Using presets in Adobe Lightroom can help you unlock a whole new universe in your editing workflow. A preset can save you time by applying commonly used edits right from the get go, or help you achieve a specific stylized look with your photographs.
Maybe you bought a preset pack from your favourite photographer on Instagram, downloaded from the authors on Envato Elements, or perhaps a friend wanted to share with you the presets that they developed themselves. In this tutorial you'll see just how easy it is to install a preset in Lightroom Classic, and be on your way to achieving the look and feel you're after in your images.
How to Install Presets in Lightroom Classic
Lightroom Classic allows you to easily and efficiently edit your photographs. It's simple to use, with numerous sliders that you can intuitively drag around to play with to see how different adjustments affect your photographs. It does come ready with a few presets installed for some basic adjustments, but that's just the beginning of the road! You can make your own presets, and it can be fun to try out another photographer editing styles.
OK, download your new presets and we'll install them.
1. Open Lightroom
First step, open up Adobe Lightroom Classic and you'll find yourself in the Library tab of the app.
2. Open Lightroom's Preset Preferences
At the top left hand corner of your screen you'll see it says Lightroom Classic. Click that, and it will reveal a drop down menu. Select Preferences, and select the Presets tab in the Preferences window.
3. Find Your Presets
Open a finder window to locate your presets. Maybe they're in your downloads folder, or maybe you saved them on your desktop? Just track them down and make sure you know where they are.
Two Types of Presets
Here's the one part that requires a specific detail. There are two types of presets — one where the file format is .xmp and one where the file format is .lrtemplate. Identifying the correct file extension here is important, as they'll be installed in a specific location based on their file type.
4. Move Your Presets to the Correct Installation Folder
For .xmp Type Presets
In your Lightroom Preferences window, click Show Lightroom Develop Presets and then click the Settings folder. This is where your .xmp presets should live. Using the finder, simply drag and drop your preset(s) into this folder.
For .lrtemplate Type Presets
In your Lightroom Preferences window, click Show All Other Lightroom Presets and then click the Lightroom folder, followed by the Develop Presets folder. Simply drag and drop your preset(s) into this folder.
5. Restart Lightroom
Once you've dragged your preset(s) into the corresponding folders in Step 4, just simply quit Lightroom, and then restart the program.
6. Apply your Preset(s)
Once you re-open Lightroom, click over to the Develop module of the program. On the left hand side of the screen you'll see Presets. If you scroll down to the bottom of this section there will be a group named User Presets. Open that, and voila! Your preset(s) will be there and ready to use.
Keep Learning About Lightroom
Now you're ready to use your new presets. Thanks for reading! Keep learning about Adobe Lightroom with these free tutorials:
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