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How To Create A Preset In Lightroom

how to create a preset in lightroom

Ever wondered how to create a preset in Lightroom? Or maybe why you should create a few presets for yourself? 

Well, presets are a very important part of any photographer’s life. It’s true that one preset won’t be perfect for two pictures, but you will have a starting point in building your edit.

Why Use Lightroom Presets?

1. Maintain consistency

It’s true that you may one use one preset on a single batch of photos, but it’s important to have them looking the same. If, for example, you are editing wedding pictures, then you will probably have quite a few of them in the same light and with the same settings, so creating a preset will help you save some time when editing them.

2. Gives you a starting point

If you created a few presets, then you can use them to start editing any similar images. So if you went outside and took pictures of natural landscapes in the sun, you may try to use your existing presets and see if something matches your vision for that picture. Of course, you will have to edit it further, but it gives you a good starting point. 

3. Learn more about photo editing

Yes, presets can help you learn a thing or two about editing. You can look at the settings for each preset and see what you can do to achieve the same results on your photos. 

Let’s take a look at how you can create a Lightroom preset!

How To Create A Lightroom Preset

1. Go to the develop tab 

As usual, the first thing you need to do is go to the “Develop” tab and create your edit.

how to create a preset in lightroom

2. Look at the presets tab

In the “Presets” tab, you will see a small “+” in the top right corner. When you click it, you can select “Create a preset.”

3. Customize and save your preset

When the “New Develop Preset” tab opens, you will be able to customize everything about it. Starting with the name and location, it would be best to select descriptive names, because if you add too many, you will forget what and where everything is. 

how to create a preset in lightroom

As you probably know, Lightroom allows you to change everything about an image, starting with the While Balance, Basic Tones, Effects, and all the way to different filters. 

Here, you will have to choose how you want to save your preset. You will see a checkbox saying “Auto Settings.” If you check that, then the Color and Basic Tone settings will be automatically selected by Lightroom for each photo you apply that filter too. It can be a very good idea if you made a very specific exposure/contrast edit to that picture that could be irrelevant for a different one.

On the same note, if you are shooting with more than one camera or want to share the presets with your friends, you should uncheck the “Lens Corrections” box, as that will only match one specific lens and camera models.

4. Save your preset

When you’re done, simply click on the “Create” button, and your new preset will be in the folder you saved it to!

And that’s it! You now know how to create a preset in Lightroom and make your photo editing job a lot easier!

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