I use the Snapseed app (the Android version) for my smartphone photos and photos that i upload from my wi-fi cameras to the phone. Actually, i may even have brought some of my camera pictures into Snapseed on my phone for some final touches, but that’s a whole different story. Let me show you how to create some of Snapseed’s effects and how to save the settings as Lightroom presets.
There is one effect in particular in Snapseed that i love. It’s called “Drama”. In the current version, it’s a category of filters with six different variations. If you want access to the same kind of effect in Lightroom, they’re actually pretty easy to replicate. Begin by bringing a photo into the develop module in Lightroom. Reset the image. If you do that, you can save the settings i’m about to show you as presets, which will give you access to them with a single click in the future. All the setting are made in the Basic panel.
Let’s begin with this snapshot of three happy guys.
Drama 1 and Drama 2
For these two filters, make the following adjustments:
- Bring the contrast all the way up to +100
- Bring the highlights up to +10
- Pull the shadows up to +100
- Reduce the saturation by dragging it down to -20
There’s your Drama 1. The only thing you need to do to replicate Drama 2 is to increase clarity to about +20.
Save your settings by clicking on the plus-sign in the settings panel on the left.
Dark 1 and Dark 2
These two filters have a low-key, high contrast look. They’re really simple. Reset your photo and make the following adjustments:
- Decrease the exposure to -0.40
- Pull the contrast up to +100
- Boost the highlights slightly by pulling it up to +10
- Pull the shadows slider all the way up to +100
- Decrease blacks to -30
- Set clarity to +30
- Pull down the saturation to -25
This will give your photo the look of the Dark 1 filter. To make it look like Dark 2, simply pull the clarity slider all the way to +100.
Save your settings as Lightroom presets by clicking on the plus-sign in the settings panel on the left.
Bright 1 and Bright 2
The bright filters give you a more high-key but still punchy look. Here’s how to do it.
- Increase exposure to +0.10
- Pull up the exposure to +80
- Set highlights to +30
- Drag the shadows all the way up to +100
- Set clarity to -25
- Pull the saturation down to -40
There you have it, the Bright 1 look. Save it as a Lightroom preset. To get the Bright 2 look, set the exposure to + 0.40 and the clarity to +30.