I don’t know about you but I love Lightroom and Photoshop presets and actions. They’re fun and easy to use and they’re incredible time-savers. Plus, they’ll make your images look fantastic. In this post, I’ll be unpacking the features of 10 different actions and presets from a great online company called A Color Story. If you’re working on a project and could use some help retouching and editing, keep reading…
How Do Actions and Presets Work?
Actions and presets will save you hours of time post production with a few simple clicks, transforming your photos into professional, polished works of art. Save both time and effort by comprehensively editing your images using the presets and actions below, depending on whether you’re working in Photoshop or Lightroom.
Watch the video below to learn more about presets and actions:
Photoshop and Lightroom Actions and Presets
Actions are available for Photoshop users and presets for those using Lightroom. When choosing one specifically, you’ll need to select the program you’re using in the drop down menu. See below:
System requirements for Lightroom presets require Adobe Lightroom CC or Lightroom 6 to work properly. Adobe Photoshop CC is required for the actions to work as they should. Camera Raw presets of each signature adjustment are also included with each set or collection.
For very desktop purchase you’ll also receive:
- 27 basic presets and actions
- 18 tools for tweaking brightness, contrast, temperature, mood, clarity and grain
- 9 simple black and white presets and actions
- A getting started guide for use and installation
1. The Blush Set
Soft, simple, and cozy, the Blush Set is perfect for skin tones, floral arrangements, and images shot indoors. Add a boost of color or interesting textures, while adjusting the highlights and shadows. More muted than bold, these 27 presets or actions are ideal for when you want to convey a certain tone or mood.
2. The B & W Set
A monochrome photo is never simply black and white. The possibilities in terms of mood, contrast, and drama are extensive. This set is great for landscapes, depth of field shots and portraiture, including 27 B&W actions or presets, along with the Camera Raw preset and desktop purchase bundle explained above.
3. The Chroma Set
Do you want your images to make a statement? If so, the Chroma Set is for you with its big, bold, saturated colors, offering richness and vibrancy, while maintaining skin tones and full control over shadows and highlights. The 57 presets or actions included in this set are ideal for colorful decor, murals, and everyday life photography.
4. The Flashes Of Delight Set
Just like it sounds, this set is delightful, bursting with style and inspiration. Unlike the Chroma set, Flashes of Delight offers soft muted tones, reminiscent of lifestyle and classic magazine-style photography. Warm neutrals, delicate pinks, and ethereal shadows are splendidly suited for portraiture, lifestyle and indoor photography. 42 presets or actions are offered, along with the 27 basic ones in the desktop purchase bundle.
5. The Seasons Set
Inspired by the months and seasons of the year, the Seasons set enables you to match the colors and hues in your images to the mood of any particular season. Have fun exploring and tweaking the highlights and shadows in your photographs for added intrigue. Rich, creamy, saturated colors are just right for nature scenes, cityscapes, and portraits. 36 presets or actions are included in this set.
6. The Essentials Set
Simple, yet chic, the Essentials set boasts a palette brimming with fresh, crisp colors that are amazing for cityscapes, food photography, and everyday shots. Adjust the brightness, contrast, and vibrancy of your images for added impact and appeal. 30 presets or actions are included.
7. The Weekend Set
Brilliant hues are the name of the game when using the Weekend set. It’s totally awesome if you’re looking for that vacation vibe we all love and want more of. Play around with the warm, cozy colors or radically change them altogether to create pink dreamy skies or verdant lush meadows. Transform your images, making them so much better, but without compromising hue or tone. 33 weekend presets or actions are included.
8. The California Set
The California is the first set from A Color Story designed exclusively for desktops. It supports coloring techniques that aren’t yet available on smartphones. Applicable for lifestyle and beach photography, the saturated hues, textured shadows, and elegant tones communicate a sunny vibe just in time for summer. 33 presets or actions are also included.
9. The Moments Collection
If you like purchasing bundles, you’ll love the Moments collection that includes the Seasons, Weekend, and B&W presets or actions, three of the most gorgeous sets available. See above for more details on each individual set. A whopping 96 signature actions or presets are included.
10. The Color Collection
Another bundle, this collection comprises three desktop sets, including the Essentials set, the Chroma set, and the Blush set. Again, refer to the presets and actions above for additional information. The Color Collection is a great option if you want access to all the fabulous adjustments offered in each of the three sets. A staggering 120 signature actions or presets are included in this collection.
A Color Story has fantastic presets and actions for Lightroom and Photoshop. They’re fun to use and they’ll make your images look terrific. Choose between big, bold, saturated colors or soft, muted, subtle tones. Better yet, choose a collection that includes three entire sets for even more editing options. A smartphone app is also available, making editing images on the go a snap!
Do you use presets and actions for editing? Please share your tips and tricks below.