Hardrocker – A Lightroom preset for a harder look

Written by on October 13, 2008 in Presets - 16 Comments

I was playing around in Lightroom and suddenly came up with a sweet preset I just had to share with you guys. I call it PH Hardrocker because it makes your photos grainy and hard looking. You should definitely try it out! Check out the before/after images and you’ll see what I mean…

Preset in action


PH Hardrocker:


PH Hardrocker:

PH Hardrocker (25818 downloads)

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16 Comments on "Hardrocker – A Lightroom preset for a harder look"

  1. Simon October 14, 2008 at 4:01 pm ·

    VERY nice Preset, thanks very much for your blog!

  2. Pierre October 14, 2008 at 4:27 pm ·

    I’m glad to hear you like it! Thank you!

  3. Schona Kessler Photography October 15, 2008 at 2:04 am ·

    Another instant fave Thanks

  4. Iwan October 20, 2008 at 8:28 am ·

    Luv this one too.

    Thank you!

  5. LivE October 25, 2008 at 8:58 am ·

    KEWL. Very very cool. :D Thanks so much!

  6. Dan October 31, 2008 at 2:53 pm ·

    This is great, thanks.

  7. magdalena January 26, 2009 at 11:47 am ·

    so nice!! thank you for sharing!

  8. Kim February 17, 2009 at 6:08 am ·

    awesome… ;-)

  9. David Lemp May 17, 2009 at 11:57 pm ·

    Love the preset, but I notice in Lightroom 2 when sliding the clarity down it has a soft glow effect to it. How would I remove the soft glow?

  10. Pierre May 18, 2009 at 4:37 am ·

    Hi David and thanks for your comment!
    When sliding clarity down below “0”, the glow effect will always appear. It’s meant to be that way in LR. I suggest you try to decrease the contrast instead to achieve the effect you’re trying to get. You can also decrease a little on the clarity (not below 0 though) and play with both “Brightness” and “Contrast”.

  11. Tasra Dawson September 6, 2009 at 5:27 pm ·

    Thanks for sharing your presets. Used this one on a whole set of DragonCon images from parade in downtown Atlanta. Got great feedback from viewers so I tweeted your link so they could download it too!

    DragonCon image gallery with Hardrocker preset: http://bit.ly/t365D5
    Twitter link: http://twitter.com/tasradawson

  12. Candice March 1, 2010 at 8:24 pm ·

    Thank you so much for lighting my life [via Lightroom], I’ve been trying for how long with photoshop and couldn’t get the look i saw in one pic, I heard about this site via a friend and i’m so so so so so thankful for some one like you that is willing to show and tell. :) :) :)

  13. Yves Bitrin May 24, 2010 at 10:12 am ·

    Very nice preset and thanks for your blog.

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