With more than 1,000 Lightroom presets to offer we have options for just about any purpose or type of effect that you can imagine. But we often receive questions from customers and visitors about which presets are best suited for use with portraits. On this page you’ll find some basic information and recommendations about the presets that typically get the best results with portraits.
Portrait Power is our collection of presets created exclusively for portraits. The pack includes 40 develop presets for one-click effects, as well as 45 adjustment brushes for things like smoothing skin, whitening teeth, enhancing eyes, and more. Most of the develop presets use subtly soft effects that tend to create very pleasing portraits. The combination of develop presets and adjustment brushes makes Portrait Power a great place to start if you are looking for presets that will help with processing your portraits.
Our collection of matte presets includes 40 one-click presets for instant matte effects, as well as more than 50 stackable workflow presets that give you the ultimate flexibility to create your own customized matte effects in just a few clicks. Matte effects work well with a wide variety of types of photos, like landscapes and still life, but they tend to be great for portraits.
Similar to matte effects, film effects also work well with a lot of photos, including portraits. Our set of 26 film-inspired presets will give your portraits a nice look, with a lot of different options at your disposal. These presets, for the most part, are subtle rather than intense or dramatic.
If you’re looking for presets to create awesome intense portraits, look no further than our Dragan-inspired presets. These presets will give your portraits a sharp and edgy look. The set includes 17 one-click presets for instant results, as well as more than 40 stackable workflow presets that give you plenty of control to create the look that works best with your specific photo.
For outdoor portraits, our haze presets can be an excellent choice. This set includes 10 different presets that are great for oudoor, natural light portraits. They will give you photos a soft and hazy feel, and some of the presets include color tints as well.
Our pastel presets are somewhat similar to the haze presets in the fact that they give your outdoor portraits a nice and soft feel. There are 24 different presets in this set, with lots of different tints and pastel shades available.
Another option for processing your portraits is to convert them to black & white. Converting an image to black & white is easy, but to get quality results you will need to do more work after the conversion. Our black & white presets make it easy. The collection includes 50 different one-click presets for a very wide selection of different types of black and white effects. It also includes more than 40 stackable workflow presets that make it easy to get a great black & white look that is customized to work well with your photo.
Our wedding presets have been created with wedding photos in mind, but they can also work well with other types of portraits. The set includes 30 one-click presets for beautiful and elegant effects, as well as 85 stackable workflow presets for the ultimate control.
Our master workflow presets are intended to help speed up your workflow while still giving you plenty of control. These are our flagship presets for all different types of photos, not just portraits. The set includes 60 one-click presets, an extensive collection of 270+ stackable workflow presets, and 50 adjustment brush presets for fine details. If you’re looking for one collection of presets that will help transform your workflow with any type of photo, this is it.
Get Them All!
While any of the packs of presets that have been featured here can be purchased on their own, you can also get all of them with our Ultimate Photography Bundle. The bundle is by far our best value (and possibly the best value in the industry) and gives you access to 1,000+ Lightroom presets, not to mention Photoshop actions, photo overlays, print templates, and marketing materials.