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Post Production Tips

Lightroom 4 Comical Faux HDR Preset

By Pye Jirsa on April 18th 2012

In this Episode – Comical Faux HDR!

Today we bring you guys the second Lightroom 4 Preset System Mixology episode! In this Mixology Tutorial, we are going to create a very vivid high dynamic range effect which you guys can use to apply to any image where you don’t have too many clipped shadows or blown highlights.

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Before and After Examples

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Original RAW SOOC

After applying the Preset

[rewind: Learn HDR Photography from SLR Lounge]

A Brief Note on the MY MIXOLOGY Folder

The Lightroom 4 Preset System is extremely powerful because it allows you to create a virtually endless variety of looks with just a few simple clicks which you can then save to your 00 MY MIXOLOGY Folder. In each of these episodes, we will create one of these looks with just a few clicks, then we will save it out as a new Mixology in MY MIXOLOGY. We are going to cover a variety of styles and effects, so feel free to name and organize your MY MIXOLOGY folder contents however you like, as that folder is designed to be your personal space for all your favorite mixologies.

Enjoy the video below!

Video Tutorial and Mixology

Mixology Recipe

For those that don’t want to watch the video, here are the steps to achieve this effect using the Lightroom 4 Preset System. As always, start with the Standard Import Preset which should be applied to each image when you first bring it into LR4 before applying the settings below:

1. BASE ADJUSTMENTS –> 15 Heavy Boost Dynamic Range
2. BASE ADJUSTMENTS –> 25 Heavy Boost Detail
3. BASE ADJUSTMENTS –> 36 Max Boost Contrast
5. BASE ADJUSTMENTS –> 53 Light Vignette

That’s it! Now just save it out in your MY MIXOLOGY folder with a cool name of your liking and you are done!

The SLR Lounge Lightroom 4 Preset System

Purchase or Learn More About the Lightroom 4 Preset System

For those that may not have seen the SLR Lounge Lightroom 4 Preset System. The Lightroom 4 Preset System has been designed from the ground up to be able to help you achieve any effect you desire. From vivid color correct images, to HDRs, to faded vintage images, to antiqued images, the sky is the limit!

Included are nearly 130 Develop Presets and 26 Brush Presets that are not only incredibly powerful, but also surprisingly simple and intuitive. Best of all, while other companies would charge $300, $400 or $500+ for a system like this, we are making the entire system available for only $99. Oh yeah, and the accompanying tutorials and mixologies, those are all free! So enjoy peeps. Below are all of the initial tutorials to get you guys started.

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Q&A Discussions

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  1. alldayeveryday808

    for me the noise reduction and vignette was #62 and #73

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  2. Andres

    Just picked this up today and I too dont have a Comical faux HDR preset under my mixology. Did I do something wrong?

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    • Pye

      We changed the names, the new HDR settings are labeled as 24 HDR Light and 25 HDR Strong. — Pye

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  3. Dennys Bisogno

    Ok go it – I now see that I if I follow the number scheme (i.e “36” Max Boost Contrast) I should be fine whether there are name changes.


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  4. Dennys Bisogno

    Ok go it – I now see that I if I follow the number scheme (i.e “36” Max Boost Contrast) I should be fine whether there are name changes.


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  5. Dennys Bisogno

    I just purchase the LR4 pre-set package, but in my pack I do not have a Dynamic range section. My goes to Base tones right after Exposure.

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    • Pye

      The Base Tones section contains the Dynamic Range presets, from 12 Portrait Flatten to 17 Max HDR all modify dynamic range. Hope that helps Denny! — Pye

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