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How to Install Lightroom Presets

We recommend reading this section first. Many of our customers find that reading about these key topics prior to installation speeds up the overall process. 

This section provides instructions on how to install Lightroom presets, based on your software type and version. 

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What is the Difference Between Different Types of Presets?

  • Presets (a.k.a. "general presets" or "workflow presets") make global changes to an image. They cannot be stacked and should be applied alone or before using a tool or layer preset. If a preset doesn't look quite right on an image, check the exposure slider first. 
  • Tool presets also make global changes to an image. They can be stacked and should be applied alone or after using a general preset. Tool presets change one preset setting, but keep all other previous changes constant. You may use more than one tool preset following the application of a general/workflow preset.
  • Layer presets make global changes to an image. They create a solid mask or layer over an image. They can be stacked and should be applied alone or after using a general preset. Layer presets don't change any preset settings. 
  • Brushes make local changes to an images. Brushes may be used in addition to any type of preset. Lightroom brushes are installed and accessed differently than presets. Brushes are compatible with Lightroom Classic CC versions 5 and later, but not with Lightroom CC or Photoshop ACR. This compatibility is determined by Adobe. 

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Lightroom Classic CC vs. Lightroom CC vs. Lightroom CC for mobile and tablets vs. Photoshop ACR

 

How do I download my order to prepare for installation? 

Step 1: Receive Your Download Email

Immediately after your purchase, you will receive a download email. If you haven't received this email, check your spam folder and add us as a safe sender. If you still can't find it, please reach out to us at support@theluxelens.com. There may be a problem with the email that you originally provided. 

 

Step 2: Download the Presets

Your download will contain a zipped file. We recommend that you back-up this file for future reference.

Each purchase comes with three lifetime downloads. Please remember to download to your computer and not to your phone. Can't find your downloaded file? Downloaded files are often found in the downloads file on your hard drive, sorted by date.

 

Step 3: 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. Some newer PCs and MACs will automatically unzip the file following download. 

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

 

Step 4: Follow the instructions for your software version and type

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Find your software version to correctly install your Lightroom presets

Step 1: Find your software version information

Lightroom Classic CC: Open Lightroom Classic CC > click on the Help dropdown > click on System Info. 

 

Lightroom CC for desktop: Open Lightroom CC > click on the Help dropdown > click on System Info. 

 

Lightroom Mobile (free app): Remember, you can easily sync your presets with the free Lightroom mobile app, if you have a paid subscription to Adobe Lightroom CC. If you don't have a paid subscription to Adobe Lightroom CC and you're using the free Lightroom CC mobile app, you can still install our DNG files directly to the mobile app


 

Photoshop ACR: Open the Help menu > select About Photoshop. On a Mac, open the Photoshop menu > select About Photoshop.  

 

 

Step 2. Match your software version with the correct installation instructions. 

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How to Install Lightroom presets in Lightroom Classic CC versions 7.3 and later

** You will be installing the XMP formatted files into the Camera Raw > Settings folder.

* If you have Lightroom Classic CC v.7.3 or later, but only have access to LRT formatted files (instead of XMP formatted files), you'll can install the LRT files and auto-convert them to XMP files

 

Step 1a: Use our automated preset installer

Using our Lightroom preset installer is the easiest way to complete your installation, with no further steps needed.

Step 1b: Install your presets manually via the Adobe Camera Raw > Settings folder

Open the Camera Raw > Settings Folder on your computer via the following file pathway:

  • Mac Users: Users>YOUR NAME>Library>Application Support>Adobe>Camera Raw> Settings

On Mac, you may need to press  + G or shift +  + G and paste the above path into the Go To sheet, as the User Library folder may not be visible.

  • Windows Users:  C:>Users-[your user name]>AppData>Roaming>Adobe>Camera Raw>Settings

Once Step 1b is complete, go to step 2. If you have trouble finding the Settings Folder, go to Step 1c. 

Step 1c: Install your presets manually. An alternative means of finding the Adobe Camera Raw > Settings folder 

  • Windows Users: Open Lightroom Classic CC > Go to the Edit dropdown > click on Preferences.
  • MAC Users: Open Lightroom Classic CC > Go to the Lightroom dropdown > click on Preferences.

Then, click on the Presets tab > click on Show Lightroom Develop Presets  

Finally, select the Camera Raw folder (not the Lightroom folder). The Settings folder will be inside of the Camera Raw folder. The Setting folder is where you will place your .xmp (not .lrt) preset files in the next step

Once Step 1c is complete, go to step 2.

 

Step 2: Place Your Presets in the Camera Raw > Settings Folder

Find the folder containing your .xmp formatted downloads. Take care to only select the preset collection folder and not the brush collection folder – your download will include both.

Add your selected .xmp formatted collection folder to the Camera Raw > Settings folder by using the copy and paste function or drop and drag function on your computer.

Proceed to Step 3.

 

Step 3: Close and Re-open Lightroom

When you re-open Lightroom, your presets will be installed.

 

Step 4: Start Using Your Presets

To access your presets, go to the Develop module and you will see them in the left-hand menu. Click on the name of any preset to apply it to your photo. Please note that you must have a photo loaded in Lightroom in order to see your list of presets.

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How to Install Lightroom presets in Lightroom Classic CC versions 5.0 - 7.2 or Lightroom CC desktop version 2015

** You will be installing the .lrt formatted files into the Lightroom > Develop Presets folder.

 

Step 1a: Use our automated preset installer

Using our Lightroom preset installer is the easiest way to complete your installation, with no further steps needed.

Step 1b. Install your presets manually. 

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. This will open Adobe folders on your computer.

Click to open the “Lightroom” folder. Then click to open the “Develop Presets” folder.

 

STEP 2: PASTE IN THE PRESETS

If you have not installed any presets in the past, you will only see a folder called “user presets”. Do not install your presets in the "user presets" folder. If you have installed other presets in the past, you will see them listed in the "develop presets" folder. Copy the presets that you downloaded in step 2 and paste them into the “develop presets” folder. This includes tool and layer presets, but not brushes.

STEP 3: CLOSE AND RE-OPEN LIGHTROOM

Now, completely close Lightroom. When you re-open Lightroom, your presets will be installed.

STEP 4: START USING THE PRESETS

First, make sure that you have a photo loaded, otherwise your presets may not show up in the menu. To access your presets, go to the develop module and you will see them on the left hand side. Click on the name of any preset to apply it to your photo.

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How to Install Lightroom presets in Lightroom CC desktop versions 1.0 and later

 

STEP 1: OPEN LIGHTROOM CC

STEP 2: LOAD A PICTURE

STEP 3: CLICK ON THE EDIT ICON

STEP 4: CLICK ON THE PRESETS BUTTON

STEP 5: Click on the row of three dots to open a drop-down menu. Within the drop-down menu, click on Import Presets

 

STEP 6: Navigate to where you placed your newly purchased presets and import the presets

STEP 7: Shut down Lightroom CC and then restart it

STEP 8: Your presets are now loaded and functional!

Please note that brushes are only compatible with Lightroom Classic CC and not Lightroom CC. 

 

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How to Install presets in Photoshop CS6 or CC Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) 

Step 1: Make sure you have the free ACR plug-in installed 

The free Camera Raw plug-in installer is located at Adobe.com. Alternatively, access this download via your Creative Cloud desktop app

 

Step 2a: Use our automated preset installer

Using our Lightroom preset installer is the easiest way to complete your installation, with no further steps needed.

 

STEP 2b:  Manually install the preset files

Find the following location on your computer hard drive:

  • Mac Users: Users>YOUR NAME>Library>Application Support>Adobe>Camera Raw> Settings
  • Windows Users Application Data>Adobe>Camera Raw>Settings OR C: Users-[user name]>AppData>Roaming>Adobe>Camera Raw>Settings

Copy and paste the .xmp presets into the Settings Folder.

Windows Users: If you are unable to find your Settings Folder, you will need to change your folder options to show hidden files and folders. See instructions here

Mac Users: If you are unable to find your Library Folder, see this article

Mac Users: If you are unable to find the Settings Folder follow the steps below:

Go to your Finder and select Go > Go to Folder from the drop-down menu.  Copy and paste the following in the search box: ~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Camera Raw/Settings

 

STEP 3: APPLY ACR PRESETS 

Open your image in Photoshop. Click on the Filter tab and select Camera Raw Filter from the drop-down.  This will open Camera Raw in a new window.

Then, click on the presets icon

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