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How To Set Your Own Develop Module Defaults in Lightroom

How To Set Your Own Develop Module Defaults in Lightroom

In this video I look at how to change the default settings for a particular camera in Lightroom, so new files will import with your chosen settings instead of Adobe’s defaults. This is useful if you want to set a different colour profile, lens corrections etc to be applied to every file when you import them.

So here’s a quick breakdown or those who don’t want to watch the whole video.

basically, if you want Lightroom to apply the same adjustments to an image every time you import it you can set new default settings on a per-camera basis. This has a similar effect to creating a preset and applying it on import, but it has one big advantage. When you create new defaults, these settings are what will be used when you reset an image, where as if you save a preset and apply it on import, resetting an image will still reset it to the factory defaults.

To save new defaults, go to the develop module, and on a file for the particular camera you want to set defaults for, change whatever parameters you want to save as the new base settings. For example, I usually set the colour profile and turn on lens corrections.

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The most important thing to remember is that when making the changes before you save the new defaults, is to only change the things you want to save. Anything that is altered from the unedited version of the file will be saved as the new defaults when you do this.

To save the new settings as defaults, go to the Develop menu and choose Set Default Settings…. This will bring up a dialog box where you can choose to update the defaults, or restore the Adobe settings (factory defaults).


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