Lightroom Classic: Basic auto develop setting for importing?

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Where do I find a basic auto develop setting for importing?  Without presence, highlight, and shadow adjustments?
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Gary George

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Johan Elzenga, Champion

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There isn't such an option. Auto Tone is really quite good now, and you can apply it on import by using a develop preset, but it does use the sliders you mention.
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BTW, you can auto-set an individual slider like Exposure by shift-clicking on it, but you can't get this done automatically on import.
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Maybe you have an Import Preset that you forgot about? I have 2, regular and sunny.
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Gary George

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Just using the auto setting under general presets.  I generally don't use modified presets.  Looking for basic tone develop possibilities without highlights or shadows.  I used pretty presets when I first started but prefer now to keep as close to when shot.
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With the new Lightroom 7.3 update (April 2018), you should now be able to use your Camera Specific Profiles or some other new profiles to get the starting point you want to use, and then apply your presets on top of those profiles to get the look you want.
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I see the new update now.  Actually I think it is kind of lame.  People have been making presets for years and selling them.  I bought one when I first started and realized that I prefer to develop photographs in a less processed manner.  Plus, I feel if one is going to do a craft, one should learn their tools and do it themselves.  It still does not give me the option to do an auto develop without Saturation and Vibrance, unless I don't see the option for that.  Suppose this is where better is not better.
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The new profiles are NOT meant to replace presets.Profiles and Presets are different. Profiles as the starting point and presets (if you want to use them or not use them) to add a specific look on top of the basic profile. See video here: https://youtu.be/r3aKrscoUx0
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Hey Stephen, as I had mentioned I am simply looking for an auto develop setting that does not include saturation and vibrance.  This was added as a feature but would like to not have it as a feature.  In order to use the auto setting, I have to now zero these on each photo.  First world issue but not a welcome new feature.
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In your original post you said, "Where do I find a basic auto develop setting for importing?  Without presence, highlight, and shadow adjustments?"

To eliminate Presence from the import Auto Tone preset select all of the imported image files and use the Quick Develop panel to apply a preset containing just Saturation and Vibrance at 0. EZ PZ–Done!

Removing Highlights and Shadows from the "Auto Toning" calculation will produce less than optimum results with most "normal"  image files. I'll explain why.

Each of the PV2012 Tone control targets a specific area of the Histogram. You can see these areas by hovering the mouse pointer over the Histogram and moving from left to right. In addition these six Tone controls are "interactive" requiring adjustment from the top-down starting with Exposure to Blacks. If the White and Black points are established with Highlights and Shadows at 0 it's best to start all over if they need to be applied.

https://forums.adobe.com/message/7715059#7715059

As Johan Elzenga said the new Auto Tone algorithm works fairly well requiring typically no more than a slight Exposure setting adjustment on some images. If not the best option is to RESET all of the Tone controls and start over as described above.
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I will try the adjustment for saturation and vibrance.  Those are the only ones that changed since the update.  I do often zero highlights and shadows since I prefer to have a natural as close to "in-camera" image.  I generally use auto, then zero the vibrance and saturation.  Then generally zero highlights and shadows, adjust blacks and whites and then see what could be changed after that.  Thank you.