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Lightroom 4 Preset System 1.2 Update & Downloadable Digital DVD

By Pye Jirsa on August 23rd 2012


Lightroom 4 Preset System 1.2 Update

We have made a bunch of wonderful updates to the Lightroom 4 Preset System to bring us up to version 1.2! Of course updates are free for existing users. We will be sending an email everyone that has already purchased the Lightroom 4 Preset System with the new 1.2 download. New purchases will receive links to the new system automatically.

The SLR Lounge Lightroom 4 Preset System is designed to enable users to achieve virtually any look and effect within 3-5 simple clicks. From basic color correction, vintage fades, black & white effects, tilt-shift effects, faux HDR, retouching, detail enhancing, and so much more. The sky is the limit with what has been dubbed the most powerful and intuitive preset system available. Click the link above to learn more/purchase.

You can also purchase the LR4 Preset System as part of the Lightroom 4 Workshop Collection.

Learn what is new in this update by watching the video and reading the article below.

Watch the Video Overview

Watch the Update Tutorial

LR4 Preset System Downloadable Digital DVD

There are two primary updates to the Lightroom 4 Preset System version 1.2, the first of these is that we have taken all of the instructions, Mixology, brush and advanced effect tutorials combined them into a single Digital DVD with menu system and player. The tutorials are in full 1080p HD resolution and the Digital DVD is nearly 6 hours long, so we split the downloads into two 1.4 GB downloads. Keep in mind that since some of the tutorials were recorded prior to the updates, some of the Mixology names have changed, but the effects and instruction remain the same.

Preset System Adjustments

We have done quite a bit of “under-the-hood” fine tuning to the overall system, primarily focusing on modifying and enhancing the curves. Each adjustment is described below:

Mixology Names– The previous Mixology section named COLOR FADES has been changed to VINTAGE FADES. We felt that this was a more appropriate name since fades are essentially all vintage effects. Two of the Mixologies (45 Warm Punchy Vintage and 46 Subtle Poppy Vintage) which are vintage effects that were stored in other sections have been recategorizd to the VINTAGE FADES section.

Mixology Tweaks – We have made minor tweaks to the Mixologies to reflect the adjustments that were made to the curves.

Base Adjustments – We added a new heavier level of skin softening (22 Heavy Soften) for close up shots where you need additional softening to skin. We also added a new section called 80 Tone Curves Adjustments – The curves have seen some major adjustments. Each and every curve has been modified in two ways. We first wanted to tone down some of the curves as they were a bit too powerful in the majority of situations. Second, we wanted to distinguish curves from one another as we felt that some of the effects were just a bit too similar. For example, the differences between a Bright Wash vs a Wash vs a Dark Wash weren’t quite different enough. Overall, the changes made should greatly improve your overall results with each of the curves.

Local Area Adjustments – We have added 2 new brushes as well as modified the retouching brushes and naming organization a bit. Previously, we had two different brush presets for creating catchlights in eyes. We felt that this was a seldom used preset in and of itself, so we combined those effects into one preset. The two new presets are below:

16 Unenhance HDR (Skin) – We noticed that a lot of people are applying HDR effects to shots with people in them. This is something we warn against since anytime you turn a portrait into an HDR image the skin tones go quite wacky. So, we created a preset to help you guys out. The 16 Unenhance HDR (Skin) is designed to reverse the oversaturated and high contrast HDR look from skin tones. Simply paint this brush over the subjects skin and viola!

22 Skin Desaturater – When you have slightly too much red/orange in your skin tones in particular areas, say in the shadows, use 22 Skin Desaturater to subtly remove some of the color. It is designed to be very subtle, so if you need more strength, simply paint in and adjust the sliders accordingly.

Conclusion and Installing Updates

That’s it for the updates guys. Now remember, when you are installing the updated presets, be sure to remove the existing Lightroom 4 Preset System files. Keep only the Mixologies that you have custom modified/created. If you don’t remove the existing presets, then you will see a lot of duplicate presets wherever the preset names have changed from version 1.1 to 1.2. If you have questions, watch the video below which will show how to install the presets for the first time, as well as how to delete existing files and update the system when new versions come out (update instructions starting at 2:35 seconds into the video).

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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Presets are great.

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  2. Derrickodell

    Hello, I have tried multiple times to get the brushes/grad filters to load. It shows they are in the Local Adjustment Preset folder but they do not come up on the right side of the screen when I try to open the brush/grad filter. What do I do to fix this? Thanks


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    • Derrickodell

      If anyone else has this problem, there is a pull down around the “effects” area of the adjustment brush location. It is just above the Dodge slider. I may have missed that on the instructions, but thanks to Pye I am able to access these now. I am very impressed by the customer service. The emails were quickly answered, by someone who is associated with the site, and easily understood.I am vey happy with the system. Awsome job Guys.

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  3. Gareth Barker

    I need help as i have lost all presets !!!! anyone know how or who to contact to recover as original email order

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  4. hamishniven

    $99 – wow, that is as much as lightroom costs – c’mon folks #fail

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  5. Robert

    From what i am seeing is that the new updates were sent out 2 months ago for the 1.2.  I have not received it.  How do i go about getting the update?


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  6. Stealther

    Am I able to get the Spreading the Love discount if I have a private Facebook page?

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  7. John Lor

    figured it out, nvm

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  8. John Lor

    i’d like to purchase this, is there any discounts currently? if not i’d wait and how do i find out about discounts?

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  9. Jason Collins

    I can’t seem to find any email from you with the link…what should I do in this case.

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  10. Jason McDonald

    Hey guys, no automatic email was sent my way for the presets. I’ve tried sending email but no response. What should I do?

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    • Pye

      Jason it may have been caught by a spam filter. I am sending you manual links now. 

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    • Randeeb605

      I also did not get the new update. can i have you resend also?

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  11. Losif Photo

    Thank you for continuing to work on the presets! 

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  12. Jan Karlo Camero

    Thanks Pye!! Got the updates! Wohoo!

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  13. Andres G

    Thank you Pye and everyone behind the scenes @ slrlounge. 

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  14. Ram

    Hey this is Ram from India. Not able to download the Video files…it gets thru updo 60% and stuck…am using IDM to download them…any guys here can help me pls.

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  15. Alfredo

    Awesome!  Great job SLR Lounge.  Got my presets updated.

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  16. Afiqfaidhy

    Wow, I got up early morning to check my email and bam! New presets update. Thanks Pye. This is by far the best morning news I get this month. Have to wait to download the 1.3gb DVD thou, bad connection. But all is well :)

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    • Anonymous

      Unfortunately, it is 1.3GB times 2, there are two files =( but it is worth it! =)

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  17. Dmitriy

    Great job guys, thanks a lot! When should we expect an email with the updates?

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    • Pye

      It was already sent out, just check your email used to purchase the system. Double check the spam folders as well, sometimes emails reject automated stuff. 

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    • Dmitriy

      Already checked everything frantically and so far I have nothing 

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    • Pye

      Just shoot an email to either with your purchase confirmation, or using the email you used to purchase. We will send you out manual links to download. 

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    • Dmitriy

      Yep, I requested it by email yesterday, but have not gotten anything back yet. Waiting:)

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  18. Anthony Riordan

    You guys are awesome. Bought the presets a short while back, finding them awesome and just thought to myself the other day that id love to buy a tutorial dvd on how to use them properly and then  you give one to users free! I cannot recommend this system enough, it should come already installed in lightroom 4.

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    • Pye

      Thanks Anthony! Yeah, we had the majority of the tutorials online, but we felt it would be much more useful/effective for users to just have the entire DVD at their fingertips. Enjoy! =) 

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