Playing with the new Paparazzi presets for Lightroom

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Playing with the new Paparazzi presets for Lightroom

When it comes to post-processing, I used to pride myself on NOT using actions or presets.

I love to control my editing process and you can’t control what you don’t understand, so I learnt how to achieve the looks I want all by myself. And I am glad I did.

But one day I volunteered to be a tester for the CM Paparazzi Presets, the second edition with 15 presets and I was hooked!!!

Don’t get me wrong, I still believe that a photographer should master his/her editing tools. But when a preset can speed up your workflow, especially when you know how to tweak it if it does not perfectly achieve your vision, why not embrace the fun and save your precious time?!

Seriously, I am amazed by how versatile this set is. I had already been fascinated by the CM Film Art presets as they are so different from everything I have seen before, and add such a unique creative touch to the images.

But the Paparazzi Presets? They simply fit my style! I just can’t believe I found a set that allows me to reach my own creative vision in one click of a button. Truly awesome.

I still have to find an image that I cannot enhance with at least one of those presets.

They can fit so many different images from newborn (yes, newborn!!) to family shoots. They can give me the clean, colorful images that I love, but also let me achieve deep and dramatic black and whites when it fits the mood.

Sounds too good to be true? Let me show you!

Note: all the “before” images were previously tweaked in the basic panel if needed. The Paparazzi Presets are creative – not corrective – tools, so they work best on images that have already been adjusted to achieve proper global exposure.

Let’s start with a newborn picture. I simply love how Early Edition can soften an image:

Want a bold punch of color? Tabloid is there for you:

For a nice clean edit with just the right touch of contrast and color pop? Try Daily Edition:

Lifestyle is another resource for clean edits. It gives a bright, colorful touch to the image:

For romantic, warm soft tones you can try Rosy Good News:

In a creative, fun mood? Time for some cross-processing!

I love how they can fit urban images, such as the following example using Editorialize Me:

However, they can be used on countryside images as well as in the example below using Sunday Paper:

Don’t you love what a touch of cross-processing can do to green and blue tones?

Ready for some B&W? For a simple soft conversion, I use Classifieds:

For a deep and dramatic conversion, Newsprint can do wonders:

One last tip – if the effect of a preset is too strong for your image, try lower the opacity of a preset.  I describe the method I use to do so in this tutorial here.

Now it’s your turn! What is your favorite Paparazzi preset? Share it with us in the comments section.

About the Author:

Lisa Tichané is a lifestyle photographer specialized in kids, babies and family photography. Based in France she is also traveling internationally for commissioned advertising projects. Her style is fun, energetic and playful with a touch of mischief. She thrives to capture real life, true joy and wild carefree moments. She is a published author and the instructor of the Capturing Joy online workshop. Visit Lisa Tichané online.


  1. Sarah Wilkerson Jan 13 2012 at 5:32 am - Reply

    Beautiful images, Lisa – and the presets look amazing!!!

  2. The New Diplomats Wi Jan 13 2012 at 6:02 am - Reply

    i'll have to try the opacity trick – i have these but i found most to be way too strong for my taste but will give them a second go!

  3. Pam Douglas Jan 13 2012 at 6:03 am - Reply

    great post. I own both sets of presets and i LOVE them. You are right in that there is something for every style you are going for. Your photos are beautiful 🙂

  4. Linda O'Rourke Jan 13 2012 at 6:32 am - Reply

    Will these presets work with Photoshop Elements?

  5. Mindy Newton Jan 13 2012 at 7:30 am - Reply

    Thank you for sharing these with us, I love seeing how all of the presets can look on different images!

  6. Megan Cieloha Jan 14 2012 at 8:09 am - Reply

    Wonderful examples, Lisa!

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