In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to install Lightroom presets on any version such as Classic, Mobile & Old versions (4, 5, & 6). Installing presets on Lightroom Desktop is easy-peasy but on other hand with Lightroom mobile is a tedious task.
Most people prefer to use Lightroom Mobile because it is free and one can easily edit their photos on the go using their mobile devices. Also, this tutorial will show you how to use Lightroom presets in the Adobe Camera Raw Filter. Let’s get into it.
Presets Installation Instructions:
How to Install Presets in Lightroom Classic – Supported Format .XMP
Step 1 – Extract The Files
First, what you need to do is extract all the files. If you have downloaded the presets from my website, then you will find three folders for Classic, Mobile & Old versions. You can use Winrar to extract those files (all files are compressed in .zip format to save storage which can be extracted using Winrar) as I did below.
Step 2 – Select The Develop Module
Select the Develop module on the top right of the screen. Make sure you have imported a photo in Lightroom and then access the Develop Module.
Step 3 – Import Presets
Under the Presets Tab, click on the (+) icon and then click on the Import Presets button.
Step 4 – Navigate To The Folder
Navigate to the folder where you unzipped the preset/files and select all the .XMP files to import all the presets. Hit the Import Button at the right bottom of your screen to complete the process.
Step 5 – Your Presets Are Ready
Here you can see your presets have been imported, you’ll see a folder of the imported presets as shown below. Click on any preset to apply the looks instantly. If you didn’t see any folder for your imported preset, then chances are it might be under the User Presets folder.
How to Install Presets in Old Lightroom Versions – Supported Format .LRTEMPLATE
Installing presets in old Lightroom versions is pretty much the same but we are going to keep the process clean and it will help you organize your presets in a neat way.
Step 1 – Select The Develop Module
Select the Develop module on the top right of your screen after you have imported and select a photo to work with.
Step 2 – Create A New Folder For Presets
On the left of the screen, under the Presets Tab, right-click inside the Presets Tab & select New Folder.
Step 3 – Give A Name To The Folder
Give a name to the folder such as I did “PSD Stack Free Matte Presets” as you can see in the image below.
Hit ok, you’ll see a new folder ready to import your presets.
Step 4 – Import Presets
Select the new folder and right click on it and then click on the Import Presets button.
Navigate to the folder where you unzipped the presets, select all the presets (.lrtemplate files) from there to import them by clicking on the Import Button at the right bottom of the screen.
Step 5 – Your Presets Are Ready
Here you can see that we have imported the presets in Lightroom 6. You should see your presets right under the folder and click on them to apply looks to your images.
How to Install Presets in The FREE Lightroom Mobile App – Supported Format .DNG
Installing presets on Lightroom Mobile is a hassle and it is not easy to import presets. Please follow the steps mentioned below carefully to import presets in the Lightroom Mobile app.
Step 1 – Transfer Presets To Mobile
The first thing you need to do is, unzip the files and then transfer them to Mobile. You can also unzip them on Mobile if you’d like to but unzipped files will make the process easier as you don’t have to unzip them on Mobile.
Step 2 – Open The Lightroom Mobile App
Open the Lightroom Mobile App. Click on the 3 Dots Icon on the top right of your screen.
Then click on the Add Photos Button.
Step 3 – Import Presets
Click on the Device button as we transferred the files to our mobile device or you can select files if you have DNG files to cloud. For Apple users, you can select <strong>From Camera Roll</strong> as we saved DNGs directly to our phone.
Step 4 – Complete The Import Process
Browse to the folder where you saved the DNG presets/files and select all of them, hit open/add/ or whatever your device show to add the presets to Lightroom.
Step 5 – Imported Mobile Presets
Once you add all the DNG files to Lightroom Mobile, you will see that these presets are now added to Lightroom as shown below.
How to Create Presets From The DNG Files
After adding presets/DNG files to Lightroom Mobile, you need to create presets from them to apply looks to your photos.
Step 1 – Open Any Imported DNG/Preset Files
Click on one of the newly imported files.
Then click on the three dots icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
From there, choose Create Presets from menu that appears.
Step 2 – Name The Presets
Give your preset a name like I did “Matte Presets”
I created a new group, named it “PSD Stack Free Matte Presets”. This will help me keep my imported presets organized from other presets. After that, click on the Check Icon on the top right of your screen to create the preset.
Step 3 – Use The Presets
To use the preset, select a photo to edit it.
Swipe left on the bottom options until you see Presets.
Select the preset group that you created and apply the preset.
How to Use Presets in Photoshop – Supported Format .XMP
You can also use presets in Photoshop as well. Photoshop’s Camera Raw Filter allows you to use Lightroom presets in the same way as Lightroom.
Step 1 – Open The Camera Filter
Go to Filter > Camera Raw Filter and open this filter.
Step 2 – Load Presets/Settings
Click on the 3 dots icon and then click on the Load Settings Button
Step 3 – Open Presets
Open the presets that you want to use from your computer and then click on the Open button to apply the presets to photos.
Step 4 – Apply Presets
The preset has been applied in Photoshop and you can further refine it using the Camera Raw Filter.
Also, if you have Lightroom Subscription & you already have presets imported in Lightroom Classic, you can find all the presets under the Presets Button in the Camera Raw. Click on the Presets Button and you’ll see all the presets that you already have in Lightroom.
I hope this guide has cleared the confusion regarding presets installation process. If you baffled at any step please comment down below to get more help.