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8 Sites for Free Adobe Lightroom Presets

Following up from her recent post about How to Create Adobe Lightroom Presets – today Christina shares a few sites to get great Presets.

You’ve decided to play around with Adobe Lighroom’s Presets. However, you want to spend neither a few hundred dollars purchasing them or dozens of hours developing them.

Check these sites out for some free downloads:

Happy editing!

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Christina N Dickson is a visionary artist and philanthropist in Portland Oregon. Her work includes wedding photography www.BrideInspired.com and leadership with www.RevMediaBlog.com.

  • http://www.canon5dtips.com Alain Pilon

    I guess it is the perfect time for me to point out that I have a tutorial on my site that shows the required preset to make the crossprocessing effect in Aperture!

    While presets are great I generally think that their ease of use make people over use them. Just look at the amount of HRD pictures in the forums these days. Same with the Dragan effect, Velvia effect, etc…

    As with everything in photography, it has to be used only when it benefit the pictures, not just because we can!

  • http://profiphotos.com Markus Griebling

    Hello Christine,

    I just wanted to point out I too run a site that offers free Lightroom presets. We also produce Lightroom training videos with our most popular being “Advanced Graduated Filter” tips.

    I am also a moderator of the Presetting Lightroom group on Flickr and I’ve just put together a compilation list (including before/after photos) of 180+ free presets. Naturally, a number of the sites you’ve listed in your post are included. But’s there’s a whole bunch more … http://tinyurl.com/a3zzwn

    Cheers, Markus

  • http://www.x-equals.com/blog/ Brandon Oelling

    Thank you so much for mentioning our site!

    |Brandon Oelling
    {x=}
    http://www.x-equals.com/blog/

  • http://www.michaelwarf.com Michael Warf

    Creating your own set of presets (for metadata, and for camera calibration settings) saved me a ton of time on import. The non destructive nature of lightroom, makes presets all the more valuable – however they should be used as a starting point for your own work, or as Alain points out – they tend to look a little “cookie cutter”.

  • http://www.tanyaplonka.com Tanya Plonka

    I think the problem with presets is that people overuse them, but then don’t modify them at all (even if they don’t work well with the image). I like to use other people’s presets as a starting point for a look I want to achieve, then modify them like crazy to get something else entirely that’s more my style.

    p.s. That Presets Heaven site was delicious, thank you!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/amesis/ Ames

    Are there any presets for Photoshop?

    Thank you

  • http://mightymarce.blogspot.com Marcy

    I’m trying to get the Wonderland Presets package, but when I unzip the files it says I need a password to do so. Can’t find anything on the site about this.

  • http://www.presetsheaven.com Pierre

    Many thanks for mentioning Presets Heaven!
    I’m a big fan of “dps” so this post was a very nice surprise to see in my RSS subscription!

    Best regards,
    Pierre | presetsheaven.com

  • http://www.x-equals.com/blog/ Brandon Oelling

    Yes Ames there are similar ‘presets’ that can be created for Photoshop.

    Our in-house guru Mike Gray shows you how …

    http://x-equals.com/blog/?p=1257

    |Brandon Oelling
    {x=}
    http://www.x-equals.com/blog/

  • http://johnny.dgl.cx JOHNNY

    Hi, guys… I’m the worst reader you’ll find in this post. I’m a dreamer. I love photography but I don’t have not even a point and shoot camera. I don’t have access to email. I have nothing. But anyway… I’m trying to learn how to take better pictures if I ever get a digital camera in hands.

    Thank you for this site. It’s been really helpfull. For now… I just use the office PC to modify pics taken by others… and this helps me understanding this world better.

  • http://www.FotografIasi.ro Daniel Mihai Condurachi – Fotograf Iasi

    Thank you so much for those presets websites. The presets and Lightroom is such a great invention.

    I would like that it would not destroy that much the quality of the photos. Sometimes a 12MPx photo after applying a preset looks like a 5MPX at full size

  • Brian

    hi–

    great site and great post–thank you!

    have been trying to import presets into lightroom as directed on the various preset sites and after i download them to my computer and attempt to import them into lightroom, they do not show-up in the import window–it is as if they are not there. i have tried various means to fix/find these files to import into lightroom and i cannot.

    any insight here would be highly appreciated.

    thanks!

  • http://www.nellka.de Nellka

    I Have more than 500 free Presets on my Blog….

    ;)

  • http://www.adobelightroompresets.net/ John

    HI, thanks for sharing this sites, i would like to add a great resource for presets to the list,

    http://www.adobelightroompresets.net/lightroom-presets/lightroom-presets/freebies/

    you can find great freebies and premium presets.
    Thanks

  • Scott Walker

    I’m a huge fan of the OnOne presets… I experimented with a friend’s Cafe Darkroom Presets too and they seemed pretty decent. They have a free download on their website too

    http://www.cafedarkroom.com

  • http://Loosemusicid.com/blogs/1279/3103/cool-live-adult-sex-cams-guideli Luisa

    I really like it when individuals get together
    and share thoughts. Great site, keep it up!

  • http://www.jilllevenhagenphotography.com Jill

    Hi! Just finished the Problogger book 2days ago…thank you Darren! Awesome!
    Found this article while checking my rankings on Google! So I thought I would add my site to the comments here.
    http://www.jilllevenhagenphotography.com
    My site is niche for the Lightroom Print Module, and I giveaway over 100 Templates for download. These are not for “printing”…but for making collages, FB Timelines, etc…for web use, blogs, and social media! I would love to be added to your list here!

  • http://www.digitalphotobuzz.com Mark Stagi

    Great list and wanted to let you know of some free presets we have on our site also. We have 6 great free preset packs for Lightroom up on our site here:
    http://digitalphotobuzz.com/free-lightroom-presets-for-photographers

    Thanks and enjoy everyone :)

    Mark

  • Lucas

    Presets Heaven is great. http://2dollarpresets.com frequently offers free presets and what I thought was great about them is that they cost $2 each so you dont have to buy a pack of presets, half of which you may not use, for $35+

  • Kamran Shahid

    some nice presets at alternative prestes http://www.alternativepresets.com

  • Calin

    This is a great list! Anything on Photoshop actions?

    Thank you,
    Calin
    http://www.bycalin.com

  • http://lightroomlove.com/ Andrew @ Lightroom Love

    Thanks so much for this list Christina – I have also just launched a preset site as http://presetlove.com that visitors might enjoy.

  • webforest
  • Wilfred_James

    Nice ones.
    And I personally prefer film presets from http://www.reallyniceimages.com Their presets are not free but definitely must have for any photographer and Lightroom user. My favorite product is their All Film collection where they recreated looks of the most popular analog films of the past century. Really amazing, works like magic when applied to digital photos. And a way better than Instagram :-)

  • Harmeet Gabha

    You can find some great free landscape presets for Lightroom 4 & 5 over at http://photoinsomnia.com/tag/preset

    The HDR presets are most popular.

  • samsara

    Almost my favorite ones! Also, check available presets in this blog: http://lightroomfreepresets.blogspot.com/

  • Alex Broadstock

    I made some custom presets myself and am giving them away for free! Wooo free stuff! Just go to

    https://www.facebook.com/alexbroadstockphotography/app_404571406226948

  • Wagner

    My 2 cents are for the free Polaroid film emulations at http://www.presets.me

  • KN
  • Jonaz Eggs

    Hello there, thanks for the list, don’t forget to mention
    http://www.lightgram.com
    you can find a great set of preset for free!
    enjoy

  • http://joemartinphotography.com/ Joe Martin

    thanks for the links and info

Some older comments

  • Mark Stagi

    July 3, 2013 12:15 am

    Great list and wanted to let you know of some free presets we have on our site also. We have 6 great free preset packs for Lightroom up on our site here:
    http://digitalphotobuzz.com/free-lightroom-presets-for-photographers

    Thanks and enjoy everyone :)

    Mark

  • Jill

    May 27, 2013 06:58 am

    Hi! Just finished the Problogger book 2days ago...thank you Darren! Awesome!
    Found this article while checking my rankings on Google! So I thought I would add my site to the comments here.
    www.jilllevenhagenphotography.com
    My site is niche for the Lightroom Print Module, and I giveaway over 100 Templates for download. These are not for "printing"...but for making collages, FB Timelines, etc...for web use, blogs, and social media! I would love to be added to your list here!

  • Luisa

    May 1, 2013 02:52 pm

    I really like it when individuals get together
    and share thoughts. Great site, keep it up!

  • Scott Walker

    March 1, 2013 06:35 am

    I'm a huge fan of the OnOne presets... I experimented with a friend's Cafe Darkroom Presets too and they seemed pretty decent. They have a free download on their website too

    www.cafedarkroom.com

  • John

    August 9, 2011 09:39 pm

    HI, thanks for sharing this sites, i would like to add a great resource for presets to the list,

    http://www.adobelightroompresets.net/lightroom-presets/lightroom-presets/freebies/

    you can find great freebies and premium presets.
    Thanks

  • Nellka

    April 7, 2009 05:32 pm

    I Have more than 500 free Presets on my Blog....

    ;)

  • Brian

    February 8, 2009 01:06 pm

    hi--

    great site and great post--thank you!

    have been trying to import presets into lightroom as directed on the various preset sites and after i download them to my computer and attempt to import them into lightroom, they do not show-up in the import window--it is as if they are not there. i have tried various means to fix/find these files to import into lightroom and i cannot.

    any insight here would be highly appreciated.

    thanks!

  • Daniel Mihai Condurachi - Fotograf Iasi

    January 23, 2009 06:17 am

    Thank you so much for those presets websites. The presets and Lightroom is such a great invention.

    I would like that it would not destroy that much the quality of the photos. Sometimes a 12MPx photo after applying a preset looks like a 5MPX at full size

  • JOHNNY

    January 22, 2009 06:11 am

    Hi, guys... I'm the worst reader you'll find in this post. I'm a dreamer. I love photography but I don't have not even a point and shoot camera. I don't have access to email. I have nothing. But anyway... I'm trying to learn how to take better pictures if I ever get a digital camera in hands.

    Thank you for this site. It's been really helpfull. For now... I just use the office PC to modify pics taken by others... and this helps me understanding this world better.

  • Brandon Oelling

    January 20, 2009 01:25 pm

    Yes Ames there are similar 'presets' that can be created for Photoshop.

    Our in-house guru Mike Gray shows you how ...

    http://x-equals.com/blog/?p=1257

    |Brandon Oelling
    {x=}
    http://www.x-equals.com/blog/

  • Pierre

    January 19, 2009 08:08 pm

    Many thanks for mentioning Presets Heaven!
    I'm a big fan of "dps" so this post was a very nice surprise to see in my RSS subscription!

    Best regards,
    Pierre | presetsheaven.com

  • Marcy

    January 19, 2009 10:09 am

    I'm trying to get the Wonderland Presets package, but when I unzip the files it says I need a password to do so. Can't find anything on the site about this.

  • Ames

    January 19, 2009 09:44 am

    Are there any presets for Photoshop?

    Thank you

  • Tanya Plonka

    January 19, 2009 08:27 am

    I think the problem with presets is that people overuse them, but then don't modify them at all (even if they don't work well with the image). I like to use other people's presets as a starting point for a look I want to achieve, then modify them like crazy to get something else entirely that's more my style.

    p.s. That Presets Heaven site was delicious, thank you!

  • Michael Warf

    January 19, 2009 05:19 am

    Creating your own set of presets (for metadata, and for camera calibration settings) saved me a ton of time on import. The non destructive nature of lightroom, makes presets all the more valuable - however they should be used as a starting point for your own work, or as Alain points out - they tend to look a little "cookie cutter".

  • Brandon Oelling

    January 19, 2009 05:12 am

    Thank you so much for mentioning our site!

    |Brandon Oelling
    {x=}
    http://www.x-equals.com/blog/

  • Markus Griebling

    January 19, 2009 03:19 am

    Hello Christine,

    I just wanted to point out I too run a site that offers free Lightroom presets. We also produce Lightroom training videos with our most popular being "Advanced Graduated Filter" tips.

    I am also a moderator of the Presetting Lightroom group on Flickr and I've just put together a compilation list (including before/after photos) of 180+ free presets. Naturally, a number of the sites you've listed in your post are included. But's there's a whole bunch more ... http://tinyurl.com/a3zzwn

    Cheers, Markus

  • Alain Pilon

    January 19, 2009 12:48 am

    I guess it is the perfect time for me to point out that I have a tutorial on my site that shows the required preset to make the crossprocessing effect in Aperture!

    While presets are great I generally think that their ease of use make people over use them. Just look at the amount of HRD pictures in the forums these days. Same with the Dragan effect, Velvia effect, etc...

    As with everything in photography, it has to be used only when it benefit the pictures, not just because we can!

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