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How to create Lightroom presets

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How to create Lightroom presets: You would like to make the photos you take on your last trip out of town look uniform by applying the same color correction to all the shots. You have therefore opened Lightroomthe program you have decided to use to retouch your photos, but being a beginner with it, you have not quite understood how to proceed.

If that’s the case, let me help you out and guide you in using the preset of Lightroom, that is, in those files in which you can collect settings to be applied automatically on multiple shots, so as to obtain results with the same style without having to repeat all the adjustments manually on each shot.

So take five minutes of free time and read this guide on how to create Lightroom presets: I assure you that you can do everything quickly and easily by working both from your computer (regardless of the operating system used) and from your smartphone and tablet. Having said that, there is nothing left for me to do, except wish you good reading and, above all, have fun!

What are Lightroom presets

Before going into the heart of the article and see how to make gods presets in Lightroom, it seems only right to explain to you in more detail what the latter are. As I have already mentioned a few lines above (and as the term itself suggests), presets are nothing more than files that can be saved locally (and possibly shared with other users), containing parameters to be applied in the same way to the images on which you choose to operate.

The presets, as you can well imagine, are extremely versatile and useful for applying changes “on the fly” to your shots, a bit like using the filters on Instagram and in photo editing apps.

It is possible to create presets in Lightroom both from a computer and from smartphones and tablets and to do so is very simple: just import a photo into Lightroom to use as a template (preferably a shot that has the characteristics of the shots to which you can apply the preset later), you edit the various parameters of the shot according to your preferences and you save the model, so that it can be reused later. Read on to find out all the details.

How to create PC Lightroom presets

If you agree, let’s get into the guide right away and see how to create Lightroom presets on PC using both Lightroom Classic (ie the “traditional” version of the program) that Lightroom CC (the “revised” version of Lightroom, included in the Creative Cloud subscription).

Lightroom Classic

Lightroom Classic

If you prefer to use Lightroom Classicstart the program, import the shot to use as a “base” for the creation of the preset (just drag it into the program window and click on the button It matters) and click on the tab Development located at the top right.

Now, expand the menu Toning curve placed on the right sidebar and modify the points in the graph that appears on the screen, in such a way as to act on the lights and shadows of the photo. Maybe you can make a “classic” S curvewhich can be suitable for multiple types of shots.

By expanding the menu Base always present in the right sidebar, you can change the adjustment bars related to exposure, contrast, lights, shadows, whites, blacks, etc. Adjust these parameters according to your preferences, taking into account that the changes in question will also be made to the shots on which you decide to apply the preset.

Edit shooting parameters

Now, I advise you to work on the shades. Expand the menu TSL / Colors also placed on the right and adjusts the various hue available (Red, Orange, yellow, green, aquamarine, purple blueetc.).

Once you have adjusted all the various parameters to apply to your photos using the preset, save it. To do this, click on the icon (+) located on the left, in correspondence with the item Defaultand click on the item Create default in the menu that opens.

Lightroom Classic preset

In the window New development presetthen assign a name to the preset, typing it in the text field Default name; make sure that the boxes of the various adjustments you have changed and want to include in the preset are checked, then click the button Create And that’s it.

At this point, the preset you created can also be used to modify other shots “on the fly”. To recall it, after importing a photo into Lightroom Classic and calling up the tab Developmentexpand the menu Default located on the left, click on the item User presets and click on preset name created previously.

Lightroom CC

Photoshop CC

If you are going to proceed from Lightroom CC instead of the “Classic” version of the program, know that you also have the possibility to synchronize presets through your Creative Cloud account and also apply them to the photos you retouch on the go.

To proceed, import the photo to be edited in Lightroom CC: go to the menu File> Add Photosselect the shot of your interest from the window that opened, click on the thumbnail of the image that appears in the Lightroom CC window and click on the button add No. Photo.

Once the photo to be used as a “base” of the changes to be used for the preset has been imported, select it from the menu located at the bottom (so as to view it in the workspace) and use the tools on the left to act on it .

If you want to change the parameters of the photo, for example, call up the panel Edit (by clicking on the icon depicting the three adjustment bars on the right) and, in the window that opens, move the sliders placed on the respective adjustment bars, in order to modify theexposurethe contrastthe lightsthe shadowsthe balance of the White he was born in blackthe temperaturethe vividnessthe saturationetc.

When you are satisfied with the changes made, save the preset: to do so, go to the panel Editby clicking once again on the icon three adjustment bars (top right), select the item Default (below), click on the button (…) located in the new panel that appeared on the screen and click on the item Create default in the opened menu.

Assign, therefore, a first name to the preset, choose which parameters to include in it by selecting / deselecting the appropriate boxes and click on the button Save, to complete the operation. Simple, right?

How to create mobile Lightroom presets

Lightroom Mobile

As I mentioned a few lines above, it is possible create presets on Lightroom mobile and the procedure to follow is very simple: just import the photo into the app to use as the “base” of the preset, modify its parameters and save the preset, which will also be available in Lightroom CC.

To proceed, therefore, start Lightroom on your device Android or iOSlog in to your Creative Cloud account (if you haven’t already), tap the i symbol books (top left) and presses on the symbol of postcard (bottom right), to act on a photo already present in the Gallery, or press the icon of camerato take a new photo.

After choosing or creating the photo to use as the “base” of the preset, presses on it preview to open and edit it. Then select the item Color, to act on temperature, hue, saturation, etc .; the voice Effects, to adjust the clarity of the shot, remove haze, etc .; that Details, to increase image sharpness and details; that Opticsto remove chromatic aberration, turn the lens correction tool on / off, and so on.

When you have finished the changes to be made to the photo and, therefore, to the preset you are making, scroll the menu located at the bottom of the screen, select the item Defaultpress the button (⋮) located on the right, select the item Create default in the opened menu and choose the name to assign to the new preset, writing it in the text field Default name.

Subsequently, select / deselect the parameters to be included in the preset, using the appropriate boxes in the menu that appeared on the screen and, when you are ready to do so, press the button (✓) located at the top right.

To use the default template you created, after importing the photo to which you want to apply it to the Lightroom app, scroll down the menu at the bottom, select the item Defaultpresses on the symbol (⌵) located next to the item Colorsclick on the wording User presets and tap on preset name created previously, so as to apply it to the image