The preset pack was created as a whole toolset to speedily add impact and the Steely Blue look to your images with as little effort as possible. The looks and tools contained in the pack work together so that with a few clicks you can get your images 90% of the way to being complete. The pack contains a number of variations on the main Steely Blue look, with different strengths, and each variation has a number of sub variations with different strength vignettes. While the vignette is an integral part of the look, as the amount needed depends on the image, there are two variations included as well as a third version with no vignette. The pack also contains a black and white look based on a similar technique, and also a variation that creates a bleached bypass type effect.
The Differences between the Camera Raw Version and the Lightroom Version
If you have the Lightroom version you may notice a few differences between it and the ACR version (this version). The Camera Raw version does not include the Grad tools or the Radial Vignettes (created using the radial tool). The reason for this is because that, while the Adobe Camera Raw tool has both the linear and radial gradient tool included, you cannot save them as part of a preset. There are separate presets for these tools, but to include those specialist presets would make instillation very difficult and significantly decrease the usability of the presets.
The other change is that some of the presets are named differently. The primary reason for this is that preset names in Camera Raw are limited to a small number of characters, so some of the more descriptive names used in the Lightroom version had to be re-named for this Camera Raw version.
Some Examples of Steely Blue in Action
A Before and After Demo Video
This is based on the Lightroom Version. The results are the same in the ACR version
What’s Included in Steely Blue for ACR
–Setup Panasonic Alt
SBT – Default Colours
Some General Note about Presets
Not all images are suitable for all presets. Some images just wont produce pleasing results and won’t be appropriate for the type of presets you may be trying to use, depending on the subject matter.
It is also important to note that any preset won’t be a magic bullet. Presets should be considered as a starting point. More often than not images may require additional adjustments after applying presets. Sometimes you will need to adjust exposure or brightness and contrast depending on your image. When trying presets, consider making a duplicate the version that you’re working on so you don’t loose any adjustments you’ve already made, or make use of Lightroom’s snapshot feature.
If you are having difficulties installing the ACR presets or have any questions please visit the support page for details.
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