We’re always in the market for a great shortcut, especially where photo editing is involved. Watching your photos come to life and discovering new depths of color, emotion, and movement in your images during post is a magical experience—but that doesn’t mean we want to (or can afford to) spend all day on it. Enter Lightroom Presets.
What are presets, you ask? A preset is just a series of predetermined effects that Lightroom can apply to your images in one click, kind of like a photo filter. You can even apply a preset to a bunch of photos at once, saving you hours of tedious work—and best of all, it’s super easy to get started. For a step-by-step guide on using and installing presets, check out our Quick Start Guide to Adobe Lightroom Presets.
So now that you’re a Lightroom Preset pro, you probably want to know where to find the best downloadable presets for photographers. That’s why we’ve rounded up fifty of the best presets out there to get you started.
Sleeklens Free Starter Pack
Featuring 30 presets and 10 brushes, this well-rounded starter pack includes all the essentials to get you started.
Trey’s Lightroom Presets Starter Pack
If you’re looking for a starter pack that walks on the wild side, look no further than this limited time collection, featuring 11 of Trey’s favorites.
An excellent resource full of free presets with an easy download, this handy site offers effects for any occasion. A few of our favorites are Black Mamba, Sky Fall, Lips of Wine, Let’s Get Lost, and Avocado Heights.
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Presets for Purchase
Prolost offers a range of high-quality presets starting at just $29. Some of our favorites include Light Leaks and Vintage Winter.
Nathan Elson’s custom Lightroom preset pack is perfect for photographers who specialize in portraits. And with four B&W and one color preset included in the pack for just $25, it’s a steal.
With 300 analog film emulation presets included in their massive bundle package for just $85, you’ll always have the perfect preset to recreate to a time before digital. Now how’s that for irony?
Ah, yes, Sleeklens is on the list again! Once you’ve worked your way through their free starter pack, check out their more advanced (for purchase) presets to create unbelievable effects. Best of all? Their bundles start at just $31 and contain dozens of presets a piece. Our favorites include the Complete Collection, Interior Presets, Landscape Presets, Out of the Shadows HDR Workflow, Aura Laborar Night Workflow, and the A La Carte Food Workflow.
To learn more about editing in Adobe Lightroom, be sure to check out our Beginner’s Guide to Blurring Backgrounds and our tutorial on Resizing Images in Adobe Lightroom. And when you find yourself pressed for time, speed things up with impeccably edited royalty-free stock images. Hey, even the best editing tricks can’t compete with just clicking “Download.”