LR3 – Selective Color Removal Presets

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A number of people have been asking me to post the presets that I have showed when demonstrating Lightroom so although I don’t feel that they are earth shattering by any means, I do hope that they may prevent us all from individually recreating the wheel.

The first set all decrease the amount of saturation in one or more color ranges in the HSL/Color/B&W panel.

The “*Default Saturation Settings (0)” preset will set all of the Saturation values to 0 (zero) and can be used at any time to quickly reset the sliders. The next four presets decrease the overall saturation of the image by reducing the values of all sliders equally (-30, -50, -75 and -100). From there, I started targeting specific color ranges – reducing multiple sliders at one time to -100 (GAB for Green, Aqua, Blue and ROY for Red, Orange Yellow). Finally, there are presets for desaturating each individual color range -100.  As I mentioned, these presets aren’t  complex, but I do find myself making these changes enough to warrant the creation of the preset so that I don’t want to have to drag the sliders each time.

Note: since each preset captures all of the color range sliders, they’re not additive. Therefore if you click on one preset in this folder and then a second, the second one will replace the first.

And of course, this is just a starting point,  you can customize any of the presets as you see fit, create  your own, and delete the one’s that you don’t want to use.

JKost Selective Color Removal. 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 Selective Color Removal” folder into the “Develop Presets” folder.  It will then appear in the Presets panel in the Develop module in Lightroom.

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Posted on 01-10-2011


  • By Sal Sessa - 6:19 AM on January 10, 2011  

    Hi Julieanne:

    I am loving the blog!

    Since I use PSCS5/RAW and not LR3 I’m wondering if these preset’s would somehow be applicable to PSCS5? Or if you could issue something similar.

    Keep up the good work!

    ; )


    • By Julieanne Kost - 10:33 AM on January 10, 2011  

      I will put it on my list of things to do!

  • By Joseph - 8:07 AM on January 10, 2011  

    You’re awesome! Thanks!

  • By Sue BLOCK - 3:44 AM on January 15, 2011  

    Much appreciation