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How to Save Presets in Lightroom

Published: 09/04/2021

Lightroom Presets take your images to a whole new level. Lightroom uses the term presets to name a set of adjusted filters to add a unique visual effect to the photos. If you learn how to save presets in Lightroom Classic CC, it will be easy for you to create presets according to your own preference. 

How to Save Presets in Lightroom

In order to save a new kind of preset, you need to first edit an image using edits that you want to create a preset from. This way, whenever you want to adjust an image, you have the option of using the saved preset you created which can save you a lot of time. 

Step 1: Create Your Preset in Lightroom

Editing your photos in Lightroom Classic CC is fun, but it takes some practice to master the adjustments. It is the art of balancing the exposure, temperature, saturation, and several other sliders so that they give the right effects on the image. 

While there are several presets available to buy and download, sometimes they don’t have the specific look you’re trying to achieve. The good news is, Lightroom allows you to create your own custom presets.

  1. Open Lightroom Classic CC.
  2. Open the Library module, and Import your image.
  3. Click on the Develop module, where you will edit the image.
Develop module in Lightroom

Step 2: Make Adjustments to the Image

Before you start editing an image, it’s good to have a clear goal regarding what type of look and feel you wish to achieve after editing.

For example, you may want to bring vintage vibes to a vibrant home taken near the ocean. Or, you may wish to change an image’s tone from sharp to soft and dreamy. After you import the image from the library and enter the Develop module, go on to make the adjustments to the image.

Adjusting sliders in Basic Panel before saving lightroom presets

You can make edits including adjusting the sliders in the Basic Panel, changing the Tone Curve, moving HSL sliders, and increasing the sharpness of your image.

Once you’ve edited your image to your liking, it’s time to save the edits as a preset.

Step 3: Save the Preset

To save your preset, do the following:

  1. On the right-hand side, you will see a Presets tab under the Navigator. 
  2. Click on the + icon besides Presets tab. 
  3. From the drop-down, select Create Preset.
Create Preset option from the drop-down menu
  1. A window will appear, giving you the option to name your preset and select the folder for it. By default, Lightroom Classic CC saves the presets you create in the User Presets folder. However, you can go on to create a separate folder and save your presets to organize them properly.
Window showing option to name your preset and select a folder
  1. After that, choose the adjustments you wish to save in the preset by clicking on the correct checkboxes. You can choose to check all of the edits you made to the image, or you can decide to only include certain edits. Any Lightroom preset that you create is a mix of several adjustments, many of which you may not want to apply on every type of image.
  2. Click Create. It will appear in the drop-down of the presets tab, ready for use
Newly saved preset appearing under User Presets

Updating Your Saved Preset 

At times, you may wish to make some adjustments to your preset or create a slightly different version of it to add to your presets pack. Lightroom Classic allows you to update the adjustments very easily.

  1. Apply the preset to an image.
  2. Make adjustments to the settings per your liking.
  3. In the Presets tab, Right-click on the preset you want to update.
  4. A drop-down will appear where you need to select the Update With Current Settings option.
Selecting the Update With Current Settings option after saving a preset in Lightroom
  1. Click on Update in the window. Your preset is now updated. 

Create and Save Lightroom Presets with Other Tools

You can also create presets using the Adjustment Brush, the Graduated Filter, and the Radial Filter tool. These tools provide highly precise effects to areas where you apply the mask. If you create presets using these tools, they will be very useful for giving instant touches to your photo’s specific areas, like brightening the eyes.

Here’s an example of saving a preset using Adjustment Brush.

  1. Select the Adjustment Brush in the Develop Module.
  2. Make your desired changes by adjusting the sliders and using the brush on the image.
  3. From the Effects dropdown, choose Save Current Settings As New Presets.
Selecting Save Current Settings As New Presets option in Lightroom
  1. Type a name for the Adjustment Brush Preset.
  2. Click Create.
  3. You will now see your new preset in the Effects Dropdown of the Adjustment Brush.

Takeaway

In Lightroom Classic CC, creating and saving a preset is not a complicated process. If you love the effects you have added to a photo and want to save it, you simply need to follow the steps mentioned above. You can then apply it to the photos in Lightroom with just a click. 

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