How to Install Lightroom Presets

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Why should I use Lightroom presets?

Adobe Lightroom is a powerful photo editing software. It can help you get the specific look that you want, or fix the photos that you want to save.

If you are a beginner, we know that Lightroom can be overwhelming. But do not let that stop you: you can still get the look that you want – easily – using Lightroom presets. It is as simple as selecting the look that you want and applying it to your photos. This is also a great way to learn photo editing!

If you are a professional photographer, then you know how Lightroom presets can make editing easier and faster, especially if you are processing in bulk.

It will also allow you to explore different styles without spending too much time on every panel.

Where can I get Lightroom presets?

Get your free presets at PresetLove.com. There are 300+ presets and counting. Download as many as you want! The more you can choose from, the better.

If you want to save time, go download PresetLove’s Premium Bundle that contains all 300+ presets plus 21 premium presets. Get them all in one go!

Ready to get started? We will walk you through it.

How do I install and use Lightroom Presets?

First, you need Adobe Lightroom. You can buy the desktop version or use the free mobile app for Android and iOS.

Lightroom Classic CC

STEP 1. Download the preset.

STEP 2. If in .zip format, extract the contents and remember its location. Note that you will later use either .lrtemplate or .xmp formats.

STEP 3. Import and open your photo in Adobe Lightroom.

STEP 4. Click Develop tab at the upper right.

How to use Lightroom Classic CC - Desktop - Step 4

STEP 5. You will see the Preset panel on the left. Click the + icon. Select ‘Import Presets’.

How to use Lightroom Classic CC - Desktop - Step 5

STEP 6. Navigate to the preset you downloaded to apply it. It goes to User Presets by default.

How to use Lightroom Classic CC - Desktop - Step 6

STEP 7. Select the preset. Enjoy!

How to use Lightroom Classic CC - Desktop - Step 7

If you want more presets to try, you can go download more at PresetLove.com.

Lightroom CC

STEP 1. Download the preset.

STEP 2. If in .zip format, extract the contents and remember its location. Note that you will later use either .lrtemplate or .xmp formats.

STEP 3. Open Adobe Lightroom CC on your computer.

STEP 4. Select File, then Import Profiles and Presets.

STEP 5. Select the preset file (.lrtemplate or .xmp) then click Import.

STEP 6. Open your photo. Click the edit icon on the right (or press E on your keyboard). Select the ‘Presets’ button at the bottom.

STEP 7. Select to apply your downloaded preset.
If you want more presets to try, you can go download more at PresetLove.com.

Lightroom Mobile for iPhone

STEP 1. Make sure that you have Lightroom on your mobile device.

STEP 2. Get your preset from PresetLove.com. It will be sent to the email address you provided.

STEP 3. Go to your inbox. Open the email from PresetLove.com

STEP 4. Click to download the preset:

  • If the download is in .zip format, extract the contents and remember its location. Note that you will use the .dng format. Once extracted, proceed to step 8.
  • If not in .zip, scroll down and you see an option to download the .dng format for Lightroom mobile. Click on it to download.
How to use Lightroom Mobile iOS - Step 4

STEP 5. Click on the “Download” button

How to use Lightroom Mobile iOS - Step 5

STEP 6. Click on “Open In” button

How to use Lightroom Mobile iOS - Step 6

STEP 7. Select “Copy to Lightroom” from the list. If you cannot find it, click “More” and select Lightroom

How to use Lightroom Mobile iOS - Step 7

STEP 8. Tap on three dots (…) in upper right corner and select “Create Preset”

How to use Lightroom Mobile iOS - Step 8

STEP 9. Enter the preset name. Choose or create your own preset group where you want to locate the preset (User Presets is a default group), then click on the checkmark ✔ at the upper-right corner. You will see a confirmation that your preset is added to the selected group.

How to use Lightroom Mobile iOS - Step 9

STEP 10. You can now find and use the preset anytime! Open the photo you want to edit (you have to import it to Lightroom mobile gallery beforehand). Scroll to the “Presets” button at the bottom bar.

How to use Lightroom Mobile iOS - Step 10

STEP 11. Select the preset you created in step 9 from the list (if you created your own Preset group don’t forget to select it too).

How to use Lightroom Mobile iOS - Step 11

If you want more presets to try, you can go download more at PresetLove.com.

Lightroom Mobile for Android

STEP 1. Get your preset from PresetLove.com. It will be sent to the email address you provided.

STEP 2. Click to download the preset.

  • If the download is in .zip format, extract the contents and remember its location. Note that you will use the .dng format. Once extracted, proceed to step 3.
  • If not in .zip, scroll down and you see an option to download the .dng format for Lightroom mobile. Click on it to download.

STEP 3. Launch Lightroom Mobile app.

STEP 4. Select the icon with the + to import the .dng preset to the library. Once imported, select it from the album to open it.

How to use Lightroom Mobile Android - Step 4

STEP 5. Tap the … menu icon at the upper right. Click ‘Create Preset’.

How to use Lightroom Mobile Android - Step 5

STEP 6. Enter the preset name. Choose or create your own preset group where you want to locate the preset (User Presets is a default group), then click on the checkmark ✔ at the upper-right corner. You will see a confirmation that your preset is added to the selected group.

How to use Lightroom Mobile Android - Step 6

STEP 7. You can now find and use the preset anytime! Open the photo you want to edit (you have to import it to Lightroom mobile gallery beforehand). Scroll to the “Presets” button at the bottom bar.

How to use Lightroom Mobile Android - Step 7

STEP 8. Select the preset you created in step 6 from the list (if you created your own Preset group don’t forget to select it too).

How to use Lightroom Mobile Android - Step 8

Want more presets?

PresetLove.com Premium 300+ Preset Bundle

If you haven’t downloaded any preset yet, head over to PresetLove.com! Or save time and go download PresetLove’s Premium Bundle that contains all 300+ presets plus 21 premium presets

12 thoughts on “How to Install Lightroom Presets

    • I’m having the same issue on my laptop with Windows 10….I’m in Lightroom and its not doing anything when I right click ANYWHERE .
      What’s the trick with getting these imported ? Help !

      • I’m sorry, I’m not clear – can you be a bit more specific with when and how you’re seeing the issue? Please retry following the YouTube video at the top of this tutorial.

  1. Most of these downloaded just fine–thanks for the help! However, there are a few presets that cannot be loaded into LR; I get an error message saying it’s “the wrong type of preset.” I’ve deleted & re-installed those presets. Any other suggestions? The presets were the “Roz” and “Background Blur” ones. Thanks!

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