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TWI by Dustin Abbott:
I guess I'm the exception to the rule.  I have downloaded a fair number of presets (mostly paid) that I use quite extensively.  For more "art" or nature work I tend to do more tweaking, but when I processing workflow for a wedding or event shoot, the quick tweak through presets is huge.

But there is a bigger reason that I have become a fan.  I like using Alien Skin Exposure 4 and am fairly adept in Photoshop CS5, but every time I exported in those programs I would automatically move into a TIFF file.  Minimum of 100+MB.  Your HDD starts filling up fast that way.  I found that an average month's work was typically in excess of 30 GB of space.  Add a few redundant backups and that is 90 GB a month.  Ouch!

When I stay in Lightroom, I stay in a DNG.  That's a big plus for me unless I specifically need something I can only get through layering.

Standard:

--- Quote ---i would like to know what your experience is with LR presets and if you find them usefull.
i think every image needs his own treatment and presets are no big help.
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I have hundreds of presets. All of them are my own. When I first started learning Lightroom – switching from a Photoshop workflow using layers and actions – I'd used presets created by others to help me understand the capabilities of the program as well as understanding how others process their work. As I progress, I found that each image is uniquely different, even among the same session or batch and applying the same preset to a group of images will often yield different results.

Presets are useful in that they provide a starting point to begin the process of fine tune adjustments. But as some have mentioned, there are times when simply starting from scratch will be faster and more efficient. When you have hundreds or thousands of images and a short delivery deadline, presets can be invaluable in speeding up the workflow. You can set your presets to be as simple or as complicated as you'd like. You can even vary how many presets a single image may go through to get to the end result. It really depends on you. For me, presets when used together in conjunction with Lightroom snapshots and history are even more powerful.

squidgyg:
Are you applying the presets to RAW or JPEG's?
Presets could be developed for either one, and will look bad if applied on the wrong one.

dirtcastle:
I think LR presets serve two purposes well.

1. To see exactly how other people process and get specific results. Presets are a good learning tool.

2. To process a batch of similar shots without starting from scratch for each shot.

One problem with presets is their limitation with gradient filters, which are one of the most powerful tools in LR.

Standard:

--- Quote ---Are you applying the presets to RAW or JPEG's?
Presets could be developed for either one, and will look bad if applied on the wrong one.
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I shoot in RAW...so to answer your question, I apply them to RAW files.  But you could also apply the same presets to JPEGs and continue adjusting them from there. Yes. The same preset will affect RAW and JPEG files differently, just as lens profiles affect RAW and JPEG files differently.

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