Lightroom presetsLightroom presets, also known as presets, are one of the most interesting and useful features found in the Lightroom editing program. This is a set of adjustments and changes in the edition that is made and saved, to then be able to apply them with just one click on all the photographs we want. This allows us to speed up our workflow and save a lot of time at the time of editing. The Presets panel will be found in the Lightroom Reveal module on the left side. By default, the program already has some presets so that we can use them, but the most interesting thing is to create or find the presets that we like and then apply them to our pictures when we edit.
How to Apply a Preset to Photos?To apply a preset to our photography is very simple. To do this, you must open the Presets panel in which all the presets we have installed will appear. We will pass the mouse over them, and before applying them, we can already see in the miniature of the Navigator panel how our image will remain after applying the preset, it is like a preview that we can observe. If you are convinced, just click on that preset and you will see how your image changes almost as if by magic. In the development settings panel you can check the changes that have been applied. If you can not really appreciate the changes in the Navigator panel thumbnail, it is best to apply the preset and compare the before and after the photo. If it does not convince you, you can always undo the action from the Edit / Undo menu or with Control + Z / Command + Z.
What do Lightroom Presets bring to our edition?The use of Lightroom presets gives us a number of advantages when processing and revealing our photographs, making our edition better and more attractive.
- They allow us to save a lot of time in editing.
- They help us keep the same look or appearance in editing and postprocessing a series of images, that is, they help us to keep a consistent edition in them.
- They allow us to learn editing techniques, since observing the changes that are applied in the panel of the development adjustments, we can see what kind of changes are more appropriate for one type of photo or another.
- We can work editing our photos in batches. If you make a session of 100 photos does not need to be retouched from scratch one by one. Edit one of them, save the changes as a preset and apply to the rest. Then you will have to review them, but not edit them from the beginning and it is very useful and really practical.
- They are a good starting point from which we can continue working, since they allow us to re-edit what is edited. Applying a preset does not have to end with a photo ready to publish and display. One of the strengths of Lightroom presets is that we can always readjust them to our liking to get the best edition for our photo, something ideal for those who are very perfectionists.