How to Install Lightroom Presets

This page shows the steps for installing Lightroom presets. We’ll start with develop presets, and then we’ll cover brush presets (local adjustment presets). There are written instructions as well as video tutorials for each.

How to Install Develop Presets in Lightroom

First you need to download a preset. If you need one to practice with, try any of our free presets. Unzip the file and save it somewhere on your hard drive. Next, open Lightroom and click on Edit > Preferences (on a PC) or Lightroom > Preferences (on a Mac). This will open the Preferences options that you see below.

Creating and Using Lightroom Presets

First, click on the “presets” tab, as shown by arrow #1 above. Make sure the box for “store presets with this catalog” is unchecked, as shown by arrow #2. And then click on the “shown Lightroom presets folder” button, as shown by arrow #3.  When you click on that button you’ll see a screen like the one shown below.

Creating and Using Lightroom Presets

Open the “Lightroom” folder and you should see some folders like the screenshot below.

Creating and Using Lightroom Presets

Open the “develop presets” folder. Here you’ll want to paste the folder that includes the .lrtemplate files for the presets, or you can paste the .lrtemplate directly if it is not stored in a folder.

How to Install Lightroom Presets

Next, you’ll need to close Lightroom and then open it again and the presets will be installed. Now if you look under “presets” at the left side of the develop module you should see the preset(s) that you just installed.

How to Install Lightroom Presets

That’s all you have to do to start using Lightroom develop presets.

How to Install Local Adjustment Presets (Brush Presets)

If you are downloading or purchasing local adjustment presets you will need to install them before they can be used. The process is basically the same as installing develop presets, but you’ll place them in a different folder. To start, go to Edit > Preferences (on a PC) or Lightroom > Preferences (on a Mac). Then click on “show Lightroom presets folder”.

Creating and Using Adjusment Brushes in Lightroom

Next, open the “Lightroom” folder.

Creating and Using Adjusment Brushes in Lightroom

Then open the “Local Adjustment Presets” folder.

Creating and Using Adjusment Brushes in Lightroom

Next, paste the preset files that you’ve download or purchased into the “Local Adjustment Presets” folder.

Creating and Using Adjusment Brushes in Lightroom

Then you will need to close Lightroom and re-start it, and the presets will be installed.