Adobe Lightroom is a brilliant photo editing application, and with creative use of presets you can get some amazing special effects out of it. Presets are pre-saved settings that allow you to do useful things with Lightroom, saving you time and effort when it comes to making images.
Presets are made and applied in the Preset Panel which is found in the Develop Module. They can be applied using the Library Module’s “Quick Develop” panel, which saves you a lot of time when you first import images.
Lightroom Presets are really easy to work with, and they mean that you will never need to work hard to apply a standard effect ever again – just select the preset and it will do the work for you. Here’s a quick look at two of the best and most useful presets.
The Camera Profile Preset
The Cameral Profile Preset is a good way to make sure that your images look as good as possible from the start and a must have option when doing wedding presets. When you first open an image, Lightroom is usually set to Adobe Standard, but this is rarely the best choice for wedding presets according to in infoparrot.
The first thing you need to do is change the profile so that the camera looks better. Camera Neutral is often a good choice. Once you have found some settings that you think look good, you can start to look at making a new preset.
To do this, go to the Preset Panel and click on the plus sign to create a new preset. Next, click click Check None and also check Calibration. You will need to give your new preset a name. Choose something descriptive so that you can find it easily in the future when you have many more presets. Finally, click Create.
Black And White
Black and white images look great and this small change is a nice starting point for other images – such as ones with a two-tone, punchy effect. Converting an image to Mono is easy – Mono is actually an option in the HSL/Color/B&W Panel. You can add contrast using the S-Curve.
Once you have a black and white image, you can add a split-tone to it quite easily. Set the Highlights Hue to 60, the Saturation to 20, and then for the Shadows set the Hue to 241 and the Saturation to 30. Save that preset with a descriptive name, and check Tone Curve, Black and White and Split Toning.
Now, if you ever want to replicate the general look and feel of the image you have just made, you can simply import existing images and run them through these presets.
You can save presets for almost any effect, and you can download presets that were made by other people, so you can get great looking images with just a few clicks of the mouse. Give it a try today and see what sorts of stunning looking images you can come up with. You may be surprised.