Cross Pro Kit

Lightroom Preset Collection

Introducing Cross Pro Kit

As the foundation for the Cross Pro Kit, I took the concept of cross processing that originated in film photography during the 1960s. Cross processing is when you deliberately develop film with the wrong chemicals to produce interesting and artsy effects.

 

Even before I seriously got involved with photography, I was a big fan of cross processing. I liked the stylish, retro look that was popular in fashion photography.

 

Because of my fondness, I thought it would be a great opportunity to incorporate cross processing into the Lightroom Rapid Editing workflow.

“The cornerstone of the Cross Pro Kit is the Split Toning functionality in Lightroom that allows us to emulate the cross processing effect of analog photography. ”

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Cross Pro Kit Collection

The Cross Pro Kit is a collection of 20 style presets that produce different cross processed styles. Each style comes in three versions:
mild (+), normal (++), and strong (+++).

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Cross Pro Kit in Action

There are a few variations of how you can use the Cross Pro Kit workflow. I will start with the most basic approach and, at the end of the case studies, I will share more ways on how you can use the kit.


Step #1

The Cross Pro Kit comes with two BASE presets—one for landscapes and one for portraits. These are the most generic presets I have ever created. They will work with pretty much any photo.


Depending on whether you are editing a landscape or a portrait, apply one of the BASE presets first. 


Step #2

As part of the Lightroom Rapid Editing workflow, use the TOOLKIT to adjust the exposure, open the shadows, recover the highlights, boost the contrast, and so on.


Step #3

Go through the Cross Pro Kit style presets to find interesting and artistic variations of your photo. Save the variations you like as Snapshots.


That’s it! 


The Cross Pro Kit is the logical extension of Lightroom Rapid Editing methodology where you can produce fast and stunning results in Lightroom without touching the main editing sliders or development tools. 

Case Study: Landscape

Unprocessed RAW Image

Base Landscapes (9, 17, 32, 34)

For the landscape case study, I selected the photo I took in the Valley of the Gods in Utah.

On the left side, you can see the original unprocessed RAW image.


Step #1

I started the editing process by applying the Base Landscapes preset from the Cross Pro Kit to the original image.


Step #2

Next, I opened to the TOOLKIT and applied the following adjustments:

09. Open Shadows +++
17. Clarity ++
32. Vignetting ++
34. Sky Neutral 0

On the right side, you can see the result of the editing adjustments.
The Editing Formula: Base Landscapes (9, 17, 32, 34)


Step #3

Finally, I jumped to the Cross Pro Kit and started clicking through the different styles trying to find visually appealing versions.

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Cross Pro Kit Creative Variations

Acadia ++

Yellowstone ++

Olympic ++ ++

Everglades +

Joshua Tree ++

Yosemite +++

Grand Teton ++

Glacier Bay +++

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Case Study: Travel Portrait

Unprocessed RAW Image

Base - People (8, 12 ,20, 33)

For the travel portrait case study, I selected the photo I took in the Big Sur in California .


On the left side, you can see the original unprocessed RAW image.


Step #1

I started the editing process by applying the Base People preset from the Cross Pro Kit to the original image.


Step #2

Next, I opened to the TOOLKIT and applied the following adjustments:


08. Open Shadows ++

12 Contrast +

20 Vibrance +

33. Vignetting +++


On the right side, you can see the result of the editing adjustments.The Editing Formula: Base People (8, 12, 20, 33)


Step #3

Finally, I used Cross Pro Kit's crossed processed styles to find visually interesting variations.

Cross Pro Kit Creative Variations

Acadia ++

Zion ++

Redwood ++

Everglades ++

Yosemite ++

Crater Lake ++

Grand Teton ++

Glacier Bay +++

More Ways to Use the Cross Pro Kit


Option #2

Use the Cross Pro Kit in combination with my other preset collections. Instead of using the BASE presets from the Cross Pro Kit in Step 1, try to combine it with different style presets.


Option #3

Use the Cross Kit Pro in combination with the presets you have in your library, the presets I did not develop. I encourage you to try as many combinations as possible.


Option #4

You do not have to use presets in Step 1 or Step 2. If you prefer to edit freestyle in Lightroom using the develop sliders and tools, do not change your workflow.


When you finish freestyle editing, jump over to the Cross Pro Kit and experiment with various styles by applying them to your original edits. 

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