Lightroom 5 Preset: China Red

Here’s my eighth free Lightroom 5 preset, China Red. It isolates red in a photo while increasing the contrast to create a somewhat dramatic and focused effect. I’ve actually decided to post two versions — the first isolates red while allowing some orange tones to come through, while the second is identical except that it exclusively isolates red. In situations where there are people in a photo or when you might want to preserve the color in wood, the first is preferable. The second is great when you essentially want a black and white photo with just the red coming through.

I originally developed the set after a trip to China with MIT in 2011, and have since used it in many situations. It’s the type of preset that I use sparingly, but when the right opportunity comes up, it’s immediately obvious.

Here are the first few examples from Beijing and Hong Kong, using the first version of the preset:
Samuel Kornstein: Lightroom Preset Examples &emdash; China Red (3 of 7)
Samuel Kornstein: Lightroom Preset Examples &emdash; China Red (4 of 7)
Samuel Kornstein: Lightroom Preset Examples &emdash; China Red (7 of 7)
Samuel Kornstein: Lightroom Preset Examples &emdash; China Red (5 of 7)

Here are some examples of the second version that exclusively isolates red, from the Forbidden City and the 798 art district in Beijing:
Samuel Kornstein: Lightroom Preset Examples &emdash; China Red (6 of 7)
Samuel Kornstein: Lightroom Preset Examples &emdash; China Red (1 of 7)
Samuel Kornstein: Lightroom Preset Examples &emdash; China Red (2 of 7)

Here’s the download: Lightroom 5 Preset: China Red

To install it in Lightroom, simply right click any preset, select import, and then select the downloaded preset file.

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