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Important Note: Discontinuing Some Older Lightroom Presets

At the end of the year, I will be discontinuing some of my older Lightroom Presets. As some of my older presets were designed for much older versions of Lightroom, and as they no longer really sell, I will be discontinuing these at the end of the year. It is part of an effort to clean up some of the older items on my store, and I am planning to have new sets of Lightroom Presets in the new year, which are updated with all the current features of Lightroom.

The Preset Packs being discontinued are:

  • Film Candy 1 & 2
  • Vivid Extreme
  • Steely Blue
  • Landscape Gold
  • Quick LUX 1 & 2
  • Bleached Bronze
  • Coffee Tones

In the meantime, if you have any of these Lightroom Presets, please make sure to either re-download and back up the presets, or make a backup copy from your Lightroom Presets folder.

Why are you doing this?

As Lightroom has evolved considerably since these came out, I’m no longer fully happy with how these work in the current versions of Lightroom, and I believe they are starting o look dated. I also want to unify all of the different versions of presets that I have and these were created using the older format.

Beginning in January, I will be releasing some new and updated presets, with newer looks and designed for the current versions of Lightroom.

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Alpine for Capture One and T-Neg for Capture One Updated with Simplified Installer

I’ve released a minor update to two of my Capture One style packs in order to simplify the installation process. Previously they needed to be manually installed which was a bit of a chore, but now they can be installed simply by double clicking on a file.

Both Alpine for Capture One and T-Neg for Capture One have been updated. SilverLUX has not been updated with this new installer yet, as it is a little more complicated but it should be soon. If you have already bought either of these, and have installed them, you don’t need to re-install, as it only affects the installation process, but if you need to re-download in the future, this should make things a lot easier.

If you haven’t already bought either of these, they’re both on sale now for €12.50 (Local prices may vary depending on your local vat rate)

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My X-Transformer Guide Updated

I’ve released a minor update to my X-Transformer guide that addresses some of the recent changes in the application. This is a free update to anyone who had previously bought the guide.

The update is relatively minor, and includes a small addition, as well as changing and deleting sections that are no longer relevant. The changes included in this update are as follows:

  • Version number of the guide changed to 1.6 (to correspond to software version number)
  • Added section on the new compression options introduced in v.1.5.
  • Mentioned changes to the default colour profile in v1.6
  • Updated some screenshots
  • Added section on installing presets, and updated it for latest versions of Lightroom.
  • Deleted references to controls no longer in the software
  • Tidied up language in various places.

The bonus presets that come with the guide have not been updated, so if you are downloading the new version, you don’t need to re-download the presets. I have changed the structure of the preset download to make them easier to install on newer versions of Lightroom, but the presets themselves haven’t changed.

To download the update, you need to go to your account on the store, log in, and then go to the “My Orders” section and then the “Downloads” tab. I have complete instructions on the help centre which shows you how to download updates, including a video if you’re having trouble.

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Capture One Guide Discontinued: New version Coming Soon

With the release of Capture One 12 at the end of November, there have been significant changes to the software, especially for Fuji X-Trans users. With that in mind, I have decided to discontinue selling my old Capture One X-Trans guide. I am however starting work on a new book, which I hope to have out in the next two to three months.

Why not just keep selling the old version?

The original guide was getting quite old. It was originally written for version 8 of Capture One, and then amended with each additional version. It had become something of a hodge-podge of edits and advice built on top of old advice, and it was getting quite confusing. With the release of Version 12 of the software, which has entirely new interface, and adds Fuji film simulation modes, having the old version still available, in my opinion, could confuse new readers. I had put a notice up on the guide that it was being discontinued and reduced the price for the month of December, but now that it’s January, I felt that it’s time to end the sale of it.

Will the new version be free to customers of the old version?

No. I sell these guides very inexpensively, and to cover the cost of writing an entirely new book, I need to charge for it. The old guide was on sale for several years, and the average price has been just €3. The new book will be a completely different guide and re-written from scratch.

When will it be available?

I hope to have the new version available in the first quarter of 2019. I hope to have it even sooner than this, but I don’t want to set unrealistic targets. If you follow my blog, or sign up for the newsletter, you will be notified of new releases.

Where can I learn about the new software in the meantime?

I will continue to cover Capture One on my blog. I will also be providing a work in progress update to the new guide on Patreon for Patreon supporters. Patreon supporters will also get the new guide for free. I also cover Capture One on my YouTube channel.

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An important Note About Preset Visibility in Lightroom 8.1

For the past few versions of Lightroom, Adobe has continued to refine the way Presets work in the develop module. In 8.1, there is yet another change, which may affect the way some of my Presets show up or work in Lightroom. Don’t worry though, most presets still work fine. 

Let me explain…

What’s the issue?

In version 8.1 Adobe added an option to highlight presets they list as “Partially Compatible”. If a preset is showing up in the preset panel in italics and greyed out, it’s because the software considers it only partially compatible with the image. There can be a few different reasons for Presets to be labelled as partially compatible, but the main one is due to the colour profile used when the preset was created. 

As you probably know, Adobe has supplied colour profiles to match the camera picture modes for most cameras, since the earliest versions of Lightroom. However, some cameras have different modes, and picture profiles might be labelled differently. For example, the “standard” picture profile on a Canon camera is called “Standard” but on a Fuji camera, there is no profile labelled “standard” and the equivalent mode is “Provia”. Furthermore, a Jpeg file will have no picture modes at all and just uses the embedded colour profile. Because the colour profile can be included as part of a preset, if you apply one of those presets to an image that doesn’t have a corresponding colour profile, Lightroom now flags this as “partially compatible”.

In older versions of Lightroom, if the preset was applied to an image without a corresponding profile, Lightroom would just ignore it and apply the Adobe Standard” profile. However, now they have chosen to label these presets is only partially compatible. While this is useful for letting users know that there may be some incompatibilities, it is perhaps a bit confusing, as it leads users to think that there is something wrong with the presets, when there isn’t.

How it affects my presets

Some of my presets have a Picture Profile included in the preset information. In the past, this was ok because even if the image didn’t have a corresponding colour profile available, it would revert to the default, and there was no need for the user to be aware because it wasn’t an issue. Now, however, they are flagged, and this may become a source of confusion for users.

So what do you need to do?

You don’t need to do anything. The presets still work fine, and still revert to using the standard profile, as intended. You will just see them in italics in the preset browser. 

I’m not seeing the presets at all?

If you’re not seeing the presets at all, it’s because of the option to show partially compatible presets has been unchecked. To fix this, go to the preferences window, and go to the presets tab, and make sure the following option is ticked:

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A Look at the New Features in X-Transformer Beta 4

Late last week Iridient Digital released an update to the X-Transformer beta. Now at Beta 4 it adds a few new features, including some significant ones. I will be updating my X-Transformer guide soon with details of the new features, but for now, I wanted to provide a quick overview for users, and so I’ve created a video showcasing the new features.

If you already have my guide, when I have updated it, the update will be free, and you will find the revised version in your account. If you signed up to be notified, you will receive an email with details when it is released.

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X-Trans Capture One Guide Updated with Supplement for 10.1

When Capture One was recently updated to 10.1 they made some significant changes to the way X-Trans files are supported. I have been in a bit of a quandary as to what to do about my Capture One X-Trans guide. I originally wrote this quite some time ago now, and it was several versions ago. I have kept updating it, but it was getting a bit messy. I am planning to do a completely new version, for just 10.1, and structuring the guide differently. However, I didn’t want to leave existing readers hanging either. With that in mind I’ve created a supplement for 10.1 and it is included free with the existing guide.

The supplement includes information on updates for 10.1 as well as a set of new sharpening and noise reduction settings. I’ve decided to include these as presets, and these presets are also included as a download with the supplement. These were designed for 10.1 but will work with version 10 too. Most of the new document is details on how to download, install and use these presets. I also have some information on using the Analyse function for chromatic aberration, and I’ve also added details and a link to my video for getting and installing colour profiles.

The supplement and presets are free for current owners of my Capture One guide, as well as owners of the Bundle. To get the additional downloads, you just need to go to your account on my store, and under the downloads section, you will see the new presets and supplement for 10.1 . If you need more detailed instructions for finding the updates, I have more information on my help centre.

This will be the last update to the current guide. I have started working on the new Capture One eBook, which may take a few months to fully write, but I will keep you updated when it is close to release.

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X-Transformer Book First Update Now Available

I’ve just published the first update to my X-Transformer guide. This update is free to anyone who has already purchased the book. It contains a number of fixes for a few mistakes that made it through (sorry about that!). I’ve also added a few extra sections based on feedback from readers of the first version. Here’s a breakdown of what’s changed:

1. Fixed some typos

2. Added Missing Panel In lens corrections section

3. Added section on Saving out Metadata from Lightroom

4. Added notes on possible PC limitations to using drag and drop

5. Fixed incorrect naming of menu item for saving metadata to disk

6. Added additional workflow

7. Added some suggestions for using the files with Capture One 10.1

8. Added table of contents and improved the layout

9. Now 35 pages

I want to thank everyone who purchased the guide. The response was greater than I was expecting. I also want to thank everyone who sent feedback, which has helped improve it, and I hope will continue to improve it going forward.

If you already purchased the guide, the update is available in your Downloads page under your account on my digital download store. It’s labelled with the postfix 1.1. For full details on how to upgrade see this post on my help centre:

How to Re-Download your Previous Purchases or Get Updated Products

Discussion and Community

Speaking of the help centre, I’ve added a new “Community” section to the help centre courtesy of the latest round of Zendesk updates. This is a kind of user forum, and so if you want to discuss the guide and make suggestions for future versions, or ask questions, you can do it there. I may not be able to answer immediately, but other users can chime in and help too. You can visit the community on my help centre here:

Thomas Fitzgerald Photography Community

I’m still in the process of setting it up, so there aren’t many topics there yet, but feel free to use it. I will be adding more topics and content to it if there’s interest, but it’s a good way to discuss things. It will be moderated though, so be nice!

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Capture One X-Trans Guide Updated

My guide for processing X-trans files in Capture One was actually the first of these series of guides that I produced. Since I’ve written it, the software has been updated several times, and Fuji has come out with newer cameras. I had previously added a supplement to the ebook to cover the X-Pro 2 because at the time support was still preliminary (it still is in a way). I’ve now updated the Capture One guide to include the previous supplement and I’ve also incorporated some tips for working with Capture One 10.

The update is free if you’ve already bought the existing Guide. To get the updated version just log into your account on my store, and look under your downloads. You should see the updated version there. For more instructions, see this short article on my Help Centre.

As I wrote when I talked about Capture One Pro 10 previously, it’s becoming difficult to update the guide without doing a complete re-write because of the ongoing changes in the software. With that in mind, this will be the last version of this book in its current form. I may do a completely new book for Capture One 10 at some point, and if I do it will be more comprehensive and more detailed, because it will be specific to that version.

I have tried to keep the current version of the guide (i.e. this new update) relevant regardless of which version of Capture One that you are using, with specifics for Capture One 9 and 10 where relevant.

If you haven’t seen the Capture One guide before, you can find it in my Download store. To celebrate the launch of the updated version I’m putting it on sale, and educing the already low cost to just €3 (depending on your local Vat rate)

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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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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.