8 Sites for Free Adobe Lightroom Presets - Digital Photography School

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!

UPDATE: New Lightroom Presets Tutorials

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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.

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:

    Thanks and enjoy everyone :)


  • 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.
    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


  • 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,


    you can find great freebies and premium presets.

  • Nellka April 7, 2009 05:32 pm

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


  • Brian February 8, 2009 01:06 pm


    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.


  • 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 ...


    |Brandon Oelling

  • 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

  • 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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