Combining Lightroom Presets for Localized Effects

by Ken Milburn

One of the primary things that makes shooting and processing in RAW such a revolution is the possibility of making multiple "exposures" of the same frame and the same image and then combining in Photoshop to get an end result that could be created in no other way. In an earlier blog, I talked about the use of this technique for creating HDR images in instances where two or more separate exposures weren't practical. Then, later, I posted a blog that talked about using Lightroom's more sophisticated adjustments for correcting a particular problem, such as a blown-out sky or emphasizing the texture of a fabric by adjusting its colors individually with the HSL sliders.

In yet another blog, I talked about the convenience of being able to record or download a variety of Develop Module Presets and then being able to preview those presets simply by dragging the cursor down the names of the presets while watching the monitor. As Michael Clark so eloquently explained in his recent blog on getting the most out of the Lightroom Develop Module, these tools and adjustments are so versatile that you may actually prefer one treatment of an image for its interpretation of one section of the image and another treatment because it's more flattering to a different area.

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Bruce McL
2007-06-21 17:09:12
I don't think you need to use RAW in your opening sentence. As far as I can tell, everything you mention can be done with JPEG images. And as long as you start in Lightroom it can all be done nondestructively.

I'm not trying to start a war or say that JPEG is almost as good as RAW. What is important is that if the camera doesn't have RAW then nearly every feature in Lightroom can still be used effectively. Moving back and forth between Lightroom and Photoshop nondestructively is just as easy with JPEG files as with RAW.

You're absolutely right. There is one important difference when you're working with have a much wider range of data to work from and there's a *much* bigger opportunity to dramatically change color balance and to recover detail in highlights and shadows. But you're right, there's nothing to stop you from putting garbage in...


2007-06-22 06:33:48
You need a new picture, you looked pissed, and not the British word for drunk.