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!

What are lightroom presets?

Here’s how they may assist in the learning process:

1. Understanding the Impact of Various Adjustments

Immediate Before-and-After Comparison

By applying a preset, you can immediately see the changes made to a photo. This before-and-after comparison can be eye-opening, showing how different adjustments like exposure, contrast, and color balance transform an image.

Dissecting Preset Settings

When you apply a preset, you can examine which settings were adjusted and how. This insight into the specific changes (like adjustments in highlights, shadows, saturation, etc.) helps you understand the effect of each slider and tool in Lightroom.

2. Learning Through Reverse-Engineering

Decomposing Complex Edits

By analyzing a preset’s settings, you can reverse-engineer how a particular look was achieved. This process can be particularly educational for understanding complex edits.


You can tweak the settings of a preset to see how changes affect the image, which encourages active learning and experimentation.

3. Developing a Sense of Style

Exploring Different Aesthetics

Presets come in a variety of styles and themes. Using them exposes you to different aesthetic choices, helping you develop your sense of style and preference.


As you grow more comfortable, you can start tweaking presets to suit your taste better, gradually progressing towards creating your own presets from scratch.

4. Enhancing Workflow Efficiency

Streamlining Editing Processes

As you use presets, you’ll start understanding which types of images work best with specific adjustments. This knowledge can significantly speed up your future editing workflows.

Balancing Consistency and Creativity

Presets teach you how to maintain consistency in your edits while allowing room for creative expression.

5. Broadening Technical Knowledge

Exposure to Advanced Techniques

Some presets incorporate advanced techniques like graduated filters, tone curves, and color grading. Learning how these are applied in presets can deepen your understanding of Lightroom’s capabilities.

Adaptation to Different Scenarios

Using a variety of presets can enhance your ability to edit photos taken in varying lighting conditions and environments.

Lightroom presets are not just about achieving quick and beautiful edits; they are a gateway to a deeper understanding of photo editing. 

They offer a hands-on learning experience, guiding you through the intricacies of photographic adjustments and inspiring you to develop your unique editing style. As you grow more confident in your abilities, you may find yourself moving beyond presets, equipped with the knowledge and skills to make any image come alive in your own distinct way.

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