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QUICK TIP: Lightroom Presets


by Alan Winslow – September 25th, 2017

One of the time-saving features of Adobe Lightroom is the ability to save and apply editing settings to any number of images as Presets in the Develop Module.

In this quick tip, we will explore what a Preset is and how to save, remove, and edit them. We will also discuss how to import ones you’ve downloaded from the web.

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What is a Lightroom Preset?

In Lightroom, a Preset is a saved set of instructions telling the sliders what values to which they should be set. If you’ve taken the time to fine-tune an image and want to apply the same slider configuration to other images , Lightroom Presets are here to help.



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How to save a Preset:

First, select an image you’d like to tone.  Then make all your corrections. Once you’ve completed the toning process click the “+” icon on the Presets panel.


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You can also click on the Develop and select New Preset.

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A new dialog box should appear called New Develop Preset. Be sure that all the items checked are changes that you want to be included in this preset.

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Give your Preset a name: I like to name them according to the toning style. Ex: High Contrast  Black and White.

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Next, select the folder where the Preset will live. To keep Lightroom Presets organized consider saving them according to style. Ex: Black and White, Color, Alternative.

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Select all the boxes you want saved and click Create.

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After creating a Lightroom Preset, you can locate all your Presets in their corresponding folders in the Presets Panel.

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Adjusting Presets:

Adjusting any Lightroom Preset is quick and straightforward. First, apply the Preset to any photo. Next, modify your sliders.  After you’ve made your adjustments press control + click on the preset in the Preset Panel. A drop down menu should appear. Next select Update with Current Settings.

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In the Update Develop Preset menu select the setting you want to save. Click update.

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Deleting Presets:

Just select the Lightroom Preset you want to delete and click the -.

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Importing Presets:

When you download a preset from the web we need to get it into Lightroom where it’s accessible. To import Presets into your Lightroom development module right click in the Presets Panel. In the drop down menu select “import.”

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A new window called Import Presets will open. Locate the presets that you’ve downloaded and selected Open. The new Presets now live in the Presets Tab.


Presets can be extremely helpful to get my images close to a final look but never solely rely on them. After applying a Preset fine tune the image to lock in your final .

If you used correctly, Presets will save you time in your editing process and give you a consistent look and feel across your portfolio.

As a bonus, we’re including two presets, Soft Black and White and Deep Shadow Contrast for free download to get you started.

Soft Black and White

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Deep Shadow Contrast

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And remember, that if your monitor is not properly calibrated, you may see incorrect colors and contrast values making all your corrections unusable. To learn more head over to XritePhoto.com

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