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Adobe Lightroom continues to be one of the most popular photo editing programs for photographers, and for good reason. Among the many robust features is the ability to create presets so you can easily apply the same edits over and over again to multiple images.
A preset is essentially a one-click option for each and every edit you apply to any given photo. While you can spend hours editing your photos, by creating a preset, you can cut down on your photo editing time in a significant way.
The great thing about using presets is that it also allows you to create a consistent look in your photographs.
How to Create a Preset in Adobe Lightroom
The first thing you want to do is to open your photo in the Develop tab and apply all the edits you want in your photo. If you wanted all your photos to have a vintage feel, for example, you can create a preset for that specific look.
After you’ve made all your edits, you can open up the dialog box to create a new preset one of three ways:
- Use the keyboard shortcut Cmd + Shift + N.
- In the menu go to Develop > New Preset.
- In the Preset panel, click the + button.
When the dialog box opens, you can choose which edits you want to save to this preset:
- You can selectively check the edits you want to save.
- You can choose a name for your preset.
- You can choose the folder where your preset will be saved.
- Once all that is done, click Create.
How to Apply Your Custom Lightroom Preset
After you’ve created your preset, you can open up a new photo and simply click the preset in the panel to apply all the same edits to subsequent photos.
Of course, since not all photos are taken in the same conditions, you will need to make some additional tweaks to make sure that the photo looks good, and is consistent with the other photos you’ve taken.
To see the full process of applying edits to a photo, and saving those edits as a preset, check out the video below: