How to Apply Coloring, Styles & Presets in Lightroom Classic

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Lightroom Classic isn’t just a tool for organization and cataloging. It has a variety of tools that can transform your images into something extraordinary. In this tutorial, we show you how those tools work and reveal some easy methods to apply your edits to other photos or save them as Lightroom presets. We even cover how to create an HDR image and a panorama!


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Table of Contents

Lightroom Essentials: Coloring, Styles, & Presets
  • 01 - Introduction
  • 02 - Black & White
  • 03 - Coloring & Style
  • 04 - HDR & Panorama

Coloring in Lightroom

Lightroom Essentials Coloring Styles and Presets Example 1

Black & White

There are a lot of things to consider when converting an image to black and white. We’ll provide some tips for both the photography and post-production process. Then we’ll show you all of the options available to make the perfect black and white image.

Tone Curve

If you’re looking for a tool that’s as versatile as it is precise, the tone curve in Lightroom should be one of your go-to editing staples. From adjusting the luminosity of specific color channels, to adding a vintage fade effect to your shadows and highlights, the tone curve handles it all with ease.

HDR & Panorama

Lightroom makes compiling high-dynamic range photos and panoramas a snap. We’ll show you how to stitch together multiple images taken at different exposures or multiple images taken of a landscape to create stunning photos that wouldn’t be possible with a single picture.

Lightroom Essentials Coloring Styles and Presets Example 2 Sepia

Organization & Workflow

Creating multiple edits of several photos can start to get messy fast. Fortunately, we’ve got some tips to keep your catalog and the folder structure on your computer nice and tidy.

Export & Deliver

Once you’ve nailed your edits, it’s time to export them for the world to see. We’ll show you tips for exporting in multiple sizes and formats, so that you can deliver your images to a client, display them on the web, or share with followers on social media.

Virtual Copies

Create multiple versions of a single image without taking up valuable storage on your computer or hard drives. Virtual Copies are extremely helpful for when you want to export a few different versions of an edit for your clients. Most importantly, they allow you to experiment with your editing without ever having to worry about clogging up your organization or workflow.

Monochrome Made Easy

Black and white is a style all its own. Learn how to quickly convert any image into black and white to put more emphasis on contrast, shape, and composition.

Lightrooom Essentials Coloring Styles and Presets


Split Toning is the process of adding different colors to the highlights and shadows in an image. This can be done as a corrective measure, such as when you want to more accurately adjust the white balance in a photo. It can also be a stylistic choice, as it can have a profound effect on the overall mood and feel of an image.

Presets & Sync Settings

Create a look that you love? Apply it to a group of images to give them the same style. We’ll also show you how to save an edit as a preset so you can keep it for later use or share it with others.

Course Instructor

Aaron Nace


Aaron Nace is a photographer, Photoshop artist and founder of PHLEARN. He is the #1 Photoshop instructor in the world with millions of YouTube subscribers.


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