Lightroom Video – Fooling Lightroom Presets To Create Cool Effects

Hey everyone. Got a new video for you. A question or comment I hear quite a bit about is the fact that you can’t save Adjustment Brush settings into a preset in Lightroom. Now, don’t confuse this with saving adjustment brush presets – that you can do (say you have a favorite brush setting for softening skin or whitening eyes). But if you paint something on to the photo you can’t save it. There is a semi-workaround though. It uses the Graduated Filter in Lightroom, and you’ll see in this video that, for certain effects and presets, it can come in really handy. The video is below. Enjoy!

7 Comments to “Lightroom Video – Fooling Lightroom Presets To Create Cool Effects”

  • Thanks. Cool tip. I will defintely be using this one.

  • One of your best tips … todate!

  • Very cool idea! That’s what keeps me coming back for more;-)

  • Although one can’t create a Develop preset using the brush tools, there is a workaround of sorts. One CAN copy the brush tool from one image to another using the Sync option in the Develop module (Local Adjustments/Brush). So, if you had an image where you’d created a vignette effect for example (as shown in the video) using the brush tool, what you could do is create a collection with that image in it (so you’d know where to find it), then add another image to the collection, select both with the processed image as the ‘most selected’, bring them into the Develop module and use the Sync function to copy the brush sequence to the new image. A bit convoluted, but possible.


  • Great workaround. Never thought of using the gradient outside of a picture.

  • Thanks for the tip Matt, love the idea of making a really specific vignette for a spotlight effect!

    SB :)

  • hay .. Thanks for the tip matt, because I am a beginner in lightroom :D

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