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Steely Blue for Lightroom – Lightroom Presets

8.13 4.07 ( 4.07 Excl. VAT)

“Steely Blue” is a set of presets for Lightroom designed to bring out detail and enhance the colours in an image without creating a style that looks too much like a special effect. The look also enhances the dynamic range of the picture to which it is applied, by compressing the highlights and enhancing shadow detail. It’s called “Steely Blue” because it has a tendency to bring out the blues in an image and it reminded me of certain movies which use a similar palette.

The pack includes 24 main presets consisting of 8 Variations of Steely Blue, each with 3 versions. The pack also contains a number of “setup presets” and 23 “tool” presets which act as modifiers for the main looks.

Steely Blue for Lightroom is a Digital Download product. You can download a zip file containing the presets after you’ve completed the purchase. We do not ship physical products.

System Requirements

Steely Blue requires a Mac or PC running Lightroom 5.2 or later. You must have a computer capable of running this version of Lightroom.

You should also have a working knowledge of Lightroom and basic computer operations such as copying files and folders.

Steely Blue includes extensive documentation in PDF format. If you have a PC you will need Adobe Reader installed to read the documentation.


The Steely Blue 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.

There are several variations on the “Steely Blue” look, each with differing strengths. In addition, each version comes in three variations. One without a vignette, one with a vignette, and one with a stronger vignette. With Steely Blue, each of the main “Steely Blue” looks presets all have the same adjustments turned on in Lightroom, so you can quickly move between presets without having to reset each time.

Some Examples of Steely Blue in Action

A Before and After Demo Video

What’s Included in Steely Blue for Lightroom

Main Looks

Steely Black
Steely Black V
Steely Black VV
Steely Blue Bleached
Steely Blue Bleached V
Steely Blue Bleached VV
Steely Blue Canon
Steely Blue Canon V
Steely Blue Canon VV
Steely Blue Lite
Steely Blue Lite V
Steely Blue Lite VV
Steely Blue Polarised
Steely Blue Polarised V
Steely Blue Polarised VV
Steely Blue Sat
Steely Blue Sat V
Steely Blue Sat VV
Steely Blue Std
Steely Blue Std V
Steely Blue Std VV
Steely Blue Strong
Steely Blue Strong V
Steely Blue Strong VV

Setup Presets

–Setup-Nikon D700
–Setup-Nikon Standard
–Setup-Nikon Vivid


SBT – Colour – Default Colours
SBT – Colour – Polarised Colours
SBT – Colour – Polarised Strong Colours
SBT – Colour – Steely Blue Colours
SBT – Grad – Sky Darken 1
SBT – Grad – Sky Darken 2
SBT – Grad – Sky Highlights Only
SBT – Grain – Light – Fine
SBT – Grain – Light – Large
SBT – Grain – Light – Medium
SBT – Grain – Light – Small
SBT – Grain – Strong – Fine
SBT – Grain – Strong – Large
SBT – Light – Default
SBT – Light – Pull
SBT – Light – Push
SBT – Vignette – Double Vignette
SBT – Vignette – Light
SBT – Vignette – Medium
SBT – Vignette – Off
SBT – Vignette – Radial Reset
SBT – Vignette – Radial
SBT – Vignette – Strong

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 Lightroom presets or have any questions please visit the support page for details.

For details of lightroom 7.3 compatibility see this tech support note.


Steely Blue Presets are copyright ©2014 Thomas Fitzgerald Photography. They may not be re-sold, shared or otherwise distributed without prior written permission.