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Lightroom Presets Support

If you’re looking for help with the Totally Rad Lightroom Presets, this is the place to be. Click on a topic below to get answers.

Instructions | AMPED

Using AMPED is dead simple. This video shows you everything you need to know in under 5 minutes.

Here’s the simple, no-BS way to get the AMPED LR4 presets up and running.

  1. Unzip the presets you downloaded to somewhere on your computer you can easily find
  2. Copy the AMPED Presets to your Lightroom Develop Presets folder.
  3. Restart Lightroom and get busy.
  4. DON’T FORGET TO BACKUP YOUR PRESETS! (seriously – you’ll be sad someday if you don’t)

Instructions | Lightroom Presets

When photographers began asking me to work on a set of Lightroom presets, what seems like years ago now, I told them I “was working on it.”  It was a low priority for me, though.  Photoshop offers much more control, and has a wealth of features that make it flexible from a development standpoint.  Lightroom is simple by comparison.  Part of what makes the program useful is its relative simplicity, but it’s also a handicap when you’re trying to do innovative things with it.  Packaging those things up in a way that makes the program EASIER, and not more complex just seemed impossible.  I’ve been very familiar with Lightroom since it’s original beta, but just couldn’t see how I was going to do justice to the Totally Rad name with the tools Adobe had given me as a developer.  I didn’t want to do it, but I was, at least metaphorically, dragged into the project by Chenin, Kristen, and some of our vocal and persistent customers.

It’s always been very important to me that everything I put “out there” is the best it can be.  If we’re going to sell something, it absolutely has to be not only a good value, that makes life better for photographers, but also something that’s the best in its class.  I firmly believe that our Photoshop actions are class-leading products, and settling for something less than amazing with our Lightroom endeavors was never an option.  The paradigm that existed for Lightroom presets was that they were either very basic, or very inflexible: a scalpel or a sledgehammer, so to speak.  Today’s photographers demand and require more than that.  They need power and flexibility in their tools.  They tools that transform and complete their images without having to also shove their vision into the narrow box that an industry guru has created for them.  Fortunately, reconciling those two extremes merely required some persistence, and a re-imagining of how Lightroom presets should work.  Much like our actions were a revolution in flexibility for photographers, our Lightroom presets are not only useful and novel, but also very adaptable.  You can get quick results that transform the character of a photograph, while still having a measure of control over the results.  What we’ve done is unlike any other set of presets I’ve seen, and I’m proud of just how damned good they are.

I hope you’re as excited by the power and flexibility in our presets as I am.  For 90% of raw shooters out there, they’ll be your new best friend.  Thanks for being a part of the Totally Rad Nation!  May you not only make beautiful images with our presets, but also have the time to enjoy them.

-Doug Boutwell

Installation Video Tutorial

Watch this short video to get the scoop on installing your Totally Rad Lightroom Presets

Installation Step By Step

Here’s the simple, no-BS way to get up and running.

  1. 1.Unzip the presets you downloaded to somewhere on your computer you can find (presumably done already if you’re reading this file)
  2. 2.Copy the Develop Presets to your Lightroom Develop Presets folder.
  3. 3.Copy the Local Adjustment Presets to your Lightroom Local Adjustment Presets folder.
  4. 4.Restart Lightroom and get busy.
  5. 5.DON’T FORGET TO BACKUP YOUR PRESETS! (seriously – you’ll be sad someday if you don’t)

Where Should You Put The Presets?

Lightroom’s folder structure looks like the above image, but will vary from system to system.

Mac OSX:
<your home folder>/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Lightroom/

Windows XP:
C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\Adobe \Lightroom\

Windows Vista and Win 7 (AppData is hidden by default):

Can’t find it? Open the LR preferences, head to “Presets”, and click on the “Show Lightroom Presets Folder” button.

To apply a preset, all you need to do is click on its name from the Develop module, or select the preset from the drop-down list in the Library module.  All the sliders and settings relevant to that preset will be applied to your image.  That’s the easy part.  What follows are some notes on how our presets operate together in general:

Our presets work best with RAW files

Though Lightroom will edit jpegs, it just ain’t the same.  The presets were designed and tested with raw files, and if you’re a jpeg shooter, you might get different and/or inconsistent results compared to what they were designed for.

Not all presets change all the develop settings for an image.

Some presets change only one slider, some change nearly all of them, and some fall somewhere in the middle.  In general, this means that there are limited ways that the presets can be combined together, since each slider can only have one value at a time.  When you apply a preset, it might over-write or change what a previous preset has done.  This might be what you want, or it might not.  The notes on each preset provide some clues as to what will work best together.

If you get stuck, or want to just start over, we have presets for that.

Start Over, Reset Everything, and Start From Scratch all basically reset all the controls to their default settings.  If you’ve applied a lot of presets and things are starting to get weird, you might try just resetting things and doing them again.

BW | 50K and its variants mess with the white balance.

They’re supposed to do that, but as most of our presets don’t change the white balance, running most presets after you’ve run BW | 50K will result in a very weird look.  Either use the undo command or reset everything after playing with that preset, especially if something doesn’t look the way it should.

Many of the presets come in Lite, Medium, and Strong versions.

Since Lightroom doesn’t have a built-in way to “fade” an effect, this is our workaround.  The Strong version is almost always the full-strength version of the effect, and Medium and Lite correspond to 33% and 66% reductions in the strength of the effect, respectively.  If there are only two strengths available for a preset, then the Lite version is half strength.

If you want to modify or tweak a preset, save it as a new preset instead of updating the original preset.

Why?  Because Lightroom only saves the values you select with checkboxes to save into the new preset.  As an example, if you only want to update the way Boogie Nights handles split tones, you’ll need to make sure you have all the settings that Boogie Nights changes selected as well when you save the new preset – otherwise your new preset will only affect split tones and nothing else.  Make sense?  Good.  Refer also to the notes about the individual presets for more info on what each one tweaks.

Use the preview in the Develop Module!

It’s a fantastic way to quickly decide what you want to do with an image, or which strength of a particular preset is right.  Some presets in our set do very basic things, and part of their utility is being able to preview changes with the flick of a mouse.  Much more quick and intuitive than dragging a slider around, and you can see what you’re getting into before you apply something.

As part of our Lightroom preset package, we’ve included a few Local Adjustment Presets as well.  You can use these, in conjunction with the Local Adjustment tool, to dodge, burn, smooth, sharpen, or bring our vivid colors in select areas of a photo.

Here’s a quick video covering the highlights of how to use the Local Adjustment presets that come with the Totally Rad Lightroom Presets.  A full discussion of how to use the Local Adjustment brushes in Lightroom is beyond the scope of this video, but this should get you up and running.

Troubleshooting | Lightroom Presets

If your presets aren’t appearing in Lightroom, make sure you don’t have the “Store presets with catalog” option checked in Lightroom’s Preferences:

If you aren’t seeing the Big Blue, Yin Yang, Green With Envy, and other Local Adjustment presets, make sure you’re looking for them in the right place.  They don’t live with the Develop Presets on the left.  Instead, the Local Adjustment Presets are on the right, in the Effect setting of your Local Adjustment Brush.  I know… it’s practically buried over there.  Click on the preset name (Big Blue LR | Lite, in this case) to bring up a menu of all your local adjustment presets.

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