How to Make Lightroom Presets

LR31Lightroom presets are something I’ve become truly obsessed with.  I used it much of my family photos and other images.  And one of the best advantages about Lightroom presets is that they are completely flexible and editable.  Using Lightroom presets, you can apply the same affects to photos over and over again, or you can apply them to a large number of photos all at once.  Here are the steps to make your own Lightroom presets:

#1: Go to Lightroom’s Develop Module.  First, select an image in the develop module and you must be aware of any settings you already applied to the image as these will be included in the preset.  Export a copy and re-import it back into the catalog, you can see an option in the Export Dialog.

#2: Make a virtual copy.  When you want to try in different looks of image, it’s very helpful for you to make a virtual copy. Go to the Filmstrip>right click on the image thumbnail > create virtual copy.  In the presets panel, find Zeroed at the bottom of the Lightroom General Presets.

#3: Creativity on the image. When you ready to work creatively on the image, you must start by increasing the contrast in the image> reduce the brightness a little to compensate>adjust the clarity to a high value so you get more sharply define edges. In the Split Toning options, for the shadows, just select a dark blue> adjust its saturation to suit. Also for the highlights, click mustard yellow> adjust its saturation to suit. In addition, you can adjust the balance slider to errand the shadows or highlights as desired.

#4: Create a retro effect.  Go to the split toning panel> set highlights hue 50> saturation 40> shadows hue 231> saturation 40> balance +22. Then, go to the tone panel> click near the bottom of the curve line to set an anchor point but don’t move it> drag the bottom> left corner up slightly.

#5: Save settings as a preset. Locate the preset the panel on the left of the develop panel> click the plus sign to the right of the word presets to open the dialog. Provide preset a name that defines what it does and disable any selections that you don’t want to store with the preset.  And when you’re done, hit the create button.

If your preset doesn’t work quite as well as you imagined it would, apply the preset and make your change.  Right click the preset> choose update with current settings> select the settings to save in the preset> click update.

You can see a number of Preset ship with Lightroom, those are the Lightroom Presets list. Select on any of them to apply it to your image. Make sure that the Navigator is visible so you can preview the effect without applying it to the image.

Since the results of presets will always vary a little from one photo to the next, this flexibility is key.