The Quantum Collection: Free Presets for Adobe Lightroom and Camera RAW

Posted By on Feb 10, 2015 | 14 comments


We’re excited to announce The Photon Collective’s first set of film-like Lightroom and Camera RAW presets. View a collection of sample photos we edited using presets from the set, and download all 16 presets absolutely free.

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Introduction

We love using presets in our photo editing workflow. Every time we make a new edit of one of our most beloved photos, we save a preset of the edits so that we can come back to it in the future and refine it for use on other photos. Presets make it easier to create a cohesive visual style for any collection of photographs. Like using our favorite films, a processing preset is a way to consistently recreate a certain artistic mood for your photographs.

 

The Quantum Collection has been an on-going project of ours to create a useful and beautiful set of visual styles for your photography. Our original preset pack was called Film Speck One (released on Lonely Speck) which included 102 presets based on all of our favorite photo edits of 2014. The Quantum Collection takes a new and improved approach to the presets with significantly more refinement and universality in the way the presets work.

 

Each of the presets in the The Quantum Collection are named after the subatomic particles that define our universe. As these particles are the fundamental building blocks of everything, the presets can be used for anything: portraits, landscapes, street, or whatever creative genre you love to shoot.

Every preset comes in varying levels of intensity and types. Each intensity level applies a stronger level of processing, and varying the preset type from standard to dynamic (DR) allows the preset to work with different light types, from soft flat light to high dynamic range light.

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Examples from The Quantum Collection

The Quantum Collection includes a total of 16 preset flavors, each with two types, standard and dynamic, and each type includes three different levels of intensity: standard, +1 and +2 for a total of 96 individual presets to meet every type of photographic look.

Here are some examples of a few flavors from The Quantum Collection:

Charm

Charm is made to mimic a heavily graded and processed cinematic film with strong hue shifts and toning. Bright oranges and reds become rich and deep while blues shift to a dark teal and cyan.

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Down

Down is a high vibrance and punchy film look with violet shadows, saturated blues and warm orange highlights.

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Gluon

Gluon is a contrasty low saturation film that brings attention to blues and greens while softening reds and oranges for a cool understated look.

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Muon

Muon is another high-contrast desaturated film, this time with reduced greens, warm airy highlights and silver shadows.

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Quark

Quark adds a quirky blend of colors to photos by painting shadows with a faded crimson and highlights with turquoise.

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Strange

Strange looks as strange as it sounds. Green and purple hues contrast with each other in this unique and abnormally colored film look.

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Tau

Tau is a beautiful film made for both landscapes and portraits. It’s easy on skin tones and earth tones while enhancing vibrance in blues and aquas.

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Up

Up is a low-contrast soft look cinematic film with the classic cyan shadow and orange highlight shifts.

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W

W is a monochrome preset that simulates the look of a yellow-green filtered black & white film. It darkens red and blue tones for a dramatic look.

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Z

Z is an infrared-like monochrome film that washes out red tones to white and creates a dreamy high-contrast look.

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There are 14 color and 2 monochrome presets total, each with 6 individual variations, for a total of 96 individual Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw presets.

Quantum Collection Tools Pack Included

The Quantum Collection also includes the latest version of Quantum Collection Tools Pack, a series of 3 simple-to-use tools to give your images that last final touch of polish. The tools include several universal preset modifiers that make adjustments to the contrast, dynamic range and contrast curve.

Tools Pack Preset Modifiers:

  • Curve S/+/++/+++
  • Contrast+/++/+++
  • DR+/++/+++

Curve S+++ Example



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Download The Quantum Collection for Free

or… Pay What You Want

The Quantum Collection for Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw is available for free or as a pay-what-you-want download.

It’s completely free for anyone (no strings attached), but if you’d like to pitch in to support The Photon Collective and the creation of more tools like this, you can select a price level that suits you below, and we’ll throw in two extra bonus presets. Any paid amount gets you to the same Quantum Collection download link with two bonus presets, even if you only pay $5.

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Pay $5 or more to get two bonus presets!

If you pay $5 or more, you’re doing a huge favor in helping us develop more tools like this, so we’ll give you access to the exclusive Photon and Higgs presets. These are two of our favorite presets, and they’re reserved for our biggest supporters. Check out the bonus preset previews below:

Photon

Photon is a contrasty, saturated preset with mildly indigo blacks, teal skies and warm highlights.

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Higgs

Higgs is a natural looking high-contrast monochrome filter that mimics black and white film exposed behind a deep red filter.

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Thanks so much for your support, we hope you enjoy these presets! Let us know your favorites in the comments below.
Cheers!
–The Photon Collective

100% Satisfaction Guarantee

If you’re not satisfied with The Quantum Collection for any or no reason at all, let us know and we’ll refund 100% of your purchase price, no questions asked.

Questions?

We want to make this preset pack one of the best Lightroom/ACR tools available anywhere. If you’re having issues, or want to ask a question, please feel free to contact us.

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Please download the presets immediately via the download link on this page.

The links are set to expire in approximately 0.005479 Earth years (48 hours). Please contact us at info@photoncollective.com if you have any trouble with the download.

Installation Instructions

Installing the Lightroom Presets

  1. Locate your download and extract the .zip file. (Check your Downloads folder if you’re unsure where you saved it.)
  2. Open the Quantum Collection folder and open the Lightroom folder. Copy the 3 folders inside and Paste them into the Develop Presets folder:
    • On a Mac, open Finder and select Go from the menu at the top of your screen. Hold the alt/option key to reveal the hidden Library folder and select Library. From the Library folder, navigate to /Application Support/Adobe/Lightroom/Develop Presets/
    • On a PC, it’s located in C:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Lightroom\Develop Presets\
  3. Relaunch Lightroom. Enter the Develop Module and select any of the presets of your choice via the Preset bar on the left. The presets will appear in Quantum Collection folders in the Presets bar.

Installing and Using the Presets in Adobe Camera Raw

  1. Locate your download and extract the .zip file. (Check your Downloads folder if you’re unsure where you saved it.)
  2. Open the Quantum Collection folder and open the ACR folder. Copy all the .XMP files (copy the individual files, not the folder) and Paste them into the Camera Raw Settings folder:
    • On a Mac, open Finder and select Go from the menu at the top of your screen. Hold the alt/option key to reveal the hidden Library folder and select Library. From the Library folder, navigate to /Application Support/Adobe/CameraRaw/Settings/
    • On a PC, it’s located in C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application Data\Adobe\CameraRaw\Settings\
  3. Open any RAW file in Adobe Camera Raw.
  4. In Adobe Camera Raw, select the Presets Tab on the right toolbar and pick the preset of your choice.

Using the Presets

The presets are made to modify any number of Lightroom or Camera Raw settings, but they won’t touch white balance, exposure, lens corrections, noise reduction or any local adjustments like graduated filters.

What the presets modify:

  • Contrast
  • Highlights
  • Shadows
  • White Clipping
  • Black Clipping
  • Tone Curve
  • Clarity
  • Saturation
  • Vibrance
  • Color Adjustments
  • Split Toning
  • Calibration

Here are some tips on using the presets:

  • Before applying a preset, I recommend first adjusting your photo for exposure and white balance per your own taste.
  • Some presets may need tweaking depending on your exposure. If the preset appears too bright or dark, tweak the Exposure slider until it suits your preferences.
  • Presets should be just a starting point for your final processing, tweak those sliders to get the most out of your photos!

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14 Comments

  1. Z DR++
    I love it. Thank you very much.

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  2. Wonderful presets, Ian !
    Was looking for something like this
    Thank you so much

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  3. thx for your presets. i realy enjoyed the 2014 set

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  4. Thanks guys! Looking forward to more Tutorials, Reviews and Tools in the future.

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  5. These are great, especially the three black and white presets, I will be installing them as soon as I get home from work.

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  6. Hello,

    Do you have a suggestion on how to calibrate your computer monitor so when you begin your lightroom processing you know you are getting “accurate” color rendition? Do you rely on the calibration sequence “widget” provided for in your system preferences or do you have your own calibration routine?

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    • Walter,

      That’s a really good question that might be deserving of its own dedicated post. The built in gamma adjustment wizard in your system preferences is a very good way to get better colors but not necessarily truly accurate color. In order to get truly standardized accuracy you’ll need a tool like an X-Rite ColorMunki and ColorChecker Chart. The ColorMunki actually measures your monitor and adjusts accordingly. Monitors can change in color balance over time and the x-rite can correct for when it drifts out of spec. The ColorChecker is a way to create a calibration profile for your camera to match accuracy.

      I’ll be honest, I don’t actually calibrate my monitor beyond the built in system preferences wizard because I rarely print my photos. Most of my work lives online and so color accuracy isn’t super important since 99% of the people seeing my stuff online don’t have color calibrated displays either. Calibration can be a huge asset when printing though because it makes the display match the printer when using the proper print color profile which can be a great tell-tale sign of what your results will look like before you print.

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      • Thank’s you create such great lightroom preset that I thought you might be calibrating your monitor with something like an X-right to get the color just right! FYI, I purchased the new preset and they are great!

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  7. Got the presets…cheers!!!

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