Friday, October 8, 2010

Grunge (2 versions) Free Lightroom 3 Presets

I'm feeling a bit Grungy today, maybe it's because I haven't showered in weeks (ok, so that's not true, just showered today.) Most likely, it's because I'm sitting here listening to Pearl Jam. And finally, because I'm a skater and skaters love the grunge look!  Anyway, here's the preset(s) for this week, scroll down for samples, or for installation info.

Click here to download the new APB-Grunge and APB-Grunge Light presets. 

I'm turning every week into a time for giving here at APB. From now on, there will be free presets for the Lightroom 3 develop module posted and available for download each week. Some weeks there will be several, other's just one. If you have any ideas for a style you like, send me a link to a picture, or explain it to me in e-mail and I will do my best to create an accurate preset to render edits like it. Also, any suggestions are greatly appreciated for making the presets I release better. Contact me at

Remember, these presets may not improve images depending on lighting and capture settings. Though they will work great for most! Installation instructions are posted below the sample images.

Here's a few samples.  This effect is intended to drastically change your images and create stronger texture and grain, while at the same time giving the image a more "grungy" black and white look while still retaining saturation in the very colorful areas.

With Grunge Effect Applied

Without Grunge effect applied

With Grunge Light effect applied

Without Grunge Light effect applied

To install the Grunge preset(s):
1) Unzip the preset zip file on to your desktop (macs will automatically unzip)
2) Go to the Develop module. NOTE: YOU MUST BE IN THE DEVELOP MODULE
3) Go to the Presets panel on the left. Right click anywhere in it and choose “Import”.
4) Select the .lrtemplate files you unzipped in Step 1 and click Import.
5) Enjoy!!

That's the BUZZ for Today!  Please check back soon for more.


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