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How to Install Lightroom Presets

Matic BrozUpdated April 17, 2022

This is a complete tutorial on how to install Lightroom Presets. I will instruct you how to do it easily in a few steps and in 2 minutes or less.

Click on the version of Lightroom you’re using an I’ll take you right to the instructions.

Download Lightroom Presets first

  1. Download your Lightroom Presets from Photutorial (by subscribing on the right) or you can get them elsewhere. They usually come in a .zip file.
  2. Unzip the file using software like 7zip.

Lightroom Classic – version 7.3+ (.XMP files)

The process is analogous on Mac and PC with some design changes.

This is how you install Lightroom Presets in Lightroom Classic 7.3+ on Mac and Windows:

  1. Open Lightroom and go to File > Import Profiles and Presets.
  2. Find the folder to which you saved your presets and select the XMP files.
  3. Congrats, you just installed Lightroom presets!
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Lightroom CC: Desktop Version (.XMP files)

The process is analogous on Mac and PC with some design changes.

To install Lightroom Presets in Lightroom CC on Mac and Windows, follow these steps:

  1. Open Lightroom and go to File > Import Profiles and Presets.
  2. Find the folder to which you saved your presets and select the XMP files.
  3. Congrats, you just installed Lightroom presets!
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Lightroom 4, 5, 6 & Lightroom Classic (up to 7.2) |MAC and Windows (.LRTEMPLATE files)

To install Lightroom Presets in Lightroom 4, 5, 6 & Lightroom Classic up to 7.2 on Mac and Windows, follow these steps:

  1. Mac: Click on Lightroom tab (top left) and then Preferences.
    Windows: Click on Edit and then Preferences.
  2. A new screen will pop up.
  3. Click on the tab Presets
  4. Click on the box Show Lightroom Presets Folder (older version)
  5. Click on the Show All other Lightroom Presets box (newer version)
  6. Double click on Lightroom
  7. Double click on Develop Presets folder
  8. Copy the contents of the downloaded folder into the Develop Presets folder.
  9. Restart Lightroom
  10. Congrats, you just installed Lightroom presets!
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How to Install Lightroom Presets mobile

Installing Lightroom Presets in Mobile Lightroom is a slightly more complex process, but with this tutorial, you will do it in a jiff.

Follow these steps:

  1. On your PC, unzip the folder of presets you downloaded. Alternatively, you can do it on your iOS device by just tapping on the folder.
    On Android: download WinZip app for Android.
  2. Open Lightroom Mobile app
  3. Click Add Photos
  4. Navigate to the folder to which you saved 
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Conclusion | How to Install Lightroom Presets

Installing Lightroom Presets is easy and convenient across all devices and Lightroom version.

To get free Lightroom Presets, enter your email in the form in the sidebar or on the homepage, or send me an email and I’ll send them to you.

– Matic

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MATIC BROZ

Matic Broz is a photographer, graphic designer, and stock photographer. For over ten years he's been helping photographers improve their photos and graphic designers find the best images for their designs. His work has been featured by Lifewire and PetaPixel. In his free time, he enjoys photography, hiking, and petting random dogs. Read more

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