Lightroom Preset

STEP ONE: Download your preset.  If you are doing this through my site, it is a simple matter of clicking the link.

Click on the link to start the Download

This is how it looks when the dialogue box opens…

STEP TWO: Save the ZIP file on your computer in a temporary or downloads location.


3.1 Unzip the file (I like to use 7-Zip  Download anything from the internet at your own risk).   

It is best to “unzip” it to the Adobe Preferences Preset location. This keeps everything in the same spot and makes finding it later easier.

To find this location on a PC, “Preferences” is under the Lightroom “Edit” menu. On a Mac, you will find it under the “Lightroom” menu. It looks like this…

PC drop-down menu in Lightroom
Mac drop-down menu in Lightroom

3.2 Once you are in “Preferences”, click on the “Presets” tab (red arrow). In that window, click on the “Show Lightroom Development Presets” button (green arrow). This will take you to where your version of Lightroom keeps your “Settings” Folder.    

Lightroom preference tab

3.3 In the new window, open the “Settings” folder.

3.4 Open the “User Presets” folder.  

3.5 Save your unzipped preset in the “User Presets” folder.   

3.6 Delete the ZIP file. You do not need to keep a copy.

STEP FOUR: You can now install Lightroom presets straight from the Presets dialogue when you are in the Develop Module in Lightroom.

  1. Open Adobe Lightroom.
  2. Navigate to the Develop Module.
  3. On the left sidebar, find “Presets” tab (red arrow).
  4. Click the “+” icon next to the “Presets” title (green arrow).
  5. Select “Import Preset”.
  6. Navigate to your “User Presets” folder from step 3.5.
  7. Select the preset files and there you have it, you can use the preset!
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