Lightroom is one of the most popular options for photo editing, and with good reason. One of those features that allows for lots efficiency and time saving is the use of presets, particularly in the develop module.With the help of presets you can apply the same effects to photos over and over again, and you can apply them to a large number of photos all at once.
Lightroom comes with a few presets already installed. You can download free presets, purchase professional presets, or create your own as well. One the best things about Lightroom presets is that they are flexible. You can apply a preset and then make adjustments to those settings to suit the needs of your photo. Contrary to what some people think, Lightroom presets are not cheating. They help you adjust the tones and other settings to find the direction you want to take the photo. 80% of the time, you will still have to adjust the settings even after setting the preset.
Now that we’ve talked about presets, I’ve got a whole list of some of my favorite websites for free presets. Some presets I have purchased, and I listed my favorite preset I’ve purchased.
BeArt offers several free presets, templates, Photoshop actions, and more! This website is better for those on a budget who would like to receive a big bundle for a discounted price.
Shutter Pulse offers free presets, as well Photoshop actions. These are awesome in particular situations, but I don’t use them all that often. If you like your photos to have a vibrant, colorful look, these presets will work great for you.
Sleek Lens offers several free presets, as well as Lightroom brushes, Photoshop overlays, and templates. This is a great website for growing your preset collection, but is more expensive then presets you can buy on other websites.
Rustic Wedding Preset Bundle by Envato Elements ($18). This is my favorite preset pack. I love the warm, rustic look, and the dark green trees. You get 50 presets for $18 (That’s $0.36 per preset). These presets are versatile, and are very professional quality. I highly recommend these to anyone who is looking to shoot weddings and looking for the rustic look.
I’ll update this list as I try out more presets, but for now, these are the ones I recommend for any beginners/intermediate photographers. Let me know your favorite presets down below!