This is a video remake of an older tip I did when the blog was still in Dutch. I get asked this question quite a lot during the workshops: ‘Is there a way to ‘fade’ the effect of a preset?’.
Well, there is no real ‘fade’ slider in Lightroom, so you’re left with one of two options: you try to figure out what it is the preset does (and what sliders it changes by how much) and then fiddle with those sliders. This is however a cumbersome method, as some presets can be fairly complex, change dozens of sliders and even use localised edits such as graduated filters.
You could also open the preset in a text editor, to try to find out the settings used, but this is not for the faint-hearted!
An easier and highly controllable, albeit more storage-hungry way of doing things is presented in the following movie. If you know of other ways, please share them in the comments.
P.S. Those of you who are new to the blog might also be interested in the ‘Look ma, only Lightroom’ video I did a while back, on how to make a print layout in Lightroom.