What are lightroom presets and why you should be using them!

You’ve captured the photo, the angle is perfect and you are happy with the composition but you’re only halfway done with this image. It’s time to edit the photo and bring out the best elements, colors, and sharpness of the image. The most popular program to use for editing in Adobe Lightroom, which is also a great way to organize your photos as well as being the ultimate editing software. The easiest way to edit your photos in lightroom is with photo presets that can correct the colors and grades with just a simple click. It’s a great starting point for editing images and can save you lots of time by achieving the look you want without lots of long hours of editing. In this blog post, I am going to detail what is a preset, how does a preset work, and why you should use Lightroom Presets.

Adobe Lightroom Editing Software

Firstly, you should know the following about Adobe Lightroom: Adobe Lightroom for your desktop computer or laptop does have a yearly subscription fee but it is well worth it if you want to bring out the best in your photos. However, the Lightroom Mobile app is completely free and there are lots of presets that work on the Adobe Lightroom App. That means you can use lightroom preset packs you have purchased without having to pay the yearly subscription fee for the Adobe Lightroom desktop version.

You can now get Adobe Lightroom subscriptions that are much more affordable, even for individuals and small businesses. For example, for 9.99USD/mo you can now get access to Photoshop and Lightroom as well as get 20GB of free storage on Adobe Cloud.

Interested in Adobe Lightroom? You can check out all of the pricing plans and available subscriptions by clicking here.

What is a Lightroom Preset?

A Lightroom preset is a configuration of settings, designed to achieve a certain look or style of your photo. You install the presets into your lightroom and then when you click on a particular preset while in the develop module, the pre-determined (pre-set) settings will apply to that photo. With just one click on a preset, your photo can be altered in hundreds of different pre-set alterations to colors, hues, shadows, contrast, grain and more. The beauty of using presets is the consistency of style, time-management, and simplicity they bring to your editing sessions. If you find presets that work for your style, you can speed up your workflow dramatically and you can achieve the colors and look you want without needing to edit each photo individually. Once you click on the preset and it applies to your photo, you can then make manual adjustments because it is likely the preset won’t be perfect on every photo. Lightroom presets are a good foundation but often you can still need to make several adjustments to each photo to make sure they are perfect.

My Lightroom Presets are designed for simple photo edits that create a bright, sunny and tropical feel for your travel photos. I often only use one-click edits for my photos but most times I will make a few adjustments after using the preset to create the exact look I want after the preset has created the base. If you want to see some before and after comparisons of photos when using my Lightroom Presets you can view the Mobile Lightroom Presets or the Desktop Lightroom Presets.


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