Lightroom Presets

Earlier in the year I showed you how to use Adobe Lightroom for processing raw files. (refer to session 3 for instruction manual). Lightroom is a powerful raw editing program that uses the same processing engine as Adobe Camera Raw, but with more features, a better user interface, and image development settings. It also has the same type of file organisation, and cataloguing features of Bridge.

Just remember, like most Adobe products, they do not work over a network, so you will have to log in as offline/offline in order to use it.

Reminder: Lightroom needs to create a file called the Catalogue. This does not store your actual files, but details about those files, and if you are using Lightroom for the first time, you will have to create a catalogue. This catalogue should be on a hard drive or large capacity memory stick, as it can eventually get to several GB in size. If you already have a catalogue on your hard drive from the last time we looked at Lightroom, open it.

Open a catalogue When you open a different catalog, Lightroom closes the current catalogue and relaunches.

1. Choose File > Open catalogue. 2. In the Open Catalogue dialog box, specify the catalogue file and then click Open. You can also choose a catalogue from the File > Open Recent menu. 3. If prompted, click Relaunch to close the current catalogue and relaunch Lightroom. You can also change General preferences to specify which catalogue opens when Lightroom starts.

If you have no catalogue, Lightroom will prompt you to create one. Create it on your hard drive or memory stick, not on a network location. When using college Macs, do not use the local hard drive in the Mac, or your catalogue will only be on that particular machine. This session will be mainly relying on demonstration rather than this hand out, but Session 3 contains the full instruction manual for Lightroom 5 and Lightroom CC. Familiarise yourself with Lightroom. It is an industry standard raw editing program, and while Capture One is still more widely used because of its more advanced tethered shooting ability, Lightroom is still widely used and available as a package from Adobe with Photoshop CC for £8.95 as a student.

Lightroom.. a quick reminder:

Library Module – This is where you would edit metadata, add keywords and most of the functions of Bridge’s “metadata” module. Develop Module – This is where you would make edit changes to your raw file; Exposure, wight balance, colour balance, sharpening etc. Map Module – This is where you would edit geo tagging data to place on a map should your camera support it. Book Module – Allows you to create books to upload to Blurb and other publishers. Print Module – Print settings are made here. However, you may wish to continue editing in Photoshop and print from there. Web Module – Allows preset web designs just like Bridge.

Lightroom Presets. One powerful feature of Lightroom and one that can help with consistency is the ability to create, load, an d save develop presets. These are small files that Lightroom uses to apply your favourite image settings to any photograph with a single click.

In the presets panel on the left, click the + symbol to create a new preset.

In the dialogue box that appears, give your new preset a name, and select what folder to place it in. (You can create a new folder – see further down this hand out). Auto Tone should not be used as images will not be consistent. Tick the parts of your process you want to be saved in your preset. Caution!! Graduated Filters, Radial Filters, Tranform settings should not be included, as these may be image specific. Click Create and your preset will be saved.

How to Install Your Lightroom Presets:

1. Go into Lightroom and click on Edit at the top (next to File) on a PC or Lightroom then Preferences on a Mac.

2. Go down to Preferences and click on it.

3. There will be a new screen that pulls up. There will be six tabs at the top, click on Presets (second tab).

4. Click on the box titled, Show Lightroom Presets Folder.

5. Double click on Lightroom.

6. Next double click on Develop Presets Folder.

7. Copy the contents of the Pretty Presets Folder, found in your download, into the “Develop Presets” folder.

8. You are done! If Lightroom was open when you copied the Pretty Presets, you will have to close it and restart it.

Right click the preset folder you wish to import the preset to, and select Import. Navigate to the location of the saved or downloaded presets you want to install.

Exporting a preset

Right click the preset you wish to save out, and select “Export” from the drop down menu. Why use presets? They achieve consistency in processing, because you’re applying the same processes to each image They can speed up the batch processing of images by applying the preset at import. You can apply presets when manually importing from the import screen…

Or, you can set Lightroom to automatically apply them if you have “Auto Import” set. Auto Import will import your images into Lightroom automatically when you insert a card or plug in a camera.

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