Create Your Own Presets Like a Pro

Save your editing style & use with ease.

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bri

1/22/2021 0 min read

I recently shared my editing process and how I created a preset {or two!} of my editing style so it makes that part of my editing process that much easier. I'm going to share how you can create your own preset because trying to figure it out on your own can be a task. Trust me, I had to Google how to create a preset when I first started using Lightroom.

First things first - Lightroom has a slate of presets you can utilize. There’s nothing wrong with using theirs since that is what they’re there for. If you don’t like Lightroom’s presets, you can search the interwebs and find people who sell or give away presets. I decided to create my own presets based on the editing style I wanted to achieve.

Since I created my own, I'm going to share how you can do that within Lightroom. If you want to upload a preset you bought or found for free, the creator of that preset should also give instructions on how to upload it to your presets.

As you are editing photos in the “develop” section of Lightroom, you’ll play around with the exposure, contrast, temperature, highlights, shadows, blacks, whites, saturation, ETCETERA. Once you’ve found a style that screams YOU, you’ll want to save those settings.

Desktop:

  • On the left side of the screen under "Presets", you’ll see a “+” sign in the right corner

  • Click on the “+”

  • A pop-up box will appear with a variety of options you can select or deselect

  • Choose which boxes will apply to your preset

  • NAME your preset

  • SAVE

Mobile:

  • After you’ve finished editing, slide the bar until you see the “presets” icon

  • Select presets

  • Click three dots in upper right corner

  • Select create preset

  • Name your preset

  • Select the boxes you want in your preset

  • Select the check mark in the upper right corner

BOOM. You're done.

How to create your preset

It's very easy once you learn how to do it. It also saves some time while you're editing. Of course, you'll have to adjust the settings every once in a while depending on how you took the image.