5 Quick & Dirty Tips for Lightroom Develop Presets

In the develop module of Lightroom, you will find the presets panel. These are likely the most useful tools found in Lightroom. They save an enormous amount of time and energy during editing. Below you will find some tips to make your editing even more efficient and effective.


Harnessing the power of develop presets


#1 Disconnect your presets.

Many people create presets that include several different edits. However, separating specific edits into their own preset makes things much easier when you dont want to apply all edits to a photo.For example, if you have a split tone effect and a vignette on one preset, you have to use both of those in your edit, but if you split them into two separate presets, you can use the split tone effect on a photo without having to use a vignette. Does that make sense? Basically, by creating smaller, less complex presets, you can pick and choose which ones you want to use on specific photos.



#2 , Use undo presets.

Most people add edits with their presets, but you can also use these settings to undo particular edits. For example, if you create a preset that adds grain, you should also create one that deletes grain. These will show up side by side if you name them properly. Let's say you name the adding grain effect "grain add," and name the undo effect, "grain undo." This will make them show up right next to each other so it's easy to determine which one adds and which one deletes the effect.


#3, Test your presets

It is important to test your presets on several different image types. This allows you to spot hurdles ahead of time. For instance, you may create a preset that works great but has issues on cropped images. Make sure you test your presets on cropped images so that you don't run into problems later.


#4, Stay organized

Keep your presets neat and organized so that you can easily find what you need. It's a good idea to keep things in separate folders and named properly. This can be especially helpful if you have a lot of presets that you work with on a regular basis.



#5, Apply presets on import

For edits that you frequently use across all images, it is easy to apply these presets as you import the images. You will find this in the import dialogue. Apply during import panel. Choose the preset and it will apply it to all images selected


. These are just a few quick tips to make your editing a little smoother when using Lightroom  develop presets.