What are Lightroom Presets?

Sometimes referred to as filters (although please note that presets and filters are NOT the same!), Lightroom Presets are an amazing way to save time in editing.

Not only do Lightroom Presets help you save time in editing, just as importantly, using a preset helps you achieve a consistent look across your images.

Presets are a big deal, and a huge time saver.

As I mentioned in my post, Making Lightroom Work for You: Processing Pictures in Bulk, a preset is exactly what it sounds like – a collection of saved development settings, ready to be applied again and again with a single click.

Lightroom Presets can be used in both Lightroom Classic (desktop) and Lightroom Mobile.

Are Free Lightroom Presets Really Worth It? Read this thorough article from bouncecolor.com.

Who are Lightroom Presets for?

Presets are for everyone! Whether you are an amateur photographer, a pro, or a non-photographer looking to create better images for your family, product, business, or blog, presets are for you!

My favorite part about using Lightroom Presets that other artists have created is playing with new ideas on how to edit a photo…. it’s a way for me to dig in and get that much more creative. It’s another way for me to be creatively charged, and usually I can stretch my skills or think of things I wouldn’t have thought of on my own.

Which Presets Do I Use?

After I edit a photo and want to apply the same edits to others, I’ll save the settings as a preset. Keep in mind when you save a preset, you don’t necessarily want to save the white balance setting, since the color temperature can vary greatly as lighting changes. There’s even a website that has a few presets I had authored way before Lightroom Mobile was a thing. That was a couple computers ago, so I’m not sure I even still have those presets saved anywhere!

While I most often make my own presets, I truly enjoy playing with presets that other artists have created! It’s always different from what I come up with!

lightroom Preset Recommendations:

As I use more presets from other artists, I’ll keep this post updated!

How To Install Lightroom Presets


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why you should buy lightroom presets

Why should you buy Lightroom presets?

Lightroom presets can be an invaluable learning tool for those new to photo editing or looking to enhance their skills…. and there’s so many styles and variations out there to buy!

Arancia Lightroom Preset by Rachel Carter Images

arancia lightroom preset

This preset works on both desktop and mobile versions of Adobe Lightroom. While it was designed for blue hour images, I can’t wait to see where your creativity takes you!

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