m happy to say that I’ve now implemented this, and the store now has a shiny new design. Well, sort of. I’ve updated the theme that runs the store and this includes a lot of the functionality of the individual elements. On the home page, it may not look that different, but there is a new framework there which will allow me to change it over time, and I hope to make it look better.

The most important part of this update though is that it fixes some of the functionality that was broken in the old one. The old theme that I had been using had some bugs in it, especially on the e-commerce side, and as the back-end has been updated, the theme became more and more broken. It got to the point where it was starting to get ridiculous, so I set about replacing it.

I’m not a web developer, so for me this was a fairly mammoth task. I’m pretty good at WordPress, and I know some html and css, but I’m by no means an expert. So, I really didn’t want to go through the process. Usually when you replace a theme, lots of things break and you need to do a lot of manual re-configuration, but luckily this went fairly smoothly. There are still some bugs to work out, but for the most part it’s working and I hope it’s much better.

Fixed

The two main things that are fixed are as follows:

The Checkout

First of all, the checkout has been fixed. There were two big issues with the old one. The first, which is a recent problem, is that for some reason the credit card images were huge and filled the whole page. This seems to have happened with a recent update. The second issue, which is a long running one, is that the option for returning customers to log in on the checkout page wasn’t working. Thankfully, it’s now back, so you don’t have to go away from the check out page if you’ve forgotten to log in.

Mobile

The second thing that the new design fixes, is that it now works much better and hopefully most of the old issues. The menu wasn’t working properly in the old version too, and that works much better too. So now, hopefully the experience of using the store will be much better on an iPhone, or an iPad (or smoother mobile device.

Bugs

There are still a few things that I need to fix. Most of this is because of my afore-mentioned lack of knowledge when it comes to web development. For now, some of the blog posts on the store blog may have double images in them and some of them may have issues on mobile devices. I also had some problems with some products not being responsive (i.e. scaling properly on smaller screens) but I think that I’ve fixed that now.

if you find anything while browsing he store that you think looks out-of-place then please drop me an email.

Coming Soon

Now that I’ve finally replaced the ageing theme and improves some things on the back-end I have the ability to do a lot more things with the store. The next major feature that I want to add, is the much requested PayPal express checkout. With this installed you will not have to fill out your details when paying with PayPal as it will take it from your PayPal account. I know this has been requested by a few customers, and I’m working on implementing it.

I’m also going to be adding a sort of gallery and I’m considering opening it up to users to submit their own images to it. So if yo’e used any of my presets and you want to get your work featured it might be a way to do it. It’s a little ways off just now, but I’m working on it.


That’s about it for now. I just wanted to thank all of my customers for their loyal support over the years I’ve been running the store. I want to apologise for the issues that have been happening lately, but I do all this myself and at times it feels like a full-time job, which of course it’s only part of what I do. So again, thank you for your patience!

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FilmLUX for Lightroom is now available

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FilmLUX for Lightroom - Lightroom Presets

I’m delighted to announce, that after much delay, my latest set of Lightroom Presets, FilmLUX is now available. I came up with the idea for FilmLUX a little while ago when I was in the midst of scanning lots of old slide and transparency film. I noticed that the results I was getting had a really nice quality to them, and they weren’t quite like what I was getting from other presets. With this in mind I set about trying to create my own, paying close attention to the results I was getting from my own film scans.

The result is an artistic impression of the various film stocks I used to shoot with, rather than exact emulations. This set also contains an extensive collection of Grain presets presets to mimic the grain found in various types of film.

Here are a few samples of the presets in action:

FilmLUX for Lightroom is available now for €10 from right here on the digital download store. It’s available at a reduced price of €8 for the first week (until the end of July) and you can find more details and more samples over on the store’s product pages.

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X-Pro 2 Supplement for the Capture One X-Trans Guide now available

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If you have bought my Capture One Guide for processing X-Trans files, I’ve added a supplement with some guidelines for X-Pro 2 users. As X-Pro 2 support in Capture One is currently listed as “Preliminary” there are a few issues with the current implementation. In this supplement I’ve discussed these as well as some workarounds where possible. I’ve also listed the settings that I’m currently using.

Note that this document is a temporary supplement that is designed to assist you using Capture One with X-Pro 2 files in its current “Preliminary” state. It will be updated as support is improved, and the information in this will be incorporated into a future version of the full guide.

The supplement is a free addition for anyone who has previously bought my Capture One Guide. To download the supplement, log into your account on the store and go to the downloads section. Here you should find the new supplement added to your existing downloads. (You will need to have previously purchased the Capture One Guide)

As with the original guide, an online version is also being made available on my Blog in the near future.

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Short Store Server Outage: Back to Normal Now

There was a problem with the store yesterday (July 7th, 2016), which may have prevented it from working properly. The problem occurred because of a corruption in a configuration file which controls the caching system. This has now been fixed and full functionality has been restored. I wish to apologise for any inconvenience caused during this period. If you were trying to download previous purchases, you should be able to log back in now.

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New Store Changes and More Coming Soon

New Changes to My online Store

I wanted to let you know of some changes that I’m currently working on for the store, and some recent updates. I am always striving to make the store experience as best as possible for my customers, both old and new, and so I’ve been busy adding new features and planning new updates. I have already made one big change and there are more to come.

New Help Centre

I have significantly upgraded the support system for the store. Before the support Q&A was a single page with some questions and answers. I’ve now added a proper zendesk based support system. This includes a new “Help Centre” which features a collection of Frequently Asked Questions as well as some other tip and tricks. It also includes a web based way to submit a request for help. There’s also now a help button at the bottom of the page when you’re actually visiting the store, so you can use that at any time to send me a message.

But there’s more! No matter what way you request help, it will now be handled by a proper ticketed help system. This means that you get a reference number for your request, and it’s handled on the server side by a proper tech support management system, that allows me to track support requests, and make sure that they’re followed up properly. It also means that you can follow up on previous requests and see previous responses.

You can visit the Help Centre at any time for help with your orders or your downloads, by going to the “Help Centre” option from the support menu of the store.

New Design Coming Soon

A number of people have written to me about some design issues with he store, and I am aware of the problem. The store is currently based on WordPress and WooCommerce and uses a theme for it’s design. While I have customised the theme to correct for some issues, the developer doesn’t seem to be updating it any more. There are some minor problems on smaller screens as the responsive design seems to hide certain menu items. It’s also difficult to make purchases on an iPad or other Tablet because of this.

To rectify these issues, I’m planning a significant change of the design, by using a newer and better theme. this will also allow me to add some new features to the store too. Unfortunately to do this, I need to take the store offline temporarily, and so I’m waiting for the right time to do this. I hope to have this ready to go in the next few weeks.

PayPal Options

Another popular request is for a single sign on PayPal button. At the moment, you need to fill out your address and so on, when paying by pay pal, but some sites let pay pal supply that information, so you only have to click a single button. I’m investigating ways to do this, and I hope to be able to implement it in the near future.

Free Products

I’ve also started offering some free products on the store. These were previously available on my blog, but they were often buried in old blog posts, and I wanted a way for people to quickly get at them in a single space, so I’m using the store to deliver them. There are two ways to download free products. There is a direct download link, which will download the file directly.

Alternatively, you can add it to your cart and check out the way you normally would, except because it’s free, you don’t need to enter any payment info. The advantage of doing it this way, is that free downloads will be added to your account, so you can see them along with any purchases that you might have made. You can use whichever option suits you.

At the moment, the only free product is my X-Trans sharpening presets, but I’ll be adding more in the future.

Send me your Feedback

If there’s anything els you would like to see on the store, or you have suggestions for other ways I can improve the customer experience, please don’t hesitate to contact me. You can use the comments below to leave suggestions also.

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Free Lightroom Sharpening Presets added to the store

Free X-Trans Sharpening Presets for Lightroom

Free X-Trans Sharpening Presets for Lightroom

Over the past few years I’ve written a lot about processing Fuji X-Trans files in both Lightroom and other software. I’ve experimented lots of times with ways to improve the look of files from Lightroom, and in particular, on how to minimise the smearing effect that can sometimes occur with Fuji X-Trans files and fine details, especially foliage.

I’ve worked out some sharpening settings in the past and posted them here, but that was a good while ago, and I’ve updated them several times with various different attempts. In order to save a bit of confusion and make it easier for everyone, I’ve put them altogether into one download, together with some new versions that I haven’t shared in the past. In the past these were hosted on my blog, but to make them easier to find, I’m now hosting them here, on the store as a free download.

the reasons for doing this are twofold. First of all, it was kind of buried on my blog, and I wanted to make it easier to find. A few people have emailed me and asked me about this before. Secondly, If I update it in the future, it will still be in the same place, and so I won’t end up with multiple versions in multiple locations.

Unfortunately, I had a little difficulty implementing this. the way the store back end software works, there’s no problem adding free content to the store, but you still have to go through the process of checking out. Obviously you don’t need payment information, but it’s still a bit of a pain, and I know some people would have an issue with that. There is a software add on though that would let me change this behaviour, so that you could just click a download button and it would download, but I tried it and it wasn’t working.

So, for the moment I’ve added a text link for those who don’t want to go through the process of adding it to a shopping cart, creating an account and checking out. Alternatively, you can use this method also, and if you already have an account, this means that the downloads will be added to your current account once you check out.

I know this all sounds a bit messy and it is. It’s not the way I had hoped to implement this. I am attempting to fix the problem that is preventing a single download button, and hopefully I can get that implemented.

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Important Store Updates

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In order to help create an even better experience on the store, I’ve made some behind the scenes changes to improve the functions on the store. The biggest of which is that I’ve added a second payment processor. I’ve had many requests for this, and so you can now make payments directly by credit card using via Stripe, rather than PayPal.

Stripe Payments

I’ve had a number requests from people who do not like or want to use PayPal to add an alternate payment processor to the store. To that end, the store will now accept payments directly by credit card via Stripe. Stripe is a reputable payment processor, and is the chosen provider for SquareSpace commerce and a number of other premium services.

You can pay by credit card directly in the checkout using the Strip payment option. Note that we still do not store credit cards on the site, and all payment processing is handled on Stripes servers.

For more information on Stripe see their website.

Additional Security

I’ve always taken security seriously on the store. Your payment information has never been stored on our server and we’ve always taken steps to ensure that our back end is kept up to date and has additional security software in place to protect the data on the server.

Now that I’m adding a second payment processor, I’ve also added additional security throughout the store. The entire store is now securely accessed through https, not just the checkout phase. While the credit card entry for the stripe checkout is integrated directly into our checkout page, as mentioned above, we still do not store or handle your credit card information. It will be handled by Stipe’s secure servers, and we never have access to that information.

If you have any questions see the FAQ page for more details.

More to Come

I’m committed to improving the experience even further. In the future I have plans to improve the design, making it easier to use. I also plan to offer additional member benefits for existing customers. I’m also going to offer more tutorials for previous customers, such as how to get the best from our presets and more.

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Introducing MonoLux for Lightroom

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MonoLux for Lightroom - Virtual Box

I had stated when I launched Coffee Tones for Lightroom last month, that it was my intent to launch a new set of Lightroom presets every month this year. Well, it was getting close, but it looks like I made it with a few days to spare! I’m happy to announce today, that my newest set, MonoLux for Lightroom is now available.

MonoLux is my second set of black and white presets for Lightroom. The set was designed with the aim of creating a rich but natural black and white filmic feel. Within the pack are 10 variations with some extra special effects presets. This set also comes with separate Grad, Grain and Vignette presets, as well as set-up presets to help speed up you’re workflow.

MonoLux makes use of Lightroom’s dehaze function to add depth to images, and so requires Lightroom CC 2015.1 or higher, or Lightroom 6.1 or higher. In fact, dehaze was integral to the look of the presets, and I think the way that I’ve used it creates an interesting black and white effect. Because the dehaze slider is only in the creative cloud version of Lightroom, I’ve included some presets which will let you adjust the de-haze amount without using the he slider.

[MonoLux is available now for just €5](because the De-haze slider is only in the creative cloud version of Lightroom, I’ve included some presets which will let you adjust the de-haze amount without using the he slider. ) and requires Lightroom 6.1 or CC2015.1 or higher.

In some other store related news, and in the theme of black and white, I’ve put Monolith, my first set of black and white presets, on sale too, with the price reduced to €8 from €15. Many of my other presets are on sale too, with up to 40% off in some cases. Finally, I’m discontinuing my ACR presets, as there simply wasn’t enough demand. For the few people who bought them, you can still get support and re-download them through your accounts, but they are no longer available for sale.

In the mean time, here are some more examples of MonoLux in action. For full details and more samples, stop by the store and check out the product pages for MonoLux.

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My Guide for Processing Fuji X-Trans files in Lightroom Now Available

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As many of my long time readers and followers will know, I’ve posted lots of articles and blog posts on this site over the years about processing Fuji X-Trans files. Over the last few years, I’ve covered lots of different aspects, and I have quite a bit of information on here. I’ve been working to collate all those separate blog posts into a single guide (well, a guide for each application) and I’ve previously posted my guide for working with Capture One. Since that time I’ve been hard at work on the guide for Lightroom, and I’m delighted to say that it’s finally finished and available on the store!

In the past I’ve talked extensively about some of the issues with Lightroom’s rendering of Fuji Files. I know some people have an issue with having an issue with it, but I’ve tried to discuss it as fairly and as inoffensively as possible, while still acknowledging hat there is a problem there, and depending on your type of photography this may or may not be an issue for you. I talk about ways to minimise the detail issue in the guide.

I’ve actually put this project off in the past numerous times because of my hope that Adobe would improve the processing, and it has improved over the years. At least now they have acknowledged the detail rendering issue and are working on a fix. I’ve decided to go ahead with the guide anyway, because I think it will be useful to people in the mean time, and I’ll update it (for free) when the improved processing is eventually released.

I cover more than just the fine detail rendering and sharpening though. Here’s a quick breakdown of what else is in it:

  1. What Makes the X-Trans Sensor Unique: I discuss how the Fuji sensor is different from other camera sensors, and I talk about how this affects post processing
  2. Managing RAW + JPEG files: As many Fuji shooters like to shoot JPEG as well as RAW I discuss strategies and tips for managing both as well as how to set up Lightroom to bring in RAW + JPEG pairs.
  3. Matching the Film Simulation modes. I show you how to match the in-camera Film simulation modes with camera profiles in Lightroom, and how to create presets to use on import
  4. Matching the Dynamic Range settings: I show you how to match Fuji’s Dynamic Range settings, and I discuss how the in-camera ones work and what that means when working with RAW files.
  5. Sharpening: I discuss sharpening in detail. I cover techniques for sharpening X-Trans files. These are the same techniques that I use in my X-Trans sharpening presets (which I’ve included with the guide for convenience). I also talk briefly about outputting for the web, and how sharpening can affect that.

The guide is 30 pages long and I’ve included a whole bunch of presets with it too. Again, these are ones that have been on my site, but are in lots of different places. I’ve put them all together into a single download to make things easier.

The guide is available now for just €4 It’s a little more expensive than the Capture One guide as it’s quite a bit longer. I’ve also decided not to do a free online version this time, but instead publish a series of excerpts.

(I’ve previously published an excerpt already, from a work in progress version of the section on matching Dynamic Range settings. You can see it here. Note that this is an earlier draft)

The reason for this is twofold. I wrote it in a certain way, and converting it into a web version is just too much work at this time. I’ve already put a lot into it, and I’m kind of exhausted from it. I have put up an excerpt though as a watermarked PDF of the first 13 pages, (the link is in the description section) and I have posted thumbnails of the whole document. I will post more excerpts on the blog in the future too.

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Bleached Bronze for Lightroom now Available

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I’m delighted to announce that Bleached Bronze for Lightroom is now available. Bleached Bronze was one of the very first presets that I made when I first started selling presets for Aperture . Since I stopped selling presets for Aperture, I kept getting requests for a Lightroom version of Bleached bronze. Well, it’s finally here!

Bleached bronze for Lightroom is a set of artistic effect presets for Lightroom, designed to give your images a bronze effect. The idea is to give your images a warm, earthy toned metallic look, while still retaining some colour for a creative, cinematic style.

Incidentally, I had mentioned earlier that it would only be available for Lightroom CC or 6.1, but I re-worked it since then and it should work fine with any version from 5.2 or later

Because it’s a little smaller than some of my other Lightroom sets, it will normally sell for €10 but for the first two weeks it’s only €8. Here are a few examples of Bleached Bronze in use:

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You can see more examples of Bleached Bronze in use over on its product page.

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Preset Compatibility with Lightroom CC and Lightroom 6

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As you are probably aware by now, Adobe has released the next major new version of Lightroom. Called Lightroom CC (Or Lightroom 6 for the standalone non subscription version) it features many new features and changes. I’m pleased to report though, that there are no compatibility issues with any of my presets, and all should work perfectly out of the (virtual) box.

I’ve covered the launch of the new version of Lightroom on my Photography Blog, and on the Lightroom Diary, and I’ve also posted my first impressions of the software. If you have any questions regarding Lightroom CC and any of my presets, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

For ongoing coverage of Lightroom don’t forget to check out my Photography blog, and my Lightroom blog, the Lightroom Diary