Lightroom’s popularity has increased, so too has the usage of presets to modify and enhance images. Because Lightroom is a non-destructive image editor, we can easily try out all types of presets and not change the original image file. This makes it easier than ever to experiment with applying effects to your images.
Today, we are going to look at how to creating presets in lightroom and then sample some of the web’s best preset offerings for Lightroom.
Creating Lightroom Presets
Creating presets in Lightroom is a breeze! It takes just a few steps to create your own custom preset. The first step is to enter the Develop module by pressing “D” on the keyboard, or by clicking on Develop at top right.
Next, use the settings on the panel on the right to apply some settings to an image. We can tweak exposure, adjust curves and black levels, and even apply custom color effects. Additional options such as lens corrections are also available.
Now that we have applied some settings to the image we are working with, we have the groundwork laid to create a preset with. Any settings applied to the image are now slated to be added to the preset.
On the left side, you’ll see the panel that features presets. To create a new preset, all that you need to do is press the “+” button. Now, a new window appears that allows us to customize the settings to include in the preset. Each portion of the effects we applied can be either checked or unchecked to include within the preset.
After choosing what parts of the edit that you want to include on the edit, make sure to give it a name and then press “Save.” That’s it! You now have presets, ready to apply to your images.
Installing Lightroom Presets
If you’ve downloaded other presets, you will need to install them in Lightroom in order to use them. Often times, presets will come in packs in zip archives. The first step will be to extract the zip files to a folder on your computer.
After extracting the presets, the first thing that I like to do is right-click in the Preset panel and create a new folder for my downloaded presets. I like putting all of my custom presets in their own folder to keep things organized.
After we’ve created our folder for presets, all that we need to do is right-click the folder we’ve created and then choose “import.”
A window will pop up to allow us to browse to the folder with the presets we downloaded. Point it to the folder of presets you want to install, and then select the presets to add to Lightroom. You can select multiple presets by holding shift and clicking to select a range of presets.
Click “Import” to confirm and that’s all that there is to it! Your downloaded presets are now ready to use.