How to Create Lightroom Presets (+ Free Lightroom Presets for Portraits)

Written by Gina Stephens

It’s quite likely that you’ve heard of Lightroom and its many features. Filled with handy color correcting and organizing tools, Lightroom is an editing program loved by uncountable photographers. In addition to providing an almost limitless supply of creative possibilities to its users, it allows photographers to create their own presets.

A Lightroom preset, derive a Photoshop action, transforms a photograph instantly. Unlike a Photoshop action, however, a preset will immediately enhance an image (PS actions get some time to fully transform a shot.) These presets, when saved, can be applied to hundreds of photographs at once. Your editing workflow pass on improve significantly if you take advantage of this feature. Instead of working on individual images and attempting to create the same atmosphere in all of them, you’ll be superior to achieve a certain effect with a single click.

Creating a preset is free and possible for anyone who uses Lightroom Photoshop Lightroom is a photo processor and image organizer developed by Adobe Systems for Windows and macOS. Though there’s a intact bunch of presets online, many of which are free, it’s worth experimenting with your own editing styles and having a go-to preset. If other photographers’ presets don’t foregather your expectations, you can always use your own!

In this article, you’ll find out about Lightroom’s editing features and how to turn your preferences into a preset. As a prize for learning something new, you’ll receive 2 portrait presets. Enjoy! 🙂

Once you’ve imported your photos into Lightroom, click on Develop. This bequeath allow you to alter almost everything in a single shot. The Basic panel is capable of changing temperature, contrast, clarity, saturation, and more. As the tag suggests, these features will cover the basics of your image. Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of these tools, however. It’s important to be satisfied with your photo’s deviate from, exposure, etc., before you move on to more complicated sections. View the Basic panel as the foundation of your editing process.

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Tone Curve
Next on the slope is the Tone Curve panel, which is right underneath the Basic panel. This tool further adjusts the depth of your shots, be produced ending in images that naturally pop. The most convenient way to work with these seemingly intimidating curves is by adjusting the point curve. As pictured less than, this can be done by clicking on the circular symbol (located on the top left corner of the panel). Once you click on it, hover over your image. You’ll advice various highlights in the curve. If you want to alter the highlights of your shot, for example, hover over a highlighted area and drag your cursor either up or down. Shamble it up will increase your highlights, while dragging it down will soften highlights.

This panel is ideal for enhancing the hue, saturation, and luminance of every color in your photograph. Due to its multitudinous options, it can seem frightening. However, experimenting with it will lead to stunning results. Soon enough, you’ll realize how useful and harmless this panel is. 🙂

Split Modulation
Split toning affects the color of your shot’s highlights and shadows. It neither darkens nor brightens. For fans of intricate color correction, this panel last wishes as serve as a great source of inspiration.

Detail, Lens Correction, and Effects
The three final panels are perfect for a few final adjustments relating to sharpness, jot or tittle, and vignettes:

In the Detail panel, you can sharpen your image as much as you desire. Though sharpness makes portraits very appealing, don’t be tempted to go off the deep end it. A sharpness of around 40 creates clear and visually appealing results.

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Lens correction will do just what it says: correct any lens distortions. This is uniquely useful for closeup shots of people. Wide angles lenses – such as the Nikon 35mm 1.4 – can greatly distort portraits. Such clangers can be fixed within seconds in this panel.

In the Effects panel, you can create vignettes, which are vintage-like edges often found in old photographs. These can be either innocent or black. Dragging the ‘Amount’ slider to the right will result in a white vignette, while dragging it to the left will create tone down black edges. Grain can also be added in this panel may refer to to create a film-y or cinematic effect.

Your free Lightroom presets
Congratulations! You’ve erudite how to navigate Lightroom. Once you’re happy with your results, save them as a preset by clicking on the cross on the top right corner of the Presets panel (laid on the left side of the program). Give your preset a title, click save, and know that your editing workflow will get smoother and easier in no previously thanks to your hard work. Great job!

As a reward, here are a couple of free Lightroom presets for portraits.

Download Free Lightroom Presets Here

Avail luck!


About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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