Lightroom: Apply presets on top of adjustments

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I've seen similar ideas pop up every now and then... However, Adobe haven't implemented anything like that yet. My workflow - and that of other photographers I know - starts off with correcting images. For instance, add some exposure to underexposed images, set the white balance for those where it is not accurate, maybe add local adjustments or vignetting effects to those images where I believe it is necessary, reduce noise or sharpen images etc. Now, depending on the presets, (some of) these settings may be gone when applying a preset.

As a workaround, I export the corrected images as 16bit TIFF and reimport them into Lightroom and then apply the appropriate filters. However, this steps requires huge amounts of disk space, time and CPU load.

Thus, I suggest to implement some kind of image "lock" so that presets applied to locked images will be applied on top of existing adjustments. Any other way to add presets relatively instead of absolutely is welcome too.
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Christoph Bouvier

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Stephen Newport

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I may be misunderstanding your issue, but you can have presets only apply to certain adjustments (leave out exposure, for instance), so you can do all your basic corrections, and then apply the grading after that leaving the exposure, etc in-tact. I would, however, like an option to "add" local adjustments on top of another image, so that it doesn't replace them.
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Rob Rippengale

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Being able to lock certain attributes could be worthwhile, but doesn't Virtual Copy help solve your temporary TIFF problem?

1. Make a Virtual Copy
2. Develop that
2. Make a Virtual Copy of that developed VCopy
3. Apply your presets to the 2nd VCopy
4. Copy some Develop Settings (wish-they-were-locked) from the 1st VCopy
5. Paste them on the 2nd VCopy.

All original settings remain intact and easily observable in the original image file. The settings you wanted locked are in VCopy 1 (for future consideration). The final work is VCopy 2. This is all done with magic, so no obvious disk consumption.
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Hi Christoph,

You wish to lock your adjustments and apply a preset on top of them.
If that's right. Thanks for the suggestion and we will discuss about it.

If not, could you provide some more detail?


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