Sometimes your photos seem a little dull and need some life. Fortunately, Lightroom makes it possible to take a photo with dull colors and make it pop. In this tutorial we’ll look at a few simple steps that you can do to bring your photos to life.

The settings used in this tutorial are from the Mega Pop preset that is part of’s Color Pop Lightroom Presets. This is a very strong effect that may product results that are too strong with some photos. If you’re looking for some presets that can really bring your photos to life, check out the Color Pop Presets.

Here is the sample photo that we will be working with for this tutorial.

And here is a sneak peak of the photo after the changes we will be making.

To get started, change the following settings:

  • Contrast: +10
  • Highlights: -20
  • Shadows: +35
  • Blacks: +35

So we add a small amount of contrast, and then increase the dynamic range with the changes to highlights, shadows, and blacks.

Next, apply the followin g settings in the “Presence” section:

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  • Clarity: +65
  • Vibrance: +45
  • Saturation: +10

The strong increase in clarity will give the photo a sharper look. A big boost to vibrance and a smaller boost to saturation will make the colors pop. If the effect is too strong for the photo that you are working with you can back off of these settings until you get the look that you want.

The last change we are going to make is to the tone curve. Select the preset called “medium contrast” to add just a bit more contrast.

Here is a side-by-side look at the before and after versions.

This is a very strong effect and should be used when you are working with a photo with dull colors and when a strong effect is what you are after. For a more subtle effect you can reduce the strength of the settings, especially for clarity, vibrance, and saturation.

If you’re interested in Lightroom presets that will make it easy to boost the colors in your photos please check out the Color Pop Lightroom Presets from

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