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Defining  Your Voice with Adobe Lightroom Presets

Target: Create a preset in Lightroom that demonstrates a personal voice in terms of concept and mood that can unify the mood in multiple images with similar or different subject matter.


Directions:  Start with a photo/s of your choice in Develop mode, edit using the sliders in the right hand panel including edits to the brightness, shadows, highlights, contrast, clarity and color tone, and adding personal choices in split-toning, use of the HSL panel, and effects such as vignette or film replication, color grading, tone curve and more. Assemble a presentation that includes:

  • a descriptive name for your preset

  • 5 photo before and afters using your preset 

  • Why? What is is good for? What would it not work for?

  • a short description of what edits you chose and why (can be screen shots of the edit panel) 

A Lightroom Preset is a pre-determined position all (or some) of the of sliders inLightroom (they are pre-set, get it?) In other words, you can edit a photo to your liking, and then save that exactly combination of slider positions for future use on another image.

  1. Edit a photo of your choice until you love it.

  2. Go to Lightroom’s Develop Module

  3. Go to presets, create your own.

  4. Name the preset [btw, it helps to name the preset by something that will help you remember what it is. For instance, use, “high contrast color” rather than, “awesome.”]

  5. Scroll down and you will find the option for “User Presets”. This is the category where you will find your newly created preset.

Basics of Creating Presets
Edit Like Garrett King
Edit Like Brandon Woelfel
Desaturated Urban Look
Dramatic Cinematic Look
Boring to Great in LR
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