How to Create a Lightroom Develop Preset

Creating a Lightroom develop preset is a fast way to set a starting point for your editing, taking your RAW file to a custom JPG without any effort! I use underwater photo presets so that RAW photos already display my standard global edits by the time I’m evaluating images after a memory card import. Here’s how you can create your own Lightroom presets:

1. Edit the first photo (global edits only) in a way you expect to edit all other photos in the series. This will become the starting point of your editing.

2. Click the + button in the title bar of the Presets panel (located in left column of Develop module).



3. Choose the settings criteria you would like saved, then click Create.

4. Your Preset is now saved. You can apply it to any photo by selecting that photo and then clicking the preset. Those changes will be applied. OR…

5. When you’re shooting similar photos each day (i.e. macro on a dive trip), just select your new preset as a Develop Setting to be applied during Import. Now, every time you import new photos, the present settings will be applied by the time you start browsing the images. Bam!

BONUS: Creating your own Lightroom Preset can be intimidating at first, but the good news is that you can add presets from other photographers and use those! Check out my article How to Add a Lightroom Preset for details.

BONUS BONUS: You can also download my Free Lightroom Presets!


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Brent Durand

Professional underwater photography and ocean adventure writer.