Lightroom presets may be a fast and simple way of creating amazing photos but it must be said that the process of installing third-party presets into Lightroom is a bit fiddly...
We have detailed, step by step instructions on this earlier blog post but many of us find it easier to follow an instructional video for computer based tasks like this - so here's how it's done!
P.S. although the video shows the Mac version of Lightroom, the steps are identical for Windows PC installation - a few of the menu names change but I point out the Windows alternative at each of these points.
Our Vintage Fade Preset Pack has a great range of matte and fade presets to really add some texture and feel to your images.
Here's 3 of the 18 presets in the pack in action on a rather subdued shot of our driveway one misty morning : )
We've just added another free Lightroom preset to the free presets page of the webstore - Pina Colada is a feel-good, warming preset that imparts a distinct summer vacation vibe to landscape and travel images.
Slap on your Havaianas, grab a cold one and let Pina Colada transport you to a sunset beach - for free!
I reckon that the greatest feature of Adobe Lightroom is it's non-destructive editing workflow. What does non-destructive mean? Basically there is nothing that you can do to your image that can't be undone - the original image is never altered, Lightroom simply 'overlays' changes in a seamless manner leaving the source image un-touched.
Even better, your Lightroom catalog retains the step by step edit history for all time - just remember to backup your catalog regularly and you will always be able to review and change your edits. This is not the case in Photoshop where the editing history is lost every time an image is saved and closed and it is ridiculously easy to over-write an original file with the edited version - especially if you are working with JPEGS!
Customers of our Lightroom Preset Packs often wonder how to get their photos back to the original, imported state after applying a preset. There are two ways to do this - here is a step-by-step guide to both methods:
With your image selected enter Develop module in Lightroom.
The History panel shows a blow-by-blow list of all the edits made on each image - the most recent edit is at the top and at the bottom resides the Import state item.
One way to reset your edit state back to original Import state is to simply click on the Import item at the bottom of the History panel.
You will note that the edits are still shown above and any of these can be reselected - but WARNING, if you perform a new edit after you have clicked on this 'Import' line all previous edit history will be overwritten. If you want to avoid losing these edits you are best to use the next Reset method...
This method allows you to Reset to original state while retaining any previous editing history - handy if you are wanting to try some radically different approach but think you may want to go back to your previous edits...
The method is super simple - just hover over the image in Develop Module and right click to open the contextual menu. Hover over Settings and then click Reset.
I hope that this little guide to resetting an image in Lightroom has been of assistance! If you are a fan of our Lightroom presets be sure to remember this method when playing with various preset options!
Cheers - and happy editing!
Here at Love Lightroom Presets we are committed to providing solutions to common landscape photography bugbears. Probably the most surprising gremlin most of us face is making photos of sunny days look great - you'd think that photographing and post-processing blue skies and radiant sunshine would be a walk in the park (on a sunny day, that is) but it ain't!
Over the years we have created a terrific little collection of presets for use in our own professional landscape photography business that tackle the very subtle but tricky problems that blue sky photography presents. These individual presets have all been bundled up as the Bluebird Days Presets pack - our second most popular presets pack (Grey Days Made Great is #1). Bluebird days is a blues-busting ninja warrior arsenal of super handy presets that will transform your landscape images with a single mouse click - check it out here!
Here at Love Lightroom Presets we sell tools that help speed up your photo editing, but even the very best presets cannot fix a terribly arranged scene. The composition is the structure of a photo, the framework - if you are going to take your photography from garbage to great you will need to learn to see what your camera sees!
It is a well-worn adage that photography is the art of seeing, I prefer to think that successful photography results from visual objectivity – the craft of consciously seeing exactly what’s presented in a scene whether it’s good, bad or mediocre. The ability to look objectively at the world through the camera lens and then remove the visual detritus is a skill that all photographers must master if they are to make compelling compositions.
Quality photographic composition is almost always a subtractive process - drag that dead branch out of shot, zoom in a little tighter to show less of a boring foreground, move position so your car is no longer in shot - all these things subtract something from the photo but add to the power of the composition.
Learning to see the world objectively isn't easy, simply because we see with our brains rather than our eyes. Our emotional response taints our view of the world when looking through the lens and our brains convince us that we are making photographic history when all we are doing is making yet another 'blah' photo.
For me, a great example is bird photography. I'm not geared up for photographing birds but when Ido snap some shots my excitement has me 100% convinced that I am filling the frame with feathers - I develop a form of tunnel vision whereby all I can see through the lens is bird! Without fail I check my LCD and discover that 95% of the frame is bird-free. In short, I lose all objectivity when photographing birds, I fail to see what the camera is seeing.
How do you learn to see? The same way we always learn - by asking questions every step of the way - here are some good ones:
Ask yourself questions like these every time you set up your camera and I will guarantee that your photography will improve - dramatically!
Presets save time - this preset from the Add a Little Sunshine pack transformed this image with a single click.
Lightroom presets are a big deal these days but that wasn't always the case... I used Lightroom for over a year before I even ventured into the presets panel and I quickly 'bounced' straight back out!
That's because the presets that Adobe bundles with Lightroom are pretty uninspiring and of little use to my photography. It's not until my wife and business partner Sarah started creating her own presets, based upon the landscape photography workflow that we use in our photography business, that I discovered preset's ace in the hole - speed!
Editing photos using a range of quality presets is a huge productivity boost - I can rapidly scan through dozens of different creative treatments for an image using the Navigator window and then select the look that I am after - usually one click is enough to get a photo looking great, but if some settings need adjusting it is simply a matter of tweaking sliders in the normal manner.
The beauty of Lightroom's non-destructive workflow is that ALL of these can be undone at any point with out damaging or altering the underlying file in any way - there is simply no risk involved with applying even the most extreme presets!
So give presets a go and realize the digital photographers dream - shoot more edit less!
Cheers - Todd
One day, when you least expect it, the many-speckled Chicken of Computing Calamity will decide to roost on your hard drive. On this fateful day you will boot up your computer and be greeted either with the clicking, grinding sound of disk platters shredding themselves at 7200 RPM or the very Simon/Garfunkel-esque sound of silence. Your emotional state five minutes after this event will entirely depend on your prior commitment to backing up your files - and will run the gamut from mildly inconvenienced to catatonically depressed.
It's worth protecting great Lightroom presets like revelation (Grey Days Made Great pack) from the Chicken of Computing Calamity...
'If you are an avid collector of Lightroom presets you can rapidly accumulate hundreds of dollars worth of indispensable presets. Many professional preset vendors, including us good-guys at Love Lightroom Presets, will happily replace your lost presets under these circumstances - but this assumes that you can remember what you lost and where you got it from!
The best option is to backup your presets regularly (preferably at the time of purchase) so you can easily restore them if that calamitous cockerel does decide to pay a visit. The great thing about presets is that they are tiny files and can easily be stored in a free cloud account, thumb drive or even on your phone. Here's how to do it.
This bit is easy...
In the main Lightroom menu (top bar) click:
This dialog box will open - click the presets tab (see blue tab on top row of box). Then click 'Show Lightroom Presets Folder' - this will then open a file browser window.
The resulting file browser window opens with 'Lightroom' highlighted, not the presets folder - its the one called 'Develop Presets' and the preset files are not called presets they have the .lrtemplate file type - Adobe have always marched to the own beat of their own drum...
Adobe calls presets 'templates' (.lrtemplate filetype) and they live in the Develop Presets folder...
To backup your presets simply select the Develop Presets folder itself, then RIGHT-CLICK and select COPY from the contextual menu.
Simply connect your backup device, create a folder - let's call it 'Lightroom Presets Backup' and RIGHT-CLICK again.
This time click 'Paste Item' from the contextual menu - et Voila! your Lightroom presets are backed up!*
Thanks for reading this short article - I hope it helps save your bacon (from that chicken?)
Kind regards - Sarah
* 'off-site' backups are best. For local backups - Mac users should all be using Time Machine backups as a bare minimum - I'm not sure what the Windows equivalent is though.