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Lightroom PROFILES to Make Colors Pop! [2 FREE Profiles] 📥

October 31, 2019


– Today, I wanna show you a brand new way to boost colors in Lightroom. You’ve probably used a
Lightroom adjustment for this, which is pretty good. The problem with Vibrance is that when you push the colors too far, it can look weird and unnatural. Now, most people think that Vibrance is as good as it can get. But, I personally think that there’s a lot more room for improvement. So, I made for you these
new Lightroom profiles, that will let you boost
colors based on whether it’s neutral or vibrant colors. Now, if that doesn’t really
make any sense to you, don’t worry, it’s very simple, I’m gonna show it to you in this video, and, you’re gonna kinda
see how you can use it to really improve your photos, make it stand out, make your colors pop, without over saturating
already saturated colors, or making neutral colors look like this really weird color wash. Anyways, if you’re interested, keep watching, and I’ll
show you how it works. (upbeat techno music) Let’s start right in,
and see how it works. First, you’ll need to download
the Lightroom profiles. Which is free, by the way, and the link is in the
video description below. It will only work with Lightroom CC, or the Lightroom Classic CC. After you’ve installed it, you can go to your Profile browser here, and you’ll see a bunch of profiles that will boost the colors. So, here’s how it works. In this photo, if we used the Vibrance, you can see how it does
increase the vibrancy, but the pizza has mustard
yellow color shift that does not look appetizing at all. The same thing happens with Saturation. By the way, in case you’re wondering why we’re pushing the color so far, you don’t have to push it this far, we’re just doing it for this video, so that you can see what’s happening. Here’s the same photo with
the Colorboost VC profile, at 100% opacity. As you can see, it’s more vibrant, yet the colors are more natural. The colors are so vibrant, that some of the green peppers
here start to look neon. Yet, you won’t get that
mustard yellow color shift that you typically get with
the Vibrance or Saturation. By the way, with these profiles, a little goes a long way. The profiles at 100% are
actually more powerful than the Vibrance or Saturation at 100%. So in many scenarios, you don’t even need to go more than 50%. With the free download, you’ll
get two Colorboost profiles. The first one is Colorboost NC, which stands for neutral colors. This will boost neutral colors, and leave the already
vibrant colors alone. For example, in this photo,
the grass in the middle is a lot more vibrant
than the other colors. Colorboost NC will emphasize the effect on the less vibrant colors,
while leaving the grass alone. Here’s a comparison between
Vibrance and Colorboost NC. The red areas indicate that
the colors are out-of-gamut, they’ve been pushed too far. And, as you can see,
Colorboost NC gives roughly the same amount of vibrancy
but with better results. The second profile is Colorboost VC, which stands for vibrant colors. And this is the opposite of Colorboost NC. It will boost the vibrant colors, while leaving the neutral colors neutral. For example, this photo has
a lot of neutral colors, like the white walls and the gray rocks. When you pump the Vibrance or Saturation, these rocks turn yellow, which does not look good at all. With Colorboost VC, you
can increase the vibrancy, but keep it looking natural. And, as you can see in this comparison, it looks more vibrant and
natural at the same time. The best thing about Colorboost VC is that it really makes the colors pop with the contrast between the
neutral and vibrant areas. Again, we’re obviously
pushing colors further than what you’d typically do, so that you can see the difference. You can further refine your Colorboost in the Saturation section. Here, you can fine tune the
colors to get the perfect look. I typically like to use a
stronger setting on the profile and then selectively lower
it in the Saturation setting. If you love these Lightroom profiles, and you want even more, then
upgrade to the Pro version. First of all, if you
upgrade to Pro version, thank you so much for your support. I really appreciate it, and
your support means a lot to me. With Colorboost Pro, you’ll
get a lot more profiles, which will let you fine
tune a look even further. First, there’s a landscape mode, which will give you deeper blue
skies similar to what Adobe tries to do with their Vibrance. If you shoot portraits, you’re going to love the portrait mode. It lets you boost colors
while protecting skin tones. Finally, the shadows,
midtones and highlights mode let you target your Colorboost
to a specific tonal range. It’s similar to luminosity
masking in Photoshop. To end the video, here are
some before and after examples of what you can do with Colorboost Pro. Special thanks to Ty Bowmaker for providing his photos
for these examples. He’s a great photographer from Australia who’s nonstop traveling and creating. If you like the photos that you see here, make sure you check him out
on Instagram and YouTube. I hope you’ll find these
Lightroom profiles useful. This product is actually my imagination of of how Vibrance could
work in the future. Don’t get me wrong, I still
think Vibrance is great, and it was a huge improvement over the old Saturation adjustment. But, we shouldn’t stop at Vibrance. There’s a lot more room for improvement, and I’d love for Adobe,
and other developers to reimagine some of their existing tools, and how we process our photos. There’s so many tools in
the post-processing world that I truly believe can be improved. This Colorboost product
is just one small example. (upbeat techno music) Hey, thanks for watching this video. If you liked it, please run
and hit the Like button. Lightroom profiles are really powerful. I think there’s a lot of potential for it. There’s a lot of things
that we don’t know yet, or we haven’t figured it out yet, or come up with it yet. So, I’m gonna really dive
deep into Lightroom profiles. If I find anything new, or anything cool, I’ll definitely let you
know on this channel. Make sure you subscribe to my channel, if you’re not already. Leave a comment below if
you have any questions, or comments, and I’ll see
you in the next video. (upbeat techno music)

7 Comments

  • Reply Denny's Tips May 3, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    I know this is totally not what Lightroom profiles were intended for… but I just had to try it!

    Download the Lightroom profiles here: https://www.voxcolor.com/colorboost
    PS: If you're upgrading to the Pro version, use DENNYSTIPS for 10% off!

    Please let me know what you think of these profiles. Is it a good idea for Adobe to implement as actual sliders in the Develop settings? How else could we improve Vibrance?

    BTW, The BIGGEST misconception about Lightroom profiles is that they're just Lightroom presets. They're actually way more powerful. They let you do things that you used to have to go into Photoshop for (ex. channel mixing, luminosity masking, etc).

    Some future Lightroom profiles I'm thinking of making:
    – A set of standard base profiles that you can use as starting points
    – Orange & teal profiles (I know I know… I have those as presets already… but they can be 2x better with profiles!)
    – Recreate some of my existing Lightroom presets to include skin tone protection
    – Very specific color correction for underwater photos, blacklight lit photos (think bowling alleys), infrared conversions, etc.

  • Reply Karim Ahmad May 3, 2018 at 10:48 pm

    Great video! Could you make a video about creating these profiles?

  • Reply Gabriel Marigo de Castro May 4, 2018 at 9:04 pm

    Wow! Incredible profiles!
    Specially impressed with the VC variation.
    I would like very much to have some insight of how this saturation of the vibrant colors leaving the neutrals alone can be achieved. Even manually in Photoshop.
    Any chance you could make a video explaining the techniques?
    I love your knowledge about working with colors on Photoshop.
    Best regards from Brazil!

  • Reply Olodo Nation May 15, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    You’re awesome Denny! I wish you all the best

  • Reply Captyvate May 15, 2018 at 11:24 pm

    Great presets Denny and thanks for the shoutout! The profiles look great on my examples towards the end at 5:10

  • Reply Doug Pittman June 22, 2018 at 11:43 am

    I'm not seeing the same file structure that you list in the install instructions. I have a windows machine and the latest Adobe updates but am unable to load your profiles.

  • Reply Akash Damor March 6, 2019 at 4:34 am

    Superb work

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