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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 / 13 Dec 2018
If you’re looking to supercharge your design workflow this year, updating your Lightroom presets with a new, powerful collection is a good idea! Lightroom presets let you instantly fix, improve, and enhance your photos with a single click. And we’ve found the perfect set of presets just for you.
Having the right set of Lightroom presets can be a huge time-saver for designers. Everything from retouching portrait photos, to adding stunning visual effects, enhancing interior photos, optimizing HDR photos, adding retro effects, and much more is possible with the Lightroom presets we’ve included in this list.
Inspiration / 2 Oct 2018
Unlike taking portrait photos, capturing beautiful scenes in travel and landscape photos is quite difficult because you have to work with the natural lighting conditions. With the power of a landscape Lightroom preset, you can add incredible depth and personality to your landscape photos with just a few clicks!
Whether you’re a professional photographer using a DSLR or a traveler snapping photos with a smartphone, Lightroom is a must-have app that will help improve your landscape photos. One of the many benefits of using Lightroom is the ability to use presets. With a simple Lightroom preset, you can instantly optimize your photos, adjust colors, lighting, and more with just one-click.
In this collection, we handpicked some of the best landscape Lightroom presets you can use to enhance your outdoor photos without having to spend hours adjusting and optimizing settings in Photoshop.
Inspiration / 21 Sep 2018
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).
In most places, a single Lightroom preset can cost up to $20 and sometimes even $40. But, not those featured here. You can download all of the Lightroom presets in this collection when you subscribe to Envato Elements. So, don’t forget to download them all!
Inspiration / 13 Sep 2018
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!
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.