This week I’m going to show you how to do something super useful. I’m going to show you how to take your Lightroom Presets and be able to use them inside of Photoshop.

STEP 1. MAKE A PRESET

Start with an image (any image will work (RAW is best) here is one that I shot recently of Lina and I’m just going to apply an effect. Go to a split tone and we’ll create some kind of a vintagey effect to it pretty quickly.

Here’s a blue-green colour. And now we simply experiment with the saturation to determine how much shadow and how much highlight effect we want to add. Then we can adjust the balance to make it more biassed towards the blue-greens or the golden hues. Let’s take hold of that one. It’s kind of my style.

SECOND STEP: SAVE A PRESET
In the Preset panel, let’s make it a preset. In the lower right corner, click the new preset icon. and this one will be referred to as glamtage (download here).

OPEN IN PHOTOSHOP IN STEP 3
so that it can be added to Photoshop. Don’t edit in Photoshop; instead, right-click and choose Edit In. Open as a Smart Object is located below. Now, Photoshop will open, and that will be imported as a smart object.

This is crucial since it preserves all of our Lightroom modifications.

  1. OPEN THE RAW FILE
    Double clicking will launch Camera Raw (alternatively, select Filter>Edit in Camera Raw).

In Camera Raw, we may navigate to the Presets panel.

The settings will be taken over when you click the new preset icon at the bottom. We’ll just call it Glamtage once more and click OK.

What it has done is really applied all of the settings we had in Lightroom here in Photoshop. To implement it, click OK. Since we essentially used the photography as a “Mule” to bring in our preset, we don’t need it any more. All of your Lightroom presets will work for this.

  1. APPLYING THE PRESET
    Open up a picture. Now all we have to do is use these defaults.

Navigate to Camera Raw, and from there, select the Presets panel. The panel has a list of every setting. Simply click the preset name to apply. There is our glamtage; apply it, and presto, we have those settings.

You might need to make a few minor adjustments to the default settings since every photo is unique. As you can see, it’s simple to copy all of those settings into Photoshop.

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