A Lightroom preset is just like an Instagram filter. You can make your photos pop with one single click ! Here are the 179 best Lightroom presets you will love in 2018 !
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Lightroom is world’s most useful and popular software for photographers. Whether you took photos with your DSLR or phone, Lightroom can magically take your crafts to the next level. Often times, photographers don’t have a lot of extra time to edit their photos because there are so many settings in Lightroom such as exposure, contrast, saturation, hue, luminance, tone curve and some other effects. It usually takes us 1~20 minutes to edit a photo. That’s why we need “Lightroom presets” A Lightroom Preset is just like an Instagram filter. You can change all the settings with one single click. In other words, a preset is just a combination of slider positions. You can literally make your photos pop in one second, which saves tons of editing time ! Without further ado, I’m going to show you the 179 best Lightroom presets in 2018 !
1. Cinematic Orange & Teal
I bet you’ve heard this before. The orange and teal look is quite popular those days. This Lightroom preset will make your photos have that cinematic look. It actually has to do with the science of color. In every photos, there is one constant with colors, and that’s skin tones. No matter what our complexions are, we’re all in the orange section. We have to use the opposite colors in order to make the subjects and the background pop. The opposite color of our skin is “teal” That’s why orange and teal preset is so popular and widespread. You can also see orange and teal look in most films. Overall, this is the best Lightroom preset in 2018(actually forever)
Update: This preset pack should also be named “orange and green“ because adding some color green in the shadow areas will also create a dramatically film look !
- Landscape, Portrait
2. Magical Sky
I used to buy a $2000 Canon DSLR because I really thought that creating an epic, stunning sunset photo requires a professional-level DSLR camera. But this Lightroom preset proves me wrong. Whether you shoot sunset with your phone or DSLR, the footage you get is not gonna look like what we actually see in our human eye. Due to the lack of dynamic range and some other problems, your sunset photos won’t be as perfect as your expectation. Luckily, this Lightroom preset can fix your problems. It will make your sunset shots look a lot more colorful and stunning !
- Landscape, Sunset
3. Japanese Style
This Lightroom preset brings up the shadows and slightly overexpose the entire image in order to create that airy, soft, pastel film look. It also adds a bit of a peachy, pink quality in the skin, which will also increase the luminance of your skin tone. This preset pack will be very useful for wedding, portrait photography. It will also give you a kawaii Japanese style !!!
- Landscape, Portrait, Wedding
4. Faded Film
The faded film look is very popular and widespread. One of the best ways to achieve cinematic look is to add some faded effects. This Lightroom preset will bring down contrast in the shadow areas to give you that faded film look. It will make your images look a bit flat and desaturated, so if you prefer super contrasty style then this preset is not for you. Photographers also use this faded look preset to slightly improve their low-light photos.
- Landscape, Portrait, Low-light, Food
5. Night Portrait
When we’re shooting portrait at night, the color temperatures of our night portrait shots are always too warm. This is because the lighting you get from street lights are usually very warm. But don’t worry ! This Lightroom preset is designed for you ! It will make your night portrait photography have that impressive city style. Most importantly, this color grading method is also used by other famous photographers such as Brandon Woelfel.
- Low-light, Portrait
6. Classic Portrait
As a photographer, finding a great lighting condition is one of the most important things to do before hitting that shutter button. That’s why photographers always speed thousands of dollars buying lighting equipments. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get perfect photos without any lighting equipments. We can still recreate the lights in post, maybe that’s the reason why the software is called “Lightroom” The purpose of this Lightroom preset is to give that warm, sweet, and gorgeous style. This preset increases the luminance of skin tones ,and also adds some artificial lights, which will make your portrait photos look a lot more professional.
- Portrait, Wedding
7. Landscape Photography
One of the biggest frustrations when shooting landscapes has to do with the color. Because sunlight gets bounced all over atmosphere, the photos we get from our digital camera are not very colorful. That’s why photographers always use polarizing filter to reduce reflected light, instantly increasing color saturation and contrast. But what if I don’t have a polarizing filter? Don’t worry, the purpose of this Lightroom preset is to simulate the effect you get from polarizing filter. This preset will make the sky darker, bluer, and sharper than you’ve ever seen. Landscape photographers absolutely need this one !
8. 1990’s Style
Lots of people think that creating black and white photos is just as easy as reducing the saturation in Lightroom, but there are some other ways to create dreamy black and white look. A genius photographer won’t create a B&W photo just by bringing down the saturation and vibrance. They will also use B&W mix by dragging and testing each slider. Honestly creating a stunning B&W effect has never been so easy because there are still many sliders we need to adjust. Luckily, this Lightroom preset gives you tons of different styles that will make your B&W photos have that 1990s retro style !
- Landscape, Portrait
9. Travel Feel~
So you’ve seen those sick travel photos on Instagram and then you finally realized that “my photos actually suck !!!” It’s very discouraging… But don’t worry ! This preset pack will reveal the secrets of taking better travel photos. To be honest, the secrets to getting better at travel photography is to understand how to “color grade your photos” This preset pack is kinda like the “cinematic orange and teal” but this one is designed for travel photography. It will basically brighten your entire photo in order to give you that travel feel~
- Landscape, Portrait
10. Abandoned Presets
People always asked me: how do I get abandoned look on my photos ? Well… it’s actually quite simple ! Basically, you have to reduce the saturation of some specific colors and increase the sharpness of your photos. Sometimes you can even add some faded effect in the shadow area. In this Lightroom preset pack, we have 12 different types of presets that will make your photos have that abandoned, retro style !
- Landscape, Portrait
Why You Should Use Preset ?
A lot of people would argue that you shouldn’t buy someone else’s presets, you should develop a style of your own. But I totally disagree that ! There are millions of variations of ways you can color grade a photo. So if you’re trying to edit like some other photographer, you will have to spend a lot of time testing and failing. Using other photographer’s presets will also inspire you to create better and better photos !!!
Those are the 179 best Lightroom preset in 2018. Enjoy~!
How to install Lightroom presets ?
- Download Lightroom presets(zip file)
- Unzip the file
- Open Lightroom
- Go to: Edit → Preferences → Presets
- Click on the box titled: “Show Lightroom Presets Folder”
- Click on Lightroom → Develop Presets
- Copy the folder of your presets into the “Develop Presets” folder
- Restart Lightroom