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Choosing The Perfect Preset For Your Instagram

This blog post is written in collaboration with Nicky Presets and I was kindly gifted the presets to try out. All opinions however are my own.

I always wondered how people got such gorgeous aesthetic Instagram grids. Mine felt like a jumble of colours and images (and it still often does), however as soon as I discovered presets were the secret trick that bloggers and influencers used to get the slick look on their profiles I thought my problem was solved. Not quite…

Firstly, it took me almost a year to figure out how to upload and use a preset (which turned out to be surprisingly simple once I found a tutorial that made it easy), and then the next hard part was choosing the right one for my blog.

Choosing the perfect preset can be hard…

It’s hard to know what colour vibe is going to suit your personality and your pictures, especially as you don’t get to ‘try before you buy’. There are thousands of presets out there and you can get them for really cheap! So don’t go spending lots of money on a preset that might not work for you when there are totally affordable options out there.

I recently bought a preset online that was nice but I very quickly grew bored of it (which is not a great sign). It was too cold and dull, which while it has been appropriate for this wintery time of year, I was definitely feeling ready to try out a new preset. Step in, Nicky Presets…

Nicky Presets reached out to me in perfect time and allowed me to try out their numerous Adobe Lightroom Presets to see which worked for my blog. And it actually has been so hard to decide on just one for my grid because they are all so nice in different ways. Here are my favourites…

For subtle warm tones on your grid…

After playing around with several of the presets to see which one was the right fit for my Instagram grid right now, I eventually settled on ‘Vanilla Taste’. It is subtle but with warm tones which has been a welcome change of mood from the cold vibes of January.

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Edited using ‘Vanilla Taste’ preset by Nicky Presets

For the travel blogger or the person forever reliving their vacation…

‘Summer Vibes’ is the obvious choice for anyone who lives by the beach or has a camera roll full of ocean views and totally instagrammable vacation shots. It gives the colours a bit of a pop and creates the lusted after travel blogger effect.

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Edited using ‘Summer Vibes’ preset by Nicky Presets

For girly pink tones to brighten up your photos…

‘Peach Kiss’ is such a cute preset that will be especially perrrrrfect in spring. The pink hues lend perfectly to anyone with a grid full of flowers, pastel colours and all things fashion. It also creates a nice warm tones to photos that is lovely on holiday photos too.

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Edited using ‘Peach Kiss’ preset by Nicky Presets

For a bright, clean look for your Insta-worthy lifestyle…

You know those people who have the ‘perfect’ Instagram profile with clean, bright photos in clean bright houses? Well the ‘Lady Pink‘ preset will help you achieve that. It is amazing for fashion bloggers too and makes the weather always look amazing. The perfect preset for brightening up dark pictures.

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Edited using ‘Lady Pink’ preset by Nicky Presets

For standing out from the crowd…

Speaking of brightening up your grid, if you have a quirky, arty, colourful life then make those amazing colours pop with the ‘Pop Colors’ preset. Some of my favourite Instagram profiles are the ones that are bright and colourful and this preset can help you achieve the same eye-catching effect.

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Edited using ‘Pop Colors’ preset by Nicky Presets

There are sooooo many more presets by Nicky Presets, but these are my personal Top 5 of the moment.

Presets are personal to you and your lifestyle. Not all presets suit every photo, so you have to do a bit of tweaking on Lightroom yourself sometimes, but if you find the right preset to match your current photo vibe then the preset does all the hard work for you!

All Nicky Presets cost just $15 which equates to approximately ยฃ11.50 โ€“ a bargain! You can browse through all 15 presets and purchase them here.

Installing the Presets to Lightroom

And if you need a bit of help with figuring out how to use a preset on Lightroom, here is the super easy way.

I was so confused as to how to use Lightroom Presets for so long but thanks to really helpful YouTube videos I finally figured it out and it actually couldn’t be easier!

Watch Nicky Presets’ tutorial to learn how to easily use their presets once you have purchased them here.

I hope you have fun choosing the perfect preset for your blog or profile. Happy Preset Shopping! Your Instagram page will thank you for it ๐Ÿ˜‰

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