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Aug 5, 2022 13:39:54   #
Paul Eveleth
 
Can anyone recommend an adobe preset for photo editing I can try. I do not use presets, but given the number of presets available somebody finds them useful.

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Aug 5, 2022 13:54:02   #
fredpnm Loc: Corrales, NM
 
there are plenty of presets already in Lightroom, just pick one. Of course, you failed to tell us anything about your hardware or software (to include the version) which would be helpful information...

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Aug 5, 2022 15:54:22   #
CHG_CANON Loc: the Windy City
 
Try to put a specific name to 'somebody'. You'll find they're really not worth the money, even the free ones. They're somebody else's edits against some other images from some other camera. Lightroom comes preloaded with plenty of preset examples. Once you inspect all the slider changes any preset applies and begin to learn how the sliders work / why, you'll see 'edit style presets' are meaningless except for those you might develop for your own style and cameras and exposure technique.

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Aug 5, 2022 16:03:09   #
jcboy3
 
Paul Eveleth wrote:
Can anyone recommend an adobe preset for photo editing I can try. I do not use presets, but given the number of presets available somebody finds them useful.


Check out presetpro.com

They have lots of free presets, with before/after images. Pick one you like, try it. You can adjust most settings to tune the look, although some come with uneditable features.

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Aug 5, 2022 16:30:15   #
ygelman Loc: new -- North of Poughkeepsie!
 
CHG_CANON wrote:
Try to put a specific name to 'somebody'. You'll find they're really not worth the money, even the free ones. They're somebody else's edits against some other images from some other camera. Lightroom comes preloaded with plenty of preset examples. . . .

I agree that we should rarely use someone else's presets as final. That said, however, it might be much faster -- especially for beginners to adjustments -- to flip through presets and find one that is close to some desired effect/style. Then use adjustments toward the final image.

Of course that doesn't help a newbie learn how to create that preset.

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Aug 6, 2022 08:13:52   #
bkwaters
 
Paul Eveleth wrote:
Can anyone recommend an adobe preset for photo editing I can try. I do not use presets, but given the number of presets available somebody finds them useful.


First, make sure you understand the difference between Profiles, Presets and Auto-enhance. LRC allows you to use Adobe Profiles or your camera’s built in profiles. Auto-enhance seems to work best with the Adobe Standard Profile.

If sooting RAW, a good workflow is to set LRC to automatically Auto-enhance your photos upon import. You can also add your personal preferred adjustments to occur automatically upon import. I then make specific adjustments in Camera Raw, though most often these are limited to cropping, spot removal and, rarely, the new automated masking facilitated functions (such as to alter the background vs subject separately). Most often the end result is so usable that there’s no need for PS.

Most no longer use presets.

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Aug 6, 2022 09:44:40   #
Ednsb Loc: Santa Barbara
 
I would have to agree most presets are useless, though MattK has some I try for a different look as a starting place. But with the new AI masks, some things are possible with presets that were possible before. I shoot mainly landscapes so I’ve set up a preset that consists of a sky mask and an inverted sky mask (foreground). Since the AI recalculates every time it can be used the preset is a great starting point for me.

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Aug 6, 2022 09:50:38   #
bkwaters
 
Ednsb wrote:
I would have to agree most presets are useless, though MattK has some I try for a different look as a starting place. But with the new AI masks, some things are possible with presets that were possible before. I shoot mainly landscapes so I’ve set up a preset that consists of a sky mask and an inverted sky mask (foreground). Since the AI recalculates every time it can be used the preset is a great starting point for me.


That’s a great idea. I will try it. Thanks.

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Aug 6, 2022 12:39:28   #
PhotosBySteve Loc: Salem, Oregon - USA
 
In my opinion, presets are far to time consuming versus using basic sliders. Plus the more presets you have installed, slows tge process down even further. That said, there are already plenty of built-in presets in LRC and the purchasing or downloading of more is simply a waste of time and money in the long run.
You may find ss you learn how each basic slider affects your image in distinct ways you will gain post processing knowledge that will far outway trying to shotcut the process with a bunch of presets. Not to mention you will develop your own style with much more confidence and then learn to create your own presets based on your personal style.

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Aug 6, 2022 14:21:57   #
DWU2 Loc: Phoenix Arizona area
 
Paul Eveleth wrote:
Can anyone recommend an adobe preset for photo editing I can try. I do not use presets, but given the number of presets available somebody finds them useful.


I have a bunch of free ones, and one set I bought, but, after playing with them, I literally never use them - there's nothing they can do that you can't do on your own.

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Aug 6, 2022 19:11:31   #
rmalarz Loc: Tempe, Arizona
 
Paul, I use presets for every photo. However, they are custom and setup for my personal style.

Adobe has some that are accessible in ACR. I have little or no experience with any of those.
--Bob
Paul Eveleth wrote:
Can anyone recommend an adobe preset for photo editing I can try. I do not use presets, but given the number of presets available somebody finds them useful.

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