Presets in Luminar is a very powerful way to work with your images and speed up your workflow. It is much more flexible than you are be used to if you are familiar with Lightroom. With Luminar presets you can also include how layer blends with those below it, and you can set a specific opacity for a layer that you applied the presets to. You can apply masks to each individual filter within a preset.
If you are used to working with Nik Collection Plugins you will soon recognize that using presets in Luminar is quite similar to applying recipes in Nik’s Color Efex Pro 4.
Below you will learn how to apply the built-in presets, create your own Luminar presets or import presets that you have bought from this website or somewhere else. You will also learn how to export your own presets so you can share them with your friends.
How to Apply a Preset in Luminar?
If you want to save time working on your images, you might want to adopt a preset based workflow, where you use presets as a good starting point and inspiration for how to edit your image. You can browse through your collection of existing presets and apply them with a single click.
To apply a preset you first need to open an image in Luminar. Next, you need to make sure that the Preset Panel is visible at the bottom of the screen. If you can’t see it, click on the preset icon in the Top Toolbar. This will make the Preset Panel appear at the bottom part of your screen. If you later want to hide the strip with presets, you can click on the preset icon in the Top Toolbar to turn it off.
If you look at the Preset Panel at the bottom, you will see a preview of how your image will look with each particular preset applied. However, I find that it can sometimes be a little difficult to see the differences thumbnail size. Simply click on a preset thumbnail to apply the style to your image. If you want to try another preset, just click on a new preset thumbnail.
(Hint: You can also cycle through the different available presets by using the left and right arrows, once you have applied one preset).
When you apply a preset, you will notice that an Amount slider appears within the Thumbnail. You can use this to control how intense you want the effect to have on your image.
You will probably soon find that you prefer some of the presets and use them more often. To get faster access to your favorite presets click on the Star icon at the lower right corner of a preset thumbnail to add it to the Favorite list.
The default presets that comes with Luminar are divided into categories. Click on the infinity icon at the lower right corner of the Presets Panel and choose All.
Besides showing all presets available at the preset filmstrip at the bottom you will see the different preset categories available in Luminar.
How to Create Your Own Luminar Presets?
As you get familiar with Luminar, you will find a combination of filters that work as a recipe to give your images a particular look, that you like. You can save this as your own custom preset. Your custom preset will give you a good starting point for working on new images.
To create a new preset, click the “Create Preset” button at the top-right side of the Filters control.
This will open a pop-up window where you can name your preset. You can give it a name that helps you remember when this preset works best. If you created it with the settings used for a sunrise image, include sunrise in the name.
Next, click Create New Preset to save the preset. This will add it to the User Preset group.
Updating Your Custom Luminar Presets
You have extra options for modifying your custom presets compared to the built-in presets.
Click on the small triangle just next to the name displayed at the thumbnail of one of your custom presets. This will bring up a small context menu where you should choose Update with current settings. This will overwrite the preset with the current slider settings in the Filters panel.
You can also use the context menu to show the current preset’s location on your Mac or PC, delete it, rename, or export it.
How to Copy Luminar Presets to Another computer?
You can easily export your custom made Luminar preset in order to make a backup or copy it to another computer with Luminar installed. Click on the small triangle next to one of the presets to bring up the context menu and choose Show in Finder to open the folder where Luminar stores your custom presets.
All the Luminar presets have the file extension .lmp. Just select the presets that you want and copy them to a new location.
How to Import or Load Presets into Luminar?
To import the Luminar presets that you have copied using the steps above, or presets that you bought here, just follow these following few steps.
Open Luminar and click on the small triangle next to one of the preset name to bring up the context menu again. Click on Show in Finder to open the folder, where the presets are stored. Now drag the preset files you want to add to Luminar into this presets folder.
If you downloaded the presets they might be saved into a .zip-file. It is important that you remember to extract the preset files by double-clicking the zip-file. It is the individual preset files (.lmp files) that you should drag into the presets folder. Now restart Luminar so all the new presets are loaded. The new presets will appear in the Custom Category and when All Presets are selected.
Presets are incredibly flexible and allows you to quickly process your images in Luminar. Hopefully, this article clarified how to use presets in Luminar to speed up your workflow. If you have any questions or other insights regarding Luminar presets, please let me know in the comments below.
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