Free Lightroom Preset – Punchy HDR

A new Lightroom Preset – Punchy HDR

Sharing a Lightroom Preset that I have been using in Adobe Lightroom 4 (LR4) which creates a [tooltip text=”High Dynamic Range”]HDR[/tooltip] photo from your Single photo. To take the most advantage of this preset it is best suitable for RAW image format as opposed to JPEG. This is because, RAW file format has much more dynamic range so pushing the photo to various extremes still gives you a great result.


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Lightroom 5 Users: Lightroom 5Check out the LR5 version of this Punchy HDR Preset which has been updated to suit LR5.

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Before (Raw File)

The photo below is straight out of the camera in RAW format, no editing done.

The before photo

You can see the image is very dark and notice the histogram is also compressed.


After we apply the Lightroom Preset Punchy HDR, notice the histogram how it pops up to life and well the result is just amazing!!

The After Photo

Before and After

[box type=”shadow”] The preset will be a great starting point for you but feel free to tweak the settings to get the best out of your photo. If you like our Free Preset, leave us a comment or share with your friends online[/box]


Sample 2 - Bondi Beach Sydney
Sample 2 – Bondi Beach Sydney
Sample 3 - Sculptures by the Sea - Bondi Beach Sydney
Sample 3 – Sculptures by the Sea – Bondi Beach Sydney


Watch the video below to get started with installing the preset and start using it on your computer. Steps are the same for Lightroom 4 or Lighroom 5.

  • Unzip the downloaded file in any desired folder.
  • Launch your Lightroom 4 on your computer
  • Switch to Develop Module and navigate to the Preset>User Presets in the left panel
  • Right Click on “User Presets” folder and select Import
  • Locate the folder where you unzipped the downloaded file
  • Select the Preset and click Import
  • And your Preset is installed


31 comments Add yours
  1. I’m fairly new to Lightroom, and particularly to HDR photography (in which I’m very interested). This is the first Lightroom preset I’ve downloaded and it’s blown me away! Thanks very much for sharing, much appreciated. Cheers.

    1. Thanks for the feedback. I’d love to see what you create with it. Post a link here if you put your processed photo online.

      1. Hi Harmeet,

        I was using Win7 at work when I first downloaded the file — those attempts were not successful. I just now downloaded it at home using Win8 and the file (and preset) work fine.

        Can’t explain it, but thanks for responding and thanks for this cool effect. 🙂

        1. No worries my pleasure. Please feel free to share the photos here which you create with the preset. I would love to see how you use the preset on your photos.

    1. What a great result!!! Thanks for sharing Howard. 😉
      By the way, what car is that?? Its got a Ford badge but I’ve not seen it here in Australia.

    1. LR3 and LR4 are very different. Adobe changed the entire Develop interface and its development sliders. I am sorry but I almost certain that this preset is not compatible with LR3.

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  2. Hi, I can’t seem to be able to obtain the download link, even after liking the preset. Can you please email it to me? Cheers!

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