When i’m working on images for publishing to my Behance portfolio, I always look for consistency and speed in the post processing. One way that I usually to achieve this is to use or create or modify a preset based on the look of the images within the story that I would like to tell, then apply this to all images and fine tune as appropriate. This blog post will show how to create your own preset, but also how to use it and share with others.
Let us take this starting image that is a RAW file straight out of the camera.
The final image, after a little bit of tweaking in the Develop module, it’s looking as I would like it to.
Modifications are all in Lightroom and consist of the following :-
-Reduce the highlights slider to recover any highlight information.
– Open the Shadows to reveal more shadow detail and allow for more precise black clipping (using the Black point slider)
– Set the White point, Black and clarity to give a more contrasty image.
– There is also a crop applied as well
– Small ‘S’ curve adjustment applied
Detail / Sharpening
Sharpen is always subjective, but i’ve found these settings are fairly good for my style and how I want to process these images.
I like to add a very light vignette and some grain to the final image, just to keep the viewer in the image and add a little bit of grit.
Now that the development configuration is set up, it’s time to save it as a preset.
To do this, head to the Lightroom menu bar and choose Develop / New Preset. A dialog box will open. At this point give the preset a name and choose the items that are to be stored as part of the preset. Notice that not all are selected, only the items that i would like to replicate across other images in this series (I have refrained from turning on the auto upright, as it will apply to app and may cause me more work later)
This preset will reside under the User Presets and can be selected at anytime from there. To apply to the rest of the images, just select the ones required and select it. In the example below, I selected the folder of 300 images and pressed CMD/CTRL (PC) and A to select them all.
Once the images have been selected, a right click on one image and select the ‘Develop/User Preset’ and select the preset that has been saved previously. The Development preset will be applied to the rest of the images.
Each image can then be fine tuned from this base preset.
If the preset is to strong in certain areas, then it can be updated. To update it, modify the development settings then update the preset by applying a right click to it and selecting ‘update with current settings’.
You can re-apply the preset all of the previous files as well (this is handy for tuning the preset), by re-selecting them and choosing Develop settings as above.
To share the preset with others, you will need to open the Lightroom presets folder, accessed by Lightroom Preferences.
On the Mac (PC should be similar). Just copy / zip up and send to another Lightroom user and they can put it in the same place, then restart Lightroom.
I hope you have fun working with presets and discover unique looks to your selecting of images. Of course, the development adjustments are all non destructive and can be removed if/when required.