In this Episode – Vivid Landscapes HDR Grunge Mixology!
We have yet another Lightroom 4 Preset System Mixology episode! In this LR4 Mixology tutorial, we will be showing you how and in which situations we like to use the 27 Vivid Landscape HDR Grunge Preset. In addition, we will also be showing you the recipe using the LR4 Preset System, just to help you guys get a better idea of how to create your own Mixologies with a few simple clicks. Now, this preset isn’t for every single photo you import. It’s very specific and should be used sparingly when you want that grungy, gritty, HDR feel. This kind of look was made popular by photographers like Dave Hill. I will say that this is definitely more of a “guys” type effect, applying it to images with female subjects will only cause anger, haha. But, play around, experiment and let us know what you think! It is included in the Presets 1.1 update under 27 HDR Grunge in the Vivid | Landscape category in your My Mixology Folder.
Share Your Results!
Be sure to share your results on our Mixology Forum.
Before and After Examples
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
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 –> 16 Heavy HDR (Base Tones)
2. BASE ADJUSTMENTS –> 25 Heavy Boost (Detail)
3. BASE ADJUSTMENTS –> 34 Medium Boost (Contrast)
4. BASE ADJUSTMENTS –> 44 Medium Brighten (Blacks)
5. BASE ADJUSTMENTS –> 73 Light Vignette
6. NEUTRAL CURVES –> 33 Desaturated
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
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.