Friday, June 5, 2009

Preview of CoffeeShop B&W LR2 Presets!

UPDATED May 6! My little sis just went into labor and any minute I am going to have a new little nephew, Little D!!! Oh, imagine the photo opportunities! Now I almost have an excuse to buy a new camera body. ;-)

The field is my flowerbed.

Aren't dandelions beautiful? When I lived in the city the site of a dandelion in my perfectly manicured lawn would give me a mini heart attack, but now I can enjoy them out in our field. The sight of thousands of dandelions waving in the setting sun is spectacular! Textures used in this image were from Playing with Brushes .


You all (Ya'll for my fellow Texans) have been so enthusiastic about my LightRoom 2 post . I never realized I had so many Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 users out there reading my blog. Well, I am now inspired to start doing LightRoom2 tutorials and writing some free presets to share with you.

Below is a preview of my first CoffeeShop LR2 Preset set. I absolutely hate the low contrast B&W preset that comes with LR2, and the high contrast B&W is not much better. So today I wrote three B&W conversions that I absolutely love. They all have high contrast, but you can easily make tweaks. There is a classic B&W, vanilla B&W (my favorite!), and a mocha brown B&W. As this is my first LR2 preset set, I would love to hear your comments on them. I will post them in a day or two (just making final tweaks).

If any of you know how to make Photoshop ACR Presets, please let me know (or post a link). I want to make an ACR version for the Photoshop users out there. Unfortunately PSE users can't use ACR or LR2 presets, but don't worry, I will have plenty more goodies headed your way!

Oh, I am now Twittering if you can believe it. I won't be updating you on what I had for dinner or the movie I happened to be watching or what my kids decided to dig up and eat in the backyard (how BORING), so don't worry. ;-) I will mainly just keep you posted on photography and photo-editing tips and comments about past/present/future posts here. So if you want to be first in line to find out when I am releasing new CoffeeShop Stuff, just follow me on Twitter!


  1. Will the LR2 presets work in the previous version of LR?

    I have never used LR presets (beyond what it comes with), but would love to try some- but don't have LR2.

    Thanks for your fabulous blog- I love it!

  2. I'm SO EXCITED for these!!
    I too hate the b&w presets and always have to change the exposure and then just end up with dark faces.

    so fun!

  3. Have we mentioned that we LOVE you today? ;) Just checking!

  4. I adore LR 2 and all of your stuff for PSE! I cannot wait to see what you come up with!!

  5. I really love those 3 Versions! Great Job! I can´t wait to try them! Thank you so much!

  6. How exciting I can't wait! I really need those tutorials for skin, eyes, etc! Thanks Rita!

    P.S. Hope Imp is feeling better..see an you thought noone cared :) :)

  7. Hey I ws just wondering if Playing with Brushes was an actual site that you could get the actions off of?

    I love your site BTW

  8. You and Erin have me almost convinced to part with my hard earned cash on LR2! Although, I'm still trying to get my head around PSE6 truthfully. I want to mention that I LOVE the vanilla action on your Sweet Bakery Glazes and I use it A LOT. The only problem is that I find it a bit of a wait having to load all the other glaze colours on my slow computer. I'd love to see a tutorial on how to to get the vanilla glaze effect! Thanks for all the cool stuff you post. Between you and Erin I get all my photoshop education and fixes :)