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Tutorial : Automatically Combine Color Profile and ISO Adaptative Develop Preset






Many of you like the Color Profiles for Lightroom that I have developed for some devices from various brands. For now : Canon, Nikon, Sony and FujiInstallation Guide in English is Here.

And in addition some (less numerous however), adopted my Adaptive ISO Presets; that I consider really essential in order to achieve a smooth Workflow… Install Guide in English is Here. You’ve probably learned to apply either one or the other automatically …



But most photographers are unaware that they can automate the application of Profiles and ISO Adapt Presets: together and at the same time … This as soon as the images are imported!

Yes, instantly applying both automatically is possible … and it is even vital.








Why apply an Adaptive ISO Presets automatically, along with a Color Profile … automatically The goal of the game is of course to save time… twice! First, by no longer worrying about “Color profiles” issues, device by device; because you will have personalized which Color Profile will be applied automatically, for the RAW of such or such device.

Second: save time again! Since there will be no need to worry about the Settings of the 10 Sharpness and Noise Correction sliders … These will automatically be set by one of my Adaptive ISO Presets, depending on the ISO Sensitivity of each image …

This double automation works superbly! I will try to show you quickly in this article, how to set it up. You have to proceed in three simple steps… here is it. And I remain at your disposal in comments, to answer questions






This first part concerns the customization of the Color Profile, which will be automatically applied for the RAWs of a given device. It’s very easy, as long as you follow the explanations. It will be done in 5 or 10 minutes.


A – Choose a RAW of the specific device whose Default Development you want to customize

– Important: Start with Reset this RAW file: it should not have any adjustments.

– Apply the desired Color Profile: the one you have already installed (Installation Guide in English is Here).

– Optional: you can optionally check the « Chromatic aberration correction » tool (recommended).

– Optional (dangerous): possible to add « Lens Correction Profile ». But imperatively in « Auto » position, otherwise big worries!

– Optional: optionally add other adjustments if you wish (but be careful not to do anything).

– So here you are faced with a RAW having « the basic characteristics » only in the future: you will want to apply automatically to this specific device.


B – Create a specific « Develop Preset » for this specific device

– In the left panel of the Development Module, create a « Develop Preset » by checking only the tools that you included in step A. This is generally limited to « Processing and Profiles », possibly « Correction of Chromatic Aberrations » …

– I advise you to clearly name your “Develop Preset”… For example “Develop Base – Canon EOS R5” replace “Canon EOS R5” by the model of your device.

– It is also advisable to create a “Folder” of Settings, in which to store it… This Folder will also host the next “Basic Settings” that you will customize for each device: old or future.

– In order not to confuse Folders and Settings and identify it more quickly in the list: name this folder using capital letters. For example: « RAW DEVELOP PRESET BASES BY MODELS« 

– If this part is not clear enough, go to Adobe’s User Guide: Work with Develop Presets.




We then go to the General Preferences of Lightroom Classic, which allow to define which will be the « Default development » applied by the software: for each type of RAW files. Note that JPEGs and other types of files are not affected by this step.

We will generally start by carrying out a « general » adjustment which will concern all the RAWs in an undifferentiated way (this will be step C below). We can consider this first setting as the « General rule » for all RAW files.

Then if you want more customization: you can replace this Global Develop Preset, with a Specific Develop Preset for each device of your choice (not necessarily all devices, but some) … This will be step D below, which is optional. This step amounts to constituting a list of « exceptions to the general rule », which is very interesting if you have RAWs of various brands of devices:


C – First: setting an identical « Default Develop Preset » for all RAWs

– Open Lightroom preferences, go to the Predefined Settings Tab

– Explore the « Predefined Develop Preset » tree structure and select one of the « Develop Preset » that you created in step B: red arrow

– If you are lost, prefer « Adobe Default » is easiest, or possibly « Camera Settings ».

– If you don’t understand, read Adobe’s User Guide : Lightroom Classic: Set defaults for raw file import.


D – Then: setting differentiated Default Presets for each specific camera

– Open Lightroom preferences, go to the Predefined Settings Tab

– If you understood its usefulness: check the option « Replace the Global Develop Preset for specific cameras ».

– In the Drop-down menu to the right of the « Cameras » line: select the model to customize: red arrow.

– Warning ! Sometimes loading this list of devices can be slow because Lightroom crawls all the catalog. Hold on.

– In the drop-down menu to the right of the « Default » line: explore the « Develop Preset » tree structure

– Then select one of the « Develop Preset » that you had previously created in step B.

– You understand: you are going to create « Exceptions to the rule » that you memorize by clicking « Update ».

– Note: devices that you forget to add to the list will benefit from the « General rule » specified in step C.

– Later it will be possible to modify the personalization of each device. In the list of devices, click the triangle to the right.

– This « device by device » customization is optional, but useful if you have accumulated RAWs from several brands.

– Check « Show predefined partially compatible development parameters ». This is needed to modify the « Default Development Parameters » of some Camera.

– If you don’t understand, read Adobe’s User Guide: : Lightroom Classic: Set defaults for raw file import.




From now on, the Default Develop Preset (defined in steps 1 to 2) automatically applies to any imported (or reset) image: you can increase the automation, by adding « in addition » the ADAPTIVE ISO Preset of your choice. This can be done as soon as you import (I recommend it), but also later … For example on your archives. Follow the guide, it’s super easy!


E – Apply an Adaptive ISO Preset « without profile » when importing RAW and JPEG

– In the import dialog select an Adaptive ISO Preset in the « Apply during import » tab: red arrow.

– The Adaptive ISO Preset works on RAW but also on JPEG which is practical … (if the ISO value is present in the EXIF ​​data).

F – Apply an Adaptive ISO Preset « without profile » on existing folders

– Select images from the Library grid: RAW and even JPEG if you want.

– Select an Adaptive ISO Preset from the « Quick Development » Menu in the right panel of the Library

G – This Preset is applied « above » the « Default Develop Preset »

– If you apply an Adaptive ISO Preset « without profile »: your RAW image keeps the existing Profile (defined by the Default Develop Preset).

– If you apply an Adaptive ISO Preset « with profile » (Standard Camera or Adobe Color): then the image profile is replaced.

– The Adaptive ISO Preset « without profile » modifying only the sliders of « Details » (sharpness and Noise): the other characteristics of RAW remain intact.




Thus, it is possible to automatically combine the use of the « Color profile » of your choice and the « ADPATATIVE ISO Preset » of your choice. This upon import, or later.

Ultimate precision: it is advisable to prefer the Adaptive ISO Presets « without profile » to carry out this procedure (which is good because they are the most sold) … Below, I recall why I created three kinds of Adaptive ISO Presets , in order to meet several needs:



Adaptive ISO Presets – without profile: as these presets do not apply any profile, they do not interfere with your prior choice of a specific Color Profile (which can be done before, or after importing the RAWs). This is the most common, recommended and sold option …

Adaptive ISO Presets – including the « Standard Camera » Profile: recommended for photographers who prefer to apply only this type of Profile: « Standard Camera ». Convenient especially for Canon SLR users. Or for some advanced users …

Adaptive ISO Presets – including the « Adobe color »: intended more for beginners and people who have not chosen Specific Color Profiles … and preferring to systematically apply the « Adobe Color » Profile (default rendering of Lightroom).




And I remain at your disposal in comments, to answer questions














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