Making Local Adjustment Presets in LR
Jared, I do want to ask you a question on a lot of folks are seeing that you have a lot more presets when you're choosing the drop down, then they have that comes we have a shot with you a little bit of that back about that we just created a preset we just made a set of settings that actually might be useful so we could call this flash phil flash let's call it a fill flash, right? All right, so let's call it a warm fill flash because remember, we increase the temperature to combat our blue sky burn that we did so in order to do that let's go to the effect panel here so that you can see it and you can see that we've got temperature going up ten the exposure's going up the shadows, they're going up, but the clarity is going down and so I'm going to go to the effect area here, this drop down menu and this is what ships right here, everything above that line ships with light room and doesn't change it's always there everything below the line is stuff that I've made these air presets that w...
ill help to save your life because now you won't have to each time remember what did I do and this one has to be here and that one has to be there that's always through your time what you want is you want to have and let's turn off the auto mask and turn the flow turn this back on to brush a because we wantto make our preset and we want to have it on this okay so I'm going to go up to our custom effect and I'm going to go down to the very very, very, very bottom of that menu and it says save current settings as a new preset I click on that and now I have the zoom out over here and I name it so we're going to call this uh I always put a number on it to put it in the right position so that it's with the others and I don't remember what number but let's just say oh six es and that'll put it in the o six categories somewhere and then I'm going to call it um phil flash uh and that goes almost to stop so let's say uh medium with warmth and uh soften okay so that really tells me what it's going to do it's going to warm her up it's going to soften her skin and it's going to give her a medium fill flash then I hit create now if I go back to that men you see how it's yeah there were pretty good that was about the right area that I should have been you can see that I've got phil flash medium with warm soften and then right below it, I've got smart dodge so a dodging so that that's the right area that I wanted it to be so in that six area and you'll notice the up in the two and three areas the burn ines and you'll notice that further down you'll find like d fringes and you'll find iris enhancers and blue sky burns and stuff like that lower so you just kind of put him in the position because most of the time I'm using these, I'm not going down here all that often mostly it's up here okay? So then once you choose it, it just chooses all those for you, so if I go in and choose burn baby burn, you can see what happens to her right? But that's usually used for like if I want to make some kind of like a super dark vignette e effect on the edges or sometimes this flash will spill off onto a plant and so you'll have flash and then you'll have like dirt that's like alive that's what my burn baby burn is for so when I'm doing like a dramatic flash situation, I want to get rid of like a a bush that had spill light from the flash on it I just use that burn baby burn, but in this case we want to go back to our phil flash medium with sun softened and there goes it's all set and then if we want to do something else we would hit new and now we can choose you know, some other things let's do one stop burn and let's zoom back out here so that we can see what we're doing and I'm going to take my pen and this is where I'll come in and just kind of burn this in a little bit uh burn right here a little bit burn this area just a little bit too draws closer to her and then I'm going to go and click new and I'm gonna create I'm I'm going to get another brush and I'm going to go back to that same one we just created and I'm going to come right here on her dress see how that spilled remember we made that grady in't that dark in this whole peninsula but it darkened her dress a little bit too and so I'm going to just go in and brighten up the dress just a little bit and if I don't want to spill, I can always turn on my auto mask and then when I get close to that canyon edge it's only really going to be dealing with those the dress and not the actual canyon and so now the dress really pops out from the rest of that and I'm set to go now presets are really easy to create you just simply set your settings where you want them to be and then you go into that into that little menu at the very top right above the temperature go to the very bottom and save it is a new pre set you can also delete the preset or renamed the precept that you're currently working on so all of that stuff exists right here so you can save it you can restore the original presets you can delete it or you can rename it and all of these exist inside of the same area where all your presets exist and if you don't know where that is you can go to the light room preferences area inside of preferences you're going to go to the general preferences area and you're going to go toe presets inside of presets there's a little button that says show light room presets folder if I click on that it opens up a folder and inside that folder there's it's his light room and then inside of it develop presets all right here you can see all those and then if you go down two local adjustment presets there they are say that and so you can share those you can take this and copy it and then send it off to a friend go hey there's michael new preset I made you know just for you whatever I sell these presets and so they're actually on my way platt stored on jared platt dot biz but you can also make your own and it's very easy to make those s o I would suggest that any time you create a brush that works for you and that you think you'll use it again make the preset right then so that you never have to slide those sliders ever again okay, all right, that's clearly you're kind of a master of priests heads because I know I mean, I've used your presets personally from the past and I love your ordering system as well. The oran system is almost more important than the presets themselves because you have to be organized in order to find him if they're not in an organized rational set you can't find them you don't even know where you're going you don't know what to do in fact we have a set of presets that we created just for creative live so anybody who yeah, I can tell folks and this is great because georgia and had a vote on it as well said well, jared share his precepts with us and we're seeing how useful they are, but actually we have some very special bonus materials when you do purchase the full photo shop week and one of those things is twenty presets that jared has created specifically for photoshopped, weak and for that bundle so usually you can't bail on my store right exactly specifically for creative lives. So so that's really it's a cool, tight little set of interesting black and white effects and color effects and stuff like that so it's ah it's cool but that's that's just for creative life people so that's awesome thank you for doing that and then we'll talk about the other bonuses but, um that's great. So twenty twenty percent awesome. Ok, so now we have gone over the brush tool, so the brush is just like a brush and photoshopped remember you have those brush settings down at the bottom that you need to get used to again their size, feather and flow. So those are the three things you get used to auto mask should be off in most cases and then on lee on when necessary and then density is another option that you have and you kind of got to get used to what the difference between flow and density is and so just kind of play with that turned flow all the way up and density down and spray and then do the opposite so you get a sense of what they do. They're just slightly different in the way they operate, but there they can be used together or separately, so but you have to get used to that no one can really describe that to you have to really just get in and feel which one works better for you? Do you like the flow or do you like the density to be what you you worked with most density if you have it a one hundred percent you can really you know, create something that's pretty opaque if you keep the density low you can ever get there it's like it's like puts a block on you so you can never get to the point where you're actually one hundred percent opaque so the density allows you to kind of set almost like a barrier where you can't go beyond that barrier when you're spraying something when you're darkening something or brightening something up or whatever. So the other thing that's really, really useful inside of the and let's just go over these tools now temperature intent or self explanatory exposure, I think it's self explanatory contrast self explanatory highlights and shadows brighten up your highlights and a lot of the times when I'm doing something in a photo and let's go to let me go to a different photo that's that'll be really useful for a burn dodge type of situation um let's see um that's not where we want to go quickly while you're doing that is there a limit to how many presets you can have? I am so glad you asked that there is not there's not a limit to how many presets you can have but there is a limit to how many you should have because this is interesting I only found this out by trial and error I don't know whether this is a published thing or not but the more presets you have the slower light room operates really and the more you have open like for instance in the developed module if you look over here you see how you can have these presets and they could be open so like this they could be over or they could be closed and the more you have open and the more you have it's almost like light room every time you do something it goes and looks through it's like it's constantly looking at all your presets I don't know why but it just constantly looking and if you have if you went in and just put like a thousand pre sets in and then you started playing around and you noticed your light almost slow if you win in and deleted every pre set you have and restarted light room like we would be much faster and did not know that so don't keep all your presets let's say you go on by my presets and the ultimate are the comprehensive collection it's four hundred presets so four hundred presets is too many but I'm giving you all of them so that you have the ability to pick and choose and you just just put him in there, play with him, find the ones that you use and get rid of the rest. Don't keep presets. You don't use the only reason I have a lot of presets and minus because I teach. And so I have to teach people how to use this, that or the other thing. But otherwise I use about thirty five or forty presets total, the rest of them. I don't use all that often, and so, as I used them, I put them in a favorites folder, and I used them. And as I don't use them, I get rid of them or put them down in another folder where I don't have to see him. So keep your preset folders closed unless you're using the precept folder and keep get rid of the ones you don't use because it will speed up light room if you get rid of presets.
Jared Platt takes you beyond the basic adjustments, curves, noise reduction, and effects in the Lightroom Develop module into the local adjustment tools panel in Adobe Lightroom.
Learn how to repair and edit your images, burn and dodge, and create stunning effects on your raw images without ever leaving Lightroom. Jared will show you the most efficient and powerful ways to make your photos pop.
Software Used: Adobe Lightroom 5