In this weeks tutorial we’re going to edit an image and stylize it with a Punchy Black and White Fade. Using the SLR Lounge Lightroom Presets v5 we’re going to go from an ordinary photo to an extraordinary image in just a few clicks.

[Note: In the new Lightroom Presets v5, we have revamped all of the presets to improve image tonality and quality, allowing you to achieve even more amazing results. We’ve also added 95 new presets to reach a total of 311 presets in what is the gold standard of Lightroom image processing. In this series we’ll be going over how to use the new v5 presets to create great looking photos. Click Here to learn more or purchase the system.]

With each of our Ordinary to Extraordinary Edits, we’re going to first be going through how we create our effects with the SLR Lounge Lightroom Presets v5, then we’ll be going through the details in the develop settings so everyone can understand exactly how we get to a specific look. This way, whether you have the presets or not, everyone can benefit from watching this video or reading the article below.

Lightroom Presets v5 Mixology Recipe

My Mixology

  • 01-20 BASE – SOFT STYLIZED: 22c. Punchy Fade – B&W
  • 02-30 CURVES – WARM: 34d. Vintage Punch – B&W Azure

Local Adjustment

  • Graduated Filter: 03 Burn (Darken) -0.5 Stop

Watch the Lightroom Video Tutorial

Complete Written Tutorial

The first preset we’re going to apply to this image is our “01-20 BASE – SOFT STYLIZED: 22c. Punchy Fade – B&W”.  This preset has a beautiful amount of contrast, and a subtle drop in the Highlights which gives us that punchy fade look. We’re also going to raise our exposure to +1.25 to give a nice bright look to the skin. We also want crop this photo, turning it into a 16×10 image.


We selected one of our vintage punch presets to modify our colors slightly. With the “02-30 CURVES – WARM: 34d. Vintage Punch – B&W Azure” preset we’re getting a bit of blue toning, which looks great for this type of photo.

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We’re going to add a Graduated Filter with our “03 Burn (Darken) -0.5 Stop” preset, and drag it in slightly diagonally from the bottom left side. Then we’re going to add another Graduated Filter from the top, to subtly push attention to the center of the image.


In our Develop Settings we see that our punchy fade preset has raised our Contrast, and pulled down our Highlights and Whites. Our Clarity is at -10 and that gives our image a nice softer look. In our Tone Curve we’re clipping our Highlights and our Blacks, and to get that “punch” we’re raising the Contrast. We have our standard Sharpening settings applied, and that’s a perfect amount for this image. There’s some grain in this image, which adds a great filmic look to this photo. Here’s what our Develop settings look like after our presets are applied.


Here is what our photo looks like before and after our presets are applied.






Conclusion and Learn More

We hope you all enjoyed this tutorial. If you are interested in learning more or purchasing the SLR Lounge Lightroom Presets v5, please click any of the links in this article.

Stay tuned for more SLR Lounge Weekly Edits!