If you’re looking for a collection of free Lightroom presets to use on your photos, you’re in luck!
Whether you’re editing photos on your computer, tablet, or mobile phone, these free Lightroom presets help make editing a lot faster.
…and best of all, the presets for Lightroom are 100% free!
(See how to download the collection of free Lightroom presets below.)
You can also see some samples of before/after images that have been edited using these Adobe Lightroom presets.
First and Foremost: What are the Adobe Lightroom Presets?
Editing is essential if you want to get those perfect images we all strive for.
Free presets are like default filters for your photos and include a combination of settings, such as color saturation, contrast, brightness, etc.
The word ‘preset’ itself nicely sums it up – they are pre-set.
Free Lightroom presets are just the same – you can use these free presets in Lightroom Adobe Classic and all of its versions to apply your favorite filters and settings to new photos and images.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that once you apply a preset Lightroom, you cannot do any more tweaking, and your photos need to look exactly the fixed way. Quite the contrary!
You can edit Adobe Lightroom presets to your liking to get the perfect look for your images – you just need to find the collection of paid or free Lightroom presets that suit your style the best and start from there.
Why do I Need Free Lightroom Presets?
Now that you know more about presets for Lightroom, some questions arise: Do you really need Adobe Lightroom presets? Will you and your photography benefit from using free Lightroom presets?
Short and clear: Yes!
You want to perfect your photos, and free Lightroom presets are a safe and quick route to success.
But let’s see how exactly Adobe Lightroom presets can benefit you:
#1 – Presets for Lightroom speed up your editing process.
A collection of Adobe Lightroom presets with different filters enables you to easily edit a group of photos that are similar.
For instance, you did a photoshoot with a series of beach photos. Instead of editing each photo separately, free presets will help you get the best of your images much quicker.
In the same manner, you’ll use other free Lightroom presets for, e.g., night photos, but it’s important that you can apply a certain preset to your images that can be grouped under the same category.
#2 – Adobe Lightroom presets help you create your own signature.
The competition is fierce – there’s no doubt. In order to become the best photographer, you need to discover your style and stand out from the crowd.
Luckily, the free Lightroom presets I’m going to share with you shortly are versatile free presets you may apply to many kinds of photos, from classic landscape to perfect portraits.
When you get a collection of free Lightroom presets that work for you, your photos will simultaneously develop a recognizable theme, and you will build a strong image as a photographer – even more so when you tweak the free presets to your liking.
#3 – Free Presets for Lightroom are incredibly convenient.
First of all: free Lightroom presets are free, obviously. Doesn’t get much more affordable than that, does it?
Of course, as you want to up your game and you grow as a photographer, you might consider getting some premium Adobe Lightroom presets. But free presets are a good starting point.
How do I get Free Lightroom Presets?
Itching to get started with some free Lightroom presets? Fortunately, we’ve made it really easy for you to download your presets for Lightroom for free – just enter your email address below and hit the Download button!
One of the free Lightroom presets is Hollies that you can check out in the photo above. It’s so vibrant that it can bathe any photo with light and glow, even if the lightning wasn’t perfect.
And that’s what presets for Lightroom are all about – enhancing the look of a picture by filters and bringing out its greatest features.
Just hit one of the buttons under the images to share this post with your friends, and you’ll be able to download the free Adobe Lightroom preset collection.
Haven’t got a copy of Adobe Lightroom? Check out my full Adobe Lightroom review before you start with your free presets for Lightroom.
Need more info on the free version of Adobe Lightroom for mobile (aka Lightroom CC)? Read my Adobe CC Lightroom guide.
What are the Best Free Lightroom Presets?
Of course, not all free Lightroom presets are equally good, nor will all of them make your pictures look better. Here’s a couple of tips so that you make an informed decision on getting free Lightroom presets.
You may have seen lists of hundreds of free presets for Lightroom available on other websites, but I’d recommend you steer clear of these.
Why? Well, 3 reasons, actually.
First – Decision paralysis. With hundreds of mediocre free Lightroom presets, it’ll be impossible for you to choose the perfect ‘look’ to apply to your photography. You’ll find yourself in Adobe Lightroom, frustrated over which preset to choose. But when you find a collection of just a couple of free Lightroom presets that will cater to any purpose, you’ll simply know that there’s no need to download additional free presets. And with my choice of presets for Lightroom, you’ll hit the home run.
Secondly, the more presets you have installed in Adobe Lightroom, the slower it will run. And believe me – it can become quite annoying, especially when you want to find a certain preset, but your PC freezes. So, it’s better to stick to those free presets that are tried-and-tested.
Finally, the best free Lightroom presets won’t be included in these huge bundles. Those massive presets are usually just free Lightroom presets with basic filters, and not much thought put into them. Focus on quality over quantity for great results with your photos.
The free Lightroom presets we’re offering in this collection is a careful curation of what we consider the top all-rounders of Free Lightroom presets for your photos.
These free Lightroom presets provide a nice stylized look for your photography (a bit like Instagram filters), from which you can fine-tune to your tastes.
And when you master working with these free Lightroom presets, you will have a solid ground to start making your own presets for Lightroom or switch to some more advanced, premium ones.
Is Using Lightroom Presets Cheating?
This is a question we often hear from photographers.
After all, applying a preset for Lightroom sometimes seems a bit too easy – you simply click a button, and your dull photo can instantly look better!
However, I wouldn’t call this cheating.
You should think of presets for Lightroom (whether free, paid, or one you’ve made yourself) as a starting point to your photo editing process.
Adobe Lightroom presets are simply a ‘look’ which is added to your photo in one click. From there, it’s still up to your creative eye to fine-tune and perfect the image to your liking.
As with Instagram filters, you’ll sometimes find a Lightroom preset that looks great without any further edits.
However, it’s mostly the case that you’ll still need to do some further tweaking of free Lightroom presets.
In addition, just because you use presets for Lightroom that replicate the look of another photographer, it doesn’t mean your photos will instantly look identical.
In fact, way before you’ve even opened the photo in Adobe Lightroom, there are many variables that will affect how your final image will turn out. Free Lightroom presets and filters are just a bonus.
To conclude, don’t be afraid to experiment with these free Lightroom presets. It’s definitely not cheating. Quite the contrary – filters and presets will serve you well as education and practice to make you a better photo retoucher.
How to Install your Free Lightroom Presets
On a Computer (Lightroom Classic)
- From your Adobe Lightroom menu bar, choose File > Import Profiles & Presets. This allows you to find your free Lightroom presets.
- Browse to the required path where you saved your Lightroom presets, and select the exact Lightroom presets that you want to import.
- Click Import. Voilà! Your Lightroom presets have been added to your Adobe Lightroom Classic.
Then navigate to your Develop module by pressing ‘D’ and look for your new Lightroom presets on the left-hand side, under ‘Presets’ and ‘User Presets.’
Hovering over each Lightroom preset name will allow you to preview the effect of the preset before applying it to your photo. Clicking the effect applies the preset and filters to a photograph or collection of photos that you wish to edit.
You can remove a preset by clicking Undo Preset or Reset (this will remove all the filters you’ve added, not just a particular Adobe Lightroom preset).
(Check out our guide on how to use Adobe Lightroom presets for a deeper dive.)
On a Computer (Adobe Lightroom CC)
- Click the Edit icon in the top right corner of your Adobe CC Lightroom window.
- Click the Presets button at the bottom.
- Click the 3-dot icon at the top of the Presets panel.
- Select your free Lightroom presets file.
- Clicking on a particular preset will apply its filters to your photo or a collection of photos.
On a Tablet/Mobile Phone (Lightroom Mobile)
Just install the Lightroom presets to your computer version of Adobe CC Lightroom using the steps above. The presets for Lightroom you’ve imported and installed will automatically sync to the Lightroom app on your mobile phone or tablet.
Then click Edit > Presets, and select those Lightroom presets that you want to add as filters to your photo.
Pretty neat, huh?
Want some PREMIUM Lightroom Presets?
Over my years as a professional photographer, I’ve developed a collection of Lightroom presets that I use for the majority of the images I deliver to my clients.
They’ve saved me hours of time, and plenty of headaches in Adobe Lightroom!
For the first time, I’m making these Lightroom presets available to the public right here.
In addition, I include a selection of great Lightroom presets that can jazz up your photos with one-click filters and effects.
Whether you’re using Lightroom on your mobile phone, iPad, or computer, I highly recommend you check out the Rock Steady Lightroom Presets Collection.