I never understood why the social media community used presets. I was always the advocate for forging your own aesthetic path; making something you could be proud of that wasn’t like anyone else’s. While I still strongly believe this, I have also realized how useful these presets can be.
I wasn’t looking at it from a business perspective. Having to edit your photos one by one when you’re a content creator can be tedious. When my girl Jessie came out with her presets, I knew she was the one I wanted to test them out from. I love her aesthetic, so I thought it would be a good gamble. Turns out, I was right.
Not only has using her presets saved me SO much time, but it has given my feed an overall ‘themed’ appearance which looks organized and beautiful. I was struggling with giving my Instagram a ‘flow’ so to speak, and this genuinely was an eye-opening game-changer. I am the first to admit I made a snap judgement on the usefulness of these babies.
before and after using Jessie’s preset. What’s great is that while the difference is subtle, it makes everything pops and sort of gives it the ‘desert’ vibe that I’m going for. I added the ‘grit’ effect in after the fact.
I definitely still edit photos on my own for home use to print and hang up – I think it’s fun to experiment with different looks and to master your editing capabilities. You never know what you’ll come across or learn that you didn’t know about before. My photo taking and editing has changed so much over the last year, it’s been a whirlwind process that I’ve loved every second of.
Below I’ve listed a few sites you can find some great presets.
What presets are your favorite, and where did you find them? How do you feel about using your own editing technique compared to using the presets? Let me know your feelings below!