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- Hello once again! My name is Justin Seeley and this is Creative Quick Tips. Today, I'm going to be showing you five Adobe add-ons for Lightroom users. You saw a few weeks back I talked a little bit about the Photoshop add-ons for designers. Well, this is more geared towards photographers but it can also be for designers as well because Lightroom is quickly becoming one of the most popular photo-editing tools especially with its mobile apps and things like that. So, these add-ons are gonna be really great for you if you are a Lightroom user. Again, you can find these add-ons at creative.adobe.com/addons and some of them are free.
Others are paid. I will tell you what those are and I will also tell you what versions these work with as well. So, the first one is something called Black and White Matte Portrait Lighroom Preset. And so basically this is a preset that takes your photo from this to this. The sort of faded matte portrait look is very popular nowadays and in order to achieve it you have to know how to really tweak those presets. Well, some people might not know exactly what those settings are all about so this actually helps you do that and it is a free preset, which can be downloaded and synced into Lightroom.
It works for versions 4.0 and 5.0 on both Mac and Windows. And again, it's called Black and White, B&W, Matte Portrait Lightroom Preset. The second one, it does cost $20. It something called Creative Lightroom Presets. It is one of the highest rated in the Adobe add-ons section and it's got several downloads and reviews. You can check it out. You can see some of the effects that you get here. The before and after-type things that you can see. So, they've got several effects in here that create various amounts of color saturation, darkening of shadows, brightening things, cross processing, they've got overcast portrait enhancement.
I mean, there's just tons of stuff. You could see here the color portrait presets are all of these, black and white portrait presets, deeply matte presets, hazy pop presets, detail and clarity, soft pastels, the laundry list goes on, and on, and on, and you get all of these, 183, Lightroom presets total. It's created for Lightroom 4 and 5. It's compatible with RAW JPEG and TIFF images. They are all fully editable and again, Lightroom 4 and 5. It is $20 but 183 presets that doesn't seem like a whole lot to me.
Next up is something called Photo Upload to Dropbox. So, if you are a person who loves to store your stuff in Dropbox this is a plugin that allows you to upload your photos directly to Dropbox, and it gives you full installation instructions here. You can see the previews of how it works, create an album, and then you go through, select where you want it to, sync it up, and send it off to Dropbox. This $10 but it also comes with a Try button. So, my recommendation would be before you buy it please, please, please go ahead and try it to make sure.
I don't want you to spend $10 if you don't think you're going to like it. This is available for Lightroom 4 and Lightroom 5, and it is available on both Mac and Windows. The next one is something I really like the name, Instant Hipster (laughs) Presets. This is a really cool one because it basically allows you to do Instagram-like things inside of Adobe Lightroom. And so, you can see all of these different ones are named certain things. You might recognize some of them like NASHVILLE, and KELVIN, and INKWELL. Those are very Instagram names.
You have the INSTAGRAM, INSTAGRAM HIPSTER, all of this stuff is fully editable inside of Lightroom. It works on both RAW and JPEG files and you do not have to do anything to make these work. It's basically just point and click. It is $12 and it is for Lightroom 5 and Lightroom 4. Again, Instragram is one of the most popular mobile applications out there and being able to get that look on your big photos, as I call them, from DSLRs that you load into Lightroom, is very, very cool. The final one is something called WP/LR Sync.
And basically this one allows you to publish your photos to WordPress and keep them in sync including your photos in metadata such as titles, captions, tags, alternate text, and all that stuff. So, you set up all the metadata inside of Adobe Lightroom and then it will automatically sync that to your WordPress site. So, it tells you that this plugin also features a total sync which is a module that helps you link and sync photos directly to WordPress and you can now update your whole WordPress media library simply by uploading from Lightroom.
So, if you are processing photos for your blog inside of Lightroom and you wanna make sure that any edits you make to those photos are translated into your WordPress Media Library this is the plugin to do that. It is 100% free. It's a pretty new plugin. It came out in December of 2014. It is available only for Lightroom 5 and it is available on Mac and Windows. So, again, these five are the Black and White Matte Portrait Lightroom Preset, the Creative Lightroom Presets, that's the one with 183, the Photo Upload to Dropbox, Instant Hipster, and WP/LR Sync.
And they are all available from the creative.adobe.com/addons website. So, go check 'em out. See if they don't help you in your Lightroom workflow.
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