HOW TO use THE

PROTEA

presets

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THIS guide IS AIMED AT HELPING YOU understand HOW TO USE THE PROTEA 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 Protea-Standard, Protea-Flatter, 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 Protea-Standard, Protea-Flatter or Protea-Copper. We tried to name these base presets in relation to what they look like. For example, the flatter version will have a more crunched tone curve while the copper version has more red to the skin tones.

As Protea is naturally a very warm preset, you may have to adjust your white balance to get your balance right. Progress through the basic panel by then tweaking your exposure and other settings to get the overall feel of your image.

If you don’t see the previews over your image when you hover, make sure you have “Enable Hover Previews” enabled in your Lightroom settings.

Protea 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.

Protea looks really great with a bit of texture over the image. It shouldn’t dominate the frame but it does help to soften out some hard edges and create a “uniform” throughout.

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. 

Protea is one of the more diverse presets we have as it can work on lighter images as well as it does on darker images. So our recommendation is, if you aren’t sure of what the final image should look like, to shoot more or less with a neutral exposure. Not too bright, not too dark. Unless, of course, you know where you’re going to go with the edit.

As Protea is naturally a very warm/golden/yellow preset, to save you some time while editing try and shoot with a neutral white balance. We found that if the images are photographed with a warm white balance, a lot of the tweaks end up being reducing the white balance. But since you’re shooting in RAW (hopefully!) white balance is absolutely zero issue to fix.

It’s safe to say that Protea has a huge role on the greens. This doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing; it creates an overall tonal palette of your final image to be this warm, adventurous piece. If you can, try and photograph in areas that are not overloaded with greens. If they are, then you may need to do a little more refining in order to get the greens to a point that you’re happy with them. 

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. It was not intentional that it was this underexposed but it worked in our favour as we didn't lose any details in the highlights or shadows.
Applied "Protea - Flatter" Base Preset
This is the RAW image straight out of the camera. It was not intentional that it was this underexposed but it worked in our favour as we didn't lose any details in the highlights or shadows.
Exposure Adjustments
We raised the exposure quite a bit as well as the highlights. We also slightly dropped the shadows just so we created a natural contrast between the tones.
White Balance & Vibrance
We ever so slightly reduced the white balance and increased the vibrance just to bring out a bit more of the softer tones in the background.
Background Mask - Darken & Cool 40%
We wanted to bring out a little more blues in the background to contrast with the warmth of the subjects so we applied the A.I Mask to darken and cool it. We reduced the overall strength of this mask to 40% just so that it didn't look unnatural or too overpowering.
Grain
We finished off with the "standard" layer of grain to tie everything together and make it feel less digital and harsh.
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