In the professional world, it is better to work smarter than harder, many digital tools and features enable photographers to apply image effects more efficient than using the manual methods such as Adobe Lightroom presets and Photoshop Actions. Many photographers are moving to use Adobe Lightroom because it is more focused in the image editing unlike Adobe Photoshop. Additionally, it allows photographers to apply non-destructive effects and modifications on the images.
Lightroom presets are ready made effects that you can apply on single or multiple images without the need to repeat the effect steps each time you need to apply it. It is the same as Adobe Photoshop actions, which work the same way. You can check these Free Photoshop Actions for Photographers.
Creating your own free Lightroom presets is a very easy process to apply. All you need is to enter the Develop Module by pressing the “D” on keyboard and apply the effects on the image. Then, you need to open the Presets from the Presets panel on the left sidebar, and click the “+” button to customize the preset setting and publish it.
Installing the paid or free Lightroom presets downloaded from the Internet is easy couple of steps as well. All you need to do is to right-click on the Preset panel and choose Import. Then, you need to navigate to the ZIP file for the lightroom preset you would like to install and press Import. These methods work the same in Adobe Lightroom 4 and Adobe Lightroom 5.
There are many free Lightroom presets that you can download and install with the above steps and start enjoying it. In the following list, you will find free Lightroom presets for download and use in both personal and commercial projects as stated in each preset page. You can download the Lightroom presets by clicking on the preview image to visit the presets page and download it. Some premium Lightroom presets provide a free version that allows you to try with limited effects.
Free Vintage Lightroom Presets (Set of 7 presets)
Faded Film Free Lightroom Presets
3- Camera Portrait Free Lightroom Preset
The Prairie: Warm Free Lightroom Preset
Free Lightroom Preset – Desaturate Me
Black and White Infrared Preset
Free Pinhole Photography Lightroom Presets
Free Sharpening Lightroom Presets (Set of 5 presets)
Free Vintage Presets for Lightroom 4-5 (Set of 14 presets)
Free HDR Preset for Lightroom 4-5
Warm Fog Free: Preset for Lightroom 5
Free Elegant Fade Lightroom Preset
Free Lightroom 3 & 4 Presets for Grungy Urban Portraits
Caramel – Free Lightroom 5 Preset
Peach and Purple Skies
Mini Enlighten Free Lightroom Presets
Instagram—like Lightroom Effect
Free Lightroom Presets – Nostalgic Summer Collection (Set of 3 presets)
Free Holga Lightroom Presets (set of 10 presets)
Black and White Lightroom Presets (Set of 6 presets)
If you find the below free Lightroom presets useful, share it with your colleagues and comment if you have links to other free presets. Also if you like to edit your images on tablet devices, you may like to check these Must-Have iPhone Apps for Photographers and The Best Android Apps for Photographers