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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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24 thoughts on “How to Install Lightroom Presets

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  2. I’m very frustrated. These presets will not install on my Windows 10 system. It keep saying wrong presets type error file. I’m not sure what to do next.

  3. Here also…These presets will also not install on my Windows 10 system. It keep saying wrong presets type error file. What can i do :( i will use this presets

    Thanks in advance

  4. Can you please give a step by step installation for Windows as well please? Not working on my Windows10 Laptop. Do you need to have the full version of Lightroom?

    • Hi Joana, the steps should be relatively similar. Which version of Lightroom are you using? If it is Lightroom CC it will be different from the Lightroom Classic CC steps.

  5. I am trying to install Lightroom presets but no luck. I am following the guide but the example given isn’t the same as what I see on my program. I am using Windows 10 and Lightroom Classic CC Version 8.1.

    Thanks in advance

  6. I was able to install the Lightroom presets to my Mac in Lightroom Classic. However, there was no option to create a new preset folder in the Develop tab. The only option was “new preset.” I would like to be able to organize my presets and now they are all listed under User Presets. It was relatively easy to create folders on the mobile app but so far, no luck here. Any guidance would be much appreciated!

    • If you right click one of those presets listed under User Presets and then select ‘Show in Finder’, you can view all the folders and presets in your develop panel. From there you can make folders and organize your presets. After you create some folders, just restart Lightroom and they should show up. Hope this helps!

      If the presets still aren’t showing up properly in the folders, you can also try this. Click Lightroom in the top menu of your Mac (next to the apple logo), then select ‘Preferences…’, and go to the Presets tab. Click both ‘Show Lightroom Develop Presets’ and ‘Show All Other Lightroom Presets’ to ensure the folders are copied to both. That usually works for me when I still can’t see the folders.

  7. Hi, Having the same trouble others are mentioning above. Can’t seem to install the presets – I am using Windows 10 and Lightroom Classic CC. Seems like they need to be xml. format??
    Appreciate any help.

    • Hi Felicia, for Lightroom Classic CC, you should still be able to import the .lrtemplate presets. Then once you restart Lightroom, it will automatically convert these to .xmp files for you. Sometimes takes a few seconds to load.

      Hope this helps. If not though, let me know. Happy to help troubleshoot.

  8. Cant install it on windows 10 :( very frustrated,need to make these pics look good for tomorrow,send help T-T

    • Hey, sorry to hear that! What errors are you seeing? Also, which version of Lightroom. Happy to assist, just let me know your questions.

  9. Ah, so frustrating doesn’t work for me my presets are in xml format and it will not allow me to add those file types when trying to add the preset

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