Free Lightroom Preset Collection – Bright and Bold

I’m super excited to announce that I have a new set of free Lightroom Presets for you. I’ve released presets in the past, and some of my first ones were even featured on PhotoTuts. However, I’ve grown a lot as both a photographer and editor since then. I made the decision to release, for your own use, four of my signature presets that I use to achieve my personal look. Let’s take a look at them, shall we?

Classic Vintage was originally developed for a barn shoot where the weather was overcast. It brightens and gives a film look to photos because of a slight grain (which is easily removed in the Lightroom grain menu).For those of you who are enthralled with VSCO, this is the closest preset I have to VSCO.

Evening Bold is incredibly versatile. I generally use it for half of the portraits I shoot, especially during golden hour or dusk. This was originally developed on beach photographs, but it does great in a lot of different settings. It’s not as film-y as Classic Vintage, and doesn’t bring out as many highlights.

Portrait Brights was actually released before, but because I use it so much, I decided to include it again in this set. It brightens and gives photos a creamy look that is easily adjustable. I also developed this on beach photos, but it does great things for skin tones in a variety of conditions. Just add a little vibrance and you’re good to go!

Saturated Blonde was developed from Portrait Brights. Let’s just say that this preset is the former’s more outgoing cousin. It is full of vibrance, and I love it for some golden hour photos. Colors like reds and yellows tend to pop, but you may need to saturate the green a little bit more, depending on your taste.


My goal with these presets was to create something that was a good base to adjust. Between these four, I can cover about 70% of lighting conditions for my photographs, and then just adjust it based on the photo’s specific needs.

Please enjoy these. I also want to let you all know that while my previous presets have been a lot of fun, as of January 2013, they will no longer be available for download. I may bring a few favorites back in the future once I’ve modified and improved them. However, you have until then to download them to your heart’s content.


A Small Collection (preset question)

A collection of images from vacation, and a quote that I’ve been thinking of lately.

‎”Whatever did not fit in with my plan did lie within the plan of God. I have an ever deeper and firmer belief that nothing is merely an accident when seen in the light of God, that my whole life down to the smallest details has been marked out for me in the plan of Divine Providence and has a completely coherent meaning in God’s all-seeing eyes. And so I am beginning to rejoice in the light of glory wherein this meaning will be unveiled to me.” – Edith Stein

p.s. Are you ready for a new preset release? Comment on this post, and if there is enough interest, I’ll release another set I’ve been working on. xx

Portrait Editing in Lightroom (tutorial and presets)

As we all know, Picnik is leaving us on April 19th. I’ve been using Lightroom since October, but often I discover another new feature that leaves me in awe of Adobe’s program-building skills.

Those of us who shoot portraits probably will be missing Picnik for it’s skin-softening and teeth whitening abilities – not so much for the cross process action or variety of frames. In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to achieve these same, or even better results in Lightroom 3.

1. Choose your image in the Library tab. I’ve used one from my senior shoot with J.

2. At this point, you can run whatever preset you’d like on it. I used a preset I developed – Outdoors Model. (This preset and it’s vintage cousin are available for free download at the end of this post. I use them ALL the time, and I think ya’ll will love them.)

3. If you ran a preset, then you should already be in the Develop tab. If not, head there now. Click on the adjustment brush on the right sidebar.

4. Once you’re in the adjustment brush settings, go to the “Effect” dropdown menu and choose “Soften Skin”. You can also adjust the brush size in the settings.

5. Use the brush where you’d like to soften the skin. If you hover over the black dot that appears when you start using the brush, you can see exactly where you’ve used it, like above. There are tons of other settings on the right that you can play around with as well. Hit “Done” at the bottom right of the screen below the picture.

6. Whitening Teeth. Hit the adjustment brush icon again, and choose “Teeth Whitening” from the dropdown menu. Adjust the size of the brush – I’d recommend making it very small. I’d also recommend zooming the picture in (View>>>Zoom In). Once you’re satisfied with the results hit “Done”.

7. For this particular image, I wanted to crop it so that the focus was more on J’s face. (You can crop via the icon to the far left of the adjustment brush.)

8. Here is the finished image. See? You don’t need to even think about Picnik if you have Lightroom.

Please go here to download the free Outdoors Model Presets. Enjoy. 🙂

One thing I will admittedly miss Picnik for is it’s collage abilities – I detest Lightroom’s collage tool. However, I just got BlogStomp, which is phenomenal with making collages.

Have a lovely Tuesday!


Bright Day – Free Black and White Lightroom Presets

Okay guys. I’m super excited about these presets. Like, seriously? I’ve been trying to create the perfect outdoors black and white presets for a while. And after quite a bit of work, here they are.

Bright Day B&W Preset Collection

Original, SOOC image


1. Bright Day B&W 2. Bright Day Sharp B&W 3. Bright Day Contrast B&W 4. Bright Day Muted B&W

These presets were specially created for outdoors photos. They were created on the JPG file type, but with some noise/exposure adjustments, you may be able to use them for RAW photos.

You can download them on this page, along with my other free presets.

Have a lovely Friday, friends!

(p.s. congrats to Cyndi, the winner of the earrings from last week’s giveaway! I may or may not have another, even more fantabulous giveaway in the works…)