Sunday, November 21, 2010

Cold and Warm Grit: free Lightroom 3 Presets

There are literally thousands of different methods to edit images.  One that seems to be very popular is a very gritty look.  It has a lot of clarity and a very edgy look.  Click below to download a preset for Lightroom 3 that will give your images this look.  I've created 2 new presets that are both included in the file: One that makes the image look cold and gritty, and another that makes it look warm and gritty.

Click here to download the new APB-ColdGrit and APB-WarmGrit presets. 

I'm turning every week into a time for giving here at APB.  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/subject 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 give your images a little more edge, lower the vibrance, and up the clarity and contrast.  The overall look is very stylistic and unique.

To install the APB-Action*PoP* 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!!


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