Here are my 24 Lightroom ‘Prime‘ Presets (for you to download and install completely FREE) that I use most often when i want to fast-track my editing workflow. Lightroom Presets are ‘One-Click Wonders’ and enable a series of complex edits to be applied to an image with a single click of the mouse. It is possible to apply more than one Preset to build up a desired effect. It is recommended that you optimise the Exposure of the image before applying the Preset. It also recommend that after applying the Preset you optimise both the Whites (white clipping) and Blacks (black clipping) in the Basic Panel of the Develop Module.
IMPORTANT NOTE > Adobe Develop Presets changed file format from ‘.lrtemplate‘ to ‘.xmp‘ in mid 2018. If you import the older .lrtemplate presets (as directed by the movie below) they will now be converted to .xmp files and moved to the Settings folder in the Camera Raw folder. .xmp Develop Presets can now be used in Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom CC as well as Lightroom Classic. It is easier, however, to load the older style .lrtemplate develop presets into Lightroom Classic as the folder structure is added to the Presets panel rather than just importing all new .xmp presets into one ‘User Presets‘ folder. The link below will follow this import workflow.
The Presets include:
- 2 x Black and White Conversions (Standard and High Contrast variations) – apply AFTER the Landscape or ESP Pop if you want to retain the drama of these Presets
- 4 x Border presets – These apply a white or black border around your image or burn the edge darker.
- 2 x Defocus Presets for creating a simulated shallow depth-of-field look (you may need to refine the position of the Graduated Filters to perfect the effect).
- 3 x High Contrast Correction presets – for creating a better starting point when editing images that were captured when the subject brightness range (contrast) was high or extreme.
- 2 x Lens Corrections Presets
- 2 x Noise Reduction Presets
- 2 x Sharpening Presets
- 4 x Vignetting Presets (these utilise the Radial Filter rather than Post-Cropping Vignette controls) – this enables you to use them in conjunction with the border presets.
- 1 x Landscape Pop Preset – creates a better starting point for editing Landscape images (this includes two graduated filters already set up – you will however, need to fine-tune their position and strength).
- 1 X ESP POP Preset that creates a better starting point for editing images where you would prefer a starting point that is a lot less ‘flat’.
- 3 x Zero Presets. I have also included three different ‘Zero’ Presets so that you don’t have to completely reset the image if you decide to go back to a certain stage of your editing workflow.
Installing Lightroom Presets
- Click on the Download link above and Unzip the file (if it does not Unzip or ‘Extract’ automatically after downloading)
- Copy the folder of Presets into the ‘Develop Presets‘ folder in Lightroom (you can find this folder by opening Lightroom’s Preferences and then clicking on the ‘Show All Other Lightroom Presets Folder‘ button in the Presets Tab. NOTE > DO NOT click on the Show Lightroom Develop Presets folder – which is inside a folder called Lightroom)
- Wait for a minute or two for the presets to be converted and loaded (restart Lightroom if they do not load automatically). You will then find the Presets in the Presets Panel in the Develop Module.
NEW TO LIGHTROOM CLASSIC (Version 7.3 and later): Lightroom DEVELOP Presets are now converted to ‘.xmp’ files and copied to the Settings folder in the Camera Raw directory. Folders of Develop Presets may take a minute or two for the conversion to take place and they may appear automatically in the Presets pane (you may not need to restart Lightroom). If you would prefer to download Develop Presets that have already been converted to .xmp files and then copy them to your Adobe > Camera Raw > Settings directory you can download them here:ACS-PRIME-PRESETS-Mark-Galer-XMP – these xmp Develop Presets will NOT be loaded if placed in the Lightroom > Presets > Develop directory.
Select one of your images (it is better to start on an image that was correctly exposed so that you can clearly see the effect of the preset).
NOTE > After clicking on the Preset you will probably need to fine-tune the effect by adjusting some of the sliders in the Basic panel.