Since I released my Free Lightroom Preset Collection it has been, by far, the most popular resource on my blog. It was downloaded thousands of times and the feedback so far is very positive.
The readers of my blog who are familiar with Lightroom have no problems using my presets but, for the photographers who are just starting to learn the program, it is not always easy and straightforward. Every day I receive multiple questions about the installation and the usage of the presets.
I decided to address the most common questions and challenges by putting together a short tutorial that demonstrates the best practices on how to use my Lightroom Presets.
The goal of the Lightroom Presets Workflow is to streamline and simplify the process of photo editing and also to save time on processing a high volume of digital photographs. I hope my preset collection will help you accomplish just that.
If you have a problem installing the presets, I have a simple tutorial on how to install the Lightroom presets in just a couple of minutes. How to Install Lightroom Presets
Setting up the Lightroom
After you installed my Lightroom Presets and restarted Lightroom, you need to switch to the DEVELOP module of the Lightroom by selecting the DEVELOP option from the top menu.
When you are in the DEVELOP MODULE, on the left SIDE, select the PRESETS PANEL and open it.
Inside of the PRESETS PANEL you will find two new preset folders:
- PhotoTraces FREE Collection
- Photo Traces TOOLKIT
To start, open the Free Collection Folder.
For today’s demonstration, I selected three very different photographs:
- the landscape photo I took in Hawaii (RAW format)
- the urban shot of New York (JPG format)
- the portrait of a young couple (JPG format)
By choosing such different photos, I want to demonstrate that you can use my Lightroom presets with pretty much all types of photographs and formats (JPEG, RAW, DNG, PNG). [Read more…]