You’ve probably heard of presets before but, what does a preset do and, how do you use it? This is why we’ve created our Presets Guide! Soon, you’ll be an Expert!
A preset, is a collection of edits which an editing program can apply to a photo. This allows you to make multiple adjustments to your photo with one click.
This means you can use a preset to edit your photos without really having to know what each slider of your editing program does. A perfect way to easily and quickly edit your photos!
Have a preset pack on your computer but don’t know what to do with it? Read on! We created a step-by-step guide to Presets in Luminar and Lightroom Classic!
Luminar Looks Guide for Mac & Windows
Using Luminar looks is as easy and fast as Luminar itself.
The steps for both Mac and Windows follow the same formula.
Step 1: If necessary, unzip the file in which you received the Luminar Looks.
Step 2: Select all looks in your folder and select all the looks then press CMD + C to copy the files. (CTRL + C if you’re on Windows)
Step 3: Open Luminar 3, make sure that your Looks panel is visible. You can find this under the View – Hide / Show Looks Panel tab
Step 4: Go to the File tab and select “Show Luminar Looks Folder”.
Step 5: Press CMD + V (CTRL + V on Windows) to paste your new Looks into the Luminar Looks folder.
Step 6: The looks can be found in the category: “User Luminar Looks”. Select the desired look and adjust it to taste.
Watch the video below if you want to see how we got it done
Lightroom Presets Guide for Mac & Windows
There’s only a slight difference in importing Lightroom Presets between the two operating systems, which occurs in step 3.
Step 1: Extract any .zip file in which the presets were sent.
Step 2: Open up your Lightroom
Step 3: In your menu bar (Mac) go to the Lightroom tab – Preferences – Presets
(Windows) Edit tab – Preferences – Presets
Step 4: Click on the box “Show Lightroom Presets Folder”
Step 5: Select the Lightroom folder and click through to the Develop Presets folder.
Step 6: Copy the Custom Preset folder into the Develop Presets folder
Step 7: Restart Lightroom and get your photo ready for print! You can find the new presets in the “user presets” category. Note that the presets are only visible in the Develop tab.
Using and adjusting presets
Select your look or preset and then adjust the settings slightly to your taste. See below how we adjust this photo using a preset.
Here are some tips to get the best out of your photo:
- The exposure of your photo is essential for a beautiful print! When a photo is too dark / light, you lose detail during printing. That would be a real shame. Check out our tips and learn how to get the optimal exposure!
- A spotless photo is a dream of every photographer. Unfortunately, we sometimes find ourselves in a situation where this is not the case.Presets and Looks don’t get rid of these but, luckily programs such as Luminar and Lightroom offer a great tool for spot removal. Learn how to use it here. >
- Did you know contrast is essential to a striking image? In fact, it’s crucial. Contrast adds depth to an image, making it more attractive. It invites the viewer to really look at a photo and the story behind it. For example, you’ve got a beautiful portrait and you want to convey the feelings of your subject to the viewer. In this article you’ll learn how contrast works and how to create an even stronger image.