Many of us have used presets in Lightroom for a long time. They allow us to quickly edit an image by running a set of predetermined exposure and colour corrections to that image. These corrections are the ones found in the Develop module. However, in April 2018 Adobe introduced an alternative to presets…profiles. Rather than using preset develop edits, profiles adjust the look of the entire image without using any of the Develop controls. This means that we can create a uniform look for a series of images and then modify them further using a preset.
What Are Profiles?
Profiles are effectively an extension of the colour profiles many cameras have. For example, Fuji cameras have a number built in – such as Velvia and Arcos. Lightroom has always been able to detect these profiles and allows you to apply them to a RAW image in post-production. However, the April 2018 update added a number of Adobe’s own profiles, the ability to convert presets to profiles and to create your own profiles. Today, we are going to look at how to work with profiles in Lightroom.
Applying A Profile
Make sure that Lightroom is updated to the latest version. Open up your image in the Develop Module. Just below the histogram, grouped with Treatment you will see Profile. By default, this is set to Adobe Standard, however, if you click on Adobe Standard a drop-down box will appear with other options. Click on Browse and you will see a thumbnail gallery of all the available profiles grouped by category. You can also filter profiles into color or black and white as well as seeing a larger thumbnail of each.