How To Install And Use Lightroom Presets – Brendan Williams Creative (2023)

Whether you’re working in Lightroom Classic or Lightroom CC, learning how to install and use presets is simple. Using presets can save you tons of editing time, as you can apply the adjustments with a simple click, and adjust or remove them just as easily.Whether you’re editing in large batches one going through your photos one by one, this post will share everything you need to know when using your Lightroom presets.

To upload presets, you’ll need to first have some downloaded. You can get 12 free Lightroom Presets here to get started with if you don’t already have some (or just want more).

If you have downloaded presets elsewhere, they will likely be XMP files, which is the format accepted by newer versions of Lightroom, though you may still find presets in the older .lrtemplate format.

How To Install Lightroom Presets

To install presets in Lightroom Classic, go to File > Import Develop Profiles and Presets, select the desired XMP files, and click import. The process of importing presets is similar in Lightroom CC, by going to File > Import Profiles and Presets, then selecting the desired XMP files once again.

Now let’s go through this process more in-depth for each program.

Installing Presets In Lightroom Classic

In Lightroom Classic, you can upload presets by heading to File > Import Develop Profiles and Presets.

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In the window that opens, you can find and select the presets you’d like to install. Again, the file format accepted by Lightroom Classic is .xmp, so make sure the presets you’ve downloaded are in the correct file format or they might not be recognized by Lightroom. To select more than one, click and drag around the files you’d like to install or hold Control while clicking.

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Click Import, wait a moment, and the files will be successfully installed in Lightroom.

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You can also import presets while working in the Develop module, by clicking the plus sign next to the Presets tab and selecting Import Presets, then following the same steps as above when the window pops up.

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Installing Presets In Lightroom CC

The process of uploading presets is similar in Lightroom CC. Start by heading to File > Import Profiles & Presets.

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From there, you can select the files you’d like to upload and click Import when you’re ready.

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How To Organize Lightroom Presets

Once you’ve uploaded your presets to Lightroom Classic, you can access them at any time by heading to the Develop module.

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From there, you’ll see the Presets tab on the left side panel.

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Click to open the presets tab and you’ll see all the available presets you have.

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At the top will be your Favorites, followed by your User Presets, which are the presets you’ve created and saved in Lightroom. Under this, you’ll see all the presets you’ve installed, organized by the preset groups you’ve installed them from. Then below those, are the presets that come with Lightroom. Click the arrow to open any of the groups and see the presets inside.

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You can easily reorganize any of your presets by clicking and dragging them. For instance, if you’d like to move a preset from one preset folder to another, just click the preset you’d like to move and drag it to a new folder.

To find your presets in Lightroom CC, just click the Edit icon, and then Presets, at the top.

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In the panel that opens, you’ll see all the presets you’ve added to Lightroom CC.

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You won’t be able to click and drag in Lightroom CC. Instead, you’ll have to right-click or Control + click the preset you’d like to move and select Move to Group, then choose the group where you’d like to move your preset.

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How To Rename Lightroom Presets

Whether you’re creating presets or uploading them, it is important that they are named in a way that allows you to understand what their best use is for. This helps to find them quickly and easily.

To rename your presets in Lightroom Classic and Lightroom CC, rightclick (Win) or Control + click (Mac) the preset you’d like to rename and select Rename.

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In the window that appears you can type in a new name that matches the style of the preset, or anything that helps you locate and organize it. Click OK when you’re done. Renaming presets isn’t always necessary, but it’s good to have the option!

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How To Use Lightroom Presets To Edit Photos

Once you’ve installed and organized your presets, you can begin applying them to your images. In Lightroom Classic, you’ll start in the Develop tab, while in Lightroom CC you’ll head to the Edit tab.

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Make sure your Presets tab is open so you can see all your available presets. In Lightroom CC, you’ll have to click the Presets icon at the top of the Edit panel to see your presets.

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The process is now the same in both versions of Lightroom. To start, select the image you’d like to add a preset to, make sure it’s visible in the preview, and then click the preset you’d like to apply.

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The adjustments will be applied to your image immediately.

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You can also hover over any of the presets without clicking them to see how they would look on your image before deciding. Once you’ve clicked to apply a preset, you can apply a different one simply by clicking any of the other presets and the image will change to fit the adjustments as each is applied.

How To Refine The Preset Adjustments

If you’d like to make any further adjustments to the preset you’ve selected, you can do so by refining any of the adjustments in the develop module or the edit tab. You’ll notice the adjustments are already set to match the information in the preset, so adjust them as needed. Doing so will not get rid of the preset or change the adjustments it contains, but it will allow you to further edit your image the way you need to.

For example, in the above image, I like the way the preset looks, but I would still like to adjust the image exposure. I can easily do this by heading to the adjustment panel on the right and adjusting the exposure, which can be found under the Basics tab.

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How To Apply Lightroom Presets To Multiple Photos At Once

To make your editing workflow even faster and simpler, you can apply presets to multiple images at once. To do this, you’ll need to first select the images you’d like to apply the preset to. In Lightroom Classic, the easiest way to do this is in the Library panel, as you can utilize the Quick Develop tab to the right.

Starting in the Library panel, hold Command (Win) or Control (Mac) while clicking on the images you’d like to select. Selected images will turn a lighter gray.

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Then, click the Quick Develop tab on the right.

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Click the box next to Saved Preset, and you’ll see your available presets.

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Click the one you’d like to apply to your images, and you’ll see it applied to all the images you’ve selected.

In Lightroom CC, the process works a bit differently. You’ll need to first head to Edit and click the Preset icon.

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With an image up, you can apply the preset you’d like to this image by clicking it. Once the preset is applied, you’ll have to copy the image’s settings using Control + C (Win) or Command + C (Mac). Then, select multiple images to apply the preset to by holding Control (Win) or Command (Mac) and clicking the images in the film strip.

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Selected images will have a light gray border around them, while the image you’ve got open will have a white border. Once the images are selected, you can paste the settings of the preset that you’ve copied to the selected images by holding Control + Shift + V (Win) or Command + Shift + V (Mac). The images will all appear with the preset applied.

Want More Lightroom Presets?

Now that you know how to import and use Lightroom presets in Lightroom Classic and CC, how about getting a few more presets to add to your collection? Click get 12 Lightroom presets in my free Lightroom Starter Kit preset bundle.

FAQs

How do I install Lightroom presets? ›

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Go down to the Botton of the toolbar and press the Presets tab to the right. Press the three dots icon and select Import Presets. Now you have to navigate to the folder where you downloaded the ZIP file and import it.

How do I add presets to Lightroom Creative Cloud? ›

How do I install new presets and profiles into Lightroom? From the menu bar, choose File > Import Profiles & Presets. In the Import dialog that appears, browse to the required path and select profiles or presets that you want to import. Click Import.

How do I load presets into Photoshop 2022? ›

How to Install Presets in Adobe Photoshop (Camera Raw)
  1. Click Filter > Camera Raw Filter.
  2. Select Presets.
  3. Click ... > Import Profiles & Presets.
  4. Select the ZIP file > Import.
  5. Apply > Repeat the process for more presets.

How do I use Lightroom presets without Photoshop Lightroom? ›

To import your Lightroom presets into Photoshop, first open Camera Raw by going to Filter > Camera Raw. Inside Camera Raw, click on the Presets tab, click the “…” icon, and then choose Import Profiles & Presets.

Why can't I import my presets into Lightroom? ›

(2) Please check your Lightroom Classic preferences (Top menu bar > Preferences > Presets > Visibility). If you see the option "Store presets with this catalog" checked, please uncheck it for your presets to appear. (3) With recent Adobe updates, Adobe automatically hides presets that are missing profiles.

How do I load presets? ›

Open the Presets panel by clicking the Presets icon at the bottom of the Edit panel. Then click the three-dot icon in the upper-right corner of the Presets panel, and choose Import Presets. Alternatively, you can import presets from the Menu bar by choosing File > Import Profiles & Presets.

How do I import presets into Lightroom 2022? ›

Installation Guide for Lightroom Mobile app (Android)

02 / Open the Lightroom application on your phone and select an image from your library and press to open it. 03 / Slide the toolbar to the bottom to the right and press the "Presets" tab. Press the three dots to open the menu and select "Import Presets".

Do Lightroom Classic presets work on Lightroom CC? ›

While you can sync presets from Lightroom to Lightroom Mobile, you CAN NOT sync presets from Lightroom to Lightroom Classic. If you want to move presets to Lightroom Classic (from any other Lightroom version), you will need to install those presets again in Lightroom Classic.

How do I import a preset File? ›

Import presets
  1. Open the Presets panel by clicking the Presets icon at the bottom of the Edit panel. ...
  2. In your Finder (MacOS) or Explorer window (Windows), navigate to the preset files that you want to import. ...
  3. Click the Import button in your Finder or Explorer window.
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How do you add presets to photos? ›

With a photo selected, click the Edit icon. Then click Presets at the bottom of the column of editing panels to open the Presets panel. Click a category title in the Presets panel to access the presets in that category. To preview how a preset will look on the selected photo, hover over the preset without clicking.

Where do I put presets in Photoshop? ›

You can open it by choosing Edit→Presets→Preset Manager. Each group of settings, like a category of brushes, is called a preset library. To see a certain preset library, choose it from the Preset Type drop-down menu at the top of the Preset Manager.

Do professional photographers use Lightroom presets? ›

Professional photographers use presets because, in the hands of a skilled editor, they are always better and easier than manual editing. If you feel unsure about how to get started, check out this Lightroom editing course to learn more about Lightroom skills, like using presets.

How do I download Lightroom presets for free? ›

How to Install Presets in the Free Lightroom Mobile App
  1. Step 1: Unzip the Files. ...
  2. Step 2: Save the Presets. ...
  3. Step 3: Install and Open the Lightroom Mobile CC App. ...
  4. Step 4: Add the DNG/Preset Files to Lightroom Mobile. ...
  5. Step 5: Create Lightroom Presets from the DNG Files.
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Do you need Lightroom premium to use presets? ›

The only thing you need is a FREE Lightroom CC Mobile Application, which is available for iOS and Android devices. Access, edit, organize, and share photos on your iPad, iPhone, or Android device and edit your photos using our mobile presets on the go.

Where do imported presets go in Lightroom? ›

Quick answer: To locate where Lightroom presets are stored, go to the Lightroom Develop module, open the Presets panel, right-click (Option-click on Mac) on any preset and select the Show in Explorer (Show in Finder on Mac) option. You will be taken to the location of the preset on your computer.

How do I export and import presets into Lightroom? ›

To export the Lightroom preset, go to the Presets Panel in Develop module and select the preset you want to export. Right-click the preset and choose the “Export” menu option. Give your file a name and pick a saving location on the computer. Finally, click on the “Save” button, and you are done.

How do I find downloaded presets? ›

After the download has completed, open Lightroom and enter the “Develop” tab. You'll see your presets populating the left-hand side of your screen. You can also right-click on your presets module to “Import” presets from the folder where you unzipped the contents of your download.

How do I use Lightroom presets app? ›

To manage your presets in the Lightroom CC Mobile version:
  1. With a photo open, click on the Preset menu at the bottom of the app.
  2. When the Preset menu is open, click on the three dots (. . .) on the top of the screen.
  3. Choose the "Manage Presets" option that will open at the bottom of the screen.
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How do I import directly into Lightroom? ›

Importing Photos & Video into Lightroom
  1. Insert a Memory Card in your Card Reader or Connect your Camera. ...
  2. Open the Lightroom Import Dialog Box. ...
  3. Choose Your Import Source. ...
  4. Tell Lightroom How to Add Photos to Catalog. ...
  5. Choose the Photos or Videos To Import. ...
  6. Choose a Destination for Your Photos. ...
  7. Click Import.
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Do professional photographers use Lightroom or Lightroom Classic? ›

Lightroom Classic is the desktop-only Lightroom that most photographers use, whereas Lightroom is a cross platform editing solution that stores your original Raws in Adobe's cloud. Yet, these programs are quite different from one another.

Is Lightroom Classic being discontinued? ›

Adobe never planned to retire Lightroom Classic, despite what some feared, Mangalick says.

Which is better between Lightroom and Lightroom Classic? ›

Lightroom Classic is the full-featured desktop version of Adobe's Lightroom image organization and manipulation software. It's more robust than its mobile counterpart, Lightroom CC. Lightroom CC is a smart choice for beginners who won't delve too deeply into Lightroom's features.

How do I put presets on multiple pictures? ›

To quickly select multiple images, you can Ctrl+click on each photo. Or you can click the first one, hold 'Shift' and click on the last one. In the 'Quick Develop' panel, select a 'Saved Preset' in the drop-down menu. Lightroom will update all photos with the selected preset.

How do I apply a preset to all? ›

To apply the preset to all the selected photos, press the Sync button. A pop-up box will appear where you can fine-tune the settings you want to be applied. Once you're happy with the selections, click Synchronize to apply the settings to all your photos.

How do you bulk apply settings in Lightroom? ›

Hold Command (on Mac) or Control (on Windows) and click on the images you want to paste the edit settings to. Then hit Command+V (on Mac) or Ctrl+V (on Windows) to paste the edits onto all of the selected images.

Where are Lightroom presets saved app? ›

Open the photo to which you wish to apply the preset. Tap the Presets panel at the bottom of the screen. Tap Yours and select the Preset Group in which you saved your new preset. Select the preset and tap icon to apply the preset.

What File type are Lightroom presets? ›

Download your Lightroom Presets from Pretty Presets. The presets will come in a . zip file.

How do I unzip a Lightroom preset? ›

How to Unzip Presets on Android Devices
  1. On your Android device, open Files by Google.
  2. On the bottom, tap Browse.
  3. Navigate to the folder that contains the . ...
  4. Select the . ...
  5. A pop up appears showing the content of that file.
  6. Tap "Extract".
  7. You will be shown a preview of the extracted files. ...
  8. Tap "Done".
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Do photographers use presets or edit? ›

The majority of professional photographers use photo editing presets to help limit the time spent editing photos. Many photographers will create their own photo editing presets based on their personal style. However, it's also common to buy presets from other people since it saves the time of creating the presets.

Do presets work on all photos? ›

Batch Editing with Lightroom Presets

The preset may not apply perfectly to every single one of the 200 photos. However, having to do minor exposure adjustments on some of the photos rather than editing all 200 photos individually is potentially going to save you several hours.

Is Photoshop better than Lightroom? ›

A head-to-head comparison.

On a high level, Lightroom is the best tool to manage and process the thousands of photos that live on your devices. Photoshop specializes in greater control to achieve more expansive edits that will help you make a few images look flawless.

How do I use Lightroom in Photoshop? ›

Choose a photo from Lightroom

Open a photo in Photoshop directly from Lightroom on your desktop. Right click a photo and choose Edit in Photoshop. Or, open the editing panel on the right, then click the ellipses to display the Edit in Photoshop option.

What Lightroom presets famous uses? ›

Top 3 Most Downloaded Lightroom Presets
  • Dark and Moody Millennium Preset Collection. ...
  • Clean & Colorful Millennium Preset Collection. ...
  • Warm & Organic Millennium Preset Collection.
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Is raw or JPEG better for Lightroom? ›

Raw offers more creative processing flexibility

In Lightroom, any changes you apply to a raw file can be modified at any time, allowing for maximum creative flexibility when you process the file.

Are presets better than filters? ›

Presets and actions provide much more advanced editing changes and control versus filters. They are also more individualized, which makes them more adaptable to the unique features of photos.

Is there a free Lightroom presets? ›

You can get 15 free Lightroom presets with just one click. If you use the same preset on more photos, it will add to your personal style. It'll also make your images look like they belong together.

Is presets for Lightroom app free? ›

Get free trendy presets for Lightroom by FLTR! Try perfect photo & video filters, customize iOS app icons & highlights for Instagram.

How much does Lightroom presets cost? ›

Dark & Dramatic Lightroom Presets ($35) Signature Lightroom Presets ($35) Landscape Essentials: 20 Lightroom Presets ($39) Forest Landscapes Lightroom Presets ($35)

How do I import a preset file? ›

Import presets
  1. Open the Presets panel by clicking the Presets icon at the bottom of the Edit panel. ...
  2. In your Finder (MacOS) or Explorer window (Windows), navigate to the preset files that you want to import. ...
  3. Click the Import button in your Finder or Explorer window.
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How do I install preset packs? ›

Lightroom Classic OLD Install Method: Open Lightroom Classic and click on the small “+” at the top of the Presets Panel. Choose “Import Presets” from the opens that open. Navigate to the ZIPPED preset file you downloaded. The presets will automatically install!

How do I add Lightroom presets to Lightroom Classic? ›

Installation Guide for Lightroom Mobile app (Android)

02 / Open the Lightroom application on your phone and select an image from your library and press to open it. 03 / Slide the toolbar to the bottom to the right and press the "Presets" tab. Press the three dots to open the menu and select "Import Presets".

Where is the Lightroom presets folder? ›

In Lightroom, make sure you're in the Develop Module. On the left hand side of the screen, click “Presets,” so the preset section is expanded. Right click (Windows) or Option click (Mac) on any specific preset you see listed. Choose “Show in Explorer.” This will open up the file location where that preset is stored.

Can I add a preset to all photos in Lightroom? ›

In the Source Panel, choose the photos you want to import. Locate the “Apply During Import” panel on the left side of the screen. Click on the arrow to the right of “Develop Settings” and choose the preset you want to apply to all the imported photos.

Do Lightroom presets work in Lightroom Classic? ›

XMP presets – These are the newest preset file format and they are the easiest and fastest to install. They are used with paid subscriptions to the Adobe Creative Cloud and are compatible with desktop versions of Lightroom, Lightroom Classic, and Photoshop CC. They are also compatible with the Lightroom mobile app.

Can you use Lightroom and Lightroom Classic together? ›

You should be using BOTH Lightroom CC and Lightroom CC Classic! When used together correctly, you can FINALLY sync and edit your photos ANYWHERE, including on your mobile devices!

Why are my presets not showing in Lightroom Classic? ›

Navigate to Edit > Preferences (Windows) or Lightroom Classic > Preference (macOS). In the Presets tab, click Show Lightroom Develop Presets.

How do I manage presets in Lightroom? ›

Click on the "+" sign in the right corner of the panel. Choose Manage Presets from the menu that opens. A new dialog box will open where you can uncheck any preset collection you don't want to see in your Presets Panel.

Where is the user presets folder? ›

The presets are stored in the DATA folder within the Instrument library folder. If you would like to share presets with another user just place them in User Folder for the instrument type it was made in.

How do I find missing presets in Lightroom? ›

Check Lightroom on the web to see if your photos and presets have synced. If they're synced, you can reinstall the app and all your assets will be available. If sync has been paused, any non-synced asset could be at risk. If assets are not synced, photos and presets will get deleted when you delete the app.

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