Lightroom presets are a quick and easy way to make adjustments to photos. I’ve found it most helpful when looking at a series of photos with similar color/lighting profiles to quickly play with adjustments and quickly apply them to all of the photos. Here are some sites that offer free presets, and information about installing and using presets in Adobe Lightroom:
Adobe’s Lightroom Develop Presets provides a variety of presets submitted by users. There are free presets, and presets available for purchase. Sometimes photo samples are included in the preset description, and the comments tend to reveal who the preset is geared towards and most useful for (amateur, macro, landscapes, etc).
Seim Effects Lightroom Presets also provides a number of free presets and presets for purchase. Many of the presets are accompanied by a video sampling how to apply and adjust the presets.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Killer Tips is another good source of presets. The site is run by Matt Kloskowski, and for each preset he provides a thorough description usually outlining when and for what photos the preset is most appropriate. Each preset comes with three options for the intensity that the preset is applied to the image with – light, medium, strong.
And last but not least, onOne Software‘s lightroom presets. The onOne Signature Collection Presets is a massive collection. I only added the presets that I thought would be most useful to Lightroom to keep from cluttering the sidebar.
And here’s a video by Seim Effects on how to install and manage Lightroom presets:
I decided to post the websites and YouTube channels that have been most useful in learning to use Adobe Lightroom.
The Adobe Lightroom YouTube Channel has been the most useful resource for me. It’s easy to search for videos addressing certain topics, and the collection of tutorials is extensive.
Julieanne Kost’s blog provides a lot of information and tutorials for using Adobe Lightroom. Her videos and tutorials are also available on Adobe TV.
While it is long, I found the following YouTube video by Terri White to be the most helpful and straightforward to getting started with Lightroom. I watched it in one window while following his directions with Lightroom in another window. Some of the topics he covered were not relevant to me, so I just skipped them. Generally though it was a thorough walk through for Lightroom.
I will say, there is quite a learning curve to really be able to take advantage of Lightroom. Basic photo editing features are quite intuitive, but things like presets (at least for me) take a bit more time. I am a big fan of the options for easily importing, naming and organizing photos.
I finally purchased Adobe Lightroom so I can start editing my way through the absurd amount of photos I have from the past year and a half. I’ve used Photoshop before, back in the days of CS2, and have played around with a few other free photo-editing softwares, but never found any that I was crazy about. One of my friends who does a considerable amount of studio photography, swears by Lightroom. After playing around with the software on her computer for a bit, I decided that it was worth the investment.
Now, I just need to learn how to unlock its full potential.