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How to Install Lightroom Presets

*Important* Brushes get installed into a different folder than presents

Step 1: Download the Presets

Download the zip file and store it somewhere on your computer for future reference. You will be installing the presets in Lightroom, but you should also have the actual preset files somewhere else on your computer as a backup. Files are often found in the downloads file on your hard drive.

Step 2: Unzip the Files

If you have a PC: Right-click on the downloaded folder and then click “extract all”.  If you have a MAC: Double-click on the downloaded folder and your computer will automatically extract all.

Save the extracted files in a documented location on your computer.

Step 3: Open the Presets Folder in Lightroom
With Lightroom open, go to:

If you have a PC: Edit > Preferences. If you have a MAC: Lightroom > Preferences.

This will open a new window. In this window, you will see a tab labeled “store presets with this catalog”. Make sure this is unchecked.

Go to the “Presets” tab and click on the “Show Lightroom Presets Folder” button. That will open Adobe folders on your computer.

Click to open the “Lightroom” folder. Then click to open the “develop presets” folder.

Step 4: Paste in the Presets
If you have not installed any presets you will only see a folder called “user presets”. If you have installed other presets in the past, you will see them listed here. Copy the presets that you downloaded in step 2 and paste them into the “develop presets” folder.

Step 5: Close and Re-Open Lightroom
Now, completely close Lightroom. When you re-open Lightroom your presets will be installed.

Step 6: Start Using the Presets
To access your presets, go to the develop module and you will see them in the left hand side. Click on the name of any preset to apply it to your photo.

Click here for written instructions on how to install your brushes.

Installation Video (covers preset and brush installation)