Layering Lightroom presets – yep!
Have you every tried layering Lightroom presets? It’s fun and can help you create nearly unlimited looks. But here’s the catch, most companies don’t build stackable presets.
This is one of the many reasons I love using MCP’s Enlighten presets for Lightroom 4. The possibilities are endless and you can make some amazing, artistic edits without leaving Lightroom. One catch, you still cannot stack two items that use identical settings… well you can, but not without our secret trick. In today’s tutorial, I am going to show you how to make the presets even a little more flexible using the IMPORT-EXPORT trick. Just wait… you’ll love it.
Here’s my Step-By-Step Blueprints:
We have all taken a photo, or two, where we have forgotten to change the camera settings. Here is one photo that I forgot to change the settings. This was going to to in the trash bin, until I started playing with it.
This is the straight out of camera image:
I used the following presets from MCP Enlighten:
- open shade white balance
- adjusted the lighting by 1 2/3 stop lighten
- soft & bright B&W for the style
- overlay of ginger
- adjusted midtones
You can always use brushes to bring out more details or make it softer. Crop the photo if needed, then export to “same folder as original photo.” Here is the first edit after the above steps.
The Import-Export Trick:
Next, since you can still only stack one overlay at a time from the set, I used the “export/import trick.” To do this, you export the photo to the same photo as the original and then import the edited photo back into Lightroom. Next you can add one of the overlays. In this case “shadows: rose.” Then I exported that photo to “same folder as original photo” just like before.
Once again, I imported that last photo back into Lightroom again and add another overlay such as lemon water. Export that photo just like before.
Once more import that last photo with the shadows: rose/lemon water over lays and add another overlay such as pomegranate.
Four different looks from one photo using different Enlighten overlays section.
You can always change the look any of these photos by using a new style or tweak the colors. Playing with the vibrance sliders will add more looks to your photo. The Enlighten brushes will allow you to bring out more details or soften the look. The possibilities of overlaying like this are truly endless.
Sue Zellers a self taught amateur photographer who tries to capture the beauty and wonder of nature. She lives in beautiful farm countryside with her husband & 2 dogs, who are her other photo subjects.
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