How to Use the Essentials for Lightroom Presets



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How to Use the Essentials for Lightroom Presets

Essentials is a set of Lightroom presets that you can get for free by subscribing to our newsletter. Essentials includes a total of 37 presets that can be stacked and used together for faster editing. There are 20 different base effects and then you can also add things like color filters, vignettes, grain, sharpening, and noise reduction. In this tutorial we’ll quickly show how Essentials works and how you can put the presets to work for you.

First, if you don’t already have Essentials you can get it for free here by entering your email address in the form below.

If you’re not sure how to install Lightroom presets please see these instructions.

The presets in Essentials are broken up into 6 different sections. The presets will only impact settings within their own section, so you can use up to 1 preset from each section. And if you experiment by clicking on different presets it will only impact the settings of the one section. For example, if you start by applying the matte preset you can use any of the presets in other sections without any impact to the changes applied by the matte preset.

We’ll work with a few different sample photos, but here is a before version of the first one we’ll use:

How to Use the Essentials for Lightroom Presets

Ok, the first thing we’ll do is select the base edit “Peachy Film”, which will give the photo a┬ánice film-inspired look.

How to Use the Essentials for Lightroom Presets

After that one preset the image looks like this:

How to Use the Essentials for Lightroom Presets

Next, I’ll apply the “Teal” preset under “color filters”.

How to Use the Essentials for Lightroom Presets

Now the photo looks like this:

How to Use the Essentials for Lightroom Presets

Next, I’ll add “Heavy Grain” to give it more of a vintage film feel.

How to Use the Essentials for Lightroom Presets

And as the final touch I’ll add a “Soft Vignette”

How to Use the Essentials for Lightroom Presets

And the final image looks like this:

How to Use the Essentials for Lightroom Presets

For the next example we’ll be adding a simple violet haze effect with just two presets. Here is the before version of the sample photo:

How to Use the Essentials for Lightroom Presets

To start with, I’ll click on the “Hazy” preset.

How to Use the Essentials for Lightroom Presets

And that makes the photo look like this:

How to Use the Essentials for Lightroom Presets

The next, and final, step is to click on the “Violet” preset under “Color Filters”.

How to Use the Essentials for Lightroom Presets

And the final result looks like this:

How to Use the Essentials for Lightroom Presets

For our third and final example we’ll create a cool matte effect. Here is the before version of the sample photo:

How to Use the Essentials for Lightroom Presets

The first step is to click on the “Matte” preset.

How to Use the Essentials for Lightroom Presets

After the matte effect the photo looks like this:

How to Use the Essentials for Lightroom Presets

Next, I’ll click on the “Cooling” preset to cool it down a little.

How to Use the Essentials for Lightroom Presets

And at this point the photo looks like this:

How to Use the Essentials for Lightroom Presets

The last preset I’ll add for this photo is “Light Grain”.

How to Use the Essentials for Lightroom Presets

And the final result looks like this:

How to Use the Essentials for Lightroom Presets

So that gives you an idea of how Essentials for Lightroom works and how you can put it to use with your own photos. You can experiment with different combinations of the presets and create your own effects. If you’d like to get the presets for free you can do so here.