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How to Use and Create New Lightroom Presets

Lightroom has many amazing features, and one of them is Lightroom Presets. If you apply the same settings on to majority of the photos and want to save the time and maintain the consistent result, then Lightroom Presets are for you!

I have created some custom presets for my editing work and in most cases just applying one or two presets, and job is done! You can even apply presets while importing the photos to Lightroom! That is for another article though!

Lightroom ships with many default presets. Most of these presets are good starting points, but creating new Custom Presets according to your photography style or brand is the real feature.

What is Lightroom Presets?

Presets are set of adjustments that Lightroom remembers them and just by clicking one Button, it applies the whole adjustments to the selected image or images. In new Lightroom release (as of July 2018), you can even organize the presets and search for a particular one.

How do Lightroom Presets work?

Generally speaking, Lightroom remembers and applies certain settings in to the pictures. These can be a couple of adjustments or more. In this article I am going to focus on presets pal that ships with Lightroom.

Where are the Lightroom Presets?

You can find Lightroom Presets under Develop Module, on the Left hand side panel.

Lightroom Presets

Lightroom Presets

You notice that Lightroom comes with different varieties of presets. They are placed under different packs, here is the list of the packs

Color, Creative, B&W, Curve, Sharpening, Vignetting, Classic – B&W Filter, Classic – B&W Presets, Classic – Color Presets, Classic – Effects, Classic – General, Classic – Video, and User Presets.

 

Lightroom Presets Packs

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Different Presets organized inside each pack

Click on the arrow (the little Triangle) next to each pack to open the package and see the Presets inside it.

Openning presets packs

Lightroom Presets
There are several presets inside each pack

You can hover the mouse over each Preset and see the result life on the image. In this example I selected Blue Filter B&W and you can see the effect.

Applying effects using Preset

Lightroom Presets
Lightroom applied all the adjustment for me just with one click!

That single click consisted of multiple adjustments that Lightroom applied. You can find the adjustments by looking in to the right panel and check what Lightroom changed to achieve the result. It is a good starting point for fine tweak the image further if needed.

Changes that Lr applied

Lightroom Presets
Lightroom applied many steps for this preset.

You can start experimenting with all of these presets. There are lots of neat and interesting effects, Go ahead and play with them. Lightroom is a non-destructive program, it won’t change your photos permanently. Keep trying different presets and stay tuned for our next article in how to Create Your own Lightroom Presets.

That is all for now. We love to hear from you. Let us know if you have used Lightroom Presets.Please send your questions to us and we will be more than happy to answer them. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more Free Tutorials and Tips.

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