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Lightroom Presets

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Do you find yourself making the same (or similar) edits to many of your images?

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Lightroom Presets can make your editing workflow fast and fun!

There are lots Lightroom Presets. As a matter of fact Lightroom comes with some default presets that Adobe considers a useful starting point for editing images. One of the best things about Lightroom is its ability to store develop settings as Presets so you can use them again later to edit other images. In addition to creating and saving your own presets, you can also download Lightroom presets from the web and use them in Lightroom.

In general Lightroom Presets are settings and adjustments that you may want to apply to all of the images or most of your photos during editing. These settings/instructions can be saved as a Lightroom preset in Lightroom, to be applied on import or in the develop module during editing. And the best thing is that Lightroom presets are non destructive, which means at any time you can go back to your original picture or modify the settings without damaging your original photo.

How to create presets in Lightroom

1- Open a photo in Lightroom’s Develop Module.

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To Create prestes in Lightroom just follow these easy steps

2 – Begin by editing the photo with the most commonly used adjustments that you usually apply to your images. In this example I am going to create a preset for close-up pictures. I like to adjust Highlight, Shadows, Vibrance, Clarity, Details, Lens Corrections, and Vignette in all of my Macro images.

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Start adding the most common adjustments to the photo

3 – After adjusting the common settings for a macro photo, go to the right hand side panel and click the + sign next to Preset tab.

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Click on + sign to create a new preset

 

4 – As you can see in this screenshot I selected the settings that I want to adjust for all macro images. Notice that I didn’t select the White Balance or Exposure as they are different from image to image, but I selected vignette because I like this feature in almost all macro images. Remember to name your preset properly so that you can remember it later!

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Make sure to name your custom preset properly for future uses

5- Job is done! Here is your customized a Lightroom Preset. Now you can not only select all the macro photos and apply these settings with only one click, but also you can apply the preset while importing the pictures to Lightroom. This will save you lots of time!

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Now you can see your very own custom Preset!

 

Creating Lightroom Presets is quite easy, but you should consider some very important fundamentals for naming and applying the presets. We are going to have a Complete Lightroom workshop on January 9, 2016. It is a 4 week program that covers the most powerful features of Lightroom. Come and join us to learn more tips and improve your digital editing workflow.

Check our upcoming Digital Photography and Editing Workshops for more information.

Ted and the Omnilargess Team

 

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