Did you know that you can create your own presets in Lightroom? Using your own presets is a great way to make your editing process much more efficient. It will save you a lot of time and you also make sure that your edited images will have a constant look.
What is a preset?
If you have never used or heard about the preset, this is something very good to know about.
Preset is a combination of saved settings, in order to get a certain look of an image. All these settings are applied to an image by a single click. However, when you apply a preset to your image, it doesn’t mean your image is ready to be exported. You always have to make final adjustments to achieve a perfect result.
When it’s a time to create your own presets?
You can consider creating your own presets if you:
- edit a lot of images
- wish to reach a cohesive look of your photos
- apply the same settings over and over to your images
- if you have different clients that require cohesive style
Working with presets is a great way if you wish to get a cohesive look of images on your blog or instagram. It’s also very useful to create presets for your each client, so if you take care of their instagram feed or work with them regularly, you can quickly and easily get that cohesive look you aim for.
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How you create a preset
Creating a preset is very easy. First, you need to edit an image. You can create simple presets or more complex ones, it depends only on you and what you need. You can make your presets for adding metadata, colour adjustments, camera profiles, basic editing settings, etc.
So, how you create your presets:
- Edit an image to get an ideal look – we will save those setting combination
- Go to Presets in the left-hand panel:
3. click on the PLUS icon you find next to the Presets:
4. The window will pop-up. Write a title of your preset. Do not name is preset1, preset2, but give it a specific name, that you will understand easily in the future, what the preset is about.
I named my presets as Moody&dark food, Dynamic morning, etc.
5. Choose or Create a Group, where the preset will be saved.
If you do not choose or create any new group, Lightroom will save your preset into a “User presets”. I created a group called LuciaMarecak where I save all my own presets. If you do a various types of photography, you can create groups, such as Landscape photography, Food Photography, etc.
6. Check or uncheck the settings you wish to save into a Preset.
Here, you can choose, which settings you wish to save into the preset. I prefer not to save exposure and sharpening, because it can vary on each photo. The same might be a white balance.
After you choose the settings, click on Create (2).
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How to use a Preset
As mentioned earlier, when you want to use your preset, go to the left-hand panel in Lightroom (you have to be in the Develop mode). Lightroom will offer you some default presets, you will have to scroll down to find the group you created with your own presets.
So, to apply your Preset you have to:
- import an image
- go to the Develop mode
- go to the left-hand panel and click on the preset you wish to apply
- go to the right-hand panel and adjust the final settings for a perfect look
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Every Friday I post an article about insights from my Lightroom Editing or Food Photography. These blogposts are full of helpful information, to help you to get your knowledge and skills in the food photography to the next level!
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Author: LUCIA MARECAK
Hi there! My name is Lucia,
I am a recipe developer, food blogger and food photographer behind the Healthy Goodies by Lucia. My goal is to help & inspire you to achieve a better work-life balance through healthy eating, food photography and self-development.