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Vivid Black Crush

Pye Jirsa

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Pye Jirsa

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7. Vivid Black Crush

Lesson Info

Vivid Black Crush

it's time for the vivid black crush. 12th Leiterman, mixology. That's what we're gonna create this letter and mixology preset to go from this to this. What? We're gonna create the preset in less than 10 seconds. Then we're gonna develop tomb or images in less than 10 seconds. Well, so you're gonna enjoy it. Now, let's go ahead and jump in. And the thing to note with this vivid black crush is that we designed this to be four dance and what we mean is energy shots. So high energy type shots. This is a very high energy type development style, which means that if you're shooting something kind of like lighten area like a lovely couples portrait and you apply this to it, it's not really gonna look that great Almost has a sort of grunge type look to it. But for dance floor scenes like this, you can see how it really punches up the overall effect, and it looks absolutely fantastic. The other time it looks good is for wide, like super wide angle type shots where you wanna have that more vivid ...

and mawr kind of crushed down look to the image. So it looks great for that stuff, but I wouldn't use it any closer than this type of a shot. OK, at least that's for our particular style. But of course, all of you have your own style as well. And I'm not going to say that's right or wrong. Let's go ahead and select all images by present control A and then control shift our or command shift our to reset all the images so we can start from our lovely scratch files. Now, let's go ahead and put 10 seconds on our timer right here and we're gonna open up our foundation. We're gonna need our base tones and our definition for this So the white balance and exposure is actually pretty dang close to where I would want it. I'm just gonna leave it where it's at. Let's go ahead and start the timer. We're gonna start with natural color with some skin d saturation. I'm gonna do a little bit of a black crushes to pull the blacks down a little bit. And this is where we're gonna harden up the image quite a bit. So those three clicks and we're basically done with the preset we've gone from this to this. And all we gotta do is just tweak our white balance and tweak our exposure. And we're really done with the image. So what's happened here? What we've done is we've pulled the Blackstone. We've done a little bit of a black crush. We have our standard contrast boosting tone curve. You will. I almost like I swallowed my tongue. There was weird. Okay? And then we also have a little bit of de sac going on for skin tones. One thing to note here, I'm going to give this to you as an option. If you guys want to tweak this preset a little bit more, you can go down to the A. C s of the advanced customization system. Okay, ending the adjustments portion of a CS. We have a de saturate here under color. What that's gonna do is, if you're typically using this on dance floor scenes, you might want to de saturate the image just a little bit. And the reason why is because oftentimes in the dance for you're gonna have crazy kind of lights going on in the background and a D saturation can sometimes pull a little bit of those crazy colors out. I'm gonna leave this where it's at that I'm gonna show you another trick. So let's go ahead and just finish up this image real quick. I'm gonna bring my temperature down a little bit. Bring the exposure up. Sorry. I understand that backwards really exposure down and then the temperature up a little bit. That looks pretty dang good right there. So what we'll do is we'll go. We'll go and save this out as a new mixology. So once again, we would put the right folder there. We dial in our correct name or the name that you would choose and then just de select white balance exposure your local adjustments and disliked all the lens corrections except for chromatic aberration and hit create. So now that we're done with it, mixology weaken, just click And look at the history, Graham. So we compress J just to see our highlight clipping alert over the image and you'll notice that we do have quite a bit of crushed blacks and some highlights blown. The thing is that this is called a vivid black crush. It's designed to do this and so I don't mind some of the blacks being crushed. If you go down too far in your black crush, you might end up crushing too much of your blacks. Or at least again, this kind of depends on your style against some studios like to go with this super deep black crush. We kind of prefer up more on the higher exposure range. Okay, so that's just a little thing to keep in mind. But this looks solid. We'd say about a preset. And now what I would do just to finish up this image is dropping a radio filter with an exposure burning 0.5. We're gonna bring this out from the center just to pull that attention right into these to make them the focus of the image. And last little trick here is if we go to an adjustment brush and we select the little de saturate option right here we're gonna do is paint this over the areas where those highlights are just a little bit too crazy and you'll notice that it just pulls out a little bit of that kind of weird graduation effect that we're getting in those colors right there. Okay, something's got painted over some of these edges and kind of over on this side where we have that look kind of like color, fringe slash aberration going on. And then there's Click or hold down Ault or Option, and then just dragged the left to basically strengthen that effect. Okay, so we're pulling the saturation down further until that kind of weird aberration kind of drops away a little bit. So that's one little trick that you can use to deal with these kind of lights that might go crazy on the dance floor. But that looks fantastic. Let's go ahead and move on to our next image right now. Let's do this image again. This is another high energy image, so it's perfect for the vivid black crush. And what I'm gonna do is boost up the exposure, bring a little bit more temperature into the image. I'm gonna use a radio filter to kind of pull out from the center, going to go to a negative 0.5 in the exposure of the same exact things that we did in that last image and watch I'm gonna do one additional advanced little edit here is gonna be quite cool. I'm gonna grab the adjustment brush were to go to a highlight. Bloom. Now I've shown you guys the highlight Blue before it was in the primer video as well. It's perfect for scenes like this where I want this confetti just to have a little bit of extra kick to it. So I'm just gonna drag this up and paint over the confetti, and it's just gonna kind of boost that white point and the highlight point on the confetti nicely. And then we're just gonna hold down, alter option and paint it off of the faces here at the bottom. So we just kind of feather off of everybody down there, cool and check us out here. Is that before here's the after, How cool is that? Such a nice high energy kind of look to it. Let's go. That final image, this is a lovely woman gave a shot inside of this like very patriotic place that we were. It's actually at the Arboretum, Fullerton, Fullerton. No, Fullerton. L A. Over you. Okay, so let's go to that vivid black crush and you're going to see that it's gonna really drop down everything. And it has quite a bit of clarity. If you guys don't want too much clarity, you can down that back in the pre set a little bit use don't use the plus. Plus used, like the plus version of it. So Okay, we're gonna leave that right about there, and that looks gorgeous. Now, if you want to do a little bit of advanced editing, all we gotta do is go to a burn. We're gonna pull this up and we're gonna flip over to exposure burn that. We kind of adjust everything incrementally, and we're gonna pull this down a little bit. I might even have it kind of like, Let's just leave that in the center of a hold shift and pull out. So kind of like leaves our flags a little bit brighter in the shot. And then we can tweak our white bounce if we need, but actually, kind of like it warm. Okay, So here's that before, and here's the after. So has a really cool kind of vivid and dynamic look to the shot. Again. It's a high energy pose, and it's a wide angle shot. So it lends itself well to this type of an image I would really be cautious about applying this to too many images. You might think it's looks cool on it looks very punchy. But after time gonna look back and you're like, Oh, that might have been a little bit too much. Might have been over processing. So be sure to use this in the right types of situations. That's it for this mixology tutorial. I'll see you all in the next video.

Class Description

CreativeLive is excited to bring you the newest SLR Lounge Lightroom Preset system and this is one of the best preset packages out there!

The Preset system can be downloaded and installed within the Bonus Materials for this course. Find how to make the most of this system in the videos that go with the class materials for this course, including tips from Pye Jirsa on how to combine presets for unique and customizable looks. 

SLR Lounge has custom built the Foundation Presets and Portrait Mixologies to give you vivid colors, tonalities, and more. This system also includes more refinement of the film presets for a more accurate emulation of some of the most classic film stocks like Kodak Portra 800, Fuji 400H, and Ilford HP5 in just 1-click.   

Software Used: Adobe Lightroom CC 2015

Class Materials


Written Installation Guide

LR Preset System CC v1.1

LR Preset System Exercise Files

Ratings and Reviews

Student Work

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Gonzalo Blasco

Cool presets, but the course is a little slow...

Taras Onyshchuk

The importing by copying and pasting the presets into the directory doesn't work for me in Lightroom Classic.