Introduced in Lightroom Classic 9.2 (February 2020 release)

Set default settings for importing raw file format images in Lightroom Classic based on Adobe defaults, camera-specific defaults, or custom presets. 

Set default settings for importing raw images

To set default settings for importing raw images, do the following:

  1. Navigate to Edit > Preferences (Win) or Lightroom Classic > Preferences (macOS).

  2. Select the Presets tab from the Preferences dialog box.

  3. From the Master drop-down, select one of the following:

    Adobe Default

    Select this option to apply Adobe default settings to your raw images.

    Camera Settings

    Select this option to keep the settings of the camera from which the raw image was taken.

    Preset

    Select this option and choose a preset to apply on your raw images while importing them.

    Note:

    If you select Camera Settings and there are no matching settings in Lightroom Classic, the default settings will be applied.

    Set raw defaults
    Set default settings for importing raw images

Set raw defaults specific to camera model

You can set default settings for your raw images based on the camera model. You can even specify different default settings for multiple cameras of same camera model based on their serial number.

Create default settings

To set default settings based on camera model, do the following:

  1. Navigate to Edit > Preferences (Win) or Lightroom Classic > Preferences (macOS).

  2. Select the Presets tab from the Preferences dialog box.

  3. Select Use defaults specific to camera model under Raw Defaults.

  4. Select a camera model from the Camera drop-down. The drop-down list contains the name of all the camera models from which you have imported raw images.

  5. (Optional) If you want to create default settings for a camera based on the serial number, select Show serial number. The Camera drop-down list now contains the name of camera models along with their serial numbers.

    Set raw defaults specific to camera model
    Set raw defaults specific to camera model
  6. From the Default drop-down, select one of the following:

    Adobe Default

    Select this option to apply Adobe default settings to your raw images.

    Camera Settings

    Select this option to keep the settings of the camera from which the raw image was taken.

    Preset

    Select this option and choose a preset to apply on your raw images while importing them.

    Note:

    If you select Camera Settings and there are no matching settings in Lightroom Classic, the default settings will be applied.

  7. Click Create Default.

Modify default settings

To modify a default setting that you have created, do the following:

  1. Navigate to Edit > Preferences (Win) or Lightroom Classic > Preferences (macOS).

  2. Select the Presets tab from the Preferences dialog box.

  3. Select the default setting that you want to modify and do one of the following:

    • Click the down arrow  next to the default setting.
    • Right/Left-click on the default setting
    Modify default settings
    Modify default settings
  4. Select the new setting from the pop-up menu.

Delete default settings

To delete a default setting that you have created, do the following:

  1. Navigate to Edit > Preferences (Win) or Lightroom Classic > Preferences (macOS).

  2. Select the Presets tab from the Preferences dialog box.

  3. Select the default setting that you want to delete and do one of the following:

    • Click the down arrow  next to the default setting.
    • Right-click on the default setting
  4. Select Delete from the pop-up menu.

    Delete default settings
    Delete default settings

Set raw defaults specific to ISO values

You can set raw defaults based on the ISO values of your raw images. To do this, you need to create an ISO-dependent preset and set it as default for your raw images.

You can specify different settings for different ISO values in your preset. If an image has a different ISO value then the one you have specified in your preset, the appropriate value of the setting is calculated based on the values defined by you in the preset. For example, if you create the following preset 

  • ISO 400    Luminance Noise Reduction 0
  • ISO 1600    Luminance Noise Reduction 10

and import an image with ISO 800, the Luminance Noise Reduction will be set to 5.

To set up raw defaults based on ISO values, do the following:

  1. Create an ISO-dependent preset. For more information, see the ISO-dependent preset examples.

  2. Add the preset as a user preset. For more information, see Import Develop presets.

  3. Navigate to Edit > Preferences (Win) or Lightroom Classic > Preferences (macOS).

  4. Select the Presets tab from the Preferences dialog box.

  5. Do one of the following:

    • From the Master drop-down, select Preset > User Presets and select the ISO-dependent preset. 
    • Select Use defaults specific to camera model, select a camera model, and from the Default drop-down, select Preset > User Presets and select the ISO-dependent preset.


ISO-dependent presets examples

Here are a couple of examples of ISO-dependent presets. You can download and customize these presets as per your requirement.

Example 1

This preset sets the Luminance Noise Reduction in the following ways:

  • 0 for images at ISO 400 and below
  • 10 for images with 1600 ISO
  • 30 for images with 6400 ISO and above

The primary use case for this preset is to customize and increase the amount of noise reduction as the ISO value of an image increases.

Example 2

This preset customizes the following settings:

  • Luminance Noise Reduction
  • Color Noise Reduction
  • Smoothness of Color Noise Reduction
  • Blacks
  • Clarity
  • Masking of Sharpening

This preset will make the following changes to the raw images based on their ISO values:

  • Completely disables noise reduction at ISO 400 and below
  • Disables Masking of Sharpening at lower ISO values and enables it at higher ISO values
  • Uses default values of Blacks and Clarity at lower ISO values but different values at higher ISO values. 

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