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Lightroom 4 Light Desaturated Poppy Vintage Preset

By Pye Jirsa on June 20th 2012

In this Episode – Light Desaturated Poppy Vintage Mixology Recipe and Tutorial!

In this Lightroom 4 tutorial and Mixology episode, we are going to go about creating a very subtle desaturated vintage look with overall boosted contrast. I want this effect to have a slight warming effect, so we will be using one of the Amber toned curves to get that slightly warmed look. I love applying this effect to images that have a timeless/romantic feel as it gives the image a very subtle vintage flavor, without killing all of the image contrast like a typical vintage fade.

Don’t worry, for those that aren’t using the Lightroom 4 Preset System, we will go over all of the settings on how to create this look with just the Lightroom’s standard Develop Module sliders.

Hope you enjoy!

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Original RAW SOOC

Final Image

Enjoy the video below!

Video Tutorial and Mixology

Mixology Recipe

Here are the steps on creating the production effect, using the Lightroom 4 Preset System. However, you will want to make sure you watch the video to see how we create the final enhancements with the LR4 Preset System Brushes.

1. BASE ADJUSTMENTS –> 12 Portrait Flatten (Base Tones)
2. BASE ADJUSTMENTS –> 22 Light Soften (Skin) (Detail)
3. WARM CURVES –> 41 Amber (Vintage Punches)
4. BASE ADJUSTMENTS –> 56 Light Desaturation (Saturation)

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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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  2. Yoyo

    That’s not a tutorial, that’s just blablabla showing presets we can’t get… totaly useless…

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  3. Oh_deer

    Interessting look! Have to try this

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  4. magic

    unfortunately photo is too ‘flat’

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    • Pye

      Seems like you aren’t watching the video or reading the description, this is a vintage mixology tutorial, hence it has a flat look by design. We specifically clipped shadow and highlight details to give it that effect. If you don’t like vintage looks, then this tutorial isn’t meant for you.

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  5. camerabug

    Looks like he was using a 70-200 2.8 @200. Saw 200 mm and 2.8 under the histogram. Then again he could be using a 200 F2 if he made a deal with the devil :)

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  6. The FaMOUS

    The retouched image lookd worse than the original, losing detail in the dress, is that what we pay for 99$ to receive such a poor presets ?

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  7. magic

    too much light in the background… and the dress

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  8. Jason Lee

    Great stuff pye… was this a 70-200?

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    • Pye

      It was indeed a 70-200 2.8 M2 @ 200mm =)

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