I’m happy to announce that my first new set of Lightroom Presets for 2016 is now available. Called “Coffee Tones” the set is, as the name suggests, inspired by the look of coffee. It has a number of looks in both colour and black and white. All have some variation of warm earthy coffee coloured tones.
Coffee Tones is the first of a new set of smaller “mini packs” that I’m planning on releasing this year. Smaller than some of my other presets, it will be available for a very reasonable price of just €5. There are 10 main looks and a few of these come with some variations too. As always, there is extensive documentation included, and you can download the readme file before you buy to see what’s involved if you would like.
Unlike my other sets, Coffee Tones requires Lightroom CC 2015.1 or Lightroom 6.1 or higher. The presets make use of Lightroom’s new Dehaze function to add contrast and warmth and so require the newer versions of Lightroom which support dehaze. The best version is the latest version of Lightroom CC as it includes full dehze controls, however, the dehaze function is supported in Lightroom 6.1, but you just don’t get any controls for it.
I know that it’s kind of a pain the way Adobe implemented this with two different versions of Lightroom, but using dehaze is an integral part of these looks, and it is important to the effect. Please make sure you have the correct version of Lightroom before buying Coffee Tones.
Here are some examples of Coffee Tones in Action. For more samples see the Product Page.
I’m delighted to announce that my latest set of develop module presets for Lightroom, “Vivid Extreme” is now available. Vivid Extreme was one of the first set of presets that I had originally made and put on sale for Aperture and I’ve finally brought out a Lightroom version. The idea behind Vivid Extreme is simple. Take the idea of the typical “Vivid” settings in most cameras and push it to the Extreme. I wanted to create a look that wasn’t so much a throwback to the days of film, but instead embraced modern digital imaging. I also wanted to emulate the “high saturation” look that is popular among some artists.
Vivid Extreme comes with a variety of different looks. They were named after the types of images that I was optimising them for when I was developing them, although they will all work reasonably well on different types of images, so the names are more like code-names! The looks also vary in strength for creating degrees of vividness! In some ways, with this set, I was trying to achieve with colour what monolith did for black and white. The pack also includes a set of “Setup” presets designed to set a few things up depending on your camera manufacturer and help speed up your workflow. I’ve also included a set of modifiers, vignettes and a few graduated filters to help bring out punchy skies.
Vivid Extreme is a more focussed and smaller pack than my previous ones, and it doesn’t include the elaborate “Thomas’s Toolbox” so it’s cheaper. It will be €10 but I’m having a special launch sale, so you you can get it for the next two weeks for €8.
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