Introducing Steely Blue for Lightroom
I’m delighted to announce that my latest set of Lightroom Presets, “Steely Blue” for Lightroom is now available. “Steely Blue” is a set of presets for Lightroom designed to bring out detail and enhance the colours in an image without creating a style that looks too much like a special effect. The look also enhances the dynamic range of the picture to which it is applied, by compressing the highlights and enhancing shadow detail.
There’s a long story behind Steely Blue, and it’s unusual name. I originally created the core look of this preset ages ago. In fact it was one of my first Lightroom presets that I created for myself. I’ve used this look extensively in my own work. The style actually came about by accident. I was working on a way to make images from my Nikon cameras have the traditional “Canon” colours (heresy, I know!) It was more to see if it could be done than anything. Anyway, the result ended up being something rather unique, and I really liked it. I found that on a lot of the initial images that I was using it, it gave them the cool steely look that was made popular in some science fiction movies (in particular those of James Cameron) and so I decided to call it steely blue.
It sat in my library of personal presets for ages, and I even made an Aperture version of it at one point and sold it on the Aperture blog. When I started doing Lightroom presets, I knew that I wanted to make Steely Blue into a proper product, and so, I saved it till last, as it is the one I use myself the most often, and the one that I’m really close to.
The pack includes 24 main presets consisting of 8 Variations of Steely Blue, each with 3 versions. The pack also contains a number of “setup presets” and 23 “tool” presets which act as modifiers for the main looks. You can see examples of Steely Blue in action below, and there are more demos and a before and after video on the product page.
The normal price will be €10 but for the next two weeks (until the 24th August) it will be on sale for the special launch price of €8.
I’ve also created a bundle of all of my current Lightroom Presets, and this is available now for the special Launch price of €65. It will normally sell for €70 (which will be a discount of €5 off buying them separately)
I’m going to be taking a break from making Lightroom Presets for a little while as I have some other projects to concentrate on, including porting all these to Adobe Camera Raw (for Photoshop) I do have one last port of an Aperture set in the pipeline but it’s a pretty small set of looks (although it was actually my first set of premium Aperture presets) so I may actually give that away for free! (so stay tuned)
Anyway, in the mean time here are some examples of Steely Blue for Lightroom in use...