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How To Create Your Own Lightroom Presets

Tired of doing the same thing over and over again in Lightroom? You can make your day easier by creating your own Lightroom preset. This allows you to  make multiple corrections to your photo with a single click.

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What are Lightroom Presets?

Lightroom Presets are sets of predefined settings that you can apply to your photo. You can get presets for toning a photo in a special mood, apply black and white effects or making your photo look old. However, you can also use this feature to make you own post processing workflow a lot easier.

I have created a package of Free Lightroom Presets, which also includes several one-click time-saving presets (including, the one you learn to create in this post).

How To Save Time By Using Your Own Lightroom Preset?

Presets - Details and Lens Correction PanelsOne of the first things you would often do whenever you begin developing a photo in Lightroom is to remove chromatic aberration to handle eventual purple color fringes around objects in your photo. Besides that, you would also want to correct optic faults of your lens, like distortion with Lens Profile Correction. Lastly, you might want to add a little sharpness to your photo.

Instead of applying these three steps to your photos over and over again, you could make a Lightroom preset that will apply these three actions in one step, by just double-clicking on a preset. If you have other actions that you usually do to a photo each time, consider placing it in this Lightroom preset or create another preset for it.

In order to create your own preset begin with finding a photo, that you haven’t processed yet.


Press d
to go to develop module. Now you should only change the settings that you wish to include in the new preset.

As mentioned above we will create a preset that handles chromatic aberration enables lens profile corrections and adds a little basic sharpening. To do this go to the right side and find the detail panel and set the Sharpening Amount to 40 (or whatever you find appropriate).

Next scroll down to the Lens Correction Panel and tick the Enable Profile Correction and Remove Chromatic Aberration check-boxes.

Then go to the Preset Panel and click the icon, which will bring up the New Develop Preset dialog window.

Now you should only select the settings, that you have changed or that you want as part of the new preset that you are creating.
Next all you need to do is to name your new preset and click the Create button and you are done.

New Develop Preset Dialog Window - this is where you can create you Lightroom presets
Now you can find your newly created preset in the Presets Panel under User Presets.

After following the instructions in this post, you will have created your own preset that removes chromatic aberration, apply lens profile correction and some sharpening.

After following the instructions in this post, you will have created your own preset that removes chromatic aberration, apply lens profile correction and some sharpening.

 

From now on each time you begin processing a photo, all you need to do is to click on the Lightroom preset that you have just created to apply sharpness, Lens profile corrections and remove chromatic aberration to your photo.

You can find probably find several other actions to include in Lightroom presets, to make your workflow easier. What settings do you normally change in most of your photos? Share your thoughts below!

 

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  • RENARD Jean - François February 24, 2016

    I just choose photoshop on the cloud, so I have the opportunity to use lightroom, but I do not see what advantage it will give me. I have a strong personal ranking that suits me very well
    My question is, my dear peter do I have the possibility to install these lightroom presets in Camera Raw

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    • Peter Bredahl Dam February 25, 2016

      Hi Jean-Francois,

      Thanks for your comment. I think that you will find that Lightroom is great for organizing your photos into collections and folders. Furthermore, you have the possibility to use presets. With Lightroom you can both organize and edit and prepare for print in one program, while with Adobe Camera Raw, to my knowledge, you would have to organize your photos using Adobe Bridge or similar. You can of course also open and edit your images in Photoshop or Nik Collection software directly from Lightroom, if you like.

      I don’t think you can use the Lightroom presets in Adobe Camera Raw. I have read about a way to convert a single preset, but you will have to do this one preset at a time and some preset characteristics will not work in Adobe Camera Raw.

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