Take things easy

Save time – James Pater­son shows you how to cre­ate Light­room pre­sets

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Cre­ate Light­room pre­sets for your favourite ef­fects and save your­self hours

If you work smart with Light­room, it’s pos­si­ble never to have to carry out the same im­age-edit­ing task more than once. With Light­room’s pro­cliv­ity for pre­sets, no job should ever have to be re­peated. It’s sim­ple: want a punchy black-and-white look? How about a sub­tle vi­gnette, or a cool tonal ef­fect? Just do it once, then make a pre­set for ef­fort­less ap­pli­ca­tion to other im­ages for­ever af­ter­wards. It might not sound like the most riv­et­ing of tasks, but just like clean­ing your cam­era’s sen­sor and or­gan­is­ing your im­age li­brary, mak­ing Light­room pre­sets will pay you back in the long run.

In this tu­to­rial we’ll get you started with time-sav­ing pre­sets. We’ll be­gin by look­ing at the ar­ray of use­ful built-in ones that ship with Light­room, then show you how to cre­ate your own. Along the way we’ll un­cover how to cre­ate vir­tual copies to ex­per­i­ment with dif­fer­ent ef­fects, and how to gives your im­ages a trendy vin­tage look. What’s more, we’ll also show you how to down­load and in­stall ready­made pre­sets cre­ated by gen­er­ous web­site con­trib­u­tors. In no time at all you’ll have a bustling li­brary of your favourite ef­fects, ready to ap­plied to any im­age with a sin­gle click.

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