How to Install Lightroom Presets – Fast Preset Installation Tutorial (2020)

how to install lightroom presets (Easy Tutorial)

Learn how to install Adobe Lightroom presets using both lrtemplate files and xmp files.

Adobe Lightroom has become the most popular editing suite for photographers around the world. Lightroom provides users with a massive array of tools they can use to edit their photos so that they are looking their best. Editing photos in Lightroom is simple and intuitive, and for most photographers, this is the only editor they will need!

One example of how Lightroom is a simple way to get amazing results is the ability to use presets. These presets are great for every level of photographer. They give beginners a chance to see how certain looks are achieved and also helps them to get easily get higher quality edits while they are learning how to use the software. For professionals, presets cut down on editing time but allowing you to apply the same preset group of settings to batches of photos.

Presets open up a world of opportunity when it comes to photo editing. There are countless preset packs available to you, and these make it so easy for even a beginner to get professional-looking photos! Don’t be afraid to branch out and try a pack that might a little different from what you normally or, or use one to achieve a final product you thought would be above your skill level.

If you’ve just bought a brand new pack of presets, I’m sure you are excited to use them! Sometimes getting your presets installed and ready to use in Lightroom can be tricky though. If you follow the steps below, installing your presets will be a breeze and then you can get right to editing!

Installing Lightroom presets in latest version of Lightroom Classic CC (XMP files)

In order to use your presets in Lightroom Classic CC, they will need to be placed a in specific folder on your drive. If they are not in this folder, Lightroom will not be able to find them and you will not be able to apply them to your photos. Follow the instructions below to learn how to install your new presets on your computer!

How to install Lightroom presets

Step 1:

On a PC, go into Lightroom and Click on “Edit” in the top menu bar, then click on “Preferences”. If you are using a Mac, click on the “Lightroom” tab in the top menu bar, and then click on “Preferences”.

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Step 2:

Once you have selected “Preferences” a new box will appear. There will be several tabs at the top, but you need to select “Presets”, which will be the second tab.

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Step 3:

Select “Show Lightroom Develop Presets” Double click on the “Settings” folder to open it, if it is not open already.

Where to install Lightroom presets

Move the folder that contains all of your .xmp preset files into this folder.

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Your presets are now installed! You may need to quit and restart Lightroom for them to appear, but after that, you are all set to start using your new presets!

Installing Lightroom presets in Lightroom Classic CC (.lrtemplate files)

If you have a slightly different version of Lightroom, or you need to install presets that are in the .lrtemplate file format, rather than .xmp format, (as older versions of Lightroom will not be able to open the .xmp files!), you can follow the instructions below to install your presets!

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How to add Lightroom presets

Step 1:

Open Lightroom and navigate over to the Develop Module.

Step 2:

In the Presets section of the sidebar on the left side, click the “+” icon, and select “Import Presets”.

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Step 3:

Navigate to the folder that contains the presets you wish to import. Select all the files you want to import into Lightroom.

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Step 4:

Click “Import” and the presets will be added to the sidebar under the “User Presets” section.

Your presets are now ready to be used!

The way you install your presets may be a little different depending on which version of Lightroom you are using, but once they are installed you are ready to start editing! Use your presets as a stepping stone to take your photo editing to the next level! Let your creativity run wild and try something that you haven’t tried before or would not have been able to create without a preset. Let the presets help you get professional level edits and get your photos looking better than they ever have before!

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