Lightroom (or Lightroom Classic) is an easy-to-use photo editing application. It incorporates a number of the same features you would normally find in Adobe Photoshop, but with an eye to keeping things simpler and geared towards photo editing.

How to Install Lightroom Presets (March 2020 Update)

  1. Open Lightroom, Lightroom CC or Lightroom Classic.
  2. Once you open Lightroom, go to Develop Module, then find the Show Ligthroom Presets panel on left side of screen or click Show Lightroom Presets Folder on the presets tab.
  3. Click the + icon in upper right of presets panel or and select “import presets”
  4. Find the preset files on your computer & select the presets you’d like to install (either .lrtemplate or .xmp files work here)
  5. Click import.
  6. Exit and relaunch Lightroom.
  7. Open Lightroom again and go into “Develop Module”.
  8. Once in the Develop Module, click “Presets” Panel on left side of screen.
  9. The presets you just imported will be under the “User Presets” on the Show Ligthroom Develop Presets menu.
  10. If you want to change the name from User Presets to something else, just right click and select “rename”.
  11. Restart Lightroom CC or Lightroom Classic to activate the new presets.

There are Actually 3 Different Ways to Import & Install Lightroom Presets!

Here’s our Guide to Install Lightroom Presets quickly and easily!

Manual adjustments can take a long time. Your DSLR is a powerful photographic tool and one reason for that is it can shoot in RAW, a lossless format that retains all of the original information captured by your camera sensor. This allows for a range of non-destructive editing options.

Lightroom Classic CC (or even previous versions like Lightroom 4) is aimed at photographers who are looking for a quick and easy solution to edit preferences on their RAW images and make sure they have a professional look and feel in no time.

One of the common issues faced by users trying to install Lightroom presets is “the preset file was the wrong type of preset.” You are probably trying to install a brush preset into the “develop presets” folder. Make sure you try the show lightroom presets folder instead of the develop presets folder once you open Lightroom.

The “develop presets” folder will only allow you to install global presets. These are the presets which can be applied to the whole of the photo and therefore impart a “global” effect.

How to Make Your Own Presets

To create the preset open an image in Lightroom CC and go to the “develop presets” module or the Show Lightroom Presets tab. Once you open the show lightroom presets folder, apply the changes you want Lightroom to take care of automatically. Once you are happy your next task, save settings and make sure to restart Lightroom CC after adding the presets.

To create a new Lightroom preset you can either click on the “+” sign on the right of “presets” in the “develop presets module”. This would open up a dialogue box asking you to name the preset, select the presets or create a new folder instead of the develop presets folder, where you would install the Lightroom presets and then click on “create.” Your Lightroom preset is created and should be available under the specific folder you selected/created instead of the develop presets folder. After you restart Lightroom, simply click on the Lightroom preset with the image opened and the changes will be applied automatically.

The simplest of things can often become tedious and monotonous. Without the right wedding lightroom presets, you could be stuck with hundreds of RAW files from a family wedding and not know how to edit preferences on them before sharing. You could shoot thousands of images on a family trip abroad all in RAW and not know how to process them manually.

The best solution in each of these situations is to install Lightroom Classic CC or even previous version like Lightroom 4. Download and install a number of Lightroom classic presets to help quickly transform your RAW captures into JPEG masterpieces. All you need to get started is a camera, Lightroom Classic or Lightroom CC and install a few Cole’s Classroom Adobe Lightroom Classic CC presets (all compatible with Lightroom 4, 5, 6, CC, Classic and Adobe Lightroom Classic CC.)