How to Install Lightroom Develop Presets

Installing Lightroom Presets should not be complicated, and it's easy if you know where to put them.

Lightroom Presets folder / directory locations

On my Windows machine my Adobe Lightroom Develop Preset directory it is located here:

C:UsersuserAppDataRoamingAdobeLightroomDevelop Presets

 On my Apple Mac OS X machine my Adobe Lightroom Develop Preset directory it is located here:

/Users/user/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Lightroom/Develop Presets

Installing many Develop Lightroom Presets

  • Locate the Adobe Lightroom Preset directory/folder
  • For Windows Lightroom users 
    • Click the Edit menu
    • Click Preferences (Ctrl+,)
    • Click the Presets tab
    • Click Show Lightroom Presets Folder
  • For Apple Mac OS X Lightroom users
    • Click the Lightroom menu
    • Click Preferences (Command+,)
    • Click the Presets tab
    • Click the Show Lightroom Presets Folder button
  • Click the Lightroom directory/folder
  • Click on the Develop Preset directory/folder 
  • Create a directory/folder named "My Presets"
  • Copy your presets into your new folder

Method to install one Lightroom Preset at a time

  1. Unzip the downloaded file to your desktop (you will get a .lrtemplate file).
  2. In Lightroom, go to the Develop module
    1. Click Develop on the top right section
  3. In the left column, make sure the Presets panel is open. Right-click anywhere in the Presets area and create a new folder.
    1. Title it "My Favorite Presets".
  4. Right-click on the newly created folder and choose Import.
  5. Locate the extracted .lrtemplate file and click Import.


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