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How to Install Lightroom Presets

How to Install Lightroom Presets in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC.

Using Lightroom is a great way to process and edit your photos. It can help you quickly get the right tones, colors, and lighting without the complication of more advanced photo editing software.

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In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through all the necessary steps to install Lightroom Presets and save time editing your photos. This tutorial was made in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC. If you have any questions about the installation process feel free to leave a comment below and we’ll help you out!

Step One

Open Lightroom and the image(s) of your choice. Once you’ve done that, make sure you are in the Develop Tab. It will look something like this.

install lightroom presets

Step Two

Next, look for ‘Develop‘ in the top menu bar and then click Develop > ‘New Preset Folder…‘.

installing lightroom presets

Step Three

After you click ‘New Preset Folder…‘ a box will pop up allowing you to title your presets. Enter a name that suits your folder of presets and then click ‘Create‘.

new folder of presets in adobe lightroom

For this tutorial, we’re going to be using our RetroTone Lightroom Presets. After you create the new folder, it will appear in the Presets Dropdown to the left.

how to install lightroom presets

As you can probably see from the photo above, no Lightroom Presets have been installed yet. We simply created the folder where the presets will go.

Step Four

Now that you have a folder made for your presets, right click and you will see a few options.

import lightroom presets

Select ‘Import…‘ and you will be taken to your files where you can navigate to the specific presets you’d like to install. It will look something like this.

importing lightroom presets

Step Five

Navigate to the folder where you downloaded or saved the Lightroom Presets you’d like to install. If it is a .zip file, make sure you unzip it before attempting to import into Lightroom.

installing your lightroom presets

Once you find the right folder, select all the presets you’d like to install. To select multiple presets click and select the first one, then hold the command key (Windows Key on Windows) and select the rest of the presets. To select all the presets in a folder, click the first preset and hold the shift key, then scroll down and select the last preset.

After you’ve selected all the presets you’d like to install, click ‘Import‘.

selecting lightroom presets for installation

Your presets will then install and appear in the folder you previously created. It will look something like this.

installed lightroom presets adobe

That’s it! You’ve successfully installed Lightroom Presets. To apply them to a photo simply click one of the effects and then adjust the settings to your liking.

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