As many would have already known, I use both the Capture One Pro 7 and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for my post process and tethering needs. You can read more about my Adobe Photoshop Lightroom process flow here.

I also shoot a lot of white and/or black backgrounds of recent, and I have developed these Adjustment Brush(k) presets to use with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.

Before & After Lightroom
White Background Blowout effect, before and after


Before & After Lightroom
Black Background Darken effect, before and after. By the way, if you can’t see the difference of blacks, you might need to recalibrate your monitor.

To install,

>1) Navigate to your Lightroom presets folder. The easiest way to do this is to go to Lightroom’s preferences by clicking the Lightroom menu and choosing Preferences (PC: Edit > Preferences). Then choose the Presets tab and click the “Show Lightroom Presets Folder” button to open the Lightroom Folder.

>2) Now go into the Lightroom Folder. Then go into the Local Adjustment Presets folder.

>3) UNZIP the file you downloaded from the bottom of this post.

>4) Copy and paste the “.lrtemplate” files into the Local Adjustment Presets folder.

>5) Restart Lightroom

To use, simply select Adjustment Brush while you are in Develop module, or simply tap the K key on the keyboard. Select ‘Background Darken-MF’ from the Effects dropdown. Simply paint it over the background for the effect. I also like to toggle Auto Mask for the edge detection. You can also view the mask overlay by tapping the O key.


Melvin’s LR4 Background Adjustment Brush Preset