I’m a beginner photographer and have been using Adobe Lightroom for editing my sessions. I love Lightroom because it is far less complicated than Photoshop, and there are endless possibilities for creating beautiful “looks” for your photos with just one click, called a Preset. I scoured the internet many a night for free Lightroom presets and even purchased an inexpensive package of presets once I decided on my favorite design companies. But what is really working for me now, is making my own presets. I found from editing with so many presets that I liked a little bit of this, and a little bit of that, but none of them were exactly what I wanted. So I started playing around, and each time I edit photos I tweak and perfect my own presets just a little more.
My two favorite presets that I’ve made so far are kristenione Rich & Dreamy, and kristenione Warm & Sunny. The names really say it all! Rich & Dreamy makes your colors richer and adds a slight vignette which I think makes for an elegant look. Warm & Sunny adds a touch of warmth and gives a sunlit look to your photos (even if it wasn’t necessarily there when you took the picture!).
Edit: I’ve added an additional 2 new presets for download below! Check out this post to see examples. Note: Both presets are for use when you have a darker picture that you’re wanting to lighten up, but kristenione Glitter in the Dark is for significantly dark photos. You can always manually adjust after using the preset.
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Click Link to Get Your 2 Free Presets: kristenione Lightroom Presets
EDIT: New presets for download! Be sure to also click here to get “kristenione Sunny Cupola” and “kristenione Glitter in the Dark”!
How to Install
These presets are compatible with Lightroom Versions 4 and 5. When I use new Lightroom Presets, I simply unzip the file/s, and then double click on the Lightoom file to open it. My computer then asks me to choose the application I want to use to open it, I choose Lightoom, and it asks me if I want to install the preset. Easy Peasy. If you need more help, here is a link to some Step by Step Instructions and a great YouTube video to show you how to install Lightroom Presets.
Please let me know what you think and if you’d like to see more free presets from kristenione in the future!