Lightroom’s new profiles let you add style, “looks”, and color grading effects with one-click.
Probably the most common question is… How are profiles (AKA: LUTs) different from regular Lightroom Presets? Presets…
- Preset Slider changes override any previous adjustments you’ve made. For example if you move the Shadows slider to +50 because the photo is too dark, and then apply a preset that has Shadows = 0, the photo will now have the Shadow slider at 0, not 50.
- Presets cannot use LUTs
Profiles / LUTs…
- Don’t move sliders
- Profiles can include LUTs or various settings and controls that Lightroom doesn’t have.
- Profiles have an Amount (like Opacity) slider for fine-tuning the results.
- They can be applied on top of existing edits and they won’t change them.
- Since the sliders aren’t overridden by a profile / LUT, you can modify your photo any way you’d like, and then apply the profile on top of the image.
- You can “favorite” a profile.