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I have been playing with various options, tried various tutorials.. but I never get the post processed image I am looking for.

Tried using ligthroom presets, but the result is always a very artificially made up picture and an eyesore, with uneven highlights/contrasts and even uneven sharpness :( :( (I varied all sliders to make it look sober, but in vain).

I like my pictures to resemble something like this (basically Indian wedding)

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?id=383945828208&aid=310488

does anybody has an idea how to get these golden/reddish sheer yet very soothing picture.

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Welcome to the site, Andy. Your original title was actually much better than the generic "need help in lightroom 3" — even better would be more specific to the actual problem. That draws in people who might know or be interested in figuring out the specific issue; the generic one is easily glossed-over. –  mattdm Mar 29 '11 at 2:31
    
@matt: Thanks Matt... will keep this in mind the next time... @jrista: Thanks –  PRK Mar 29 '11 at 3:12

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First off, while Lightroom is a fantastic program, it does have its limitations. Creating photos like the ones you linked might require some work in Photoshop to get the full effect. Photoshop supports reusable actions as well, which would make it possible for you to create an action that gives you this specific look, and reuse it over and over to create photos like this in a few seconds each. That said, here are some options with Lightroom:

  1. Drop the Vibrancy setting a bit, and increase Saturation a tad.
    • The photos you linked seem to be saturated in some channels, while desaturated in others. They are not completely devoid of color, and they seem to have a spread of color, so I wouldn't use the split toning feature (which will literally reduce your photo to two color grades).
  2. Push exposure up a bit, or push the brightness setting up a bit.
    • Most of the photos you linked look like they are close to being overexposed, but not actually overexposed. By increasing the exposure or brightness setting, you can get that high-key look.
  3. Manually tweak the saturation and lightness of individual color channels.
    • Lightroom offers low level control over individual color ranges, such as reds, oranges, blues, violets, etc. you can selectively reduce the saturation in certain range, shift the color of one range towards another, etc. You should be able to achieve a wide variety of creative tone and color in your photos this way.
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I think you will want to use the split toning section in the develop module to adjust the color.

There is a decent tutorial on split toning at digital photography school.

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You can either use split-tone or you can make your way with Filters Unlimited. You can also save the filter and you can extend it as much as you need.

I personally use IrfanView + this filter...and batch apply some effects on files.

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