Lightroom Presets – Matt's Auto-Enhance Preset


Hi everyone. I’ve had a bunch of requests to update my Auto Enhance preset. A while back, I found myself making the same adjustments over and over again. So I figured the Auto Tone settings in Lightroom, along with some of the Vibrance, Clarity and Vignetting settings that I always use made it a perfect candidate for an auto preset to apply in the Import dialog.

There’s 3 Different Downloads For This One
So here’s the deal. First, there’s a few different presets here. One is just an all-around insta-fix preset. It doesn’t include any camera profiles. The others (separate downloads) are for Nikon and Canon only – and they do include profiles. The Auto-toning stuff, clarity, vignetting and all of the other settings stay exactly the same for all of them. The only thing that changes are the profiles (Landscape, Portrait, Faithful, etc…).

They’re mainly intended to be used when you’re importing your photos into Lightroom (there’s a spot in the import dialog for you to pick a preset). If your particular shoot was a portrait session and you’re fond of the Nikon “Camera Portrait” profile then choose the “Auto Enhance – Portrait (Nikon)” preset. If you were on a landscape shoot then try the “Auto Enhance – Landscape (Nikon)” preset or even the Vivid one. If you shot a portrait with a great landscape behind it, well, you’re outta luck ;) Actually, it kind of relies on you at least knowing which profiles you’ve become fond of because you’ll need to decide which to apply on import. Remember, if you pick the wrong one you can always change it.

Disclaimer: For me, I found that I needed to tweak the Exposure setting after I applied the preset on most of my photos. Remember, these are just a quick starting point, because they adjust a few of the sliders I think we adjust anyway. But, as with all presets, you’ll definitely want to adjust the sliders a little after. My hope with the auto-fix presets is that you won’t have to adjust quite as many.

Before:

After:

Have a good one!

Author: Matt Kloskowski

Matt is the full-time Director of Education for Kelby Media Group and a Tampa-based photographer. He's the Editor-in-Chief of Lightroom Magazine, the lead instructor on the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom LIVE Seminar Tour and author of several best-selling Photoshop books. Matt also hosts the world's top Lightroom blog, LightroomKillerTips.com, where he's built up a massive library of Lightroom videos, presets and tips. In addition to teaching Photoshop, Lightroom and photography seminars around the world, he's an instructor at Photoshop World and one of the full-time staff writers for Photoshop User Magazine.

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6 Comments

  1. You are today’s hero, thank you so much.

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    • Um, I love you. Seriously though, your website is amazing and in plain English. I love looking at your before and after photos and seeing the possibilities there are in lightroom. So wonderful to finally find information out there that is 100% helpful. Thank you!

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  2. Thank you so much for these. I used them extensively in LR3.

    In regard to your needing to adjust exposure after them, there’s been some ongoing controversy about the Auto Tones in LR4, primarily the exposure setting.

    Great discussion on the topic:
    http://forums.adobe.com/thread/971986?start=40&tstart=0

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  3. Matt,

    I’m not sure if its just me, but the Nikon profiles are not making any changes to clarity and vibrance. Was this by design? The all purpose profile works just fine, but the Nikon presets seem to be missing something. Perhaps I am doing something wrong.

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  4. WOW – I’ve been looking for a while now for some reliable Nikon presets. Done some myself that are fairly close but this is the best I’ve found by far.

    Great job, thank you for posting them. And again, a little question. Will you be updating these for LR5?

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  5. Hi Matt,

    thank you very much for your excellent work. I am using your presets very often. Especially the Canon Fix presets are the ones I am using on a daily basis.
    Sometimes I am changing the brightness sometimes but most of the time it works perfect.

    You made my pictures : )

    Have a nice day!

    Chris

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