Pack a Punch with Lightroom Presets

Lightroom presets class
If you are new to using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, you may not be familiar with the use of presets. Once you have learned the basic organization and develop modules in Lightroom in my Lightroom Quick Start Class, you’re ready to move on to presets!

Presets are a collection of saved settings that you can readily recall and apply to any photograph in a Lightroom catalog. BPSOP is happy to offer this class on Lightroom presets to help you take your images from good to great!

You can either purchase presets or create your own. Once you have learned how images are edited in the develop module of Lightroom, you can create your own custom presets that reflect your own style.

Perhaps you like the way a landscape image looks, or a set of adjustments on a portrait. This is where you can save these presets to use on other images in the future. These presets are not necessarily a one touch image editing solution, but it’s a good place to start.

Each preset will not likely work as a final adjustment for every image. Think of it as a place to start your photo editing and you can tweak each image to your liking without going through all of the basic adjustments. You can then move into the fine tuning of your image right away.


Lightroom Presets


They can serve as creative inspiration

Presets can help you enhance your Lightroom editing skills. When you apply your favorite preset, you can look at its settings, adjust them to your liking, and understand how they affect your photo. This will extend your understanding of Lightroom, enhance the way you go about editing, and achieve a more diverse range of styles for your images.

They are a very efficient and powerful way to boost your Lightroom editing abilities for results that would otherwise take ages to even imagine on our own. Even if you are a novice Lightroom editor, it is never too early to learn the power of Lightroom presets.

Presets can truly become your photographic inspiration. As you develop your own photographic style, your audience may expect a certain look from you. But maybe there are other times, when you need some simple creative inspiration. That’s where you can easily see many variations of the same photo and choose the one you like the best and continue to edit that picture to its final edition. See the samples below. All of these editing adjustments were done in one click, and can be undone just as easily.



Presets Can Speed Up Your Editing Process

Lightroom presets will help you avoid repetitive tasks that are applied to every image and allow you to put your creative time and talent to better use. If none of your presets work for a particular image, it’s much easier to apply a preset that is similar to your projected outcome than start from scratch, and then work on your image from there.


Focus Easier on Your Work Flow

If you decide to purchase presets from a developer, they will typically organize them by type and style. For example if you need presets for portraits, or for landscapes, it will be easy to find just the right preset for your project if you decide you don’t want to create your own.

There are also adjustment brush presets that will allow you to edit specific areas and features of your photos. No need to create a whole new preset for your portrait retouching. A set of of portrait brush presets will help you edit skin, eyes, lips and hair with ease.


Join us for our next class to learn the power of presets! 

In this two week class, we will show you how to create your own presets to use over and over and create your own signature style. You will also learn to use third party presets to help with your creativity and enhance your editing power. You will receive detailed information on the website page each week, as well as tutorial videos to help you understand the course material.

You can sign up here!


Holly Higbee-Jansen is a passionate photographer and photo workshop leader, and has been exploring her fascination with light since she was a young child. As a co-owner and guide for, she loves taking small groups of clients to beautiful places to help them explore their photographic creativity. Join them on one of their photographic workshops in iconic locations in the American West and Iceland. Live life creatively!

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“I just wanted to thank you for another wonderful class. I have to confess that each week when I read the new assignment, my first reaction was mild panic and a deep certainty that I would not be able to produce anything worthwhile that fit within the parameters you had set. But before I knew it, the ideas started to flow, and I quickly became obsessed (no, that isn’t too strong a word!) with exploring the possibilities. I can honestly say that the photos I produced in response to your assignments are among my favorites. Thanks for bringing out a creative side I didn’t know I had!”

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“Thank you so very much for this course! It’s allowed me to take the blinders off and present my images for what I want them to be without being a slave to the “reality” of the camera. I would also add that in conjunction with your printing course, this has been the most useful course I’ve ever taken. Your notes are more than comprehensive and your comments and critiques are direct, clear, and always directed to the improvement of the art.”

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” I want to thank you for this class and for your patience and availability to answer all of my questions. I have learned very much through this class. I have used LR in the past, but mostly for editing images. I now have a better grasp in the organization of my images, an even better understanding of editing images, and an understanding of the value of presets. I still have a lot to learn, but this has put me on the road to be able to improve my photography. Again, thank you! ”

Dale Yates
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