HOW TO use THE

Marula

presets

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THIS guide IS AIMED AT HELPING YOU understand HOW TO USE THE MARULA presets AND TO GET THE most out of them. WE’LL EXPLORE HOW TO install THE PRESETS, WHAT THE structure IS ALL ABOUT, HOW TO apply THEM AND IN what order AND FINALLY WE’LL SHARE SOME tips FOR YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY THAT WILL compliment THESE PRESETS THE MOST.

INSTALLATION

Installing these presets is the exact process same as installing any other preset into Adobe Lightroom Classic/CC/Camera RAW

Access the Develop Module:
1/ Open Adobe Lightroom Classic.
2/ Go to the Develop module.

Find the Presets Panel:
3/ On the left-hand side, you’ll find the Presets panel.

Import Presets:
4/ Right-click anywhere within the Presets panel.
5/ Choose “Import” from the context menu.
6/ Navigate to your preset files and select them.
7/ Click on the “Import” button.

Locate the Presets Panel:
1/ Open Adobe Lightroom CC.
2/ On the left-hand side, you’ll find the Presets panel.

Import Presets:
3/ Click on the “+” icon next to the Presets panel header.
4/ Choose “Import Presets” from the dropdown menu.
5/ Navigate to your preset files and select them.
6/ Click on the “Import” button.

Access Presets in Adobe Camera Raw:
1/ Open Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) either as a standalone application or within Adobe Photoshop.

Open the Presets Panel:
2/ In the ACR interface, locate the Presets panel.

Import Presets:
3/ Click on the “+” icon or the three-dot menu icon in the Presets panel.
4/ Choose “Import Profiles & Presets” from the dropdown menu.
5/ Navigate to your preset files and select them.
6/ Click on the “Import” button.

the STRUCTURE

The way Roots Presets are structured have been designed to enhance your workflow and not add unnecessary workloads. We have separated the base presets (i.e Marula 1 – Clean, Marula 2 – Saturation Boosted, etc…) into their own sections along with their own specific toolkits. These tools and tweaks help enhance the respective base preset by adjusting certain parameters to fine tune your overall tones.

HSL = HUE, SATURATION, LUMINANCE ADJUSTMENTS

the PROCESS

With each pack having a base/starting preset, the process of using these couldn’t be easier. See below for the process breakdown and why this structure makes it a wonderful addition to your workflow rather than a hassle.

STEP by STEP

Begin by applying any of the base presets such as Marula 1 – Clean, Marula 2 – Saturation Boosted, Marula 3 – For Warm WB and Marula 4 – Crunched. We tried to name these base presets in relation to how they affect your image. For example, the saturationm boosted version will have more color saturation overall whereas the cleaner version will be a lot more neutral.

Marula is best used when you’re going for lighter images. With that in mind, edit so your exposure is pushed up slightly and that the skin tones are always nicely exposed. You will likely have to adjust your white balance and possibly some contrasting sliders (highlights, shadows, whites, blacks, contrast) to get the overall vibe you’re after. 

Marula comes with a simple toolkit that adjust things within the HSL slider. Hover over each of them to see if they modify anything you like. One thing we personally find ourselves doing is using the blue shift to bring back the blues when the groom’s outfit is, well, blue. 

Marula has it’s own A.I Masks included with the pack which makes it incredibly easy to adjust things like the background (without affecting the subject), the subject (without the background) and the sky.They’re pre-set based on what we found being applied the most to these masks.

Marula looks wonderful even without grain so this is very much up to you on how you want to finish off your image. For us personally, we are always a fan of some slight level of grain to just add texture and reduce the digital feeling of the image. 

OUR PRESETS AND WORKFLOW ARE FULLY CUSTOMIZABLE. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO TAKE ALL OF THIS AS A STARTING POINT, AND TWEAK AS YOU GO ALONG.

ADVICE for SHOOTING

One of the most important things to remember is that a preset, no matter who makes it or where you got it from, cannot fix a poorly photographed image. It starts with your photography first, then the editing. Click to open each point.

It goes without saying that shooting RAW is incredibly important as it allows you the most flexibility when you’re editing. With RAW images, you retain much more detail in the shadows & highlights as well as have complete control over the White Balance. JPEGs on the other hand are considered “finished” images, and therefore have vastly less flexibility. 

Marula generally looks better when the image is exposed slightly brigther or at the very least, exposed for the skin. All our presets pay close attention to the skin tones of the subject so most of the time, unless you’re going for something specific, you’ll be exposing for the skin. But even more so with Marula. So long as you photograph in RAW, you have plenty of flexibility not only with the white balance but also with your exposure slider. 

A general tip, though not always possible, is to look for neutral / beige / simple backgroudns when using Marula. It could be a wall, or a wide open area. Marula has a beautiful sense when it comes to minimalism as the tones are not overpowering. They balance really well with the rest of the image. But of course you may not always have this chance; but this is an ideal situation.

Don’t worry too much about getting your White Balance 100% correct while shooting. Yes, it could save you a bit of time when editing but the chances of you nailing it 100%, consistently, is pretty slim. Unless you’re an absolute machine with manual white balance. You can always adjust your white balance and fine-tune it to your liking while editing thanks to you shooting in raw

example EDIT

Here is the entire process from start to finish of editing an image as an example. Cycle through each phase using the arrows on either side of the image.

RAW / SOOC IMAGE
This is the RAW image straight out of the camera. When this was photographed, the exposure was to be more or less balanced/neutral.
Applied "Marula 1 - Clean" Base Preset
We chose to go with this base preset as it was a really easy starting point where the colors weren't over saturating but still had enough character to them.
Exposure Adjustments
We slight increased our exposure while dropping down the highlights to keep the overall feeling of the image a bit more on the cleaner side.
White Balance & Saturation
We increase the white balance while paying attention to the skin tones. We then saw that we needed to add a very slight touch more of saturation.
Healing
We removed that distracting rock with the spot heal tool.
Linear Gradient
We noticed that the bottom of the image was, for some reason, bright and was drawing too much attention. We created a very simple linear gradient mask and dragged it from the bottom upwards. Then, we dropped the exposure there slightly just to darken things off.
Sky Darken & Cool
Using our AI Mask, we were able to select the sky and then darken the exposure slightly while also reducing the white balance. We wanted a slight hint of blue there to compliment the warmer tones of the foreground.
Grain & Vignette
To finish off, we added our grain and then a very slight amount of vignetting (using our preset, and reduced the stregth to 40%) just to keep the brighter part of the image where the couple are.
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