How to Make Your Own Photo Presets in Lightroom

Presets are one of the most useful ways to both ensure greater consistency across your edits and to speed up your workflow. This helpful tutorial will show you how you can create your own sets of presets in Lightroom in no time. 

Coming to you from Lucy Martin, this great video will show you how to create your own presets in Lightroom. Remember that presets are not a shortcut past not knowing how to edit a photo to get the look you want, but they do offer a great way to codify your editing style and make it easy to apply it instantly to any photo you wish. They're especially useful if you find yourself often making the same edits to multiple photos. I also find them helpful in sparking a bit of creativity. When I know I have a good photo, but I'm just not sure in which direction I want to take the edit, I'll cycle through my presets to quickly preview a bunch of rough styles, and often, that's enough for me to decide where to take the edit. Also, remember that you don't have to save all your settings to a preset; you could, for example, have one that only color-tones an image while leaving you to adjust the exposure manually. Check out the video above for the full rundown! 

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João Chainho's picture

The main (PAIN) point right now in Adobe Lightroom is to manage/group/synchronize preset and brushes in Classic, CC and between platforms. The " state of the art", the benchmark software, is a crap regarding this tools. And after update 7.3 everything got even less intuitive.

Govind Vijayakumar's picture

Thanks for sharing, Really helpful article on making the presets. Saves good amount of time in post processing

Bernd Stoeckl's picture

LOL - thanks for sharing this secret with us.
More useful is NOT to check all boxes but do dedicated presets i.e. sharpening for certain ISO by settings, colors, or even retouching faces with a combination of certain settings.