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Lightroom Presets. The Workflow Collection

This is something I’ve been working on for some time and to be honest I’m really proud of the finished product. It’s developed from years of using Lightroom and trying to find the fastest way to process my images, cos lets face it the less time we spend in Lightroom the more time we have for doing something more enjoyable.

Lightroom Presets - The Workflow Collection

If you’ve come this far I’m going to assume you know what a Lightroom Develop Preset is. Well here I’m offering a collection of 90 presets that I use to help me speed up my workflow, they really can save you hours. This collection comes with a pdf guide to help you install the Lightroom presets and get you on your way to a faster workflow.

Lightroom Workflow Collection by Tom Bourdon.

 

This is a completely new way to work with Lightroom, instead of dragging sliders you can use these presets to speed through your post processing like never before.

Presets include the incredible Magic Dust Finder, that will highlight dust spots you never knew you had, making it super easy to click them away.

With a simple click you can increase or decrease the exposure in one third of a stop increments. With another click you can adjust the colour temperature. One more click an you can increase or decrease the contrast. this can dramatically enhance your image in just 3 clicks. Other than exposure, colour temperature and contrast you can adjust saturation, latitude, create black and white images, adjust curves to create dramatic effects. There’s also various colour levels adjustments, split toning and vignettes to play with.

This is not meant as a complete solution to all your Lightroom needs but I can tell you from experience it can make a great starting point in seconds, you can then make minor tweaks with the sliders to perfect your processing.

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    Lightroom Shortcuts – Free Download

    Did you know there are over 200 shortcuts in Lightroom?

    Lightroom 4 shortcuts

    Lightroom 4 has been the core of my workflow for some time now, it´s such a powerful application that it is considered the industry standard by many pros. My relationship with Lightroom is a kind of love hate affair. I love what it does, it works almost exactly in the way I want. So where´s the hate?? The thing is I spend far too many hours using Lightroom than I would like, I´ve found one way to get in and out of Lightroom as fast as possible is to use keyboard shortcuts. There are over 200 shortcuts and Learning just a handful of these can speed up your Lightroom workflow no end.

    I´ve put together a list of Lightroom shortcuts and made them free to download over on Facebook, whilst you´re there you might also want to check out my Lightroom presets, also free.

     

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      New Download Lightroom presets

      Over the weekend I´ve added 4 more Lightroom presets which you can download for free, just head on over to my Facebook Page and there yours.

      I´ve added three retro style presets, aptly named retro I, retro II and retro III, and one which I´ve called Gold finger, that will hopefully add a little sparkle to images. This brings the total upto 12 and I plan on adding more, I think the next batch will be a series of monotone presets that should be out in the next month or so.

      Now I don’t see these presets as a complete solution to your image processing workflow, far from it. What they are intended to do is give you a starting point, if you didn´t know how to create a retro looking image in Lightroom, just download one of these and start moving the sliders to see what works for your image. Every image is different and therefore needs different treatment depending, not only on the subject matter, but also the way you want the final image to look.

      Download Lightroom presets

      To install Lightroom presets:

      – Unzip the download.
      – Open up Lightroom, go to the develop module and locate the preset in the left panel
      – Right click one of the folders, select import… and browse to the location where you unzipped the file.
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        How to create monthly wallpapers

        I originally posted this piece several years ago but as my blog and it audience has grown so dramatically since then, i thought I´d re-share it with you – I did´nt want any of you to miss out.

        As my monthly wallpapers are becoming more and more popular and people are starting to ask me ‘How you do dat Tom..?’ so I thought it might help a few folk out if I shared the process which I go through to make these things.

        It’s all created in photoshop and uses just 2 files. The first is the photograph, but not every image works well as a desktop wallpaper, I often find myself shooting specifically for the wallpaper. When I do Im looking for a particular composition, I’m looking for clean, uncluttered, simple, bold images that have space not only for the calendar details but also for the desktop shortcuts (of which I have way too many). You’ll need to crop and resize it to fit your screen resolution.

        The other file you’ll need will be a .psd file that will contain the actual calendar info (month name, days of the week etc.)

        In this file you’ll need several layers:

        – One with text for the month and year name (ie ‘April 2012′).
        – One with text for each of the days of the week (Mon – Sun).
        – One with text for each of the numbers between 1 and 31 (depending on the month).
        – A shape layer which I use as the calendar background and have set the opacity to about 60%. You may wish to add some other effects, such as a shadow or bevel & emboss.
        – One with text for a copyright notice layer.
        – A Transparant background layer.

        Arrange the layers nicely and it should look something like this.

         

         

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        In this file you´ll find a group of layers for every day of the month, as obviously the numbers need to match up with the days. Now when you create your monthly wallpaper all you have to do is check which day of the week the 1st is and open the correct group (you many also need to hide the number 31 for some months and the numbers 29, 30 and 31 for February).

        If you’re still with me you should have 2 files open in Photoshop.

        In the Days.psd file change the month name and year to match the current month.

        Now it should be a simple case of dragging and dropping all the layers from the right group in the Days.psd file into your photo file, keeping them all grouped together makes this much easier. Flatten the image and save this as a .jpg. Browse you hard disk until you find where you saved it (you did save it somewhere sensible, no??) right click and select ‘Set As Desktop Background’

        As if by magic, you’ve just created your desktop wallpaper.

         

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          Download preset for Lightroom 4 Day 5

          Day 5 of the download preset for Lightroom giveaway. Today´s plugin creates a sepia style that can be great for your portraits, to be honest I don´t often process  my images in sepia although I do quite like the effect, perhaps I´ll be doing it more often now I´m playing around with all those lovely new features offered in Lightroom 4.

          Download preset for Lightroom.

           

          You should know how this thing works by now, to reveal the download link just click to like this page.

          UPDATE:

          Downloads have been moved to the download preset for Lightroom section on my Facebook page

          I hope you´re liking these presets, as always I´d love to hear your comments.
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            Download preset for Lightroom 4 Day 4

            Day 4. Ok, another day another free download preset for Lightroom.

            Today’s preset is called Vignetting – again this one is pretty obvious what it does both from the name and the preview. Apart from the nice big fat vignette it also boosts the vibrance and brings out some details in the shadows.

            download preset for Lightroom

            Day 4. Ok, another day another free Lightroom preset.

            Today’s preset is called Vignetting – again this one is pretty obvious what it does both from the name and the preview. Apart from the nice big fat vignette it also boosts the vibrance and brings out some details in the shadows.

            By now you should know how this thing works, to reveal the download link just click to like this page.

            UPDATE: Downloads have been moved to the download section on my Facebook page

             

            I hope you´re liking these presets, come back tomorrow for another preset.
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              Download preset for Lightroom 4 Day 3

              Day 3 of posting a free Download preset for Lightroom. As I stated yesterday these plugins are designed not as a one click solution to all your processing needs but are more to give you a starting point to work from. 4 preset. As I stated yesterday these plugins are designed not as a one click solution to all your processing needs but are more to give you a starting point to work from.

              Download preset for Lightroom

              Day 3 of posting a free Lightroom 4 preset. As I stated yesterday these plugins are designed not as a one click solution to all your processing needs but are more to give you a starting point to work from.

              I’ve named today´s preset Red Boost, so there are no prizes for guessing what happens to the reds but there are also more subtle changes to the overall feel as you can see in the sample. This preset was created for Lightroom 4 but may still work in previous versions.

              UPDATE: Downloads have been moved to the download section on my Facebook page

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              Come back tomorrow for another preset.

               


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                Download preset for Lightroom 4 Day 2

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                Day 2 of posting a free download preset for Lightroom, these plugins are designed not as a complete processing solution but more to give you a starting point to work from while processing your images.

                download preset for Lightroom

                 

                Today´s preset is a simple one that boosts the contrast (in several different ways) and brings out a bit more detail in the shadows. This preset was created for Lightroom 4 but may still work in previous versions.

                To install the plugin:

                – Click the Facebook like button below and the downlonad link will appear.
                – Download the zip file to your machine.
                – Unzip in a location you will remember.
                – Open up Lightroom 4, go to the develop module and locate the presets tab in the left panel.
                – Right click one of the folders, select import… and browse to the location where you downloaded the file.
                – Select the .lrtemplate file and off you go.

                UPDATE: This download preset for Lightroom have been moved to the download section on my Facebook page

                 

                 

                Come back tomorrow for another preset.


                 UPDATE

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                  Download preset for Lightroom 4 Day 1

                  Every day this week I will be posting download preset for Lightroom and help give you some inspiration when processing your images.

                  download preset for Lightroom

                  Today´s preset is a black and white high contrast preset that uses some of the new features that are now available in version 4. This preset was created for Lightroom 4 but may still work in previous versions.

                  To install the plugin:

                  – Click the Facebook like button and share a message with your friends
                  – The downlonad link will appear.
                  – Download the zip file to your machine.
                  – Unzip in a location you will remember.
                  – Open up Lightroom 4, go to the develop module and locate the preset in the left panel.
                  – Right click one of the folders, select import… and browse to the location where you downloaded the file.
                  – Select the .lrtemplate file and off you go.

                  UPDATE: Download preset for Lightroom have been moved to the download section on my Facebook page

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                  Thanks for that! now here´s your free download
                  >> download preset for Lightroom HERE <<

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                  Come back tomorrow to download another preset for Ligh


                   UPDATE

                  Tom has now started offering one to one Lightroom classes full details here


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