Lightroom 2’s Creative Presets

Adobe’s Lightroom 2 comes with some really high quality creative “presets” that are a great way to create a custom look for a series of images like the ones I displayed in my previous post entitled Life in 1830’s Texas. You can use these as is or as the starting point for your own custom presets.

Matt Kloskowski has created a slew of presets available to download from his Lightroom Killer Tips blog and they are simply brilliant! I’m not quite sure how Matt fits all this in his busy schedule but I’m sure glad he does.

Creating effects like these used to take hours in Photoshop and sometimes days or weeks in the darkroom trying out various dodging and burning techniques and sepia toning. Using these presets in Lightroom takes only seconds and it’s completely non-destructive editing. If you don’t like the results simply undo the preset.

I’ve listed the standard presets that come with Lightroom 2 in the image at the right and examples of each in the images below.

Original As Shot

Original “As Shot”

Aged Photo

Creative – Aged Photo

Antique Grayscale

Creative – Antique Grayscale

Antique Light

Creative – Antique Light

B&W High Contrast

Creative – B&W High Contrast

B&W Low Contrast

Creative – B&W Low Contrast

Cold Tone

Creative – Cold Tone


Creative – Cyanotype

Direct Positive

Creative – Direct Positive

Selenium Tone

Creative – Selenium Tone


Creative – Sepia

Copyright © 2008 Jeff Lynch Photography

Shot taken with a Canon 40D , 17-40mm f/4 L at 17mm, f/13, 1/100th sec at ISO 200 on SanDisk digital film.