Learning how to use LR presets is a valuable skill for anyone interested in photography to possess, especially for your post-editing workflow. Presets can help save time, and they can also “remember” your favorite settings for you. Many editors and photographers spend years learning how to tweak presets to give their photos a specific look and feel.
Learning how to use LR presets is a 2-part process. First, you will need to learn how presets affect your photos. It is easiest to do this by using a preset made by another photographer or a post editing photography company, like The Deviant Lens. You can buy custom LR presets for many different themes, hundreds are available. When you are first starting out you can utilize them just as they are set-up, but remember, once you become more familiar and advanced, you will have the ability to adjust and tweak these presets to match your unique photography style (as every photographer has a different style).
Once you have gotten the hang of using pre-made presets, you can start experimenting with creating your own. You may even want to begin by creating simple ones that only utilize a few settings. For example, if you need to adjust the brightness of a few photos that were taken at the same event, create a simple preset for that task.
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Presets are a series of saved adjustments photographers make on their photos. Presets can help save time when editing many photos at once.
For example, if you are editing wedding photos from one event that have all been shot in the same light, you will likely end up making similar adjustments on each photo. Instead of making the same adjustments on several photos over and over, you can simply create a preset. Then, you can apply that preset to every photo in your batch and all of your photos will have the same adjustments.
Presets save you time because you will not need to perform the same monotonous tasks on each wedding photo. Simply save your preset settings and use those same settings on every photo to create a consistent look for your images.
Lightroom presets are created by either the users, the professional preset developers, or an outsource photo editing company. Adobe even has a few presets preloaded in Lightroom. In theory, anyone can create a preset with the right amount of time and practice.
You may want to create a preset to use on your photos, or you can buy different collections from The Deviant Lens. Presets are similar to filters. You can apply them to any photo to ensure a grouping of photos all have the same look and feel. A consistent style for your images is a crucial part of sharing your unique photography style. You can even layer several presets on one photo. Once you have a handle on the idea of this feature, you can begin mixing and matching different presets, for example, you could layer: HDR Preset with a Glamour Preset Giving an Extraordinary Image Result!
Professional photographers often take advantage of presets for a variety of reasons. Some of the reasons to use presets include:
There are a few tips you will need when you are first starting to learn how to use LR presets. The most important tip is to practice using presets as much as you can before applying them to important projects. The more comfortable you are with this feature, the more effective it will be.
Once you are comfortable using presets, try making a few yourself. You will want to learn from others’ preset settings as well as dive right into creating your own.
Adobe Lightroom has its own presets. The easiest way to begin using presets is to try out a few of the free ones included with your Adobe software. Once you are somewhat familiar with this feature, you can consider purchasing a few, more sophisticated ones from The Deviant Lens to make your photos stand out and become truly unique.
The best part about using presets is you can easily apply a premade preset to your photo for instant editing. You will still want to familiarize yourself with this feature, though. Sometimes even presets created by developers need a little tweaking after you apply them to your photos. If you are already familiar with installing premade presets, you can jump down to the next section.
Step 1: Download your preset
Step 2: Open Lightroom
Step 3: Enter “Develop” mode
Step 4: The presets module should appear. If not, select tab to get the sidebars to appear. Or select the white arrow on the center left-hand side of your LR catalog
Step 5: Right-click the presets module. Click “Import”
Step 6: Locate and select your desired preset from your desktop, hard drive, or USB to import.
Step 7: To apply your imported preset to a photo, start by opening that image in the develop module.
Step 8: Choose the preset you want to apply to your image.
Step 9: Apply the desired preset.
Step 10: Export image to save your photo
Your preset is now applied to your photo. Make sure everything looks good before you save your photo and finalize results.
The best part about using LR presets is that you can apply your preset to batches of photos to save even more time. This works especially well with photos taken at the same event, photos taken in the same light and photos with similar technical elements.
How to Apply Presets to Batches of Photos
Step 1: Import photos to Lightroom.
Step 2: Open “Library”
Step 3: Click the checkbox on each photo’s thumbnail
Step 4: Open the “Quick Develop” module
Step 5: Choose the preset you want to apply
Step 6: The preset will automatically be applied to your chosen photos
Step 7: Save your photos
Step 8: Open each photo
Step 9: Double check each photo to ensure the presets you apply are appropriate for each one
As the preset is applied to each photo, you will notice the elements of the thumbnails begin to change. Do not assume a preset will automatically look the same when applied to every one of your photos, though. Sometimes different lighting or a photo’s elements and composition can change the look of the preset. Adjusting the settings individually on each photo can help give your work a more professional edge.
Learning how to use presets takes time, patience, and intuition to completely perfect. You will need to learn how to use your photographer’s intuition to master this feature. Just like many other photo edits, applying presets is not an overnight skill, so continue to practice your skills and become a unique master editor! The Deviant Lens presets will save you countless hours on this journey!