Creating Lightroom Presets Is Easy – Make One in 24 Hours

Creating and saving your custom Lightroom settings as a specific preset is not just a great time-saving tool. You can make money from them.

Creating Lightroom Presets

An Introduction To Develop Presets

Creating Lightroom Presets Is Easy – Make One in 24 Hours. Lightroom develop presets are simply a way to make many adjustments to an image at the same time. Let’s say you find yourself making the same basic adjustments to most of your images. Maybe you add a bit of contrast, recover some highlights and increase saturation. Instead of applying these three steps individually every time you edit an image, you can create a develop preset that does them all at once. Not only that, but you can automatically apply develop presets when you import images! Before we discuss that, let’s talk about how to create a develop preset.

Creating A Lightroom Develop Preset

The first step in creating a develop preset is to make edits to an image. When you create a preset, you are basically copying changes that you’ve made to an image and saving them for future use. I’m going to go ahead and show you my “Quick Fix” preset that I apply to every single image I import into Lightroom. Go ahead and open up an image in Lightroom. If you’ve already made edits to the image, make sure to hit “Reset” in the lower-right corner to clear any existing edits. Now apply these settings:

– Contrast +5
– Highlights -5
– Shadows +5
– Whites +15
– Blacks -10
– Clarity +3
– Vibrance +5
– Saturation -5

Tone Curve
– Highlights +7
– Lights +10
– Darks -5
– Shadows -7

One of the features of Lightroom that I use the most often and has probably saved me more time than any other step in my editing process is creating and using develop presets. A develop preset is simply a group of adjustments that all get applied to an image at the same time. By default, Lightroom includes a variety of presets, but you can also create your own if you want something more personalized. In this post I’ll show you the process of creating a Lightroom develop preset, as well as how to modify an existing develop preset.

Camera Calibration
– Red Primary Saturation +5
– Green Primary Saturation +10
– Blue Primary Saturation +20

Note: The camera calibration is not critical to the preset and might work great for some camera models and poorly for others. Feel free to exclude these settings if you want to.

Here you can see the before/after of how these edits affect an image. For me, this is a great starting point for my editing process.

Now that you’ve made all of those edits to your image, you can see the benefit of saving them as a develop preset so you don’t have to go through that process every single time you edit an image. Let’s go ahead and create a develop preset that will apply these particular changes.

On the left pane of the develop module, you should see the Presets sub-module. Click on the “+” sign, which will bring up the New Develop Preset screen.

Go ahead and give your new preset a name. I named mine “Quick Fix”, but you can call yours whatever you want. You’ll also want to choose a preset folder where your preset is stored. By default it will be stored in a User Presets folder, but you can also create your own. You can always move the presets to a different folder if you change your mind.

The next and most important step is to choose what settings from your current image adjustments you want to include in your new develop preset. Let’s go ahead and include all of the changes we just made. I find it easiest to click “Check None” and then add the individual settings I want to include in my new preset. Here are the settings that we adjusted, so go ahead and check these boxes (Note: Process Version will remain checked even after you choose “Check None”. Unless you work with images that were edited in a much older version of Lightroom, you can leave this checked):

– Contrast
– Highlights
– Shadows
– White Clipping
– Black Clipping
– Tone Curve
– Clarity
– Saturation
– Vibrance

Once they’re all checked, click “Create”. Now if you look under the User Presets section of the Presets sub-module, you should see the develop preset that you just made. To use this preset, in the Develop module choose a new image that hasn’t been edited and simply click your new preset. You should see all of those adjustments instantly get applied to your image. Wasn’t that easy? Now you can quickly apply those changes to any image in the future.

Applying Develop Presets On Import

You’re not limited to using develop presets on individual images in the develop module. You can also apply them to images on import. In the Loupe or Grid view, in the right pane you should see the Quick Develop sub-module. The first section of that says “Saved Preset”. Choose the develop preset that you want to apply to images on import. Once you choose one, it will get applied to every image you import in the future (even if you close Lightroom) until you change it to something else. If you want to remove the develop preset so it doesn’t get applied on import, just change it back to “Default Settings”.

Exporting Presets For Selling:

exporting presets is just as simple as importing them into Lightroom. To export a preset, first right-click (Windows) on it and choose “Export…” in the menu, which should be second option from the bottom. Choose where you want to export your preset and name it, then click “Save” and you are done! A *.lrtemplate preset file should be easily found at the destination you chose.

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