How to Create Your Own Preset in Lightroom
Editing

I love presets! They save me so much time! As a mama of two and another on the way, who doesn’t want to save time. I have bought some that I love but I also like to make my own. Why do the same thing over and over again, when you can do it at the click of a button??

In the video below, I show you how to create you own preset. The possibilities are endless in the presets you can create. You can create a clean edit, black and white, rounded corners, ISO correction and more. You can also modify a preset you have purchased and save that preset so it works better with your images.

I hope you take some time today to create a few of your own presets to save you some time. Please tell us, what presets did you create????

21 Comments
  • February 15, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Thank you SO much! (again!) Can’t wait to watch this video! xo

  • Diane Eskridge
    February 15, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    I really couldnt hear what you were saying, issues with the microphone or speakers. I havent had problems with my computer so I am wondering if it is on the recording end. Just FYI. Really doesnt do much good if you cant hear.

    • Courtney
      February 15, 2012 at 10:45 AM

      Oh, no! I’m sorry to hear that!! I just double checked it and had a friend check it. She said she had to turn her volume up quite a bit. Mmm…I will look more into this for next time. Thanks for the heads up!!

  • February 15, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Hey Courtney! I could hear fine and thank you for showing us. I do have a question…do you know if you can layer presets? For example, a basic/clean edit and then noise reduction or rounded corners or something. Does that make sense?? Thanks so much! As always, great info on your blog! :)

    • Courtney
      February 15, 2012 at 12:04 PM

      Yes, of course! Run as many presets as you want on an image :O)

      • February 15, 2012 at 12:23 PM

        Awesome! How do I run more than one???? Do I need to save the image in between or do anything to it so that it doesn’t just completely change the image to the new preset that’s chosen instead of using both of them? (Does this even make sense?!?!!!!) THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! :):):)

        • Courtney
          February 15, 2012 at 12:36 PM

          Just click on the other preset you want to run. No need to save the image. LR automatically saves what you have been doing. If you don’t like something you did, you can click on the left hand side where it say “history” and go back to where you wanted your image to be. Does that make sense?? It will just build on top of what you already have :O)

          • February 15, 2012 at 12:58 PM

            If the presets you choose change different things (exposure, blacks, rounded corners, etc.), you can build them up, no problem. But if you click on one preset that sets the blacks to 2 and then another preset that sets the blacks to 6, for example, LR will set your image to the most recent change. Just be sure you’re not layering multiple changes to the same slider, or know that you’ll need to go back and confirm that all sliders are where you want them. I hope that didn’t make it more confusing. :)

          • February 15, 2012 at 8:38 PM

            I think this is what I am trying to “say” when I was talking about “Layers” … I’m going to have to open up LR when I get home and check out the “sliders?” It seems that if I click a Preset, and then another, it just changes to the newest Preset I’ve clicked, not loading on top of. I may need to pay attention a bit more ;)

  • February 15, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    I need to do more of this! I need to make a good “clean edit” preset and then set LR to apply it upon import. Oh, the time that will save. Thanks Courtney!

    • Courtney
      February 15, 2012 at 12:37 PM

      Great idea to set it upon import!!

    • February 16, 2012 at 9:09 AM

      LOVE that idea!! Thanks for the suggestions! :):)

  • Mama Monkey
    August 12, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    Can you answer this quick question for me? In the develop module, I like to do clean edits. Then I like to test our presets. Presets undo my clean edit!!! Is there any way to work around this? Do I need to export my clean edit and then import it again to apply the preset? Thanks!!! I’m learning do much :)

    • Courtney
      August 14, 2012 at 4:04 PM

      Mmm…I’m not quite sure I understand your question. So you do a clean edit and then click on your (?) preset. Is this one you bought or created? When you say they “undo” them do you mean they change your levels and all the work you did or the preset just changes the “look” of the image??

  • Mama Monkey
    August 14, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Sorry for the confusion!! Yes, I tend to underexpose, so then I adjust the white balance, exposure, brightness, contrast, etc. whatever the individual photo needs before I even look to presets. However, if the preset has exposure, contrast, white balance tweaks, etc. in it, it erases what I set up in my clean edit. Say I boosted exposure by +.50 and the preset decreases exposure by -.20. The preset would override what I wanted and further underexpose my image. In photoshop you would just flatten your image to lock in you clean edit then proceed playing with an action. I’m referring mostly to presets I’ve purchased. I think your only option in lightroom is to export your clean edit as a TIFF then import it again and play with th preset. I understand the presets aren’t one click fixes and may need tweaking, like actions in photoshop do :) Any suggestions? Hope this makes more sense :)

    • Courtney
      August 17, 2012 at 5:46 PM

      I see what you are saying! I have found that some presets do mess with the basic edit I do in the “basic” part of the development mode. I have found I prefer to use presets that don’t change any of those levels since that is where I do the majority of my basic edit. I don’t know of a way in LR to keep a preset from doing that. Oh! Wait, instead of exporting it have you tried to “create a virtual copy”? If you right click the image, you should see that option. I use this option when I want to try several different edits and decide which one I want to keep. Maybe you could do that instead of having to export it and import (that just seems like a lot of work). Hope that helps!

      • September 26, 2012 at 3:09 PM

        I finally have a change to sit down and respond…I did try the virtual copy method and it still overrides the original basic editing, but one good thing about it is I can easily view what settings I started with. It looks like the best option is, unfortunately, to export and reimport.

        • Courtney
          October 5, 2012 at 2:15 PM

          Bummer! I’m surprised it didn’t work. What a headache!

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