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Why Presetopia?

Presetopia was created by Spencer Boerup, a professional wedding & portrait photographer in Southern Arizona. Presetopia Presets are a collection of fine-tuned Photoshop Lightroom Presets, now available in Photoshop Action form for Photoshop, designed to give photographers greater freedom, flexibility and creativity with their digital post production.

What Are Presets?

Presets are a series of “instructions” that tell Photoshop Lightroom how to process your image. Presets are used inside the Develop Module using Lightroom to apply a series of develop settings to your images. Because there is no processing involved (like Photoshop Actions where the action sends a series of commands to process an image), Lightroom uses these “instructions” to give instant feedback on how your photograph will be processed upon export.

Why Should I Use Presets?

Non-destructive
• Photoshop Lightroom uses non-destructive processing, so if you accidentally applied something, you can always go back and change it. Even after closing Lightroom, you can open up your catalog, browse to the image, and go back to it’s original settings with one click! Try that in Photoshop!

Speed
• Photoshop Lightroom applies your desired develop settings instantly! No more need to buy a super-mega computer just to handle the many Photoshop Actions that may require some serious processing power. Lightroom is very lite on your computer, freeing up hours of processing time!

Batch
• No need to worry about forgetting how you processed one photo so you can apply it to many, Lightroom allows you to apply your current develop settings to a series of photos. This allows you to batch process a series of images that all look identical (or different if you want)!

Combine
• Photoshop Actions generally have “pre-baked” settings that are hard to change or you need to be a programmer to alter them. Presetopia Presets are made to combine multiple settings to achieve the desired effect. But, if you want to be a little lazy, we have some “Combo” presets where multiple presets are already combined for you!

Who Are Presets For?

• Are you clueless about how to creatively and efficiently process and develop your photographs?
• Do you feel lost while trying to work inside Photoshop or Lightroom?
• Are you looking for a more efficient and sophisticated approach to your digital post production?

If you answered YES to one of the previous questions, then Presetopia will help you increase your ability to be creative with your post-processing, increase your efficiency and speed, and increase your consistency with your digital post-processing.

Presetopia Presets were developed with the RAW shooter in mind, as Photoshop Lightroom is a tool mainly used to develop RAW data files. But, for all those JPG shooters, you are not left out of the loop. Photoshop Lightroom works equally as powerful on JPGs as it does RAW data. Best results are achieved with RAW data.

Presetopia Presets are also for those who continue to use Adobe Bridge, or work with their RAW data with Adobe Camera Raw. When you run the installer, the presets will be installed to Lightroom, Bridge and Adobe Camera Raw.

What are the differences between Presetopia Presets v1 and Presets v2?

The difference between our original Presets (v1) and the latest and greatest Presets (v2) is this: Workflow & Production vs Creativity & Fun. I wanted to make sure that each version of our extremely popular Presets were useful in their own regard. Presetopia Presets v1 include a lot of great workflow tools, such as Sharpening Presets, Noise Control Presets, Tone Curves and Vignettes. Presets v1 made it easy to do a lot of develop settings that were applied to a lot of photographs. The new Presets v2 includes a lot more creative presets, especially Combos. Combos are similar to popular Photoshop actions in that they apply a wide array of specific Develop Settings, more like a “one preset approach”. They are a combination of Split Tone, Tone Curve, Color, B&W and other great Presetopia Presets all wrapped up into one single Presets.

How Are Presets Different from Actions?

Photoshop Actions are very similar to Lightroom Presets in that they are designed to give a pre-determined look and feel to your images. Photoshop Actions are working with image files (bitmaps, jpgs, tiffs, psd, gif, etc) which require specific processes to be applied through algorithms and calculations. These calculations require your computer to provide ample amounts of processing work, and depending on your computer’s processing power, they can take quite a long time.

Lightroom Presets work with data, numbers and code. They interpret the preset “instructions” which in turn tell Lightroom how to develop your images upon export. All the calculations and algorithms needed to then create your newly developed images are then done at one time, not calculated per image. Because of this, working with Lightroom and Presetopia Presets can drastically reduce your computer’s overhead, processing demands, and your total overall time needed to develop a whole series of images.

Why would I need Presetopia Actions if I already have the Presets?

Presetopia Actions are the perfect companion to Presetopia Presets. They extend the euphoric Presetopia experience to Photoshop, and allow you to make even greater post-production edits with the same speed and simplicity. Many, many times have I already finished my Lightroom workflow, exported my JPGs and have started doing finer edits within Photoshop and wish I had converted a certain series to a favorite B&W tone, or change a few photos with a quick Tone Curve adjustment. Previously, going back into Lightroom, selecting the images, making the edits, then creating new JPGs was slightly time consuming all for 2-4 quick edits. Now with Presetopia Actions, all your favorite Presets are now inside Photoshop for the first time!

To learn more about the difference between Photoshop Actions and Lightroom presets, visit our products page for more informoation.

What Presets/Actions are included in v1?

B&W Toning (8 Presets - 8 Actions)

These presets convert your image to black & white, and also apply different toning
properties for each one.

Color (9 Presets - 0 Actions)

These presets work with different color effects using color saturation and color channels.
Each is very unique in that they have been fine tuned for certain color ranges. Play with them,
get to know what they do. A number of them enhance a certain color range, they are not just
saturation adjustments.

Combos (14 Presets - 14 Actions)

Our Presetopia Combo presets are powerful presets, in that they apply multiple
different presets into one. They provide a more “one-click” type approach that applies many
different settings; like Photoshop Actions, in a way. You will see that some of them, namely
“Hot Punch!”, will also alter your general develop settings (exposure, highlight recovery, fill
light, blacks, brightness and contrast), so, be mindful that your exposure settings might be
altered before applying this preset.

General (3 Presets - 0 Actions)

These are some of the very basic and general presets. I currently only use one, which
gives a minor tweak to the exposure settings. I sometimes will use this preset upon import,
so that each of my photos receives this setting. It creates a subtle change in my pictures
that I prefer. You will also notice this is where the main RESET presets are. To go back to
the original camera import settings, you simply use the “RESET - ALL” preset. To only reset
your general exposure settings (exposure, highlight recovery, fill light, blacks, brightness and
contrast), you can use this preset for that.

Noise (3 Presets - 0 Actions)

Depending on how grainy or noisy your image may be, these are quick starting points.
Normally, Noise +1 works great for almost all occasions. You can also use this to “soften” skin
in some portrait applications, but use it wisely.

Sharpening / Clarity (8 Presets - 9 Actions)

There are number of different sharpening / clarity presets. “Sharpening +1” is a great
starting point, one that I apply to most of my pictures. “Clarity +1” only deals with clarity,
whereas the sharpen presets deal with both sharpening and clarity. NOTE: “Soften Skin” only
works with Lightroom v2. It will have no effect on your photo if used in any version prior to
Lightroom v2.

Split Tones (20 Presets - 15 Actions)

Here is the meat, the bulk, the tooti-fruti of the Presetopia Presets (followed closely
by Tone Curves). These are the presets that deal with color alterations and cross-processes.
These are the presets that create retro, faded or other looks. I use these a lot. TONS would
be a better description. My personal favorite just happens to be “Warm/Blue Heavy”.
About the naming: You will see many that have “Cool/Green” or “Warm/Purple”. The
“Cool” or “Warm” part of the name has to do with the highlights. If you use “Warm/Purple”, it
will Warm the highlights in the image. The “Green” or “Purple” part of the name has to do with
the shadows, or darks. If you use “Warm/Purple”, it will create a Purple hue on the shadows
or darks.

Lite / Heavy. I hope this is self explanatory, but, sometimes you don’t want such a
drastic color change. Lite provides less change, Heavy provides a greater change.

Tone Curves (11 Presets - 9 Actions)

Tone Curves are the second most used presets. These have been custom created by
myself (I guess all of them have, lol) to create different “film” like effects. Combined with Split
Tones and Color presets, you can achieve many different “film” type effects. Example: TRI-X, a
Combo Preset, uses Film +3 and a custom B&W tone. If you ask me, it very closely resembles
the look of the famous Kodak TRI-X film of yesteryear.

Backlight ones look best with extreme back-lit situations, combined with a split-tone.

Vignettes (9 Presets - 2 Actions)

Most people didn’t know the amount and flexibility of the vignettes in Lightroom. I use
them all the time. I know lot’s of photographers that don’t like vignettes. Don’t use them if you
don’t like them, but I think you will.

“Vignette +2” is my most often used Vignette. The “Vignette Corners” series are more
heavily pronounced in the corner section, whereas “Vignette” is a more broad vignette.
Lightroom 2 also uses the “Post-Crop” vignettes. This will keep your vignette applied
to your image properly, even after cropping. One great feature why you should upgrade to
Lightroom v2.

What Presets are included in Presets v2?

B&W Toning (5 NEW Presets)

These presets convert your image to black & white, and also apply different toning
properties for each one.

Color (5 NEW Presets)

These presets work with different color effects using color saturation and color channels.
Each is very unique in that they have been fine tuned for certain color ranges. Play with them,
get to know what they do. A number of them enhance a certain color range, they are not just
saturation adjustments.

Combos (15 NEW Presets!)

Our Presetopia v2 Combo presets are powerful presets, in that they apply multiple
different presets into one. They provide a more “one-click” type approach that applies many
different settings; like Photoshop Actions, in a way. You will see that some of them, namely
“Gesso & Charcoal”, will also alter your general develop settings (exposure, highlight recovery, fill
light, blacks, brightness and contrast), so, be mindful that your exposure settings might be
altered before applying this preset. Play with them, you will come to love them!

General (5 NEW Presets)

Previously, our “General” presets weren’t anything special, just a few to help reset certain develop preset sections back to default, and one single preset that I would apply to most of my presets as a good “starting point”. The new “General” presets just got a whole lot cooler. Presetopia is proud to introduce the first presets of their kind in the entire world, AutoSmart Presets. Many of you have probably tried the “Auto Tone” button in both Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Bridge or Camera RAW. Well, suffice to say that it is usually VERY bad and TERRIBLY innacurate in what “auto” should look like. Well, Presetopia now allows a little more control over your auto settings in that now, for the very first time, you can selectively set Auto: Blacks, Contrast, Exposure and Brightess. Normally, Lightroom/Bridge/ACR do very bad in the Brightness and Exposure side of “auto”, but, they do a decent or excellent job in nailing Shadows or Contrast. Now you can use “AutoSmart - Contrast” if you only want it to automatically adjust your Contrast levels to their optimum levels. The same applies with the others! Cool huh? ONLY from Presetopia baby!

Split Tones (15 NEW Presets)

In Presetopia v1, the Split Tones were the main bulk of a lot of the color and styling control for your photographs. These are the presets that deal with color alterations and cross-processes. New to Presetopia v2 is a number of new Split Tones, with a slight edge towards a more retro look to some of the split tones (like Polaroid Process and extreme Cross-Processing). I use these a lot. TONS would
be a better description. My new personal favorites are “P2-Warm/Red Med” and even the new “P2-Warm/Blue Extreme!”. Gotta love the split tones!

Tone Curves (8 NEW Presets)

Tone Curves are the second most used presets in my arsenal. Presetopia v1 includes a lot of “standard” tone curves that are great for a wide variety of photographs, but Presets v2 includes a few more custom tuned “film” like tone curves, like a tone-curve that closely resembles Polaroid film (SX70) and another more contrasty tone-curve: Curvalicious!

FREE: Funky Colors (7 wacky but useful Presets)

The Funky Colors presets include commands that REQUIRE Lightroom v2 or higher. Unfortunately, these presets cannot be utilized to their potential with Bridge or ACR. For this reason I have included them for FREE as a thank you to all you awesome ‘Topers. I won’t try and explain how Funky some of these can be, but, if you have ever had a sudden nostalgia for some old film type darkroom effects, we have added just a few for you junkies. Remember, go wacky with these ones!

Tutorials


We have included the following videos to help you maximize your Presetopia presets.

Introduction Video - 12 minutes

This is a brief introduction to Presetopia presets and their capabilities.

Super Secret Skin Softening Action & Advanced Vignette Action - Training

A quick lesson on how to use the new Super Secret Skin Softnening Action & Advanced Vignette Action