Presets & Brushes FAQ

What are presets?

A Lightroom Preset is a pre-determined position of the of settings in Lightroom, and can also be described as a filter. In other words, you can edit a photo to your liking, and then save that exactly combination of slider positions for future use on another image. Lightroom allows users unlimited possibilities for adjusting settings such as exposure, contrast, tone, white balance and individual colours. I have developed my presets with my signature dreamy pink look for a variety of different scenarios and locations.

What are brushes?

Where presets apply settings to the entire photo, brushes allow you to make corrections on specific areas in within a photo. With brushes you can selectively adjust tones and colours by painting them onto a photo. I have developed my brushes to help add life back into dull, grey sky and water areas in photos.

Are presets for me?

Presets are for anyone who enjoys photography and wants to add a high quality editing finish to their photos. This doesn’t mean you need to be a professional photographer, but you should be passionate about your photos.

Buying presets is an investment because as well as paying for them you will also need to pay for a Lightroom software subscription, unless you just plan to use the free mobile app and mobile compatible presets.

What influences the final look of a preset?

There are so many variables that influence the final look of a preset, including:

  • Lighting: Indoor/outdoor, time, month, season, weather, angle of the sun, cloud coverage
  • Location: Whether its beach, city, jungle, desert, each location has unique attributes, lighting and colours
  • Camera: Different brands and even models all render their photos slightly differently
  • Lens: As with the camera the lens you use will also render photos slightly differently
  • Camera Settings: Aperture, shutter speed and ISO are the most important settings and will determine how much light and focus your photo has
  • Skin tone: Everyone has a unique skin tone and certain presets will affect them differently, for example some people might turn out more orange while others might turn out more pink

So keep in mind that after selecting the most flattering preset, sometimes minor adjustments are still required. Usually this is only a couple of extra clicks. This is completely normal and something I do quite often.

How do I make the most of the presets?

Shooting your photos in RAW is the best way to make the most of your presets.

What is the difference between RAW and JPEG?

RAW files are saved with layers of information that allow you to edit much more precisely than other file types such as jpeg that are compressed at the time of shooting. RAW files which appear to be over or under exposed are often able to be saved in Lightroom because of all of the extra layers of information that was saved when the photo was captured.

Many many cameras these days shoot RAW, including point and shoots as well as some smart phones so it’s best to research your camera model to check.

Can I use these presets on my GoPro and Drone pictures?

Of course! But for the best results you should shoot in RAW on your GoPro/Drone and edit using RAW images.

Can I use these presets on the mobile app?

They are best used on the desktop (which is what I always do) however, when you purchase my presets you will also get mobile compatible files. For a guide on how to install and use my presets on mobile see this video guide.

Are these presets compatible with Photoshop?

No these presets are only for Lightroom. I do not use Photoshop in my editing process.

What if I don’t like the presets or brushes?

All sales are final. However if you are having trouble applying the presets please email me your photo and I can help you!

How do I install the presets on desktop?

LIGHTROOM 4, 5, 6 & CC PRESETS FOR WINDOWS
  1. Open Lightroom
  2. Go to: Edit > Preferences > Presets
  3. Click on the box titled: Show Lightroom Presets Folder
  4. Double click on Lightroom
  5. Double click on Develop Presets
  6. Copy the folder(s) of your presets into the Develop Presets folder
  7. Restart Lightroom
LIGHTROOM 4, 5, 6 & CC PRESETS FOR MAC
  1. Open Lightroom
  2. Go to: Lightroom (Dialogue) > Preferences > Presets
  3. Click on the box titled: Show Lightroom Presets Folder
  4. Double click on Lightroom
  5. Double click on Develop Presets
  6. Copy the folder(s) of your presets into Develop Presets folder
  7. Restart Lightroom

Or, even easier – you can also just drag and drop them onto the Lightroom app icon to install!

How do I use the presets?

How do I install the presets on mobile?

How do I install the brushes?

LIGHTROOM 4, 5, 6 & CC PRESETS FOR WINDOWS + MAC
  1. Go into Lightroom and click on Edit at the top , then click on the Preferences
  2. Click on Presets Show Lightroom Presets Folder
  3. Double click on Lightroom folder > Double click on Local Adjustment Presets folder
  4. Copy the content of unzipped folder, into the Local Adjustment Presets folder
  5. Restart Lightroom

How do I use the brushes?

LIGHTROOM 4, 5, 6 & CC PRESETS FOR WINDOWS + MAC
  1. Go to Develop Mode and click on Adjustment Brush, then click on Effect
  2. Choose Adjustment Brush from the list