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Š Jared Platt 2009


J A R E D P L A T T ’S

ESSENTIAL PRESET COLLECTION INSTALLATION AND USE

INSTALLATION: Please read the directions carefully before installing your Lightroom presets. This may seem like a long oducment, but it is very quick to skim through. If you hate reading and you know what you are doing, go ahead and start without reading this. You can also go to my podcast on iTunes and at www.jaredplattworkshops.com and watch the podcast introduction to my Presets. Installing individual presets from within Lightroom is very simple but does not allow for importing entire folders of presets. So, I will describe how to import your presets from within Lightroom and then again how to import them as an entire set of organized folders via your computerʼs operating system. Importing presets from within Lightroom: ON MAC OR PC 1.

Open Lightroom

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Navigate to the DEVELOP MODULE in Lightroom and open the PRESETS PANEL on the left side of your screen.

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Click the + button on the top right hand corner of the PRESETS PANEL.

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Under the Preset Name on the top of the “New Develop Preset” dialog box, there is a drop down menu. Click here and select NEW FOLDER. When the the New Folder dialog box appears, label it anything you would like, I am going to label it “1 - Auto Settings” because that is the set I am going to import. Then click on the CREATE button.

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You will still have the “New Develop Preset” dialog box open. Go ahead and click CANCEL. All we were interested in doing was creating a folder.


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Now right click on the new folder you have created, mine is called “1 - Auto Settings”. In the right click (ctrl - click for mac without a right button) menu, you will see an import option. Click IMPORT.

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Now, in the folder window that has just popped up, navigate to your new presets, wherever you downloaded them to. Open the folder of presets you would like to import and then single click the first in the list and then holding down the shift key, click the last in the list. This should highlight all of the presets in-between the first and the last. Once you have your set of presets all selected, click the IMPORT button.

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In Lightroom in the Presets Panel, you will see your new folder now has that set of Presets in it. Lightroom has copied the presets you just imported into the proper place on your hard drive. You can now move the downloaded presets you have just imported to a safe location.

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Keep in mind, that is you import in this way, you will need import each new folder on its own, so you should be going through this process several times before you are finished.

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Once you are finished importing your new presets, I suggest that you burn the entire collection that you have downloaded to a disk and also keep them on a backup disk somewhere, this way you have access to them if something happens to your computer. I also keep a copy on a secure server so I can download them in the event that I have to reinstall them on my computer while I am on the road.

Installing presets all at one time from your computerʼs operating system: Your presets are contained on your computerʼs hard drive in the following location: On a MAC: MAC HD>users>[your user name]>library>application support>adobe>lightroom>develop presets You can also find them by right clicking on one of the presets already in Lightroom and clicking on the option “show in finder”. This will show you that specific Lightroom Preset. You can then back out of that folder one level to its parent folder and you will be in the Lightroom Develop Presets folder. On a PC: PCs are typically a bit harder to find in the operating system because they put things in folders with strange names like “Roaming”. So I suggest using the preference settings to find the preset folder, but I have the VISTA path here for you. C:>Users>[user name]>App Data>Roaming>Adobe>Lightroom>Develop Presets


You can also find them by going to the EDIT MENU and clicking on the PREFERENCES. In the preferences dialog box, select the PRESETS TAB. Half way down the box, in the presets tab, you will fins a section labeled “Location”. In this area, click on the “Show Lightroom Presets Folder...” button. The operating system will open the folder path and show you the location of the Lightroom folder. If you open that Lightroom folder that is shown to you, you will find the Develop Presets folder inside. This is where you will place your files. Installing the presets: 1.

Navigate to the folder containing your new downloaded presets.

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Open another folder window and navigate to the Lightroom Develop Presets folder (path described above).

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With the two folders side by side, select each folder in the Lightroom Essential Preset Collection (each folder name is listed below) and copy those folders into the Lightroom Develop Presets folder.

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When I say copy, I mean COPY. Donʼt just move them there because then you will not have the presets in an easy place to make a back up of them. You can right click them, select copy and the right click in the Lightroom Develop Presets folder and select Paste.

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Each of the folders in the Lightroom Essential Preset Collection has a unique name, so you will not run the risk of overwriting any existing folders.

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Once you have copied the presets, make a backup copy of them.

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Now that you have placed the Lightroom Essential Preset Collection in your Lightroom Develop Presets folder on your computer system, you are going to need to quite Lightroom and then restart the program. Once you do this, navigate to the Develop Module, and look in your Presets Panel. You should see your new presets there, organized into numbered and named folders. You can now reorganize them and rename them as you see fit. However, you will find that the current organization is very well thought out to give you access to the tools you need most and in the order that you will need them.

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Start working on some files and see how you like the presets. If you need to change something to fit your working methods, you can do so by dragging them to move them from folder to folder, by right clicking them to rename them and to delete them. You will notice that each of my presets are labeled with a number at the beginning of the name. This keeps them in the order I want to use them. If you would like them to fall in a different order, simply change the name and get them a new number or letter combination at the beginning of the name.

PROBLEMS: If you have any problems seeing or using the Presets, please read the instructions carefully. Make sure you have them in the correct place and that you have restarted Lightroom. Make sure you are on Lightroom 2.3 or higher. Then if you are still having trouble, contact Adobe for Lightroom technical support, or email me at info@jaredplattworkshops.com.


USING THE ESSENTIAL PRESET COLLECTION: If you are familiar with using presets in Lightroom, you will find using the Essential Preset Collection very simple. If you are new to Lightroom and Presets, they are much like simple, instantaneous photoshop actions. They are buttons that accomplish a number of repetitive tasks all at the same time. Unlike photoshop actions, though, they do not do tasks in a sequential order, but rather all at once. Each preset references a slider or set of sliders in the Develop Panel of Lightroom and gives that slider or group of sliders a numerical value. Organization: It is organized in a very methodical way. Similar presets have been placed together in folders to make them easily accessible and to allow you to hide presets you are not using at the time. So, if you are only using the “Every Day Favorites” and the “Color” Presets, you can open those two folders only and you will not have to scroll through the rest of the presets to find what you are using. “The Everyday Favorites” are a folder of duplicate presets I have placed at the top of the list because they are the presets I use the very most. I can get 90% of my editing done just using these presets. So I rarely have to go to my other preset folders. But when the other presets are needed, I can quickly move to the folder of presets I need to access, click on it and find the preset I need. Methodology: Unlike other presets that do 15 things with one click, the presets in this collection are made to build upon each other. For the most part, they do not negate each other. If you turn an image to black and white, then add a vignette, and then decide to put a sepia tone on the image, none of these presets will change the effect of the other, they will simply add to each other. Also, most effects have an UNDO preset which will take that one effect back to its original state of 0. The presets were designed this way to keep your mouse over in the preset panel of the develop module as much as possible. Other presets are designed with so many effects tied into one preset that it often requires you to click the preset and then scroll through the adjustments panel on the right of the screen looking for the settings to tone down the effect. As a result you are spending all of your time undoing what the preset did to your image. This collection will not require that kind of tweaking. Furthermore, none of the presets in this collection will change your basic tone settings, like brightness and exposure. So you can adjust your image to the brightness and exposure you like and then start applying effects to the image. The adjustments you made to the imageʼs brightness will not and you will be free to click through the presets without having to go back to the adjustments panel to fix the image as a result of the presets changes.


The best way to understand the organization and effects of the presets is to go through them and play with them on your images. Click on an effect and watch what it does to the settings in the adjustments panel on the right side of the develop module. A Few Notes on Naming Conventions: There are a couple naming conventions I have used that, if you understand them ahead of time will make more sense. So here, they are. In the REPAIR folder: The SHARPEN presets have a number surrounded by a series of parenthesis. The parenthesis describe the size of the radius in the sharpen settings. An example is below: ((50)) = Sharpening of 50 with a small radius (((((50))))) = Sharpening of 50 with a large radius (better for adding contrast in soft pictures that need to appear sharper but that are lacking a good focus.) In the COLOR folder: The numbers listed after the Hawaii 5.0 effects are the color temperature settings involved in the effect. As you get to know the presets, these numbers will start to be useful to you. Everything else will be obvious as you roll over the presets and watch them change in the Navigator above, or they will be obvious by the name of the preset.


IMPORTANT COPYRIGHT NOTICE: These presets are protected by copyright law, the same as any photograph, song, or piece of software. Please be honest and follow the law. DO NOT TRANSFER THESE PRESETS TO ANYONE. Purchase of Jared Platt始s Essential Preset Collection licenses you to use this collection in your home or studio on any computer that you own. Do not copy them onto any computer that you do not own and do not transfer them to anyone, including your assistants. We do not limit the number of seats you can have, so if you personally own 20 computers, then you can put it on all 20. But if you would like your assistants to have these presets, please have them buy their own set. Jared Platt始s Essential Preset Collection is protected by US Copyright Law and international treaties. You are licensed only to use the presets in your personal work and business. You may use these presets on any computer you own. You may not transfer or copy these preset in their current name or any other name to any 3rd party and you may not sell them in any way to anyone. Thank you for your honesty. Sincerely, Jared Platt

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