LRB Preset Pack Vol 1.
LRB Preset Pack Vol 1. is a set of 18 presets that range from B&W to heavily process colour looks for people photography. It borrows a lot from current fashion trends, but is equally at home with bands, portraits and fashion. Inspiration for each preset has come from a variety of sources, magazine editorials, lookbooks and from other photographers.
Unlike a lot of other preset packs, this is reasonably priced and comes with a full colour user guide detailing how each preset looks. With an introductory price of €10 (Plus VAT in EU), it’s an easy buy. A lot of work has gone into creating these over time, with refinements along the way. I use these presets myself, either as the full look, or the start point to something further. With each one, I’ve described how I made them, which will also, hopefully, give you insight into making your own, or customizing these.
As part of my normal working ethic to update these presets, there’s now additions to the 18 presets originally intended for Raw files. First, there’s now an additional set for JPEGs. There’s nothing to stop you trying this on Raw files either, and vice versa. Also with the advent of Lightroom 4 Beta, I’ve added additional copy presets to mimic the look of some of the presets that have broken with the new Process Version.
Finally, all of these presets are now available as Camera Raw Presets, included in the package.
Arctic is a cool toned colour preset. It’s a White Balance based preset that cools down Daylight Balanced images (as shot with Studio Flash, for example). It resets most other corrections, so it’s best applied early in processing to avoid overwriting exposure correction etc.
Binked is inspired the model in these shots: Madame Bink. It’s a Black and White preset with a slight blue tone, giving it a slightly silver effect. The preset affects the Basic Panel and the Split Toning Panel. It was originally created with a medium contrast curve in the Tone Curve, but feel free to adjust this to taste. It also uses the Saturation and Contrast Sliders, rather than the B&W Panel.
Fashion One is one of two Presets based on looks that are pretty hot in fashion currently. Retro looking Split Toning, mixed with imaging fading is currently in vogue (and in Vogue too!). This uses the Split Toning Panel to give a bluish highlight with a warm toned shadow, as well as using the Tone Curve to give the image a fade. This preset overwrites pretty much everything.
Fashion two is the 2nd of two Presets based on looks that are pretty hot in fashion currently. Retro looking Split Toning, mixed with imaging fading is currently in vogue (and in Vogue too!). This use the Split Toning Panel to give a warm highlight with a cool toned shadow, as well as using the Tone Curve to give the image a fade. This preset overwrites pretty much everything.
Grunged is detail obsessed preset with high contrast, muted tones and a whole load of ummph going on. It mixes reduced Saturation with a push of Vibrance. Clarity gives it the edginess, while increased Fill Light and Blacks push it over the edge. This overwrites almost everything.
Ingrained is a grainy Black & White preset with medium contrast. It’s a ‘get started’ in grainy B&W preset meant for starting to get your B&W film look. It makes me think of Ilford Delta 100 or FP4 Plus. The grain is big, but fine. Again this use Saturation to get the B&W look rather than using the B&W panel. Overwrites almost all Develop settings.
Kustard is a mild Sepia toned image. It’s meant to be subtle. If you want a stronger look, increase both saturations in the Split Toning Panel. This uses the B&W panel, but with no changes in the colour channels. Feel free to tweak these. Kustard only affects the Basic, Split Toning and B&W panel.
Muted mixes reduced Saturation with increased Vibrance. Clarity also adds definition to the images, along with increaded Sharpening in the Detail panel. This overwrites most things in Develop.
Ocean is actually based on the Landscape Presets that I used for my Exhibition this year. The primary difference is that I took out the Grad Filters from it. It does everything, so where do I start? Think Muted with a cooling Split Tone, coupled with a cool vignette, Clarity and a hint of sharpening. Overwrites everything.
Orinoco is toned Black and White Preset. It’s similar to Binked, but less contrasty, and has a hint of highlight warmth to go with the blue shadows. This acts on Basic and Split Toning only and derive the B&W from the Saturation Slider.
Painted is a colour preset, but looking at Fit image size won’t do any good. It’s a deliberate misuse of the Detail panel to make skin really painterly. Only visible close up and in larger print. It’s one for effect more than anything else. As you might imagine, it overwrites everything.
Perry: I’m sure Perry had some significance when I named this Preset. I can’t for the life of me remember what. Maybe it’s the Teenage Dream video colour or something like that. This is a warm cross process preset based on cool shadows and warm highlights. Affects everything.
Rich Tea is a warm sepia toned preset. Kinda like tea with no milk… It’s a B&W/Split toned preset and affects them, the Basic Panel and the Effects panel.
Royale B&W is a basic B&W preset with a little contrast thrown in for effect. It uses desaturation for the look, and has a Linear Tone Curve. Affects only Brightness, Contrast, Saturation and the Tone Curve.
Royale Tea is Royale B&W with a sepia tone addition. It uses desaturation for the look, and has a Linear Tone Curve. Affects only Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, Split Toning and the Tone Curve.
Showered is a nasty, grungy preset that mashes up as much as it can, for effect. Definitely a band effect. Overwrites everything.
Sirocco is a desert wind, so I think it’s a good name for a preset that warms up a photo. A basic preset, this add warmth in both the Highlight and Shadows in the Split Tone panel. Overwrites the Tone Curve and Split Toning panels only.
Straightlaced is the simplest B&W preset possible. It affect only the Saturation and Contrast Sliders. That’s it. Everything else is left intact, so feel free to apply at any stage. For different intensities, play with the contrast or Tone Curve.