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F-Variations for Lightroom: Free Lightroom Presets for Fuji X-Series users

I’ve created a new set of presets for Fuji users and I’m happy to announce that I’m giving these away for free. Basically, I really like the various film simulation modes available on Fuji’s cameras, and the corresponding picture profiles in Lightroom. They’re good on their own, but they also make a good starting point for some further manipulation. So, using the various profiles as a starting point, I created my own set of “Variations” of these.

I first got the idea, when I created some variations of classic chrome. I added some contrast, clarity and so on, and did some curves tweaks, to create an enhanced version of classic chrome. When I did this, I then made a few more versions, and that was the start of it. I then did the same to many of the other modes, and ended up with a large collection of presets. I’m pretty happy with them too. Some are just adding extra “oomph” while others use film simulation techniques, and offer things like fading and tinting.

Free Lightroom Presets for Fuji Users Free Lightroom Presets for Fuji Users Free Lightroom Presets for Fuji Users _DSF3433

One word of warning though. Some of these presets will only work if you’re shooting with a camera that supports the corresponding film simulation mode. For example, to use the “Chrome” presets, your Fuji camera must support the “Classic Chrome” preset. Similarly, to use one of the Acros variations, your camera must support the Acros simulation mode (currently only the X-Pro 2 and the X-T2). These presets will not enable Classic Chrome or Acros on raw files from cameras that don’t support it.

Anyway, These are available now from here on the store, and they’re completely free. I hope you enjoy them, and please spread the word.

One thing I would ask, if you are sharing them, please share the link to the store page, and not the actual download. They are free, but they’re still my work and they’re still copyright.

Also, as these presets are offered for free we offer no support for their installation or use. However we do have an extensive set of Support documents and FAQ on our Help Centre page.

F-Variations - Free Lightroom Presets for Fuji X Users

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Some More Examples of FilmLUX in Action

Low Sun on Georgetown Street - FilmLUX Lightroom Presets

I wanted to demonstrate some examples of my recently announced Film Lux Lightroom presets in action on an actual project, so a recent trip into my archive provided a nice opportunity. I was going through some old images, and I was re-processing some that I wasn’t happy with originally.

This particular set is from a trip I trip I took to Washington DC a few years ago, and in particular to the beautiful suburb of Georgetown. It was late in the evening and it was a particularly beautiful sunny day. For the full story behind these images, see this post on my Photo Journal blog.

These photos are all processed using FilmLUX for Lightroom, and they are mostly using either the slide presets or the negative presets. I did some further tweaking using the additional grain presets supplied. Click on the image to view larger.

For more details on FilmLUX please see the product page here in the store.

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FilmLUX for Lightroom is now available

FilmLUX for Lightroom - Lightroom Presets

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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How To See what Preset You’ve Previously Used in Lightroom

How To See what Preset You've Previously Used in Lightroom

If you’re a Lightroom user and you regularly use Lightroom presets, you may have come across this situation from time to time. You are looking back through some old images or projects, and you come across a photo that you like. You know you used a preset on it but you can’t remember which one. Luckily there’s a really easy way to find out.

First of all, this trick only works if you’re looking at the original file in Lightroom. If you’ve made a virtual copy of the image, and you’re looking at the copy this won’t work. However, if you’re dealing with the original file, here’s what to do:

  1. Go to the Develop Module
  2. On the left hand side of the screen, scroll down the panels, past your presets till you come to the history panel.
  3. Look down through your history. If you’ve applied a preset in the past, it will be listed here in this panel.


That’s pretty much all there is to it. What I’d really love to see is the ability to search across the history of all images in the library panel in the same way you search for other metadata. Then you could create a smart folder to you images on which you’ve used various Lightroom presets. Unfortunately that’s just a dream for now!

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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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Behind the scenes of “Alpine”: QuickLux 2 in Action


I recently posted a short photo essay over on my Photo Journal about some of the lovely images you can get when it’s a dull overcast day. Here’s a short excerpt from what I wrote:

Where I live, we’re sort of in the foothills of the Dublin mountains, and during the summer, sometimes we get a kind of misty cloudy rain, that has a real mountain like feel to it. It reminds me of so many episodes of the X-Files which took place in forest settings of Canada, and it has a real frontier feel to it, even though we’re still just in a superb of the city. I always think of it as “Alpine” weather, even though this is probably just a name I’ve given it myself.

To create the look for this I used my QuickLux 2 Lightroom presets. In fact, it was for this very style of shot that I created some of the presets in QuickLux 2. I shot these set of images with a Sony A6000, and processed them in Lightroom.

The first step was to import them with my A6000 import preset (Available Here). I use this preset to get a better starting point. Once I’d rated and sorted my images I went through them and started applying the presets. Here are a few examples from the photo essay.


In this example of a bridge over a stream, I used QNeg-Basic02 from QuickLux 2. Once I applied that, I then tweaked the Dehaze amount using the +DH25 preset that also comes with the set.

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Old Gateway

For this shot I used QTrans-Basic 04 for the shot. That’s pretty much all I did to it. You can see the before and after result below.

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Walker Sign

For this shot I used QTrans-Basic05 from QuickLux 2. Again, that was all I did to the shot in Lightroom.

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Before | After

Old Log

For this shot I went with QNeg-Basic 02. I like this preset as it has the blacks raised a little. I did some additional exposure compensation for this shot.

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Before | After


Quick LUX 2 Lightroom Presets
QuickLux 2 for Lightroom

These are just a few examples of how I processed the images from this shoot. You can see the full project here, and to learn more about QuickLux 2 visit the product pages here in the store.

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Customising Lightroom Presets

Customising Lightroom Presets

If you regularly use any of my (or any other supplier’s) Lightroom preset packs, then you may often find that you have some preferred presets that you use all the time. You may also find that you have a favourite that you use, but regularly make the same changes after you’ve applied it. If this is the case then you can always save a custom version of the preset.

I’ve actually covered this in most of the Read-me files that come with my own Lightroom presets, but I thought I would go into it in a bit more detail.

There are a few ways you can go about creating custom version of the presets. You can either turn off certain adjustments, or you can make tweaks to the individual settings and save those.

Turning off individual adjustments in a Lightroom Preset

Say for example you’re using one of my Coffee Tones presets, but every time you use it, you find yourself turning off the vignette effect. To make this more convenient, you can create a custom version. To do this you need to simply save a new version with the vignette turned off.

Before we look at the procedure for customising the preset to turn off the vignette, let’s look at some important points about saving presets in general.

When you save a preset in Lightroom, you will get a window with a list of individual adjustments, and checkboxes beside them. When you check one of these boxes, then the current settings for that adjustment are saved as part of the preset. Even if you haven’t actually adjusted anything, that setting will be saved. For example, if you have clarity set at zero, and you save it as part of a preset, it will be saved set at zero. that means if you then apply that to an image to which you’ve already adjusted the clarity setting, then applying the preset with the zero clarity, will overwrite the current setting. This is why it’s important to only turn on the things you want to save.

The adjustments that I use for my presets vary form preset to preset. However, I generally avoid using the following adjustments when making presets as these are generally part of my setup presets:

  • Lens Correction
  • Calibration
  • Sharpening
  • Exposure (see note)
  • White Balance (see note)

I try to avoid using exposure and white balance where possible, but some of my presets do have an exposure or white balance adjustment baked in. In particular Monolith uses exposure adjustments as part of the look, and Coffee Tones uses a white balance adjustment. I try to avoid using exposure as part of the design of a Lightroom preset as it’s something that you’re most likely to want to adjust from image to image, and the same goes for white balance, but sometimes they’re an essential part of the look. You will see when you apply a preset if the individual slider is changed or not, if that setting has been saved.

Saving a new Lightroom preset dialog box

Ok, with that information in mind, back to the example. Here’s what to do to save a custom preset with the Vignette turned off:

  1. Apply the preset you want to modify. Make sure it’s on an image that you haven’t already adjusted.
  2. Click the + Button on top of the Lightroom presets panel in the develop module.
  3. When the window opens, check the settings you want to save as part of the preset, and turn off the settings that you don’t want. In this example, turn off vignette.
  4. At the top of the window, give your preset a name. For example you could call it the name of the preset your customising, with the word custom added.
  5. Select the folder you want to save the preset into.
  6. Click save

This will save the preset as a customised version.

Changing the Settings in a Lightroom Preset

The other possibility is if you want to save a custom version with an individual or multiple adjustments changed. In this case the process is much the same:

  1. Apply your preset
  2. Make whatever adjustments you want
  3. Save your preset using the instructions above.

Combining Lightroom Presets

Another possibility for which you might want to make a custom preset is if you want to combine presets. For example, if you are always applying the same setup preset and the same look, then you can combine these and save it as a custom preset. Alternatively, if you’re shooting with a Fuji X Series camera and you use my sharpening presets, then you may want to combine a look preset (from one of my preset packs, or from another preset maker) with one of the sharpening presets. In all these cases the procedure is the same.

  1. Apply the first preset. For example one of the Setup Presets.
  2. Apply the second preset.
  3. Save the preset using the procedure above.

If you’re combining one of my Fuji sharpening presets with a look preset, then you should apply the look preset first, and the sharpening preset second.

Respect Copyright

One important thing to remember, is if you’re creating custom presets, is to respect the copyright of the original creator. This is regardless as to whether you’re customising one of my presets or some one else’s. You shouldn’t post the custom versions to the web or other file sharing or other output. They’re fine for personal use of course!

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Introducing MonoLux for Lightroom

MonoLux for Lightroom - Virtual Box

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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Bleached Bronze for Lightroom now Available


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:









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


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

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Autumn Lightroom Preset Sale Now On

As it’s my favourite time of the year for Photography, to celebrate Autumn, I’m knocking a third off the price of some of my Lightroom Presets for the month of September. Film Candy, Quick Lux and Monolith are all reduced by a third for the month. The normal price for these was €15 but for the month of september you can get them for €10 each.

Film Candy



Film Candy was my first set of Lightroom presets and is designed to mimic the look of old and expired films and faded prints. You can find more information about it on the product page.

Quick Lux



Quick Lux is a set of presets designed to give your images a film like look, but rather than being based on existing films, is my artistic interpretation of the “film look”.




Monolith is my set of Black and White presets designed to create a high contrast black and white look that is popular with Street Photography in particular. You can find out more about Monolith here.

In addition to these three, I’m also knocking €15 off the price of the Bundle for the month of September. The Preset Bundle contains all of my current Presets. It’s normally priced at €70 but for the month of September it’s just €55.

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Lightroom Presets Bundle now Available

The first 6 of my Lightroom Preset packs are now available for sale in a digital bundle. I noticed that some people were buying all the presets at once and I wanted to make it a bit easier so I created a bundle. I also wanted to be able to give a discount if you buy all 6 at once, so I took the opportunity of the Steely Blue launch to introduce a bundle as well.

The normal price to buy the presets separately would be €75 – So you save €5 by getting the bundle. In addition there is a special launch discount, so for the next two weeks (until September 1st 2014) it is on sale at just €65 (which means you’re effectively getting one of the cheaper €10 presets for free) The bundle contains the following 6 sets of the Lightroom Presets:

  • Landscape Gold
  • Steely Blue
  • Monolith
  • Vivid Extreme
  • Quick Lux
  • Film Candy

The Bundle contains the same exact preset files that you would get if you downloaded the presets individually, and so contains 6 individual zip files containing each of the preset packs and their respective documentation. For full details see the product page for the bundle.