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Adding and Using Presets and Profiles

Jared Platt

Adobe Lightroom: The Ultimate Guide Bootcamp

Jared Platt

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Lesson Info

81. Adding and Using Presets and Profiles


Class Trailer
1 Differences Between Lightroom Desktop and Lightroom Classic 19:42 2 Hard Drives 08:06 3 File Organization 08:31 4 30,000 Foot View of Workflow 05:36 5 Importing into Lightroom 04:10 6 Building Previews 07:14 7 Collections and Publish Services 05:11 8 Keywords 06:27
9 Hardware for Lightroom 06:08 10 Searching for Images 07:51 11 Selecting Images 14:15 12 Organizing Images 04:02 13 Collecting Images for Use 14:56 14 Develop Module Overview 10:15 15 Profiles 11:34 16 Basic Adjustments 11:45 17 Basics Panel: Texture, Clarity, and Dehaze 05:31 18 Basics Panel: Saturation and Vibrance 02:40 19 Tone Curve 09:26 20 HSL 04:48 21 Split Tone 08:19 22 Lens Corrections 08:32 23 Details 09:34 24 Transform Tool 05:52 25 Effects Panel 10:00 26 Synchronizing for Faster Editing 07:40 27 Spot Tool 17:51 28 Skin Softening and Brush Work 07:00 29 Range Masking 13:28 30 Dodge and Burn 17:36 31 Working with Specific Colors 08:30 32 Edit Quickly with Gradient Filters 11:22 33 Making Presets 13:24 34 Preparing Image in Lightroom 09:51 35 Content Aware Fill 11:14 36 Skin Repair 02:44 37 Skin Smoothing 14:39 38 Expanding a Canvas 04:30 39 Liquify 10:22 40 Layers and Composite Images 12:54 41 Sharing via Web 17:52 42 Exporting Files 10:47 43 Sharing with Slideshows 08:00 44 Archiving Photos and Catalogs 19:54 45 Designing 13:35 46 Making Prints 11:27 47 Color Management and Profiles 13:00 48 Archiving Photos and Catalogs 11:31 49 Using Cloud Storage 04:09 50 Adding Images to your Portfolio 09:23 51 Collecting for Your Portfolio 18:03 52 Publishing Unique Websites Per Project 19:48 53 Sharing to Instagram 07:06 54 HDR 15:32 55 Panorama 06:41 56 HDR Panorama 09:54 57 Making Presets 15:39 58 Creating Profiles 18:09 59 Maps 07:08 60 Setup for Tethered Shooting 23:21 61 Sharing with the Client 05:42 62 Watched Folder Process 07:04 63 Second Monitor and iPad 06:09 64 Backup at the Camera 03:50 65 Gnar Box Disk Backup 06:45 66 iPhone and iPad Review 12:52 67 Importing to Lightroom on iPad 02:59 68 Cloud Backup 04:39 69 Adjust, Edit, and Organize 07:46 70 Using Lightroom Between Devices 11:27 71 Lightroom Desktop 05:27 72 Removing Images from the Cloud 10:49 73 Profiles 09:34 74 Light 04:34 75 Color 05:36 76 Effects 15:22 77 Details 08:33 78 Optics 03:49 79 Geometry 04:12 80 Crop 04:39 81 Adding and Using Presets and Profiles 13:41 82 Local Adjustments 15:40 83 Healing Tool 03:29 84 Synchronizing Edits 04:57 85 Editing in Photoshop 08:54 86 Finding Images 07:09 87 Sharing and Exporting Albums on the Web 09:18 88 Posting Images to Social Media 14:01 89 Overview of Lightroom Desktop 07:35 90 The Workflow Overview 10:08 91 Organizing Images 05:10 92 Albums and Shared Albums 18:21 93 Lightroom Desktop Workspace Overview 04:36 94 Importing and Selecting Images 09:23 95 HDR and Panoramics 22:44 96 Light 07:47 97 Profiles 07:23 98 Tone Curves 02:57 99 Color 08:35 100 Effects 17:01 101 Details 12:43 102 Optics 04:05 103 Geometry and Crop Tool 06:01 104 Sync Settings 02:40 105 Making and Adding Presets 03:48 106 Healing Brush 02:21 107 Brush Tool 03:14 108 Gradient Tool 04:16 109 Edit in Photoshop 02:53 110 Finding Images with Sensei 06:32 111 Sharing Albums on the Web 04:57 112 Print through Photoshop 02:09 113 Exporting Images to Files or Web Services 04:36 114 Connecting with Lightroom Classic and Mobile Devices 05:24 115 Archiving Images for Storage 09:55 116 Review of the Workflow 07:20

Lesson Info

Adding and Using Presets and Profiles

one of things that you'll notice that I've been using is profiles which are up here on the top of the adjustments area. Now, profiles are ah, one touch change the photo kind of thing. So when I click on a profile and when I look at the browser, obviously I'm seeing, like if I go into my color art pro, you can see what the photos gonna look like before I actually touch those profiles. And those profiles happen when you when you adjust it with a profile. So I want you to look at the image itself. So see how they're look at the way that these sliders air positioned here and then I'm going to change and actually specifically the color you can see that what color looks like. So in your mind, take a snapshot of what those color adjustments look like. And I'm gonna go to the browser in the profile, and I'm gonna click on one that really drastically changes the temperature of this photograph, the look of it. So I'm gonna click on it and boom, it changes it quite a bit. But I want you to see th...

at the actual color adjustments haven't changed at all. That's because it's a profile. A profile is not a preset. A profile is underlying color definitions. Now, if we want to go to a preset, we go somewhere different than the profile. So instead of going to the profile browser, we're going to go to this little tool right under all of our adjustments tool. So here's the adjustments tool. And then here is the preset tool, and in the preset tool, you'll see that you've got folders full of presets. So I've got my grain collection. I've got a black and white collection. I've got a color collection of God. I've got all sorts of different collections here, and those are all presets now. Presets are different than profiles, profiles again or that underlying color definition, if you could. If you click on a profile, it doesn't change any of the sliders anywhere. But if you click on a preset, it will change the sliders in all sorts of different places. So let's go to a JP Curves collection, and then you can see again. It's going to show you what the color is going to look like and what the curve is gonna look like So I can see the photo in all of these presets, and I want you to notice something about these particular presets. So you see how some of them have a big, bold title and some of them have a little thin small title. The ones have a bold title are 100% compatible, compatible with the entire new version of light room. The ones that have us ah, limited or a smaller one are not 100% compatible with the new version of light room. That doesn't mean they don't work. It just means that there's something in there that's a little different than the new version of light Room. And so when you click, it will do something. But there might be something in it that's a little different. And so it will react slightly differently than the If you were using it on, say, light room, uh, CC from 2017 just because things have shifted and changed a little bit. But all of them still work really well. It's just for some reason, there's a little tiny difference in the in the way they work, so I'm going to scan through and decide which of these profiles I want to use If I want to go for kind of like an old like across process. Look, I could use this like, Ah, thin red shadow. It's a thin film. So I'm gonna click on that one, and I kind of like that. It looks pretty good, but maybe this warm film one is better. No, I like that best now. What that did is it actually changed some of the slider settings, so there's actually two ways to go about adjusting your photos with one click either a profile or a preset, and you can make both of them and you can buy both of them and you can download them and you can put him into your system. But that's how you access presets, and they're very different than profiles, and you just have to know the difference. Now the question is, how do I get presets and profiles into my IPad? Because there's no like when I'm in the preset area, there's no place to say. Oh, I want to, you know, import these presets. You can manage your presets, So if I don't want to see, for instance, if I click on presets, Look at all these presets that I chose not toe have in my system. So these air all the standard adobe ones here and I think they're all pretty lame, and so I'm just gonna take them off. I'm not all that interested. All those I like minds. So I've left mine on so you can manage your presets here. No problem. But there's no place toe like import them. You can create a preset, and you create a preset simply by doing something So you would go into your, um you go in and adjust something, and usually it would be in either the curves, the light effects, the details, something like that. Usually you wouldn't do it in the basic exposure settings here. You would do it inside of one of the lower panels that s'more mawr of ah, in effect this area, but not up here in the light area, because those are unique to each individual image. But if you've done something, let's say you did something in the color area. Inside of the hue, saturation loom in its area here than what you would do. And in this case, I actually was in the light area, in the curves and that see that curve that came up. That's the main essentials is inside of these curves is where that effect comes from that I applied in that preset. And so if I want to make a preset after I've made a really great curve, I simply need to go to the preset area, click on the triple dots up in the top right hand corner and say, created preset. And then it's gonna ask me what I want to include in that preset and so I'm gonna tell it. I don't need to include the profile necessarily. Um, all I want to include is not the detail, not the effects. And in the lighting area, I want to include Onley, the tone curve. And so now it's just got one little hash mark right on the light, and it's ready to go. And when I create this preset and name it, it's going to give me a specific preset that Onley changes the curve so you want to be as targeted as you can about making your presets so that you're not just completely changing the entire photograph because it might not work. So you do a little bit here in a little bit hair, so that you can have, like, three presets equals one big, huge preset, Um, and that will limit the number of presets you have to have in order to accomplish a goal. So name your preset, choose which collection you want to put it in, and then save it. I'm gonna exit out of there because I already have that preset saved. But that's how you create a preset. But still, I haven't told you how to install a preset. Now, that's where you absolutely have tohave light room desktop on a computer somewhere. So not light room classic. You can make presets enlightened, Classic. But those presets are not going to make their way into light room on your IPad and on your phone. Let me show you where you import those presets and profiles so that you know what to do and how to do it. Um, if you are in light room desktop, you'll see over on the right hand side. Um, you have the edit area, and in the edit area you have your profile browser right here. So you click on this profile browser to see your profiles. And if you go to the very bottom of all the sliders inside of the uh, developed settings, there's a preset button and that that preset button opens up the preset browser. So if I click on the preset button, opens up my preset browser and then if I click on, say, my JP curves collection, then you see all of my different options here, and as I float over him, you'll see what they'll do to the actual photograph. So these are your presets. Remember presets of those things that slide sliders all over the place. And if I want to install a preset, all I need to do is click on this little tripled dot button, and then I need to either create a preset so I can if I'm inside of light room desktop, anything I do to a photo and I created here. If I create a preset very similar to the way we did when we were creating a preset inside of light room classic or the way we did it when we're inside of light room mobile on our on our ipads, same thing we just choose the pieces of that, uh, of the work that we've done to include in the preset. We name it, we put it into whatever collection or group we want and hit save. And once we do that, it will go up to the cloud and it will be installed on our I pad and phone. Or we can go and import those presets. So if I click on import, a preset is just gonna ask me where is that preset? Go find it, click on it, import it. And it will import not only old style presets that have a dot LR template ah, file type on him or dot ex MP. So it'll import both imports. Old style preset. It will convert it, and then it will send it up. Um, and if it it's a new style, it'll just bring it in. If you want to install a profile, which is what we'll do right now, we just need to go to the develop area, and we need to click on the profile browser and in the profile browser. There's also some dots right at the top. Click on those dots, and I can either manage my profiles or I can import profiles. So I'm gonna import my profiles and again it's gonna ask me where is the profile I'm looking for? I'm just gonna go to my desktop. And here's the profile that I was looking for and I'm gonna import it and it's called ah, cross process Green blue with high contrast. So I'm an import, That cross process profile a click import. There it is. Now we have a new profile. There it is. Cross process green blue. I can add that to my favorites if I like. And so then it will always be up here in the top, as across process Green blue. Let's You were right there. That's where it showed up. And now I can go back to my IPad. So we're just gonna head back to the IPad now and on our IPad. We will find that when we go to an image. So let's go to that same image that we're looking at there and let's go into our profile browser and let's go down and find our cross process. There it is. Cross process green, blue. If I click on it, it changes our profile to the one that we just installed, and it all happened in real time right there. It didn't take any time to send it up. It's just a little bit of data that tells it tells my IPad what the new color definitions are when you click on this button. So if you want to install profiles or presets into your phone or onto your IPad inside of light room, you need to do it through light room desktop. That's the place where everything gets put in. If you have presets and profiles that are already inside of light from classic and you want those available on your light on in light room on your IPad or your phone, then all you need to do is go in tow light from classic. You need to export those as a group, and you can do it in the same place that you import. Ah, you do it in the same place that you import your profiles and presets. You can export those you're gonna export him. Then you're gonna take that folder and you're gonna import it into light room desktop. I know it's kind of a dumb system that they don't synchronize all of them together. They really should. But since they don't, you just need to grab everything inside of classic that you want to use his presets and profiles on your mobile devices. Export. Um, take him over to light room desktop and import him there, and then they'll be available everywhere.

Class Description

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  • Efficiently cull and retouch photographs
  • Manage your files to enable seamless and immediate recall
  • Get your computer and software to run faster
  • Create impressive photo books and slideshows
  • Take advantage of global adjustments
  • Improve your mobile workflow with both your iPhone and iPad
  • Deliver and share your images directly from Lightroom


Adobe® Lightroom® is the industry standard for post-production workflow and in Adobe Lightroom: The Ultimate Guide, you’ll learn Jared Platt’s gold standard for retouching and managing files quickly and efficiently.

Jared will show the ins and outs of Lightroom Classic, Lightroom Mobile, and Lightroom Desktop. He’ll demystify the difference between each and demonstrate when to use each one for maximum output.

Jared will share tips on improving every phase of your workflow – from shooting to archiving. You’ll learn how to take advantage of the latest Lightroom tools and features and become faster and more skilled at adjusting your images.


  • Beginner, intermediate, and advanced users of Adobe Lightroom
  • Those who want to gain confidence in Adobe Lightroom and learn new features to help edit photos
  • Students who’d like to take ordinary images and make them look extraordinary with some image editing or Lightroom fixes


Adobe Lightroom Classic 9.2
Adobe Lightroom Desktop 3.2
Adobe Lightroom Mobile 5.2


Jared Platt is a professional wedding and lifestyle photographer from Phoenix, Arizona. Jared holds a Masters of Fine Arts in the Photographic Studies and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography from Arizona State University and has been a professional photographer and college educator for the past 12 years and has been a speaking, debating and lecturing for the past 17 years. His attention to detail and craft make him a demanding photography instructor. Jared has lectured at major trade shows and photo conferences as well as at universities around the world on the subject of photography as well as workflow. Currently, Jared is traveling the United States and Canada teaching and lecturing on photography and post production workflow. Join him online for monthly "Office Hours" at


Dan Clarke

This class was great. I've never used Lightroom before and now I feel comfortable in it. Massive amount of good info.


Thorough but very easy to follow. I've noticed a significant improvement in my work since starting this course a couple weeks ago, and I'm also spending noticeably less time editing my photos. I appreciate that it's up-to-date as of October, 2020, so the info is current (I wish CL would take down some of the older courses, since software changes make some of them obsolete).