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