How to Install Lightroom Presets
In this post, I’ll be covering how to install Lightroom presets. It’s not a difficult process, but if you have never installed them before, you might find yourself wasting valuable time looking for the right folder on your computer. While many other blog’s instructions only cover how to install develop presets, I’ve also covered how to install other types of presets including curves presets, which require a slightly different installation process. Anyways, let’s jump into it!
Step 1: Use Lightroom to locate its presets folder on your computer.
The first step to installing Lightroom presets is finding the location of the folder where Lightroom stores them. Luckily, there is a quick and easy way to find this location using the Lightroom software itself, so open up Lightroom and click Lightroom>Preferences (Mac) or Edit>Preferences (Windows). Under the preferences window, you should see a tab/button labeled “Presets.” You’ll want to click that and then click on the button that reads “Show Lightroom Presets Folder…” (see image below)
A window should open, revealing the location of your “Lightroom” folder. If you haven’t moved your folder from it’s default location, the file path should be: Macintosh HD\Users\YOURUSERNAME\Library\Application Support\Adobe\Lightroom\ on a Mac or [C:]\Users\YOURUSERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Lightroom\ on Windows.
Step 2: Locate the corresponding folder for your presets.
Open the “Lightroom” folder, and you’ll find a bunch of folders for presets, templates, profiles, etc. You’ll need to find the corresponding folder for your preset type. Most of the time you’ll probably be installing develop presets, so if that’s the case, open the “Develop Presets” folder. If you are installing other types of presets such as export presets, import presets, or even local adjustment brush presets, you’ll want to open the matching folders for those. If you happen to be installing curves presets, please read the special note below:
SPECIAL NOTE: Curves presets are actually stored in a different location from the rest of the presets, so you won’t see a folder for them in the “Lightroom” folder. To find their folder, go back to the “Adobe” folder you were in right before clicking the “Lightroom” folder. Inside the “Adobe” folder. find a folder labeled “CameraRaw”. Once you’ve opened this “CameraRaw” folder, you’ll find the correct folder for curves presets — “Curves.” Here are the paths for that location: Macintosh HD\Users\YOURUSERNAME\Library\Application Support\Adobe\CameraRaw\Curves on a Mac or [C:]\Users\YOURUSERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\CameraRaw\Curves on Windows. (See the image below for reference.)
Step 3: Drag and drop your presets into the correct folder.
By now, you should be in the correct folder for your type of presets, so you can drag and drop the preset files into these folders. If you want more organization, you can also create new folders and place related presets there. For example, you might have a folder named “Black-and-White Presets” or “Film Presets” inside the “Develop Presets” folder. (See image below to see how I have my develop presets set up.)
Step 4: Restart Lightroom.
When you’ve finished dropping all your presets in the correct location, you can quite and re-open Lightroom. If you did everything right, you should now find your presets listed in the software listed along with the defaults.
That’s all there is to learning how to install Lightroom presets. If you have paid close attention to this process, you shouldn’t even need to reference these instructions next time since it’s pretty easy. However, if you’re quite forgetful, feel free to bookmark this page for future reference. Happy installing and don’t forget to check out my free Lightroom presets or paid presets if you want to support this site!