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100 Free Lightroom Presets (And How to Make Your Own)


Lightroom actions are an awesome tool that can help to automate your workflow and to add creativity to your photo library. Using presets, we can apply a photo style to one or many images in our photo catalogs. Check out more than 100 of the web's best presets.

As Lightroom's popularity has increased, so too has the usage of presets to modify and enhance images. Because Lightroom is a non-destructive image editor, we can easily try out all types of presets and not change the original image file. This makes it easier than ever to experiment with applying effects to your images.

Today, we are going to look at how to create a Lightroom preset and then sample some of the web's best preset offerings for Lightroom. 

Although, if you’re looking for commercial quality results, and you’re in a hurry to get a professional solution, then choose from one of the hundred’s of affordable Lightroom Presets available for purchase on GraphicRiver. Or order premium photo editing services from an Envato Studio expert.

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Professional Lightroom Presets on GraphicRiver.

Creating Lightroom Presets

Creating presets in Lightroom is a breeze! It takes just a few steps to create your own custom preset. The first step is to enter the Develop module by pressing "D" on the keyboard, or by clicking on Develop at top right.

Next, use the settings on the panel on the right to apply some settings to an image. We can tweak exposure, adjust curves and black levels, and even apply custom color effects. Additional options such as lens corrections are also available.

Develop options include all of the image tweaks you'll need to adjust your images to perfection.

Now that we have applied some settings to the image we are working with, we have the groundwork laid to create a preset with. Any settings applied to the image are now slated to be added to the preset.

On the left side, you'll see the panel that features presets. To create a new preset, all that you need to do is press the "+" button. Now, a new window appears that allows us to customize the settings to include in the preset. Each portion of the effects we applied can be either checked or unchecked to include within the preset.

Creating a new preset is as easy as pressing the "Plus" button on the Presets panel.

After pressing the "Plus" button, a list of options comes up. This window uses the settings you've applied to the active image as the basis for the new preset. Unchecking each individual option allows us to exclude that adjustment from the preset.

After choosing what parts of the edit that you want to include on the edit, make sure to give it a name and then press "Save." That's it! You now have presets, ready to apply to your images.

Installing Lightroom Presets

If you've downloaded other presets, you will need to install them in Lightroom in order to use them. Often times, presets will come in packs in zip archives. The first step will be to extract the zip files to a folder on your computer.

After extracting the presets, the first thing that I like to do is right-click in the Preset panel and create a new folder for my downloaded presets. I like putting all of my custom presets in their own folder to keep things organized.

Right clicking in the preset panel allows us to create a new folder for organizing presets

After we've created our folder for presets, all that we need to do is right-click the folder we've created and then choose "import."

After choosing to import images, point Lightroom to the folder with the presets you wish to add.

A window will pop up to allow us to browse to the folder with the presets we downloaded. Point it to the folder of presets you want to install, and then select the presets to add to Lightroom. You can select multiple presets by holding shift and clicking to select a range of presets.

Click "Import" to confirm and that's all that there is to it! Your downloaded presets are now ready to use.

Premium Lightroom Presets

Before jumping into freebies collected form across the web, first take a look at a handful of Premium options on GraphicRiver. If you’re looking for professional results, then we have you covered. Here are just a handful of the Lightroom Presets available for sale on our digital marketplace:

1. 50 Premium Matte Lightroom Presets

This comprehensive suite of matte Lightroom Presets are made for creative photographers and graphic designers. These presets will give your photos a beautiful professional, faded finish. They are specifically designed to create a stylish tone within your images, which you can apply consistently across sets of your photos. With the click of a button, you can have an image that evokes an emotional response from your viewers.

Premium Matte Lightroom Presets

2. 7 Pro Tilt-Shift Presets

This set of Tilt–shift Presets is the closest you can get to a miniature photo style, without purchasing a whole lot of custom, expensive camera and lens gear. Each preset has it’s own width and angle. Some of them have additional settings, such as brightness, contrast, etc. All are fully customizable.

7 Professional Tilt-Shift Lightroom Presets

3. 50 Premium Lightroom Presets / Vol.1

All these presets are created with precise calibrations and arranged to quickly customize your images—yielding professional results. This set contains over fifty options, from: correction presets, HDR effects, light leaks, retro styles, midtown contrast adjustments, B&W key shifting, and a whole lot more effects. If that’s not enough, this author has two more large sets of Lightroom presets to choose from in Volume 2 and Volume 3.

50 Premium Presets Vol 1

4. Cinematic Lightroom Presets 

These presets are inspired by an assortment of cinematic photo effects. There are ten premium Lightroom photo presets in this set, designed to generate an artistic, gritty, and dramatic look to your photos. Make your photos look edgy as in a movie thriller, historical war drama, street reality documentary, western dustup, or film noir tragedy.

Cinematic Lightroom Presets in Action

5. Rosalinda Lightroom Preset

This Lightroom Preset will give your photos a soft, authentic look. It’s made to apply to your portraits, as well as wedding and lifestyle photographs. It works well on pictures shot in natural light with warm tones. Tweak and customize to fit each of your photos.

Rosalinda Lightroom Preset

100 Free Lightroom Presets

We've done some scouring of the web to find 100 of the best Lightroom presets. Do you have presets of your own that you love? Make sure to share them in the comments below. Click the titles of the presets to be taken to the download site. You'll see some repeated images in these links because we personally created the before-and-after images. We didn't want to rely on the creators of the preset to provide the examples. Presets are supposed to just work, no intense Photoshopping afterward.

8 Epic Lightroom Presets for Weddings

Holga Lightroom Presets

Bad Ass Film Look

Goldy Browny Effect Preset


Kevin Hosford Summer Presets

Lightroom Sin City Preset

Black and White Film Presets

Color Print Film Presets

Vintage Lightroom Presets

HDR Style Lightroom Presets

Velvia Film Style Lightroom Presets

Polaroid Style Presets

Faded Film Look Preset

14 Free Wonderland Presets

6 Free Black and White Presets

Catchingsand Lightroom B+W Pack 1


Ksouthv2 Camera Portrait

fa-photo Obvious Details

The Prairie Lightroom Preset

ipawluk Color Isolates Presets

Copper Tone Skin Preset

Silky Smooth Skin Preset

Desaturate Me Preset

Light leak + punch + Grain Preset

SaraJ3an Brigthen Preset Pack

Black & White Infrared

Camera Dojo Lightroom Essentials

Vivian Chung Cross Processing

Focus Street Life Presets

The 300 Look Preset

Fall Foliage Preset

Wedding Fantasy Preset

Instagram Nashville Preset

Nostalgic Summer Presets

The Hangover Movie Look Preset

Wedding Day Preset

Ice Cold Preset

Hawaii Five-O Inspired Preset

The Ultimate Fighter Inspired Preset

Vintage Vegas Presets

The Twilight Inspired Preset

Hard Edgy Look Presets

Warm and Fuzzy Effect Preset

The Cutting Edge Preset

Intensive Heaven Preset

Fashion Shot Preset

Presets for Weddings

Fashion Darlings Presets

Dustin's Fashion Look Presets

Underwater Presets

Old Touch Presets

Polo Ralph Lauren Style Preset

Yeah High Contrast Preset

Post Apocalyptic Preset

Night Palettes

Sweet Presets

"A Good one for Everything" - Cinema Style Preset

Purple Haze Preset

Milky Noir Preset

Muted Tones Presets

John and Marcus Salvation

Holly Orange and Teal Preset

Analogue Love 3 Preset

Lightroom Green Preset

Lightroom Archived Grain Preset

Dust Storm Inspired Preset

Rockwell Warm Preset

Steller Lightroom Presets

190 Free Lightroom Presets from OnOne Software

Warming Lightroom Preset

Daido Moriyama Style Presets

Cinematic Lightroom Presets

Old Skool Toning Preset

Mad Dash Dramatic Style Preset

Another World Lightroom Presets

Lightroom Fake HDR Effect

ipawluk Surreal Color Pack

640 Pixels Presets

28 Free Presets from Christian Wolf

Gavin's Polaroid Preset

Silver Shadows B&W Presets

Analogue Love 1 Preset

Shadow Crusher Preset

Sharp Washed Preset

Farm Girl Writes Lightroom Presets

Painting Art Style Preset

Pencil Drawing Preset

27 Free Presets by Bryan Wheeler

Photography Concentrate Lightroom Presets

Albert deBrujin Film Type Presets

Fuji Acros Film Preset

Experimental Color Presets

Mediterranean Scenes Preset

Kelvin Borders Preset

Almost Black & White Preset

BDP Glamour Look Preset

Asakusa Preset

The Look of Beijing Preset

Old Film in Latin America

XAnalog Basic Preset

100 Free Photoshop Actions

We have also published a fantastic article explaining how to make your own Photoshop Actions, with 100 amazing examples. Also, you can purchase affordable, high-quality Lightroom Presets or Photoshop Actions on our GraphicRiver digital marketplace.

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