Tired of doing the same thing over and over again in Lightroom? You can make your day easier by creating your own Lightroom preset. This allows you to make multiple corrections to your photo with a single click.
What are Lightroom Presets?
Lightroom Presets are sets of predefined settings that you can apply to your photo. You can get presets for toning a photo in a special mood, apply black and white effects or making your photo look old. However, you can also use this feature to make your own post-processing workflow a lot easier.
I have created a package of Free Lightroom Presets, which also includes several one-click time-saving presets (including, the one you learn to create in this post).
How To Save Time By Using Your Own Lightroom Preset?
One of the first things you would often do whenever you begin developing a photo in Lightroom is to remove chromatic aberration to handle eventual purple color fringes around objects in your photo. Besides that, you would also want to correct optic faults of your lens, like distortion with Lens Profile Correction. Lastly, you might want to add a little sharpness to your photo.
Instead of applying these three steps to your photos over and over again, you could make a Lightroom preset that will apply these three actions in one step, by just double-clicking on a preset. If you have other actions that you usually do to a photo each time, consider placing it in this Lightroom preset or create another preset for it.
In order to create your own preset begin with finding a photo, that you haven’t processed yet.
Press d to go to develop module. Now you should only change the settings that you wish to include in the new preset.
As mentioned above we will create a preset that handles chromatic aberration enables lens profile corrections and adds a little basic sharpening. To do this go to the right side and find the detail panel and set the Sharpening Amount to 40 (or whatever you find appropriate).
Next scroll down to the Lens Correction Panel and tick the Enable Profile Correction and Remove Chromatic Aberration check-boxes.
Then go to the Preset Panel and click the icon, which will bring up the New Develop Preset dialog window.
Now you should only select the settings, that you have changed or that you want as part of the new preset that you are creating.
Next all you need to do is to name your new preset and click the Create button and you are done.
Now you can find your newly created preset in the Presets Panel under User Presets.
From now on each time you begin processing a photo, all you need to do is to click on the Lightroom preset that you have just created to apply sharpness, Lens profile corrections and remove chromatic aberration to your photo.
If you want to get a professional and polished look to your photos, consider getting our professional Lightroom Presets Pack.
You can find probably find several other steps to include in Lightroom presets, to make your workflow easier. What settings do you normally change in most of your photos? Share your thoughts below!