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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 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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Cocoa Bean RAW Lightroom Preset {freebie}

January 19, 2010

Lightroom Only! {see disclaimer below tho for you ACR users!)
Cocoa Bean B&W Raw Preset Freebie! I love sharing! And I love black and whites. Plain B&W or tinted…love it all. Here is a chocolate tinted one. Actually two. One is for images that are bright sooc (the one called Light) and one is for images that are darker sooc (called Dark). Why two? Speed. No other reason really.  I try one and if it’s too dark right off the bat, I reset then start over and apply the other one. BUT you will STILL need to tweak these to your taste. Apply the one that looks most promising right off. Then tinker with Exposure sliders, the Tone Curve sliders…make it work for you!
If you liked this preset and use this preset, drop me a comment or even link me to your plays! Your appreciation means I will keep offering freebies. Next week, I will be offering a Portrait Color Pop preset for Lightroom AND ACR! So be sure to come back! And a week or so after that I plan to offer a fun vintage action with oodles of tints and hazes that come with it. Stay tuned and come back, y’all!
**Disclaimer: If I can get at least 7 posters requesting this Cocoa B&W preset for ACR, I will happily convert these to ACR Presets and share them with you. 7 people need to comment here first though. I need to know if people are interested in them before I take the time to offer them sometimes. <3
Show time!
I reloaded these this morning (Wednesday 7:50am) as a zip file. They will work now. Yay!


  • Caroline (Frogmum) · Posted June 18, 2010 at 7:43 pm · Link · Reply

    I would LOVE this for ACR :D!!

  • Amy Mellor · Posted November 23, 2010 at 1:22 pm · Link · Reply

    I would love this preset as well. Your work is beautiful!

  • Catherine Cella · Posted January 7, 2011 at 3:20 am · Link · Reply

    Would love this for ACR! I was just introduced to your site…love it! Thanks for the little lessons and freebies! Happy New Year!

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