So Lightroom presets, they are all the rage. A lot of photographers sell their own presets because it’s a little piece of their unique artistic style that you can own and apply to their own work so it’s awesome.
Now, the reason for initially creating presets and why you would do this in Lightroom, and this is why I did it, is because it speeds up the work flow. After a certain amount of time, you develop an aesthetic and you can see that across different Instagramer’s grids and profiles. And if you guys do follow me on Instagram, if you look at some of my photos you can tell there’s a distinct style sometimes. At least I try to go for that.
So a lot of the time when I’m editing photo’s and we come home from a trip, I’ll apply the same presets to a lot of the photo’s that I’m shooting because it’s just a style that I’ve developed that I enjoy. And it’s fast, instead of going through the curve adjustments, and the HSL tab, and grain, and adding all of these different points and masking and brush. All that stuff for every photo would take ages and of course some talent as well.
Now, it’s important to know that presets don’t look good on every single photo. No matter who you get presets from, across the board. There are just some photo’s where you just apply it and you’re like, “it just looks horrible, “like I’m not going to lie this looks,”honestly this is garbage. “What have I spent my money on?” But then there’s that one photo that comes around and you click that same preset and you’re like “oh what who took this, ’cause I didn’t take that, how,” and they just look incredible. So, it really depends on how that photo was exposed:
All of these factors are really gonna change the way those presets start to look on your photo’s. When you start using a certain set of presets over and over and over. Like, because I use my own a lot. When I’m actually out shooting in the field, I’m able to change my settings based on the scene that I’m photographing. That I know is gonna look the best with the presets that I have at home.
Once you’ve dropped them in there you can click out of all of this. Reset Lightroom, that’s important, restart it. Close it down, open it back up. So once you’ve opened it up and you’ve imported some photos that you want to try them out with, head over to this sidebar here where it says Presets.
Drop that down, and then you’ll see downloaded Preset Pack. And you can go ahead and drop that down, boom, here we go. So the first thing hover over these presets, you get a little preview up there in the top left corner.
So that kind of saves you some time, and shows you right off what certain things will look like.
Just because a preset might not look good on one photo,doesn’t mean it won’t look just absolutely bomb tasty on another photo. So, I’m gonna show how to install them into Lightroom,how to use them, how to tweak them, and then what my favorites are.
Alright so, once you’ve launched Lightroom we got to install those presets. So, what you wanna do is go up to the left corner, hit Lightroom, click on Preferences, and then select the Presets tab. Come down where it says Show Lightroom Presets Folder, click on that. Lightroom should already be highlighted. Double click on that, and you’re gonna drop that new folder that you’ve downloaded from me into this Develop Presets folder. So, just drop it down, you can see it’s right here. All of the presets are inside, you’re good to go.