What's the Difference Between Lightroom Profiles and Presets?

What's the Difference Between Lightroom Profiles and Presets?

What's the Difference Between Lightroom Profiles and Presets?

Bonus: LUTs vs. Lightroom Profiles

In 2018, we're starting to see LUT-compatibility in other software. LUTs stand for lookup tables, or in simple terms, they're color grading files.

Lightroom profiles work like presets, but let you combine it with LUTs. How do Lightroom profiles stack up with LUTs?

Lightroom Profile Pros:

  • It works with Lightroom (duh)
  • It lets you combine LUTs with Lightroom adjustments (ex. Clarity, Dehaze, Sharpening, etc.)

Lightroom Profiles Cons:

  • LUTs are universal. Profiles only work in Lightroom.
  • Profiles take more steps to create.
  • Developers can still rely on develop settings instead of LUTs. This means slower performance.
  • The marketplace has more LUTs than profiles (Will this change in 2019?)

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