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Adobe Lightroom makes it easy to organize and edit thousands of images and photographs. It’s trusted by photographers everywhere, and a key piece of software to know how to use as a designer. This series looks at how you can use Lightroom presets to create stunning end-results with your photos.
Adobe Lightroom is a go-to tool for photographers and designers that have to edit and manage images. Lightroom is designed to help you edit, organize, store, manage and even share photos across devices.
Because Lightroom is part of the Adobe Creative Cloud suite, it comes with full paid plans or can be used as a standalone app. And there are plenty of presets available to help you make this most of this popular photography tool.
Latest Lightroom Preset Articles
Inspiration / 26 Mar 2020
The HDR technique is one of the most popular techniques photographers use to add more depth and range to photos. It usually takes multiple photos and a lot of work to take photos using the HDR technique.
However, if you have the Lightroom app, there’s a much easier way to create that same HDR effect with just a few clicks. In this post, we’re sharing with you a collection of the best HDR Lightroom presets you can use to add an authentic HDR effect to your own photos.
These HDR Lightroom presets are easy to customize, and they let you adjust the settings to match any kind of a photograph, whether you take it with a DSLR or your smartphone camera.
Inspiration / 23 Mar 2020
VSCO is a popular photography app for both Android and iOS, known for stunning filters and effects. Today we’re featuring a selection of VSCO Lightroom presets, inspired by the VSCO app, to help you achieve similar results with greater power and flexibility.
If you have a copy of Lightroom, you probably want to have more control over the specific nuances of how a filter is applied. We’ve found this collection of Lightroom presets that feature pretty much the same filters, effects, and adjustments included in the VSCO app.
The only difference is they are quite a bit easier to customize and change in more dramatic ways. Plus, you can apply these Lightroom presets to your photos with just one click!
Inspiration / 16 Mar 2020
Minimizing the time you spend on processing and enhancing photos is one of the things most photographers and graphic designers often struggle with. Adobe Lightroom, coupled with a set of professional Lightroom presets, makes this whole process much easier.
What if we told you that you can make Lightroom even more powerful to process images, add beautiful effects, enhance tone, adjust contrast, and much more with just one-click? All of this is possible thanks to premade Lightroom presets.
In this collection, we’re featuring some of the best professional Lightroom presets you can use to supercharge your workflow and manage your time more effectively. These presets are also customizable, allowing you to adjust their settings to match any kind of photo you have.
Inspiration / 27 Jan 2020
You don’t have to be a pro photographer or a graphic designer to optimize and enhance your portrait photos. With the right Adobe Lightroom preset for portraits, you can apply stunning effects, all by yourself.
In this collection, we feature the best Lightroom presets available for quickly optimizing your portrait photos, selfies, wedding photos, and family photos.
Using these Lightroom presets for portraits, you can enhance your photos like a pro by applying effects instantly (and even customize them to your preference with ease). And don’t forget to read through our tips for using presets on portrait photos for helpful advice on how to integrate them into your workflow!
What Is A Lightroom Preset?
A Lightroom preset is a “package” of settings to help create a certain type of look for editing photos. Designers might have one set of presets to use for landscape images and another set of presets to enhance portraits.
A Lightroom preset can be saved and reused in Adobe’s software, and there are plenty of places to find presets for different types of images. The best thing about a preset is that you can change the look of an image instantly, taking a lot of time out of the editing process. (This can be a life-saver if you edit bulk images.)
5 Places to Find Lightroom Presets
If you really want to save time and get just the right effect, a Lightroom preset is the answer. There are plenty of places to find high-quality presets for projects.
- Envato Elements is a subscription-based graphic design service and is packed with Lightroom preset options (including the example above)
- The Luxe Lens has themed Lightroom presets – snow, portraits, etc. – at reasonable prices
- Filtergrade is a photography site that includes more than 1,000 Lightroom presets for every use you can imagine
- Creative Market has plenty of Lightroom presets (and preset bundles) that you can purchase a la carte
- Adobe has a collection of Lightroom presets available for download that are made by other users
How to Add a Preset to Lightroom
Adding a preset to Lightroom is pretty simple. Here’s how to do it:
- After you download the file – don’t forget to unzip it – open Lightroom and the “Develop” tab. Presets will be on the left side of the screen.
- Then, right- or command-click anywhere in the presets module to Import new presets. The preset will install in the folder you select in this step.
- Navigate to the preset on your desktop or in your downloads folder (or wherever you saved it) and click “import.”
- Done! The preset is ready to use.