[last update 17/5/2017, lot of things happened in this area as website’s moved/disappeared, prices changed and new presets bundles exists, see remarks in italics below]
It is just a year ago when I wrote and published article about Stuart’s Photomatix Pro Presets. I know from Google Analytics that this article remains still very popular. But time in the meantime progressed and currently more Photomatix Pro presets are available. Some of them are for free, some of them are offered for reasonable price. Below you will find collection of popular Photomatix Pro presets. If you know collection which is not listed here, please make comment below the article.
Free presetsStuart’s Photomatix Presets – These 80 presets were made by Stuart Perry in 2009, the collection is still available for free. To download, find ‘Download’ icon in left sidebar.
Wojciech Toman’s presets – Young Poland photographer from Warsaw is running special site focused on HDR, he published almost 70 presets usable for landscape, nature and cityscape image tone mapping.Moose Peterson’s presets – Moose Peterson published this basic set of preset available for free to all people interested in HDR photography (link to page has updated on 20/5/2017).44 Free Presets for Photomatix – Richard Harrington has collected wonderful collection of free presets, some of them were made by him, some made by another photographers. (added 20/5/2017)Tim Martin’s Free Photomatix Presets – Tim Martin, founder of presetpro.com website is offering 5 Photomatix Presets for free. (added 20/5/2017)
Spook’s presets – 13 presets, focused mainly on landscape and nature image tone mapping, made by Mark White. (removed 20/5/2017 as website digital-creativity.co.uk does not contain presets file anymore)
HDR Made Easy presets – these 5 presets were created by Jimmy Batte and Steve Rich for free. Now linked to Jimmy Batte’s blog. (updated 20/5/2017 as original website does not exists)
Premium presetsTrey’s Photomatix presets – Do you know Trey Ratcliff? No? So check his blog Stuck In Customs, he is one of most popular HDR photographers. He is offering two packages ($19 each) and bundle of all presets together ($29). (updated 20/5/2017)PresetPro Premium Photomatix Presets – collection of 40 premium Photomatix presets made by PresetPro for creating amazing HDR images. It costs $29. (added 20/5/2017)Aiken HDR Photomatix Pro Preset Bundle – it seems Aiken HDR is successor of HDR Made Easy (see updated link above in free presets section), however with paid versions of Photomatix presets. This one contains 80 presets for $2.99, there is also lightened version containing only 25 presets for $0.99. (added 20/5/2017)
The installation of presets is pretty easy. Locate your directory where Photomatix Pro is installed. For my Win7 laptop the location is C:\Program Files\PhotomatixPro4\CustomPresets. I recommend to create subdirectories here, each one for one collection of presets. You unzip downloaded archive to the particular subdirectory. I also recommend to use short acronyms of presets collection for subdirectory names (for instance stuart, toman, aiken etc).
Now you can start Photomatix Pro application and proceed you bracketed raw images to create HDR image. Click Tone Mapping button on the left toolbar to make final tweak of image. The preset toolbar offers combo on the top, it contains list of subdirectories created above. Select one and you will see effect of each preset in the small thumbnail.