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The “Gotcha” of Applying Multiple Presets in Lightroom

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First, I need to thank all people who attended our first ever, two-day on-line Lightroom Convention. It was simply unbelievable, with out over 1,000 photographers attending and the end-of-conference survey outcomes are simply over-the-moon with how a lot folks beloved it. We’re thrilled with how the entire thing got here off, and thanks on your unbelievable assist and enthusiasm for the convention. We’re actually humbled on the response, and so grateful for the belief you positioned us in to ship a world-class studying occasion for you.

After the final session of the day on Wednesday, we did a dwell 2-1/2 hour Lightroom Q&A that includes every of the convention instructors, and one recurring query was about presets and whether or not you possibly can apply a number of presets to a picture. The quick reply is “Nicely, most likely not however perhaps” and since so many individuals had comparable questions, I assumed it could be a good suggestion to cowl that right here at the moment.

We’ll begin with a have a look at the Fundamental panel (seen right here). That is earlier than making use of any preset, so all of the sliders are set at their default zero setting.

Right here’s the identical panel after I utilized a Develop Module preset. Bear in mind, Presets merely transfer the sliders so that you can preset positions, in order that’s what you’re seeing above.

If I am going and apply one other Develop Module preset (which I did right here) it messes up the look of the primary preset solely as a result of it moved the Publicity slider, the Distinction slider, the Highlights and Shadows slider, the Blacks slider and each the Readability and Dehaze sliders. So, making use of the 2nd preset completely modified the look I utilized in my first preset. It doesn’t “add” it one high of what the primary preset it. It overwrites it.

Q. So, what kind of Preset may I’ve utilized that wouldn’t have destroyed my first preset?

A. One which doesn’t transfer these sliders. So, you possibly can have utilized a 2nd preset that didn’t mess with the primary preset’s sliders in any respect if the 2nd preset solely adjusted both the Vibrance, Saturation, or White Steadiness sliders. Or you possibly can apply a preset that makes use of options discovered in several panels that hadn’t been used within the first preset. So, you possibly can apply a preset that simply adjusted the Tone Curve, or added Sharpening or a Vignette, and so on., and making use of a preset with simply any of these wouldn’t transfer these Fundamental panel sliders that have been utilized from the primary preset.

For instance, have a look at the fundamental panel above — I utilized the primary preset, after which I utilized a 2nd preset nevertheless it solely had a Tone Curve adjustment, sharpening, an HSL/Shade adjustment, and a vignette, none of which have been within the first preset, so my Fundamental panel appears precisely the identical because it did once I utilized the primary preset — including these different issues didn’t mess up the settings from my first preset, which solely had Fundamental panel changes.

That’s why we are saying, “Possibly.” So long as the 2nd preset you apply doesn’t use the identical sliders (or options) that have been within the first preset, then sure, you may stack presets with out it destroying the look of the primary preset you utilized, however in actuality, that occurs fairly not often with presets. More often than not if you apply a 2nd preset, it has sufficient sliders moved inside it that it trashes the primary look, however at the very least know why.

Hope you discovered that useful. ????

Have a protected, comfortable, wholesome weekend, all people!

-Scott

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