A Sneak Peek at Monolith for Lightroom - Coming Soon
As regular readers know, I’ve slowly been getting around to porting my Aperture presets (from The Aperture Blog) over to Lightroom. This has turned out to be harder than I expected, because the way you make adjustments in each application is quite different. In my Aperture presets I had made good use of Aperture’s ability to use multiple copies of an adjustment, which made it quite easy to layer effects. In Lightroom though, you need to think about how to do things differently. That’s not necessarily a bad thing though, as some of Lightroom’s tools offer their own unique possibilities.
Anyway, so far I’ve ported both Film Candy and Quick Lux to Lightroom. Next on my list is Monolith. Monolith is one of my more popular sets on the Aperture Blog. It’s basically a set of black and white presets for creating different black and white looks inside of Aperture. I’ve had various incarnations of this sitting in my Lightroom develop presets for a while now, and it’s slowly starting to come together to the point where I’m happy with it. In fact, I’m really happy with how they’re turning out. Below are some examples taken at random from the various presets. I’m still finalising the set, and I plan to offer variations especially tweaked for X-Trans files as well as the standard set (mostly sharpening settings). There’s also going to be a special set of Monolith Tools too, as well as my Standard Toolbox which I give away with the rest of my presets.
For now, here’s a quick look at some shots processed with Monolith. These were taken from Fuji XE1 files, that were pre-processed in Iridient Developer. Stay tuned for release info and more examples over the next week or so.
Note that it's still a work in progress at this stage, but I hope this gives you an idea. I know there's lots of ways to make black and whites, but I think monolith will have something for everyone.
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