For me, among the biggest benefits of Lightroom within Photoshop is the capacity to utilize Develop Presets on your pictures. Below are some of the benefits: You can create several virtual copies of a picture and use different Develop Presets to understand how they come out. Doing so uses almost no additional hard disk space as the modifications are stored at the Lightroom Catalog in the form of text commands. Develop Presets match in with your Lightroom workflow — there is no requirement to export your images to Photoshop or other software. It’s simple to see how Develop Presets get the job done. If you download someone else’s Develop Presets it’s not hard to visit the Develop module and determine which settings have been altered. You’re able to tweak them to match your photograph, and (best of all) you have to see how the photographer achieved the result. It is a excellent way to learn how to use Lightroom. Lightroom includes some built-in presets, also there are tons of sites that give Develop Presets away for free or sell them. Among my favorites are the Signature Collections out of OnOne Software. They are free (click the link for specifics ) and provide you a variety of creative effects you can add to your images. The single thing with downloaded Create Presets is that nearly all of FREE Lightroom Sunset Presets them are not subtle. Here is an example: If only there was a method of fading the impact — a kind of opacity slider at Lightroom. Be it will arrive at a future edition. But at the present time there isn’t, thus we must find a way around that. One method is to export two variations of your image, one with the preset applied along with the other without. You put one on top of the other in Photoshop and use the Opacity slider to fade the result. Easy enough but it does take you out of Lightroom, something which’s good to prevent where possible. Those exported files take up valuable hard drive space. In addition, you want to do something different to the image later back in Lightroom. As a clever Lightroom user you probably need to save time in addition to hard disk space. That’s where a Lightroom plug-in known as The Fader comes from. The Fader does exactly what its name implies. Once set up, you are able to activate it, pick the Develop preset you want to use from the drop down menu, and then use an Opacity slider to fade the result. This clever plugin simplifies the changes the Create preset made into the image, and hastens them all at precisely the same moment. It is Easy, and it works superbly well