Learn How to Edit Like Your Favorite Photographers

PixelPeeper lets you recover Lightroom edits and camera settings from JPG files.

You can use it to:
learn how your favorite photographers edit their photos
recreate "the look" of a photo you like
improve your photo editing skills
turn JPG files into Lightroom presets (desktop and mobile)
find out what camera model, lens, aperture and other settings photographer used
find out which Lightroom preset was used on the given photo
recover lost work (e.g. lost presets can often be recovered from JPGs)

How does it Work?

PixelPeeper reads metadata embedded in JPG files (Exif and XMP). In order for it to work:

  1. You need a JPG file edited in Adobe Lightroom
  2. JPG file must include metadata

Finding images with metadata can take a bit of luck, so we've compiled a selection of example photos to get you started.

Check out our guide on How to Find Photos with Metadata. Be sure to read Frequently Asked Questions as well.

Learn Lightroom Editing with our Example Photos

Our gallery of 1000+ example photos will give you a variety of styles to learn from.

example presets

If you want to see what PixelPeeper can do, our examples page is a great starting point. It's a selection of photos published with complete Lightroom edits and camera settings.

Settings for each photo can be downloaded as presets (desktop and mobile), so you can easily try them on your own photos.

Download and Install Lightoom Presets

If viewing the settings isn't enough, you can download them as Lightroom presets and apply to your own photos!

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PixelPeeper gives you the option to download settings from JPG files as XMP presets. You can import presets to Lightroom and apply them to your own photos.

The default option doesn't include settings like White Balance, Exposure, Sharpening, Lens Corrections.

If you need these settings, you have the option to download an "extended" preset file.

For older versions of Lightroom, there's also a .lrtemplate variant.

Note: PixelPeeper presets are intended to be generic, so they don't include local corrections (crops, spot removals, graduated and radial filters).

See also: How to Install Lightroom Presets.

Download Lightroom Mobile Presets (DNG)

PixelPeeper can generate a dummy DNG file that you can use as a preset in Lightroom for mobile.

Download DNG file, import it to Lightroom for mobile and copy settings to your photos.

For more information, see: Lightroom Mobile Presets - Download DNG.

Preset Finder

Sometimes you want to find out which preset was used on the given photo. Preset Finder is meant to help you with that.

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Whether you want to know which presets other photographers use or you'd simply like to know which one of your own presets you used in the past on the given photo, Preset Finder has you covered.

Upload your presets to PixelPeeper and drop a JPG image. Present Finder will:

  • scan all your presets
  • show you which ones match the settings in JPG (ordered by confidence score).

See also: Frequently Asked Questions.

Give it a Try!

Grab your favorite JPGs (or use our examples) and start exploring.