Best Free and Paid Adobe Lightroom Presets

The internet is overflowing with Lightroom presets. A huge number of photographers and designers are developing their own Lightroom presets and either making them available for free on the internet or selling them on various websites and platforms. Due to the sheer number of the available presets, it may be challenging for you to look for and find the best presets for your work. Below, we bring you a collection of the best free and paid Lightroom presets. Granted we may have missed a few so if you know of a better collection of presets, be sure to share with all of us on the comments section.

1.(Editor’s Choice) Sleeklens’ Ultimate Lightroom Presets Bundle

If you are looking for the best value for your money as far as Lightroom presets are concerned, this is the presets bundle to get. This is because it is comprised of over 400 presets that are grouped in a number of different presets bundles. Some of these bundles include wedding presets, black and white presets, landscape presets, Food presets, high contrast presets among many more. All the presets in this collection are compatible with Lightroom 4, 5, 6 and CC. They also work with both MAC and PCs. Check out the previews below

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2.Wedding Beauty Lightroom Presets

These presets are made specially for enhancing wedding photographs. Make your wedding photographs stand out even more by improving their colors and overall quality using the presets included in this bundle.


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3.High contrast blow Lightroom presets

This collection of presets helps bring our amazing colors and breath-taking contrasts by helping you adjust and customize the colors and contrasts of your photographs. These presets work best with all kinds of photographs especially those taken in low light conditions.



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4. 100 Landscape Lightroom Presets

With this bundle you get a collection of over 100 presets for use with your landscape photographs. These presets promise to give your portrait, landscape or travel photographs a new, magical look.

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5.Film Wedding Lightroom Presets

Another collection of wedding presets. This one is a collection of over 30 wedding Lightroom presets from beArt Presets that will help you create photographs with a sophisticated wedding film look.

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6. The Starter Pack Lightroom Presets Bundle

This Lightroom bundle is made specially for people who are just getting started with Adobe Lightroom. This is a collection of 15 free presets such as grainy presets, black & white presets, desaturated portraits, color corrections among others.



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7.Editorial-Magazine Lightroom Presets

A collection of 10 premium Lightroom presets that have been created to help give your photographs a glossy, sexy magazine finish. The application/use of these presets can be undone with one click of a mouse so there is nothing to worry about when using these presets.

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8.HDR Premium Lightroom presets

Add cool HDR effects to your photographs with one click! Add colors, improve contrasts and make your photographs shine like never before with this lightroom presets collection.

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9.Wedlock Lightroom Presets

Another Lightroom presets for your wedding photographs, the wedlock Lightroom presets collections will help you create gorgeous wedding photographs from your already existing ones.9. wedlock - 2

10.Era & Joe Lightroom Presets

Improve your photographs with presets that have been created for designers and photographers alike. These presets help you create totally new Lightroom presets by adjusting various elements in your photographs. See what I mean below.

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11.Lomography Lightroom Presets

Achieve clean Lomographic effects using these lomography Lightroom presets. Although these presets have been made to ensure that you can achieve the looks you need in one click, you can make a few adjustments to the presets to create a more personalized look.

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This is the first in a series of free Lightroom presets from shuttersweets. It features over 25 presets that you can download and use on almost all types of images.

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13. Trey’s Lightroom Presets Starter Pack

There presets have been called wild and for good reason: they are go a little bit overboard with the exposure but not bad enough that we do not want them. They still look good enough as you can see below.

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14.Free Street Photography Lightroom Presets

Included in this collection is a number of presets that are perfect for street photography. They can be used to create edgy photographs as well as photographs that mimic the look and feel of urban environments.

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15. Infoparrot’s 10 Free HDR Lightroom Presets

Infoparrot are a provider of both free and premium Lightroom Presets. Today we feature their free HDR presets bundle that comes with 10 free Lightroom presets. They help you add low, medium and high HDR effects to your images and photographs without going overboard. Of course as with all other Infoparrot presets, these presets work with Lightroom 4, 5, 6 and CC

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16.Basic Color Enhancement Lightroom Presets

The name is pretty self explanatory for these presets: they are to be used to enhance the colors of any bland photographs that you may have.

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17.Fashion Lightroom Presets

These presets are for the artistic in nature. They are to be used to give your images a “fashion edge”. They can also be used to give your portraits a specific edgy look if that is the sort of thing that you are looking for.

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18.Soft Rose Lightroom Preset

Use this preset to enhance the colors of your images and close up objects. This preset is best suited for photographs of nature, flowers and plants.

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19.Cherry Blossom Lightroom Preset

Another nature inspired preset, this one also helps you create gorgeous, up-close nature photographs.

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20.Vintage Lightroom Presets

This is a collection of 7 free vintage Lightroom presets. Use them to create retro or vintage photographs by giving your images any of the 7 looks included in this bundle.

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21.Free Color Print Film Emulation Lightroom presets

Remember that time we used to take photographs using analogue cameras with films inside them? The presets included in this collection seek to recreate the look and feel of photographs developed from actual films. Enjoy!

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22.Free HDR Lightroom Presets

This presets bundle allows you to add low, medium and high HDR effects to your photographs to create amazing photographs. See the samples below

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23.Faded film look preset for Lightroom

Use there presets to create a faded, vintage look and feel with your photographs. Included are both color and black & white effects and presets.

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24.Free HDR Lightroom Preset

This preset is a quick and easy solution for those who need to add HDR effects to their photos without fumbling too much with adobe Lightroom. This preset works with Lightroom 4, 5,6 and CC and is one of the easiest presets to use on this list.

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25.Free Vibrant Colors HDR Lightroom Preset

This free Lightroom preset adds a splash of color to your photographs and leaves them looking shiny and colorful. It works best with photos that are dull or that have dull colors. Take care not to use this preset on photos that have bright colors as the results might be too harsh.

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26.Fall Colors Lightroom Presets

Use these presets to mimic the look and feel of fall.There presets work really well with photographs of forests or trees with brown or dark green leaves.

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27. Spring Colors Lightroom Workflow

The spring color Lightroom workflow is a collection of presets that aims to give your presets the colors of spring. It brings out the right colors, soft palletes and a feeling of sunlight to your photos. Check out the previews below.

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28. Free Lightroom Preset by Forrest Lane

This preset will give your images sort of a tangy look. Use this preset to make colors pop, add clarity to your images and improve the overall quality of your images.

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29. Monochrome and B&W Landscape Presets

Of course this list would not be complete without having a look at some black and white presets. The Monochrome and B&W Landscape Presets are especially good at producing stunning black and white images. The best thing about them is that its not only completely black and white presets that are available. Some of the monochrome presets help create amazing photographs, just check out the samples below.

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30. Lightroom 5 HDR Preset – Punchy HDR

This is a pretty popular collection of Lightroom 4 and 5 presets. Though they have not been optimized for Lightroom 6 and cc, these preset will still help you create awesome HDR images. They work best with RAW images to create high quality images. Just check out the previews below


What makes for good Lightroom Presets

There are so many Lightroom Presets available online right now that it becomes so hard to find the right one. Although there may be two or three presets that you find that you love for a certain purpose, the most important thing to know is how to evaluate and determine if a certain preset is the right one for the job. Here are a few of the things you ought to look at in order to determine if the presets you may be considering are the best.

1. Quality – This refers to both the quality of the preset as well as the quality of the images that are produced using the Lightroom presets of your choice. When choosing the presets that you fancy, you ought to have a look at the quality of the samples that are provided as the images that are produced using the presets that you are looking at. If the quality is not good enough, then there is no need to get the presets.

2. Ability to work with both RAW and JPEG image formats – There are two main formats that photographers use for their images, RAW and JPEG. The RAW image format carries a lot more data and is therefore much more customizable than its JPEG counterpart. Regardless, the presets that you choose ought to work with both of these formats. This is because even if you decide to always shoot your images in RAW format, there will come a time someone will send you images in a different format or you will download some images for your own post-production work that are in JPEG format.

3. Compatible with the latest versions of Lightroom 4, 5, 6 and CC – As you may know, every new version of Lightroom brings new features to the table. These new features are geared towards making sure that you produce your best work in the simplest way possible. New software versions also introduce new techniques and workflows that would greatly improve your quality of work as well as your output. In order to take advantage of all the shiny new features, the Lightroom presets that you choose ought to be compatible with at least Lightroom 4. If they are compatible with Lighroom 5, 6 and CC, that is even better.

4. Work with both PCs and MACs – While it is unlikely that you own both a MAC and a PC, there is a very good reason why the presets you choose should be compatible with both of these operating systems. The first reason is that you may have a different home setup from the one at your work place. The second reason is that you may be collaborating on some projects with someone with a different set up than the one you have. In these circumstances, you have to ensure that the Lightroom presets both of you are using, or the ones you are using at home and at work work with all the computer environments you have set up.

5. Work with a wide variety of photograph types – There are lots of different photography niches. Some of the most commons ones are landscape, wedding, vintage, fashion and portrait photography. Granted, there are lots of presets that cover each one of these niches. In order to see real value for the money you spend on Lightroom presets, you have to make sure that they are compatible with as many different photography niches you work with as possible. This is so that you do not have to go and get/buy presets for each of the photography types and niches you cover.

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6.  Ease of use – There is a somewhat steep learning curve when it comes to getting started with Adobe Lightroom. You do not have to make things harder for yourself. There are lots of presets out there that are clearly not for beginners or even intermediate users: they are simply too complex. In order to decide that a preset is good enough for you, it has got to be easy enough to use for you and your level of skill. That does not mean that you have to get stuck on the level you may be at. It is always a good idea to look at what is right above your skill and knowledge if you want to keep learning but for truly great work, use the presets that are easiest for you to use at the point you are at and move upwards when you feel comfortable taking on the next level.

7. Ability to edit and customize – Although there are lots of almost perfect Lightroom Presets on the internet, those with a keen eye for design will often notice one or two things that they would like to change on a particular Lightroom preset. If you have the skills and would like to edit and customize the presets you have, they ought to let you do that.

Reset Your Preferences File In Lightroom 6

Upgrades can be tricky. While Adobe has probably tested the upgrade process literally a million times, it’s impossible to account for every different configuration and setup that exist in the wild. So, occasionally, there is a hiccup…a glitch in the Matrix…and a rouge bit gets flipped on a disk and the result is a corrupted file. If that file happens to be your Lightroom preferences file, you may get an error when you try to launch Lightroom. Fortunately in Lightroom 6, Adobe makes it easy to reset your preferences.

In Lightroom 6, there are two preference files. Application preferences that control some startup options for Lightroom, and the user preferences, which represent the customizations you make to the Lightroom views, last used catalogs, and plug-in settings. This reset feature will only affect the user preferences. Catalog-specific settings are also not affected by the reset.

In previous versions of Lightroom, you needed to find and delete your existing preferences file in order to reset and regenerate a new file. That can get messy and complicated since the files are never in easy to manage locations. In Lightroom 6, you simply need to hold down Option-Shift (Alt-Shift on Windows) when you launch Lightroom, and it will prompt you to reset your preferences.

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Lightroom Fanatic > Reset Lightroom Preferences

Click the Reset Preferences button to reset your user preferences, or click Start Normally to use the existing preference file.

On the Mac, you may need to restart your system in order for the reset preferences to actually take effect because of the way that the operating system caches the preferences.


How To Automatically Launch Lightroom By Inserting A Media Card

The act of getting my images from camera in to Lightroom can be a laborious process, especially after a long day of taking pictures. It starts by opening the side door on my camera to eject the memory card. Then I need to carry the card over to my computer, reach over my desk and feel around the back of my computer and use my fingers to find the card slot and hope that I’m inserting the card with the right side up.

Even if that all goes according to plan, I then need to continue the tedium to open Lightroom. I have to find my mouse, which could be anywhere if my 5-year-old got ahold of it, then I have to see where my mouse pointer is on the screen and drag my mouse across my desk to get the pointer over the Lightroom icon. But I’m not done yet. I still have to muster enough energy to generate the force required to initiate a click over the icon to actually launch the application. Then I still need to actually go through the import process.

The engineer in me knows there has to be a better way. I think I can solve the card to computer transfer by enlisting the aforementioned toddler. If he can put a disk in the Xbox, how hard can it be to put an SD card in to a computer?

With that step solved, the next challenge is launching Lightroom. I could rely on my son to do this step, too, but I’m afraid he’d open up a browser instead and head to the Disney Junior website. So I’d need to find another approach. Fortunately, there is a pretty simple solution that aligns with the fact that  I have never inserted a memory card in to my computer and not opened Lightroom. So why not have Lightroom open every time I insert a memory card?

These steps are Mac-centric, but there is a similar approach on Windows machines if you search for the term “Autoplay”.


On the Mac, you can tell the operating system that you want to open a certain application when a device is inserted. In this case, the device is either your camera or the memory card from your camera. Setting it up is not the most intuitive operation, though, so I’ll walk you through it.

First, grab your memory card, hand it to whichever child you’ve designated as your card inserter, and have him or her put the card in the computer.

Next, open up the Image Capture application. You can ⌘+Space to open Spotlight and type in “image capture” to easily find it.

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Lightroom Fanatic > Image Capture

As you can see in the image above, the SD card from my Fuji XT100 shows up as a device name Untitled. My Nikon D7000 “device” shows up as Nikon D7000.

Image Capture didn’t recognize a newly formatted SD card from my Fuji X100T as a device until it had at least one image on it.


With Image Capture open, select your SD card. Now, look on the bottom left of the Image Capture window and you’ll see the little expand triangle. Click the icon to find the options for what to do when you insert your card.

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Lightroom Fanatic > Image Capture Open Options

By default, the option is No application. Let’s change that by clicking on the drop down and navigating to the Lightroom application.

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Lightroom Fanatic > Image Capture Open Lightroom

That’s it! You can now close Image Capture and eject and remove your memory card. When you insert it next, behold the labor savings of having Lightroom automatically launch!

A few extra notes…

I did have to repeat the process for my second camera and, on my Nikon D7000, I had to repeat the process for both my cards. But since I always format my cards the same way in the camera, Image Capture seemed to recognize any formatted card. I took a card from my D7000, stuck it in the Fuji, formatted it, took a few pictures, and Lightroom launched when I inserted the card.

Finally, the option inside of Lightroom to automatically open the Import dialog when an SD card is inserted is still unbelievably unreliable depending on your camera and whether or not Lightroom recognizes the memory card as coming from a camera. This tutorial doesn’t solve that, so you may still need to open up the Import dialog manually. How pedestrian! I did notice, however, that after I made the change in Image Capture that, when I already had Lightroom open, the Import dialog would open up when I inserted a card, but if Lightroom was closed, only the application would open, not the application AND the Import dialog. Half-way there!

Now, with all the seconds that you’ll save by automatically launching Lightroom, go forth and take more pictures!




Using Lightroom Smart Collections to Organize HDRs

Nicole Young (@nicolesy) wrote a great post over at Photofocus last week that showed how to leverage Smart Collections to organize your HDR-merge and Pano-merge images. This week, I wanted to follow-up on that post with a slight variation for those of us that use Photomatix for our HDR work instead of the Lightroom HDR merge.

Not using Photomatix for HDR? You can download a free trail of Photomatix on the Photomatix Download page. The trial of Photomatix Pro is fully functional and never expires, but adds a watermark to final images.

Ready to buy? I’ve worked with HDRSoft to get Lightroom Fanatic readers a special discount code for Photomatix. When you’re ready to purchase Photomatix, go here and use the coupon code LightroomFanatic to get 15% off!


The biggest difference when using Photomatix is the file type attribute used in the Smart Collections dialog. Photomatix does not support the default DNG file type that Lightroom uses. Instead, Photomatix defaults to TIFF, although JPEG is also an option. You specify the file type on the Photomatix export dialog.

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Lightroom Fanatic > Photomatix Export Dialog

The Output Format drop down at the bottom determines the file type. I always use TIFF 16-bit as my file type to provide the greatest quality output. For the other attribute used to create the Smart Collection, Nicole uses the text “hdr”, which I also use by specifying a suffix that also includes the text “hdr”. If you use a different suffix, just be sure that the suffix on the export dialog matches the filename attribute used to create your collection.

To create the Smart Collection, click the + next to the Collections tab and select Create Smart Collection, or navigate to Library > New Smart Collection. On the Create Smart Collection dialog, specify the File Type of TIFF and the Filename as containing HDR. Click the Create button to create your collection.

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Lightroom Fanatic > HDR Smart Collection

If you have any HDR images from Photomatix in your catalog, they will show up in your new smart collection, making it extremely easy to find them! If you don’t see any images, make go back and check your file type and names in the collection properties to make sure they match the options you use when you create your HDR  images.

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Lightroom Fanatic > HDR Smart Collection

Again, a big thank you to Nicole for the original post!

Lightroom Stores Facial Recognition Data In XMP Files

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m dedicating some time to dive in to Lightroom’s facial recognition feature. Initially, I wasn’t having a lot of luck actually using the feature itself, so I branched out a bit to do some tangential exploration.

This week, I wanted to pass along the note that Lightroom stores the facial recognition regions and names in the XMP sidecar files. If you are automatically generating XMP files, after you add the facial region and the name inside of Lightroom, the XMP file will reflect the area and the name in the Regions section. If you are not automatically generating them, you can use ⌘S to save the facial recognition metadata to the sidecar file for the current image.

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Lightroom Fanatic > Faces In XMP

If you add a region without a name or if you remove the name, Lightroom will still store the region in the XMP file, even if there is no associated name. This is helpful since automatically finding the face regions in your catalog can be a resources intensive process to go through more than once.

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Lightroom Fanatic > XMP With No Name

Since I’m still waiting for the preview creation and facial scan on my primary catalog and have tons of free time, I also went through the exercise of creating a new catalog and importing images with the XMP sidecar files to verify that the region came back intact, which they did.

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Lightroom Fanatic > Facial Recognition Imported From XMP

I still rely on XMP files for some of my archives, so if I ever do get the facial recognition feature working and decide to include it in my workflow, I’m glad that all the work that I would hypothetically to do tag all the faces in my catalog will be maintained when my I push my images out to the archive pasture.