Seim Effects Preset Guide: Whatever Seim Effects you use, this is the guide. A place to review features, what different effects do and how you can best use them. We’ll start with a legend of preset notations that you’ll find throughout various effect toolkit. These help you know what effects do so you can better mix match and manage.
The meaning of notations you may see on various Seim presets.
RESET Buttons: Reset Presets are buttons that do just what the name implies. Each category header that includes the term RESET will offer this feature. This means is always easily accessible. Use RESET’s liberally. Sometimes when you start blending various effects things will go the wrong direction. The general rule is, if something starts looking bad. Simply reset and try something new. Reset Presets reset all settings “except” Crop – Lens Corrections – Brushes. This allows you to reset effects on an image without changing trimming and lens profiles. If you want to truly fully reset “everything” just use the built in LR shortcut – SHIFT+CMD (CNTRL) +R. Note that RESET buttons work essentially the same in Apple Aperture.
Other Effect Notations: These are added after the name of the preset to indicate other things if does.
Standard Effects: Presets that don’t bear one of the notations below are standard effects. These generally leave exposure and White Balance alone, but may use any combination of other sliders to achieve their effect. They can be mixed, though any setting defined in a preset overwrites the same setting from previous effect that altered it. Remember, if you get a combination you don’t like, just use the RESET buttons.
(Xi) Presets: XI presets are tone independent. As in Gavin’s other LR collections, XI presets leave all settings above the Clarity slider completely alone. This is useful to know if you have an image that has already had tonal adjustments, and you want to leave those. Of course, you can also apply these to images that have had no previous adjustments as well.
(Cp) Presets: These effects work using only channels like WB, color, or mono sliders. They produce stunning results without altering any tone settings like blacks, curves, or any non channel slider. Cp is Only channels. Every time.
(Cc) Presets: These effects take channel processing further by altering Camera Calibration settings. They can be mixed with nearly any other effect.
(Tc) Presets: These powerful effects only use the Tone Curve setting and leave all other adjustments alone.
(G) Presets: G notation indicates that the effect applies a gradient filter, usually a light one. If you apply a preset with gradients and want to quickly remove them, just use the Gradient Reset preset in the 0: category.
(V) Presets: The V notion indicates that the preset includes a vignette. Gavin did not like the random way that vignettes were used, but felt some effects needed them. Users of the V preset can simply remove the Vignette if they don;’t want it using the “Remove Vignette” preset in the 0: category.
TONE Presets: Presets labeled “TONE” do one thing: they overlay a unique color tint onto an image. They are meant to be added to give a color hue such as Sepia or Selenium, but do so without affecting other settings. This means you can apply any conversion preset, then add the exact TONE you want without altering the rest.
RAW Reference Files.
It’s great to have some base reference files to try effects and experiment on. Many of Gavin collections include a few RAW files from Gavin. These cannot be used in your own portfolio, but they are great to experiment on.
Aperture Only Notations: For users of Gavin’s Lightflow collection for Apple Aperture.
oE = Open Exposure: This means everything in the Exposure tab is left alone. This is similar to Gavin’s XI presets for Lightroom. If you have previous setting there it will not touch them.
oT = Open tone: The Exposure and the Enhance tabs are left completely alone.