Making your own presets in Lightroom is super easy to do and can save you a TON of time in your RAW workflow. Bonus: you can save money with this DIY technique, and create totally original and unique recipes.
When you create your own presets, you can make your photos look the way *you* want them to, not the way someone else does! It’s also an extremely excellent learning opportunity.
With Lightroom you can create a wide variety of presets (brightness, contrast, color toning, B&W, vignette, etc) that allow you to apply complex adjustments with just one click!
Now check out the video below to learn how you can start making your own presets:
- The keyboard shortcut to create presets is Cmd (Mac) / Ctrl (PC) + Shift + N
- When creating presets try to only select the options that you’ve actually made changes to. This will allow you to stack presets to some degree (as long as the different presets don’t contain the same options).
We created a sample pack of some useful color and black and white presets. These are great presets to experiment with and reverse engineer. You can download them for free here!
Note: These presets were created for Lightroom 3.
If you’d like to learn how to use Lightroom like a Jedi, then check out our video tutorial – Super Photo Editing Skills. It teaches you everything you need to know bring the best out of your images!