Lightroom has some powerful image enhancement tools, as fans will know, and the ability to apply and store editing presets. But as well as creating your own, you can get presets from all sorts of different places and they’re really easy to install – and here’s how you do it.
01 Free presets from ON1.com
You can start by checking out some free Lightroom presets from ON1. ON1 is not the only company offering free presets, but it does have a rather tasty collection supplied by different photographers and Lightroom experts that will get you started.
02 Trey Ratcliff presets
I’ve chosen a set of presets from legendary travel Photographer and HDR expert Trey Ratcliff. You should take a look at his Stuck in Customs website. He’s also involved heavily in MacPhun’s Aurora HDR app.
03 Find the Lightroom Presets folder
If you don’t know where to look on your hard disk, open the Lightroom preferences, select the Presets panel and click the ‘Show Lightroom Presets Folder’ button half way down on the right. This will display the Lightroom folder on your computer, and you need to open this and then open the Develop Presets folder within that.
04 Copy across your presets
The presets downloaded as a zip file, so this needs expanding. Now all you do is drag the expanded folder (it contains all the individual preset files) into the Lightroom Develop Presets folder.
05 Check out your new presets
If you did this while Lightroom was running, you’ll need to quit and restart it. Now you should see the new folder in your presets panel containing your new presets. I really like Trey’s preset effects but, Trey, some of your names are just… uh… a bit weird 😉