Lightroom: Custom "Collections" of Develop Presets

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Simple idea: Custom Categories/collections at the top of the develop preset panel that you can drag and drop presets into. I think that I probably spend 1/4 of my editing time scrolling through presets.



While you're at it, how about icons at the top of the develop settings panel (like in ACR). It's really aggravating that I first have to scroll down to be able to open a panel, even in "solo mode".
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  • Wasting time scrolling through presets

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Rob Cole

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|> "It's really aggravating that I first have to scroll down to be able to open a panel, even in "solo mode".

Consider learning the keystroke shortcuts, e.g. in Windows, Ctrl-1 opens Basic section, and Ctrl-2 opens Tone Curve...

PS - regarding presets, consider organizing your presets into folders, so you don't have to scroll so much...

What I do: create a multitude of folders, whose names are structured to implement the equivalent of a multi-tiered hierarchy, with only two tiers.

For example, create preset folders named thusly:
{top level classification} - {2nd tier class} - {3rd...}

for example:
Favorites - Weddings
Favorites - Tone Curves
Favorites - Misc
(or whatever makes more sense to you...)

Hint: use a tool like Scooter Software's Beyond Compare to keep presets that are in more than one folder synchronized, if applicable (note: you have to restart Lightroom if you make changes using such a tool, for changes to take effect).

Rob
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Please improve Lightroom presets organization.

We all have so many LR presets and I really wish there was an option to easily tag favorites with the ability to quickly sort and show those ones only. Creating groups of presets for a project or genre right in LR would be a great feature (as opposed to going to the folder where the presets are and duplicating them there and creating new folders etc)

Having a filter/search box like in the Collection tab would be very useful
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Merging with similar topic.

Please reference the new conversation here: Search, sort, and rate presets
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Tobias Schneider

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All I really want are nested preset folders. Come on Adobe, it can't be that hard.
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Merging with relevant topic.

Please reference the new conversation here: Lightroom: Respect Hierarchical Folders of Presets
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I second that! Having one folder deep organization reminds me of 3" floppy disc era computing. 
It would be great for Adobe to respond more often in it's LR iterations to how experienced photographers actually use Lightroom, and how deeper UX/Intuitive design can make it even more powerful workflow software.
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Merging with appropriate topic.

Please reference the new conversation here: Nested folders of presets