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!

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,, 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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  1. I stumbled into your videos on youtube…checked on your website and been watching those videos. I’ve learned a lot. One of these days I will take one of your classes online but for now your help is much appreciated through this killertips videos! You Rock! Someday I want to be as good as you in this photography field!

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  2. Attended your lightroom seminar in Seattle yesterday. Enjoyed it and now am absorbing all things lightroom. Wanted to say thanks for the presets and for the inspiration they also bring to make me try new things and ideas.

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  3. Great advice! I will have to give this a try always looking for new things to try in lightroom!

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

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

    SB :)

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

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  7. 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.


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  8. One of your best tips … todate!

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

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