Installing and Using Lightroom Presets

On this video photographer Phil Steele demonstrates how to install, use and even create new presets in Adobe Lightroom.

Lightroom has a a whole range of presets built into the software for you to use. They can be a great time saver if you know exactly what you want, but they can also be a very useful learning tool. On this video Steele shows how to easily install presets from the develop module (you need an image selected) and create a new folder in the presets list and right click on this area and choose a new folder and name it. Next you choose import from the presets you have download (this is the set Steele uses for this demo – it does cost money mind you).

If you already have presets installed Steele shows how to use them (starting at 8:50 min on the video) he shows how you can see a preview and how to check new one (Steele recommend not to stack presets one on top of another – unless you do this intentionally).

We have looked at presets in Lightroom in the past on several videos including “How to Use Develop Presets in Lightroom” with  Mark Wallace, “Using Lightroom Presets and What You Can Learn from Them” with  Lesa Snider and “A Look at Lightroom Presets” with photographer Lindsay Adler.

You can check out more useful Lightroom guides and tips on our LensVid Lightroom section. You can also check Steele’s previous videos published on LensVid – here.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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