Realistic presets for Photomatix Pro

It’s been a while since I shared some presets for the last time so today I decided to share two Photomatix Pro presets I use almost exclusively recently and I call them realistic presets. I used them for instance when processing image above which shows one of the churches in La Oliva on Fuerteventura island. Note that these presets require further processing (either using Finishing Touch in Photomatix Pro or in Lightroom/Photoshop) as they purpose is mainly to preserve as much detail as possible. They don’t care about colour that much.

Here they are:

To save them just right-click either of them and select “Save target as” (or equivalent).

It’s not the first time I share my Photomatix Pro presets. For much more you can view this, this and this post.

To install the presets*:

  1. Download the presets and extract them on your disk.
  2. Start Photomatix Pro 4.2. If you haven’t updated to 4.2 visit HDRsoft homepage and download your upgrade (in case you’re eligible to it).
  3. Open any image and tonemap it to go to the tonemapping preview mode.
  4. In the Presets window change tab from “Built-In” to “My Presets”.
  5. In the combo-box in the upper part of the Presets window select “Import Presets…” item.
  6. Navigate to the directory where you extracted presets and select all the files you want to import. You might also want to specify category for the imported presets (eg. “Downloaded”). To do this just fill in the text field at the bottom of the Import window.
  7. Accept the selection and wait for the thumbnails to appear. Voila!

 Hope you like it!
 * In case of older versions than 4.2 you can follow instructions I posted here.

2017-01-17T19:42:59+00:00 December 1st, 2012|Posted in: Canary Islands, church, download, fuerteventura, hdr, Photomatix Pro, presets|

    Like the HDR like the image but dislike the lens distortion. The SLR is a Jack of all trades. It does nature, sport and macro well, this not so good. Look at Alpa, Linhoff, for these sort of shots.It could be pulled straight in PS but image quality will be sacrificed.

  • Wojciech Toman

    I agree about distortion and am aware that this can be fixed (to some extent) in post. However, in this case the best results can be achieved only with a tilt-shift lens but given prices of such lenses, I’ll go with distortion for some time 🙂