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Download some free Lightroom presets (no email required)!

There are two main file types for Lightroom presets.

The one you’ll use to install will depend on your version of Lightroom.The top row shows Lightroom presets in the “lrtemplates” file format.

The second-row shows presets in the XMP file format.

The third type is not a preset itself.

Instead, it’s a file that has been compressed with multiple files into one: a zipped file.

Interested in more free Lightroom presets?

Wouldn’t it be nice to install Lightroom presets in 60 seconds or less? It’s possible.

Just one problem.

You first need to know what kind of Lightroom preset you have, the file type it came in, and which version of Lightroom you’re using!

Why?

  • There are 3 different file formats that can be used during installation:
    • lrtemplate
    • XMP
    • zipped files
  • Plus, there are 2 different kinds of Lightroom presets:
    • Develop Presets
    • Local Adjustment Presets (brushes).
  • And, Lightroom has 5 different ways to install presets based on the version:
    • Lightroom Classic, Lightroom 3 – 7+
    • Lightroom CC

Table of Contents

How To Find Your Lightroom Version

Mac

Navigate to > “Lightroom”. First menu item to the right of “Apple’s” logo icon.

Click on the first item that starts with: “About”.

This will display a window showing what version you have.

Either it will say “Lightroom Classic” or “Lightroom CC”.

Unless, of course, if you have an older version. In that case, it will say something like Lightroom 5 or 6.

PC

Navigate to > “Help”. It’s the last menu item.

Scroll to the bottom and click on: “About”.

This will display a window showing what version you have.

Either it will say “Lightroom Classic” or “Lightroom CC”.

Unless, of course, if you have an older version. In that case, it will say something like Lightroom 5 or 6.

What type of preset?

Oh, and you need to know the type of presets you want to install. Develop presets are the most common.

So, we’ll start with them first. Then, I’ll show you how to install Local Adjustment presets.

Ready? Let’s do it…

How To Install Lightroom Presets for
Lightroom Classic CC

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XMP File Type + Zipped

Step 1

Step 2

Open Lightroom and go to the Develop Module.

Step 3

Click on the “Plus” icon next to the word Presets (see image), and select “Import Presets.”

Step 4

Navigate to the file you downloaded, select, and click the “Import” button.

Step 5

Presto! You’re new, free; Lightroom Develop presets are installed.

XMP or lrtemplate File Type + Unzipped

Step 1

Navigate to Lightroom’s preferences.

On a Mac, go to your menu under “Lightroom” and select “Preferences.”

On a PC, go to your menu under “Edit” and select “Preferences.”

Step 2

A new window, named Preferences, will now be visible.

Click on the “Presets” tab and click on the button labeled “Show Lightroom Develop Presets.”

Step 3

Double click on the “Settings” folder.

Copy the folder of presets you downloaded (and unzipped).

Then, paste into the Settings folder.

Step 4

Quit and restart Lightroom.

Once Lightroom restarts, you should see your new presets in the left panel.

If not, check the troubleshooting guide below.

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How To Install Lightroom Presets for
Lightroom 4 – 6

Step 1

Navigate to Lightroom’s preferences.

On a Mac, go to your menu under “Lightroom” and select “Preferences.”

On a PC, go to your menu under “Edit” and select “Preferences.”

Step 2

A new window, named Preferences, will now be visible.

Click on the “Presets” tab and click on the button labeled “Show Lightroom Presets Folder.”

Step 3

Double click on the “Lightroom” folder.

Double click on the “Develop Presets” folder.

Step 4

Copy the folder of presets you downloaded (and unzipped).

Then, paste into the Develop Presets folder.

Step 5

Quit and restart Lightroom.

Once Lightroom restarts, you should see your new presets in the left panel.

If not, check the troubleshooting guide below.

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Desktop App

Step 1

Open the editing panel by clicking on the “edit” icon at the top right (see image: Step 1).

Step 2

Click on the “Preset” button, bottom right of the interface (see image: Step 2).

Step 3

In the new panel, click on the three dots and select “Import Presets.”

Step 4

Navigate to the file of free presets you downloaded (link above) and click the “Import” button.​​​​​​​

Step 5

Say “Abracadabra,” and your Lightroom presets are installed!

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How To Install Lightroom Presets for
Lightroom Mobile

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Mobile App

Step 1

File type required are .dng files. Locate the .dng files downloaded and add to Lightroom mobile.

Step 2

Select one of the .dng files added and create a new preset: click on the 3 dots (to right corner) and select “Create Preset” (new menu appears at the bottom after clicking on the 3 dots).

Step 3

Give your preset a name in the “Preset Name” box.

Step 4

Click on “Select.” Then, click on “All” to select all the edit options.

Step 5

Click on the “Checkmark” icon to save your preset. Now, you can apply the preset by choosing from the Presets menu.

Lightroom Presets Installation
Troubleshooting Guide

  • If you do not see the presets (in the left panel) after installation try restarting Lightroom
  • If you do not see the individual list of presets, then, they have been grouped together (like a folder). To see them, click on the little triangle next to the name of the preset collection.
  • If you wish to import your presets, do not “unzip” the file you downloaded. If the file is auto unzipped after downloading: locate the folder and re-zip (right-click on it and select the “zip” option).
  • If you still can’t see your presets, and you manually copied the files into a folder, make sure you put the files into the correct folder. Then, restart Lightroom.
  • Make sure you do NOT check “Store Presets With Catalog.” This will store the Lightroom presets for your currently open catalog. Any other Lightroom catalogs will not have access to the presets you installed.

How to Install Local Adjustment Presets in
Lightroom - AKA Brushes

This is our second installment for installing Lightroom presets.

Why so many?

Most photographers are not aware that there are more than 1 kind of Lightroom presets, and each has its own folder for installation.

Unlike the previous install instructions, for Develop presets, Local Adjustment brushes can not be imported directly in Lightroom.

Plus, you can not organize them into folders.

“Boooo, Adobe Lightroom”!

This is one of my pet peeves with Lightroom and can’t wait for this option to be added.

Ready to get started? Let’s do this!

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Before installing

Did your Lightroom brush presets come in a zipped file?

If so, unzip first.

In most cases, you can unzip a file by double-clicking on it.

If that doesn’t work, you can use free “unzipping” software, like Winzip.

Step 1

Navigate to Lightroom’s preferences.

On a Mac, go to your menu under “Lightroom” and select “Preferences.”

On a PC, go to your menu under “Edit” and select “Preferences.”

Step 2

Lightroom Preferences dialogue box should now be visible.

Locate the tab at the top called “Presets” and select it.

Step 3

Locate the button; “Show All Other Lightroom Presets” and click on it.

Step 4

Double click on the “Lightroom” folder.

Then, go into the “Local Adjustment Presets” folder.

Step 5

Copy the preset files (not the folder itself, but the actual preset files) you downloaded and paste into the “Local Adjustment Presets” folder.

Step 5

One final step to complete the install… quit and restart Lightroom.

Done!

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Where are they?

Congratulations! You’ve now successfully installed your Lightroom brushes.

But do you see them?

If you’re looking in the left panel, you’re in the wrong place.

Here’s how to find your Brush presets.

Select your Adjustment Brush tool (in the right panel).

Click on the word to the right of “Effect.”

You should now see a menu of brushes.

Some are free brushes provided by Adobe (at the top). You’re newly installed brushes are below those.

Now What?

If you have any questions about installing presets or need help troubleshooting, please leave a comment below.

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Continue your Lightroom journey with the following tips on using Lightroom presets and more.

  • 10 Things All New Lightroom Users Should Know
  • Lightroom Quick Tips

FAQs

How do I manually install Lightroom presets? ›

Installation Guide for Lightroom Mobile on Android devices

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.

Where do I put my XMP presets in Lightroom? ›

Select “import presets” and select the XMP presets file you previously downloaded. It should be located in your downloads folder. Select your XMP presets download file and click the import button. Your installation should be finished.

How do I import DNG presets into Lightroom? ›

Open the Lightroom app on your mobile device and tap Add Photos. Navigate to the location where you saved the DNG file and select the one that you wish to import. If you are using an iOS device, tap "From Camera Roll" to proceed. If you are using an Android device, tap "Gallery/Folder".

How do I use XMP presets in Lightroom? ›

Lightroom CC Desktop Version (. XMP Files)
  1. Download your Lightroom Presets from Pretty Presets. The presets will come in a . ...
  2. Open Lightroom CC and click on any image.
  3. Go to File>Import Profiles and Presets (see image below).
  4. Next, you will need to navigate to the ZIPPED preset file you downloaded.
  5. You're DONE!!

Why is Lightroom not letting me import presets? ›

For Lightroom Classic CC 8.1 and later, please check your Lightroom preferences (Top menu bar > Preferences > Presets > Visibility). If you see the option "Show Partially Compatible Develop Presets" unchecked, please check it for your presets to appear.

Where do I paste Lightroom presets? ›

b. Use the import dialog in Lightroom desktop
  1. From the menu bar, choose File > Import Profiles & Presets.
  2. In the Import dialog that appears, browse to the required path and select the presets that you want to import. Check the file location for Lightroom Classic presets on Win and macOS.
  3. Click Import.
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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".

Can't import XMP preset to Lightroom? ›

Importing XMP presets in Adobe Lightroom CC

Open up Lightroom and navigate to the Develop page. On the left sidebar find the Presets tab. Once located click the + icon then select Import Preset. Use the new window that pops up to navigate on your computer's C Drive to the preset file you want, and simply click Import.

Do I need XMP files Lightroom? ›

XMP files creates a backup of your metadata and edit information outside of your Lightroom Catalog. If your Lightroom catalog gets corrupted, you can easily restore your edit and metadata changes in a new catalog from the XMP's.

Is DNG or RAW better? ›

DNG files are generally 15-20% smaller than RAW files, but the difference in quality is minimal. A DNG file can also save the original RAW file within itself. This doubles the size, but is also a nice safeguard. DNG files also strip out select information to decrease the size and simplify storage and editing.

How do I install DNG presets? ›

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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What is DNG and XMP? ›

xmp is a text file. Basically it's a settings file. In Lightroom desktop, you apply the settings directly to the file. Lightroom mobile apparently works differently, and doesn't allow you to export or import settings files. DNG is an image file.

What is XMP in Lightroom? ›

XMP Files (Extensible Metadata Platform files) hold the image metadata of your photo. When you make any changes to your photo in Lightroom or Photoshop, they are written into the XMP file. These files are used to remember image adjustments and save the editing information applied to a photo.

What is the difference between LRT and XMP? ›

LRTemplate presets work by changing your develop settings. Often, they overwrite your existing edits. With XMP presets, you'll sometimes notice that it can do this without changing any of your settings. Unlike LRTemplate presets, XMP presets are safe to use even after making edits to your photo.

What is XMP in photography? ›

What is an XMP file? An XMP file is what's known as a sidecar file. Whenever you open a raw file with Adobe software such as Photoshop, it creates an XMP file. XMP stands for Extensible Metadata Platform, and it contains the edits done to raw files and the metadata from the camera.

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 turn on auto import in Lightroom? ›

Choose File > Auto Import > Auto Import Settings. Chooses or creates the watched folder where Lightroom Classic detects photos to auto import. The folder you specify must be empty. Auto Import does not monitor subfolders in a watched folder.

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.

How do I paste a preset? ›

To paste the copied Develop settings to one other photo, select that photo in the Filmstrip in the Library or Develop module and do one of the following: In the Develop module, click the Paste button, choose Edit > Paste, or choose Settings > Paste Settings.

How do you copy and paste presets? ›

Copy and paste Develop settings

In the Develop module, click the Copy button to the left of the toolbar, choose Edit > Copy, or choose Settings > Copy Settings. Select the settings you want and click Copy. In the Library module, choose Photo > Develop Settings > Copy Settings.

How do I add presets to photos in Lightroom CC? ›

  1. Step 1: Open the “Develop” Module and Click the “Presets” Bar.
  2. Step 1: Choose a Photo and Reset the Presets to Zero.
  3. Step 2: Go to the “Preset” Panel and Make Adjustments.
  4. Step 3: Name the Preset and Save.
  5. Step 4: Apply the Preset to Another Image.
  6. Step 1: Click “Preferences” in Lightroom.
  7. Step 2: Select the “Presets” Tab.

What program opens XMP files? ›

Photoshop supports reading and writing XMP data in a number of file formats, including PSD, PNG, and TIFF. Adobe Bridge is an application that comes with Photoshop that can be used to view and edit XMP data.

Do DNG files have XMP files? ›

No, DNG files do not need XMP sidecar files, becau... - Adobe Support Community - 10784654.

What happens if you dont enable XMP? ›

If you don't enable XMP, they will run at your system's standard specifications that are dependent on the CPU you have. That is to say, you won't take advantage of the higher clock speeds that your RAM may have. In most circumstances, this will be fine.

How do I enable XMP files? ›

Enter the BIOS and navigate to the Ai Tweaker section (or press F7 for a shortcut). Under Ai Overclock Tuner, find the XMP option and choose a profile to enable. After confirming that these are the settings you want, press F7 to exit Ai Tweaker and F10 to save and restart your PC for XMP settings to take effect.

What picture format is best for editing? ›

JPEGs offer you the most flexibility with raster editing and compression making them ideal for web images that need to be downloaded quickly. You want to print photos and/or artwork. At high resolution files with low compression, JPEGs are perfect for editing and then printing.

Is a DNG a preset? ›

Most mobile presets come as DNG files that you can download to your phone directly from the site you purchased them on. In this case, download the files to your phone and go to Step 2. But if the presets you bought were in a ZIP file, you will need to unzip them.

Why is RAW better for editing? ›

One of the largest benefits of RAW is the ability to recover shadows and highlights in post-processing without bringing in the grainy noise usually associated with high ISO settings. RAWs are very forgiving if you have severely underexposed or overexposed areas.

Is DNG still RAW? ›

DNG and RAW files are similar in that they are both versions of raw image files. However, DNG is stored in a format that's compatible with most editing software, and the file sizes tend to be smaller than RAW.

Does Lightroom automatically convert to DNG? ›

LR Will Not and Does Not convert any images to the DNG format without the user requesting it do that. LR does NOT do that Automatically. Never has and AFAIK never will. And actually the DNG format is a RAW format and retains all the same data as any other RAW image format.

How do I import DNG files? ›

2. Import DNG files Into Lightroom Mobile
  1. Tap the plus sign to add a new album.
  2. After pressing the three dots on the new album, tap here to add photos.
  3. Select the location of the DNG files.
  4. Select the DNG files to add.
  5. Go into the album you created and select the first DNG file to open.

Is JPEG better than DNG? ›

The major distinguishing factor between JPEGs and DNGs is compatibility. Generally, JPEG is the most supported image format. That means you can shoot in JPEG using any mobile device or camera, directly post the photos on websites and social media platforms, and view them on any computer or mobile device photo-viewer.

Should I convert RAW to DNG? ›

For all the reasons touting the DNG format, perhaps the biggest reason not to convert is that there is no obvious benefit. DNG files don't contain more information (maybe less), are negligibly smaller, don't load appreciably faster, take longer to download because the must be converted, and ties you to Adobe forever!

Is JPEG TIFF or DNG better? ›

DNG is also most certainly better than JPEG in terms of overall image quality and flexibility. In general I would say that DNG is on par with proprietary RAW capture formats in terms of image quality and post-processing flexibility.

Is it OK to XMP? ›

Since XMP is advertised by Intel as a safe way to overclock your memory, it should not harm your system in any way.

How do I install XMP presets in Lightroom CC? ›

In Lightroom, choose File > Import Profiles & Presets from the menu bar. In the Import dialog that appears, navigate to the path below and select the profiles that you want to import. Click Import.

Is XMP RAW? ›

XMP files are metadata sidecar files that accompany RAW files. They are a standard way of saving edits without changing the original RAW file. If you plan to use another RAW image-editor with your files, XMP files will let you work between the applications more easily.

Can XMP damage my RAM? ›

No, it doesn't hurt your RAM. XMP is just overclocking settings that are confirmed by the manufacturer. You can increase speed by changing the memory's timing settings in bios. Yes, overclocking can be safe as long as you don't push the speed too much.

Does XMP increase RAM speed? ›

It represents a set of enhanced frequencies and timings that a RAM module can use to deliver higher performance. While JEDEC memory profiles offer great compatibility (all manufacturers use them), XMP profiles allow RAM modules to run at higher frequencies and with faster timings.

Does XMP give more frames? ›

I run my system on stock, and decided to give a run at the XMP setting after looking at some pubg benchmarks. Surprisingly enough XMP gave me a pretty big boost to fps. Project cars maxed used to give me 45 fps on rain.

Is an XMP the same as an XML? ›

XMP stands for Extensible Metadata Platform. XML stands for Extensible Markup Language. They're related, but they're not the same thing. XML is a way (or language) for structuring and presenting textual information.

What is EXIF and XMP data? ›

The "Extensible Metadata Platform" (XMP) is an ISO standard created and adopted by Adobe Systems Inc. XMP is different from EXIF ​​as it does not contain basic details about the image or the camera. Instead, XMP metadata helps in the processing and interchange of image files.

What is the other name for XMP? ›

XMP, also known as Extreme Memory Profile, is a memory overclocking performance technology "designed to take advantage of the mega-gaming features built into Intel technology-based PCs," according to Intel. PC gamers find this type of technology most suitable for game play, as it increases speed and performance.

How do I add presets to Lightroom after downloading? ›

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 add presets to 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".

How do I import presets into Lightroom iOS? ›

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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How do I install presets in Lightroom mobile without desktop? ›

How To Install Lightroom Mobile Presets Without Desktop
  1. Step 1: Download the DNG files to your phone.
  2. Step 2: Import preset files into Lightroom Mobile.
  3. Step 3: Save Settings as Presets.
  4. Step 4: Using Lightroom Mobile Presets.

What is an XMP file and do I need it? ›

XMP is a standard metadata format that saves new information associated with a raw file because you can't save it directly. So, if you want your raw files to keep the editing you've already done, then yes, you need the XMP file type.

What is the file extension for Lightroom presets? ›

Lightroom Presets are normally delivered to your computer as zip files. It will not install as a zip file therefore you should unzip it first. The uncompressed file will have a . lrtemplate extension.

Where are my presets in Lightroom after import? ›

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.

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