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Stacking Presets in Lightroom

By Gene McCullagh
October 7, 2011

This is a topic that has been covered more than once on quite a few sites. However, it never hurts to review some fundamentals in Lightroom since there are new users everyday! I received two emails last week with virtually the same question about Develop presets. Both readers were having issues when creating and applying their presets since the application of the second (or third or fourth) preset would alter a setting they did not want to alter. One reader's conclusion was that Lightroom's presets were not stackable. This, of course, is not at all true. Once you understand how presets work and how to create them properly, you can stack presets on top of one another and only change the parameters you intend to change.

Stealing Presets

By Gene McCullagh
June 27, 2009

Last week, Matt Kloskowski on his blog Lightroom Killer Tips (which, by the way, is an excellent Lightroom resource. If you haven't been there yet ... What are you waiting for?) posted an article Is it wrong to steal Lightroom presets? discussing the ethics/legality/morality of copying someone else's presets and applying that to your own work. With the exception of Matt's drug company argument (drug companies use patents to protect their drugs. It's only when the patents expire that others can produce generic copies) I have to agree with him. To equate the process with the final product is not something copyright law contemplates. It's ludicrous to think that Michaelangelo could sue because you happened to sculpt using marble because he used marble! You could give me all the marble you want and there's no way you'll get a David or a Pieta out of me! LOL

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