How to Create your own Lightroom Presets

In a recent photo project I had to adjust the appearance of a series of photos to create a “late October look”.  I found myself processing a batch of photos adjusting the exposure, recovery etc to the same level for each photo. Lightroom offers the ability to make this set of adjustments a one click preset.

Creating your own preset is a very simple process. Select the image you have adjusted to the desired level.

On the left hand side of the screen (in the develop module) you will see the title “Presets” click the +button.

A window will appear that allows you to adjust what aspects of the custom action are added to the preset.

For example the level of vignette quite often depends on the image being edited so it might be best not to store the vignette settings in the preset but all these manually to the photo later.

Saving your Preset

Next you have to give your preset a name. I would recommend this is as descriptive as possible, as the number of presets grows it can be complicated to identify which does what.

Once you are happy with your name and aspects being included in the preset click the “Create” button.

Your preset will now be listed under “User Presets” within the Develop module. You can also easily share or backup your preset by right clicking on it and selecting “Export“.


Finding your Presets

If you are using a Mac and want to backup your entire presets library it can be easily located under your library folder. The screenshot below shows the folder structure to follow :

If you create your own presets you can share them on a range of websites and flickr sets. One group which is particularly helpful is the Lightroom Preset flickr Group.


  1. One tip is to not touch the exposure slider when recording a presets. Start with a good exposure first.

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