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Lightroom Freebie | Haze It | Lightroom Preset

November 19, 2010

*please remember all my presets are currently made for RAW images. they can be applied to jpgs but the effects are very strong and may require heavy tweaking.

Ok so not a true “haze” in the Photoshop sense. But it does a fair job of pretending to be. I wanted to share with you one of my favorite little presets that I apply over many of my presets. It does not adjust color or white balance. It does adjust tone curve, brightness, fill light, contrast, blacks, recovery and applies a little vignetting. That’s why I apply it AFTER my favorite preset (that does adjust color). Or you can just manually adjust exposure (it does not affect exposure slider), colors, color balance, temperature, calibration and whatever little things you want to adjust. Apply a Tint for more fun! Thennnnn apply my <haze it>.

Most often you WILL need to adjust this to your image. That is normal for presets. Presets are a starting point. Images are like snowflakes- no two are truly alike from artist to artist. Lighting, skin tones of the persons in the image, cameras, lenses, and even settings ALL affect the image you pull into LR to adjust.

If the image seems to have too little contrast- push the blacks and/or contrast slider. If it’s too washed out- decrease the dark and shadow sliders in the tone curve. Image looks weird in the places where the shadows are supposed to be? Then decrease the fill light slider until it looks right.

This preset will make your colors look washed a little. Not because it actually changes the colors but because it lightens the darks and shadows so much AND the fill light sprinkles light evenly everywhere in the image. And this is why it appears a bit hazy. It’s delicious to me. I love it. 😀

Here we start with a sooc image. I did crop but made no other adjustments. This is my girly pie Skye. 2 and full of sass and humor.

camera: nikon d700

lens: tamron 28-75mm f/2.8

settings: 62mm | f/2.8 | ss 1/800 | iso 640


Now here we have my sooc image and I applied my Jasper preset from my Jewels collection. Ruby looked pretty awesome too. The pink tones of Ruby made this very girly and if you move the slider warmer it makes it a warm pink- oh yum. Ope- call me a side-tracked sally sorry. On to Jasper. 😉 Jasper was the one I selected to make my sample here. Not sure if you noticed but I like warm golden images usually. 😀

I made a judgement call to not tweak it here since I knew what {haze it} would do. But just so you know- I almost always need to tweak a preset. Even my own. :)

looking lovely. i like! she kept sitting down in the wet grass. making her petti all dirty and getting leaves in her fluffy scarfy boa thing.


Alrighty. Now we’re at image #3. I took the previous image and simply applied {haze it}. That’s it. Now I didn’t want to tweak it here. But I find sometimes after applying {haze it}- I want to add more blacks or contrast and back off the fill light a little bit. I personally never move the recovery slider. I like what it does to my skin tones here and it allows me to really push the fill light and shadow sliders without having blown spots. I Don’t use the recovery slider past 30. Ever. Personal choice but after 30 skin looks weird and pasty to me. Just an Amy tidbit, I guess. :)

*Also note that if your image is greatly overexposed to start with and you end up needing to use the Exposure slider more than -.52 or so…this preset looks really weird and you may want to skip it. 😉

So here is my final. I may or may not pull it into Photoshop if I wanted to do some local burning here and there or tweak colors more (prefer to do that in PS personally). I know you can use the adjustment brush to “burn” – I just really prefer PS for that myself.


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  • Amarie · Posted November 19, 2010 at 3:28 pm · Link · Reply

    Thanks for your awesome freebies!

  • Denise Snyder · Posted November 19, 2010 at 3:40 pm · Link · Reply

    Thank you! Your presets are awesome… and you’re very generous with the freebies!

  • Chris · Posted November 22, 2010 at 9:19 am · Link · Reply

    Thanks for another great preset!!

  • Shari Fox · Posted December 29, 2010 at 3:38 pm · Link · Reply

    I just stumbled on your website.. and I am so loving it here. SO many lovely tid-bits!
    I just upload (Thank You very much) some of you free presets. I am so giddy with happiness. I love Lightroom. I love how you make it so much easier to move around in.

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AMP Maple Fall Card Template | Freebie | Redding Photographer

October 9, 2010

Isn’t my new AMP logo/blog button super cool?? Kim at Madilu Designs always nails what I want…every time! Had to share that real quick.

And now….

So for a change I thought I would share something other than an action. It’s Fall. My favvvvvorite season. Pumpkin pie, cinnamon, fresh spiced apple cider…smell of rain and a chill in the air. That is heaven to this Northern Cali girl.

Actions and Presets are usually my ‘thang’ but I was playing with some lovely papers I have collected over the past year from here and there and decided to play. I thought the results were cute and I’d share. This is compatible with Elements and Photoshop. If you have Paintshop Pro and try- please lemme know if it works for you. I’d love to know!

The text is all editable. So you can change the font sizes, style and colors- shoot even change WHAT it says. The image borders are all editable too. Sample one of the colors from the stripes to keep it all in the scheme and have fun picking a little frame color you like. You can also change the image border thickness.

As with anything I share- feel free to use however you please. Personal or commercial. Nothing more frustrating than trying to keep straight what you can use in your business and what you can’t when you download free things. 😀

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  • Jess Gilbert · Posted October 11, 2010 at 9:56 pm · Link · Reply

    Thanks Amy! This is great, looks just like fall!

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AMP Action Freebie | Mud Pies | CS2-CS5 and PSE6-8

September 1, 2010

Another fun Summer action as we wind down from Summer and move towards Fall …spiced apple cider,


  • Amarie · Posted September 1, 2010 at 7:25 pm · Link · Reply

    Thank you for sharing!

  • Jamie M. · Posted September 1, 2010 at 7:34 pm · Link · Reply

    I LOVE this one, thank you SO MUCH!!!

  • Debra · Posted September 1, 2010 at 9:56 pm · Link · Reply

    Just downloaded mud pies and can’t wait to try it out. Thank you so mucy, from an elements 7 user! :)

  • Deb Cee · Posted September 1, 2010 at 10:14 pm · Link · Reply

    These actions look terrific.
    Thank you for sharing with PSE users – ’cause we can’t create our own :(
    And, I learn SO much by playing with others’ actions.
    You’ve got talent. No doubt.

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  • Caroline Jensen · Posted September 3, 2010 at 7:49 pm · Link · Reply

    I just downloaded this and it is awesome. It looks so good with my daughters fair skin. Gorgeous and fun!

  • Melissa Herrin · Posted September 8, 2010 at 8:54 pm · Link · Reply

    Thank you so much! This one looks awesome- can’t wait to try it. I just recently discovered your site and am looking forward to seeing more actions for PSE. Thanks for your generosity!

  • Leslie P · Posted September 9, 2010 at 7:19 pm · Link · Reply

    Amazing, thank you so much!!

  • Chris · Posted September 15, 2010 at 3:42 pm · Link · Reply

    I found you on Clickin Mom’s earlier this year and just read along as you asked lots of great questions. Someone referenced your actions and I just took a peak at the blog and WOW!!! Fabulous Work!!!

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AMP Lightroom Freebie | 1978 | Lightroom Preset

July 26, 2010

Be sure to scroll alllll the way down to the bottom to learn about how to win $75 to spend in my store!!


I’m working on my latest Lightroom offering. A set called 1978. A little vintage, a little snappy…a little bit of 1978 in every {aio} preset. So far all my presets are created on Raw images- so your results over a JPG might just be close to a nightmare. I’m just sayin’. 😉

Not all presets work on all images, just as not any action will work on just any image. If my presets could talk- they’d say, “tweak me!”.


  • Amy · Posted July 26, 2010 at 5:29 am · Link · Reply

    Love it! Thanks chickie :)

  • Cheryle · Posted July 26, 2010 at 7:11 am · Link · Reply

    Love all your presets and actions Amy! I’m going to check this one out!! Thank you! :)

  • Melissa · Posted July 26, 2010 at 3:47 pm · Link · Reply

    Thanks Amy! I’m sure I’ll love it.

  • Amarie · Posted July 26, 2010 at 3:59 pm · Link · Reply

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Dana Monricelli · Posted July 26, 2010 at 5:12 pm · Link · Reply

    Gos…this looks great! I think I need to invest in Lightroom for sure with all these wonderful presets floating around! TFS!

  • Amanda Eller · Posted July 26, 2010 at 6:49 pm · Link · Reply

    Anyone that purchases your presets should be SO pleased!! What fabulous sets and how kind to giveaway such a cool freebie! Thank you Amy! :)

  • Mel · Posted July 26, 2010 at 8:50 pm · Link · Reply

    very cool! THANK YOU!

  • Sari · Posted August 28, 2010 at 1:39 pm · Link · Reply

    Thank you so much Amy!! I want to start using LR more and these are great!

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AMP Action Freebie {day dream} for Elements and Photoshop

July 9, 2010

So here’s the next installment in my free Summer Vacation set. I love this little action. It’s soft. It’s sweet. Just adds a little…bit of vintage and sweetness. My daughter is my pretty little model dolled up in her tutu and pretty little flower wand. Both are custom made creations from QT Patootie Boutique here in Redding. I love that place! My daughters and I get lost oohing and ahhing. :)

And can I just say that I am so madly in love with my 50mm f/1.4? I am adding a dreamy 85mm f/1.8 to my bag very very soon. I love shooting wide! Total bokeholic here! 😀

AMP Day Dream action freebie for PS&PSE

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  • Deanna · Posted July 9, 2010 at 10:26 pm · Link · Reply

    Thanks!! This looks greaT!

  • Debra · Posted July 9, 2010 at 11:24 pm · Link · Reply

    Thanks for the freebie, I can’t wait to try it out! :)

  • Cheryle · Posted July 10, 2010 at 7:47 am · Link · Reply

    beautiful picture and a fantastic action!

  • Diana · Posted July 11, 2010 at 8:39 am · Link · Reply

    Thank you for this nice freebie!

  • sherri · Posted July 11, 2010 at 6:25 pm · Link · Reply

    beautiful…thank you! :)

  • OJ Photo · Posted August 3, 2010 at 2:49 pm · Link · Reply

    Wow, Thank you so very much!

  • Cheryle Kupsch Photography · Posted October 15, 2010 at 4:29 pm · Link · Reply

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  • Mare Fiala Photography · Posted November 7, 2010 at 9:29 am · Link · Reply

    What wonderful actions you have!!! Thank you so much for the freebie!

  • Tracy · Posted November 8, 2010 at 10:31 am · Link · Reply

    Thanks for the freebies. Can’t wait to play with them!

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