Lightroom is one of the tools I use almost 90% of the time when it comes to post processing work. I use Lightroom in combination with Photoshop because of its convenient features and ability to create workflow methods that just work really well.
Lightroom will run you about $80-$100 dollars on average but the investment is seriously worth it if you are doing any kind of paid work or even a hobbyist who’s thinking of taking on paid gigs.
I don’t recommend a lot of software but Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 is one worth recommending. If you already have Photoshop or even Photoshop Elements then technically you have the tools you need in most cases. But your workflow may be suffering because of the sometimes clunky and cumbersome back and forth between edits.
But one of the many great features in Lightroom is the ability to use presets. Presets are basically “one click” settings that allow you to instantly adjust one or all your photos all at the same time with a single click.
Creating presets is a lot easier than it looks but finding the proper settings and a good balance that enhance your photos can be somewhat tricky starting out.
How To Create Your Own Lightroom Preset
Open a photo you want to edit and switch over to “Develop” mode and make your adjustments such as exposure, color, tone, and so on. Every adjustment you make can be selected or de-selected when it comes time to creating your preset.
Now once you have made all your adjustments open up the left hand panel menu and go to the “Presets” section and click the “+” symbol
Then you’ll be presented with this screen where you can select what all edits your soon to be custom preset will contain:
Once you have everything you want to include selected just click “Create” and your new preset will automatically be added to the Presets menu.
Now it’s time to try it out so using an image I took a couple of weeks ago I’ll show you the before and after using my newly created preset.
Now I can apply this effect to any image I choose with just a single click of a button now. However since not every image is exposed the same or processed the same you will often have to make minor tweaks and adjustments but you’ll find that having presets can greatly increase your workflow.Read More