Effects – Grain and Post-Crop Vignetting Presets

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Today I have some Effects presets to share including Post-Crop Vignettes and Grain.

I have found that having a preset for each of the Post-Crop Vignetting Styles allows me to quickly preview (using the Navigator panel in the Develop Module) the style that will work best with my selected image. Since I typically darken down the edges, almost all of my presets have a negative Amount.

There are presets for the Color Priority (CP), Highlight Priority (HP) and Paint Overlay (PO) Style. I find that they Color Priority is more subtle than the Highlight Priority but unfortunately can not recover highlights in an image. Highlight Priority is more blatant and may have color shifts in the darker values, but has the advantage of recovering highlights.  Both of these styles (CP and HP) work more like a shift in exposure in comparison to the Paint Overlay (PO) style (which is similar to an overlay of black or white paint).

I have also included a Color Priority preset with the Highlights slider set to 100 to reintroduces contrast in the highlights. This will be most noticeable if the vignetting is applied over bright areas such as highlights in a sky. There is a preset to add a hard black or white edge as well. And although my presets darken the edges, you can always set the Amount slider to a positive value to lighten the edge.

I have also included a few presets for adding Grain. It is important to note, you will need to do some testing in order to see how the grain that you add will look on your final output. As you can imagine the amount, size and Roughness of the grain will appear differently depending on the size of the original file and how you choose to export it (as it will most likely need to be sampled up or down in the process).

To install, download and unzip the JKost Grain Enhancement and JKost Post-Crop Vignetting file. Launch Lightroom and choose Lightroom > Preferences (Mac) or Edit > Preferences (Win). At the top of the dialog, click “Presets” and click the Show Lightroom Presets Folders button. Copy the “JKost Gain Enhancement” and “JKost Post Crop Vignetting” folders into the “Develop Presets” folder.  They will appear in the Presets panel in the Develop Module in Lightroom.

Adobe Lightroom Classic

Posted on 01-13-2011


  • By Terry Clark - 4:56 AM on January 13, 2011  

    Where do we download this… missing link?
    Thank you for you continual support, inspiration and education.

  • By Michael Tissington - 5:31 AM on January 13, 2011  

    Oops, I don’t see a link for them

  • By Mike Henderson - 5:34 AM on January 13, 2011  


    Once again thank for all your insightful and informative posts. I am having trouble downloading the link for the presets you discussed in today’s post.



  • By Eric - 5:39 AM on January 13, 2011  

    I don’t see a link. Am I missing it?

  • By Les - 5:50 AM on January 13, 2011  

    Just to let you know that no download seems to be attached.


  • By John Vito - 6:04 AM on January 13, 2011  

    I missing where the download link is!

    Thanks for all your Presets…

    Many Thanks! John V.

  • By Michael Nielsen, Photographer - 6:19 AM on January 13, 2011  

    Hmmm .. Julieanne — I love your posts .. But on this one .. What file?

  • By Eric Scott Miller - 6:35 AM on January 13, 2011  


    I cannot find the link to the presets in today’s blog post. Am I missing something?

    Thank you for sharing your presets with everyone.


  • By Tyson E. - 6:55 AM on January 13, 2011  

    I don’t see a link either.

  • By elizabeth s. - 9:00 AM on January 13, 2011  

    Thanks, so much! (I’m with Antonio, above…still learning.)


  • By elizabeth s. - 9:02 AM on January 13, 2011  

    oops! Same here…not sure where the link is??

    • By Julieanne Kost - 9:11 AM on January 13, 2011  

      Sorry about that – The link is now posted above.

  • By John Vito - 9:28 AM on January 13, 2011  

    Thanks! Happens to the best of us!

  • By Laser - 5:27 AM on January 23, 2011  

    Click on JKost Grain Enhancement and JKost Post-Crop Vignetting in last paragraph and they download automatically.

  • By Jimt - 6:45 PM on January 24, 2011  

    Are these presets for Lightroom 2 or 3?