In our latest Adobe Lightroom tutorial we show you how to work more efficiently by using Adobe Lightroom presets, which you can use to create a range of punchy special effects.
Do you find yourself making the same edits and applying the same settings over and over to your photographs? If so, the chances are you can cut down your screen time dramatically by making use of Adobe Lightroom Presets.
Adobe Lightroom presets are simply saved settings from one image that can then be used on any other image. They’re great timesavers, and the way Lightroom is set up makes them easy to master.
You can create, manage and apply presets via the Preset Panel in the Develop Module. What’s more, you can also apply them through the Library Module’s Quick Develop panel, and even when you first import your images.
In fact, Adobe Lightroom presets are so easy to get to grips with and apply, that once you’ve made a particular effect or treated your image in a way that you like, there really is no need to ever make the effect from scratch again. You can simply make a new preset and then apply it forever after with a single click.
Camera profile preset
In this tutorial we’re going to show you how to make two useful Adobe Lightroom presets. One of the most effective (and little known) ways to give your images a different look is by using the Profile options in the Camera Calibration Panel.
By default this is set to ‘Adobe Standard’, but often this isn’t the best choice. So we’ll show you how to make an Adobe Lightroom preset that will change the profile, and then explain how to apply it during import so that your images immediately look better.
Once we’ve done this, we are going to convert the image to black and white and then add a punchy split-tone effect, and of course show you how to save another handy Lightroom preset for this.
How to make and use Adobe Lightroom presets
01 Change the profile
Open Lightroom then go to the Library Module and click Import. Navigate to your start image and check the box next to it, then click Import. Next go to the Develop Module and find the Camera Calibration Panel on the right. Experiment with the Profile options – we’ve gone for Camera Neutral.
02 Make a preset
Now go to the Preset Panel on the left and click the plus sign which will make a new preset. Click Check None and then check Calibration. Give your new preset a name and then hit Create. Now that our calibration preset is made we can apply it to other images during Import.
03 Apply during Import
Go back to Lightroom’s Library Module, hit Import and then navigate to presets_before02.CR2. Select the image and then go to the Apply During Import box on the right. Next open Develop settings, choose your newly made calibration preset (find it in User Presets), and then hit Import.
04 Make basic tweaks
Go to the Develop Module then grab the Crop tool and crop in tighter to remove the messy edge. Next go to the Basic Panel and use the sliders to improve the tones. Input the following setttings: Temp 5000, Tint +5, Exposure +0.90, Contrast +20, Highlights +16, Shadows +7, Blacks -11 and Clarity +4.
05 Convert to mono
Now we are going to convert the image to black and white, so go to the HSL/Color/B&W Panel and click B&W. Click the little target tool to the left of the panel and then click and drag this upwards over the skin which will lift the tones slightly. Next go to the Tone Curve and plot a shallow S-shape to add contrast.
06 Add a split tone
For our split tone effect, go to the Split Toning Panel and set Highlights Hue 60, Saturation 20, Shadows Hue 241, Saturation 30. Finally click the plus sign again to make a new preset. Name it Punchy Yellow/Blue, check only Tone curve, Black and White and Split Toning, then hit Create.
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