October 14, 2018

Learning how to use LR presets is a valuable skill for anyone interested in photography to possess, especially for your post-editing workflow. Presets can help save time, and they can also “remember” your favorite settings for you. Many editors and photographers spend years learning how to tweak presets to give their photos a specific look and feel.

HOW TO USE LIGHTROOM PRESETS

Learning how to use LR presets is a 2-part process. First, you will need to learn how presets affect your photos. It is easiest to do this by using a preset made by another photographer or a post editing photography company, like The Deviant Lens. You can buy custom LR presets for many different themes, hundreds are available. When you are first starting out you can utilize them just as they are set-up, but remember, once you become more familiar and advanced, you will have the ability to adjust and tweak these presets to match your unique photography style (as every photographer has a different style).

Once you have gotten the hang of using pre-made presets, you can start experimenting with creating your own. You may even want to begin by creating simple ones that only utilize a few settings. For example, if you need to adjust the brightness of a few photos that were taken at the same event, create a simple preset for that task.

At The Deviant Lens, we want to make your editing process as simple as possible. Our fast and personalized edits for photographers allow you to share your unique photography style with your ideal clients.

WHAT IS A PRESET IN LIGHTROOM?

Presets are a series of saved adjustments photographers make on their photos. Presets can help save time when editing many photos at once.

For example, if you are editing wedding photos from one event that have all been shot in the same light, you will likely end up making similar adjustments on each photo. Instead of making the same adjustments on several photos over and over, you can simply create a preset. Then, you can apply that preset to every photo in your batch and all of your photos will have the same adjustments.

Presets save you time because you will not need to perform the same monotonous tasks on each wedding photo. Simply save your preset settings and use those same settings on every photo to create a consistent look for your images.

WHO CREATES LIGHTROOM PRESETS?

Lightroom presets are created by either the users, the professional preset developers, or an outsource photo editing company. Adobe even has a few presets preloaded in Lightroom. In theory, anyone can create a preset with the right amount of time and practice.

You may want to create a preset to use on your photos, or you can buy different collections from The Deviant Lens. Presets are similar to filters. You can apply them to any photo to ensure a grouping of photos all have the same look and feel. A consistent style for your images is a crucial part of sharing your unique photography style. You can even layer several presets on one photo. Once you have a handle on the idea of this feature, you can begin mixing and matching different presets, for example, you could layer: HDR Preset with a Glamour Preset Giving an Extraordinary Image Result!

Many photographers in the past would easily get discouraged trying to get the hang of LR, it takes months or even years to master Lightroom features. Many professional photographers spend hours a day on this very thing. That is why The Deviant Lens, take care of the most time-consuming parts of post-editing workflow, by creating multiple preset collections for your photography.

WHY SHOULD YOU USE PRESETS?

Professional photographers often take advantage of presets for a variety of reasons. Some of the reasons to use presets include:

  • Saving time by applying a preset to photos with similar style and structure (or shot at the same event)
  • Applying a preset to photos you want to group together to give them a consistent look and feel
  • Layering presets to create an even more complex style for your photography

TIPS ON CREATING PRESETS

There are a few tips you will need when you are first starting to learn how to use LR presets. The most important tip is to practice using presets as much as you can before applying them to important projects. The more comfortable you are with this feature, the more effective it will be.

  • Notice how a preset changes the look and feel of your photos.
  • Never “set and forget” your preset. Always check each photo to make sure your preset settings work well with each shot.
  • Take some time to get a feel for presets before applying them to every photo.
  • Do not forget to save your best presets in a separate folder.
  • Try working with other developers’ presets before creating your own; you can learn a lot from the presets of other photographers and photo editors.

TIPS ON USING PRESETS

Once you are comfortable using presets, try making a few yourself. You will want to learn from others’ preset settings as well as dive right into creating your own.

  • Take a look at the settings on purchased presets to understand the backend of each one.
  • Try to layer several presets on one photo for more complex effects.
  • Tweak the settings on each photo after you apply a preset.
  • Do not overdo your presets; try experimenting with layering presets, but try not to spend too much time improving ones that match your style.

LIGHTROOM PRESETS

Adobe Lightroom has its own presets. The easiest way to begin using presets is to try out a few of the free ones included with your Adobe software. Once you are somewhat familiar with this feature, you can consider purchasing a few, more sophisticated ones from The Deviant Lens to make your photos stand out and become truly unique.

HOW TO USE LIGHTROOM AND DEVELOPERS’ PRESETS

The best part about using presets is you can easily apply a premade preset to your photo for instant editing. You will still want to familiarize yourself with this feature, though. Sometimes even presets created by developers need a little tweaking after you apply them to your photos. If you are already familiar with installing premade presets, you can jump down to the next section.

Step 1: Download your preset

Step 2: Open Lightroom

Step 3: Enter “Develop” mode

Step 4: The presets module should appear. If not, select tab to get the sidebars to appear. Or select the white arrow on the center left-hand side of your LR catalog

the deviant lens adobe lightroom preset for wedding

Image by B. Hatton Photography

Step 5: Right-click the presets module. Click “Import”

the deviant lens adobe lightroom presets wedding

Image by B. Hatton Photography

Step 6: Locate and select your desired preset from your desktop, hard drive, or USB to import.


Image by B. Hatton Photography

Step 7: To apply your imported preset to a photo, start by opening that image in the develop module.

Step 8: Choose the preset you want to apply to your image.

Step 9: Apply the desired preset.

the deviant lens adobe lightroom presets wedding

Image by B. Hatton Photography

Step 10: Export image to save your photo

Your preset is now applied to your photo. Make sure everything looks good before you save your photo and finalize results.

SAVE MORE TIME BY BATCHING PHOTOS

The best part about using LR presets is that you can apply your preset to batches of photos to save even more time. This works especially well with photos taken at the same event, photos taken in the same light and photos with similar technical elements.

How to Apply Presets to Batches of Photos

Step 1: Import photos to Lightroom.

Step 2: Open “Library” 

the deviant lens adobe lightroom wedding presets

Step 3: Click the checkbox on each photo’s thumbnail

Step 4: Open the “Quick Develop” module

the deviant lens lightroom wedding preset

Images by B. Hatton

Step 5: Choose the preset you want to apply 


Image by B. Hatton

Step 6: The preset will automatically be applied to your chosen photos

Step 7: Save your photos

Step 8: Open each photo

Step 9: Double check each photo to ensure the presets you apply are appropriate for each one

As the preset is applied to each photo, you will notice the elements of the thumbnails begin to change. Do not assume a preset will automatically look the same when applied to every one of your photos, though. Sometimes different lighting or a photo’s elements and composition can change the look of the preset. Adjusting the settings individually on each photo can help give your work a more professional edge.

Learning how to use presets takes time, patience, and intuition to completely perfect. You will need to learn how to use your photographer’s intuition to master this feature. Just like many other photo edits, applying presets is not an overnight skill, so continue to practice your skills and become a unique master editor! The Deviant Lens presets will save you countless hours on this journey!


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