How to Install Presets & Brushes within Lightroom CC (released Oct. 2017)
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.
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. In Lightroom CC, all presets can now be used to apply local adjustments, so there is no need to install separate brushes. Presets designed as exclusive brushes can be used in Lightroom Classic, but not Lightroom CC.
- Open Lightroom CC.
- Click on the editing icon.
- Click on the Presets button
- Click on the row of three dots to open a drop-down menu. Within the drop-down menu, click on Open Presets Folder (in later versions of CC, this is now labeled Import Presets).
- Once the Develop Presets folder is open, copy and paste your presets and brushes into this location.
- Shut down Lightroom and then restart it.
- Access your presets by clicking on the Presets button and then selected your preset from the drop-down.
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.
Please not that it is not yet possible to use presets with Lightroom CC on your mobile, with the exception of the presets that come pre-installed with your program.