How To Install Lightroom Presets in Lightroom

To install presets into Lightroom there are a few methods to import lightroom presets and add them, depending on which version of Lightroom you use. We have included the methods for the different install versions below.

Lightroom CC (.xmp)

Lightroom Classic CC (.xmp)

Lightroom Classic CC (.lrtemplate)

Lightroom 4, 5 & 6 (.lrtemplate)

Free Lightroom Mobile App

How to Import Presets into Lightroom CC (.xmp)

    1. Open your zip file.
    2. Save the Greater Than Gatsby preset folder in an easy to find location on your computer in preparation to import Lightroom presets.
    3. Open Lightroom, then open the edit panel and then open the presets panel.
    4. Click the “…” at the top right of the presets panel and select “IMPORT PRESETS”.
    5. Select the FOLDER of the collection of presets you want to import and select ‘CHOOSE FOLDER’.
    6. Your presets will install and be available to use in the presets panel.

How to Add Presets to Lightroom Classic CC (.xmp)

    1. Open your zip file.
    2. Save the Greater Than Gatsby preset folder in an easy to find location on your computer.
    3. Copy (Command + C on a Mac or CTRL + C on a PC) the entire preset collection folder.
    4. Open Lightroom and select the following from the menu bar:
      • Mac – Lightroom Classic > Preferences
      • PC – Edit > Preferences
    5.  When the Preferences box pops up, make sure you are on the Presets tab, and then click the Show Lightroom Develop Presets button. *Note: It should take you to the location below for your computer. Turn on your show hidden files option to be sure you see locations below.
      • Mac: / Library / Application Support / Adobe / CameraRaw / Settings
      • Windows: \ ProgramData \ Adobe \ CameraRaw \ Settings
    6. Paste (Command + V on a Mac or CTRL + V on a PC) the entire preset collection folder into the Settings folder.
    7. Restart Lightroom. Your presets can be found in the Preset panel of Lightroom Classic and Camera Raw.

How to Install Presets in Lightroom Classic CC (.lrtemplate)

    1. Open your zip file.
    2. Save the Greater Than Gatsby preset folder in an easy to find location on your computer.
    3. Copy (Command + C on a Mac or CTRL + C on a PC) the entire preset collection folder (make sure you do not copy any PDFs or Brush folders).
    4. Open Lightroom and select the following from the menu bar:
      • Mac – Lightroom > Preferences
      • PC – Edit > Preferences
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5. When the Preferences box pops up, make sure you are on the Presets tab, and then click the Show All Other Lightroom Presets button.

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6. You will be taken to a folder named Lightroom. Click inside and find the Develop Presets folder. Then click into the Lightroom Presets folder.

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7. Paste (Command + V on a Mac or CTRL + V on a PC) the entire preset collection folder into the Lightroom Presets folder.

8. Restart Lightroom.

9. Once it has relaunched, click anywhere in the interface and you will then see an import process take place to update and convert your files. Now you’re done! You can find your GTG presets under the Preset section in the Develop module.

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How to Download Presets to Lightroom in Versions 4-6 (.lrtemplate)

    1. Open your zip file.
    2. Save the Greater Than Gatsby preset folder in an easy to find location on your computer.
    3. Copy (Command + C on a Mac or CTRL + C on a PC) the entire preset collection folder (make sure you do not copy any PDFs or Brush folders).
    4. Open Lightroom and select the following from the menu bar:
      • Mac – Lightroom > Preferences
      • PC – Edit > Preferences
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5. When the Preferences box pops up, make sure you are on the Presets tab, and then click the Show Lightroom Presets Folder button. Note: ‘Store presets with this catalog’ should remain unchecked.

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6. You will be taken to a folder named Lightroom. Click inside and find the Develop Presets folder.

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7. Paste (Command + V on a Mac or CTRL + V on a PC) the entire preset collection folder into the Develop Presets folder.

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8. Restart Lightroom and you’re done! You can find your GTG presets under the Preset section in the Develop module.


How to Install Mobile Lightroom Presets

FREE LIGHTROOM MOBILE APP USERS

1. Get the DNG files onto your phone via download and unzip or email.

  • IMPORTANT: Your phone must have unzipping software installed on it.
  • For older iPhones, download a free app such as iZip to unzip your files.
  • PRO TIP: Make Your Presets Clickable and Easier to Use (See FAQs Below).

2. Open up the Adobe Lightroom App and create and sign in to your free account.

3. Create a new Folder by clicking ‘New Item’.


4. Click ‘CREATE NEW – Folder’ at the bottom and then name the folder ‘Gatsby Presets’.


5. Click into the Gatsby Presets folder you created and click ‘CREATE ALBUM’ or the ‘+’ symbol in upper right corner. Add an album for each preset collection.


6. Add your DNG files to each album by clicking the 3 dots to the right in line with the album name.


7. Then click ‘Add Photos’.


8. Select your dng files to add and then click the ‘ADD’ button.


9. To use presets, select Edit and then ‘Copy Settings’ of a DNG file.


10. Then ‘Paste Settings’ to image you want to apply it to.


LIGHTROOM CREATIVE CLOUD CC USERS

1. Get the XMP files onto your desktop and unzip.

2. Sign in to your Creative Cloud account and open up Lightroom.

3. Click the edit icon in the upper right hand corner to open the edit panel.

4. Click ‘PRESETS’ at the very bottom of the edit panel.

5. Click the 3 dots at the top right of the presets panel and click ‘IMPORT PRESETS’.

6. Select the FOLDER of the collection of presets you want to import and select ‘CHOOSE FOLDER’.

7. To use presets on your mobile app, sign into your Creative Cloud account via the app on your phone.

LIGHTROOM CLASSIC CC & ACR USERS

1. Get the XMP files onto your desktop and unzip.

2. Copy the entire collection folder containing the .xmp files to the following applicable location on your computer and restart. The presets will be available in both programs once installed.

*Turn on your show hidden files option to be sure you see locations below.

Macintosh: / Library / Application Support / Adobe / CameraRaw / Settings

Windows: C: \ ProgramData \ Adobe \ CameraRaw \ Settings


LIGHTROOM CC SYNC PRESETS

To Sync Your Lightroom Presets, follow these 2 simple steps:

  1. If you haven’t installed your lightroom presets into your desktop app, then you’ll need to do that first. If you are using Lightroom Classic, simply download Lightroom CC on your desktop and open it up and your presets will automatically sync via your Creative Cloud account. Click the cloud icon in the upper right to finish the syncing between devices.
  2. Now install the Lightroom CC mobile app on your phone and login to your creative cloud account. You should see your presets there to use on your images. If you don’t, click the cloud icon in the upper right to sync again and then you should see the your presets.

To use them is as simple as it is on your desktop, scroll through the different presets and select them to see the impact on each image.  Apply that which you like.

How to use Lightroom Presets on Mobile

Make Your Presets Clickable

You can make your presets easier to use without copying and pasting each time you want to apply settings. To do this you’ll need to go to each DNG preset, select it, click the 3 dots at top right, select ‘Create Preset’, name the preset the same name it already has, and then for the first image in each collection create a new Preset Group to contain your presets and name it the the same as the collection you are setting up. Once you have done this task for each preset and added each preset to your new Presets Group, your presets will then be available in the presets panel as their own group which will allow you to select and preview or apply each preset with one click.

How Do I Get The Files On My Phone?

You can either download directly and unzip on your phone or you can download and unzip on your desktop and then email them to an email account you can check on your phone. To unzip directly on your phone you will need to download an app that unzips files from either the Apple Store (for iphones) or Google Play Store (for androids). If you don’t want to install any new apps on your phone, just email them to your phone.

Can I Use These On My Desktop?

Yes, each collection comes with both DNG files (for mobile use on the free app) and XMP files (for both desktop and mobile use). The XMP files can be installed and used on desktop in Creative Cloud.

Clean Up Your Presets Folder

Clean up your presets folder. Click the 3 dots at top right of the presets panel and click ‘MANAGE PRESETS’ and uncheck any/all of the default presets loaded with Lightroom that you won’t want to use in any of your editing.

2 thoughts on “How To Install Lightroom Presets

  1. Julie says:

    Hello, I’m new to using the mobile presets on my phone and am confused about how to use the DNG files. If we are using the free lightroom mobile app, then where are they installed?

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      Joshua Hohweiler says:

      Hi Julie,

      Thanks for the question, it’s a good one and is confusing. With the Free Lightroom Mobile App, the presets you’ll be using are actually DNG image files that you have to copy and paste the settings from onto the new image you want to apply them to. So you’ll just be importing the DNG files (mobile presets) into an image folder that you name to identify the presets. It’s not an actuall installation in this case. This is entirely different than installing lightroom presets in Creative Cloud and then selecting them from the lightroom presets panel to preview before applying. The free app process is a little more time consuming and you don’t “install” per say as if you normally would. Hope that helps, thanks for the question, I’m sure a lot have this one when it comes to “installing” on mobile.

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