How to Install Presets in Lightroom?

How to Install Lightroom Presets

Many photographers are lost when they download a Preset and ask themselves “How to install Lightroom Presets.” It can get confusing sometimes, especially with the newest change in the file type for presets.

The Lightroom 7.3 Update introduced a significant change in the way Lightroom works with presets. The old .Irtemplate files have been exchanged with the newer .xmp format. While this change might seem strange to some people, it makes a lot of sense and makes working and installing presets easier for us.

The .xmp format has been used solely by Camera Raw before, while Lightroom used the .Irtemplate format. This means that Camera Raw and Lightroom work with the same .xmp format now. Your old Presets have been automatically converted into .xmp once you updated to Lightroom Classic 7.3, but how do you install newer presets that come in .xmp from the get-go?

Scroll down to find out the quickest way on how to install Lightroom Presets!

How to install Lightroom Presets

Image by Jennifer Moher – Edited with her Slate & Ivory 2.0 Preset

 


How to install the new .xmp Lightroom Presets?

  1. Open Lightroom.
  2. Go to your Develop Module ( Top right corner )
  3. Click the + on your Presets tab and hit “Import Presets”

Import Presets in Lightroom

You made it! The Preset can be used in Lightroom now, and you will find it when you open the Presets tab under User Presets. This is by far the quickest and easiest way to install Lightroom Presets in the newest version of Lightroom. You can even install .Irtemplate files in the same way.

While it might be the quickest, it is not the best way, especially if you want to have a clean folder structure for your Lightroom Presets.


 

Installing the .xmp format as a folder?

  1. Open Lightroom.
  2. Go to Lightroom in your main menu and hit PreferencesLightroom Preferences

     

  3. Click on Show Lightroom Develop Presets in the Preferences MenuShow Lightroom Develop Presets
  4. Paste your Preset Folder containing the .xmp files into SettingsCamera Raw Settings

     

  5. Restart Lightroom and enjoy your Presets

You should be able to see all of your imported Presets as a folder in Lightroom and Camera Raw as well now. Play around with them and have fun!

Presets Tab in Lightroom

 


 

How to install Presets with the old .Irtemplate format?

  1. Open Lightroom
  2. Go to Lightroom in your main menu and hit Preferences
  3. Click on Show All Other Lightroom Presets in the Preferences MenuShow All Other Lightroom Presets

     

  4. Paste your Preset Folder containing the .Irtemplate files into LightroomDevelop PresetsLightroom Develop Presets

     

  5. Restart Lightroom and enjoy your Presets

You should be able to see all of your imported Presets as a folder in Lightroom now.

We hope you liked our “How to install Lightroom Presets” guide and wanted to let you know that you can also download our Free Lightroom Preset to add to your collection.


 

 

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