Lightroom Tutorial: Start your Photo Edits with a Profile

Lightroom is a powerful photo editing software that allows you to organize, edit, and share your photos. One of the most useful features of Lightroom is the ability to use profiles to quickly and easily apply a consistent look and feel to your photos.

What is a profile?

A profile is a collection of settings that can be applied to a photo to change its appearance. Profiles can be used to create a variety of different effects, such as making your photos look more vibrant, more contrasty, or more black and white.

Why use a profile?

Using a profile can be a great way to save time and effort when editing your photos. Instead of having to manually adjust all of the settings in Lightroom, you can simply apply a profile and get the look that you want with just a few clicks.

How to apply a profile

To apply a profile to a photo, follow these steps:

  1. Open the photo in Lightroom.
  2. Go to the Develop module.
  3. Click on the Profile panel.
  4. Select the profile that you want to apply from the list of profiles.

How to find profiles

Lightroom comes with a variety of built-in profiles, but you can also download additional profiles from the Adobe website. To find profiles, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Profile panel in the Develop module.
  2. Click on the Browse button.
  3. Select the location of the profiles that you want to download.
  4. Double-click on the profile that you want to apply.

How to experiment with profiles

The best way to find out which profiles work best for your photos is to experiment with different ones. Try applying different profiles to your photos and see which ones you like best.


  • You can stack profiles to create your own custom look.
  • You can adjust the intensity of a profile by using the Profile Amount slider.
  • You can use the Profile Browser to search for profiles by name, type, or category.


Using profiles is a great way to quickly and easily edit your photos and create a consistent look and feel. With a little experimentation, you can find the profiles that work best for your photography style.

Additional tips

  • You can use the Profile Browser to preview how a profile will look before you apply it.
  • You can use the Profile Editor to create your own custom profiles.
  • You can share your custom profiles with other Lightroom users.