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Say! You’ve got some exciting news. A new computer always feels like a fresh Spring morning - so clean with nothing to clutter it up!
But then comes the dilemma, “How do I get all that STUFF I had on my old computer over to my new one?”
I can’t answer for ALL the files on your computer, but I can show you the best way to transfer your Lightroom Presets to your new computer.
NOTE: You should be backing up all the presets (frankly, ALL DIGITAL CONTENT you own) to a location on your hard drive AND your favorite cloud storage option. This is just a way to move them over quickly and is not intended to be a backup method.
The first thing to do is find where your presets are stored on your computer. You can do this by right-clicking on one of your presets in the Develop Module and choosing “Show in Explorer” (if you are on a PC) or “Show in Finder” (if you are on a MAC) from the options menu that appears.
This will open up a new window where all the presets you have in Lightroom are stored. Select and copy all the files inside the "Settings" folder that opens. Then paste these files onto your USB drive or to a folder inside your favorite cloud service. These files will be XMP files, the most current preset file type.
If you also have brush presets installed, you will want to copy and paste those files to a separate folder on a USB drive or in your favorite cloud service. To find those files, open your Preferences window (Lightroom>Preferences on a MAC or Edit>Preferences on Windows). Highlight the "Presets" tab and then find and click the "Show All Other Lightroom Presets" button.
This will open a Finder or Explorer window with a folder called "Lightroom" highlighted. Double-click to open this folder. Next, find the "Local Adjustment Presets" folder and double-click to open it. Select and copy all the files in this folder. Then paste these files onto your USB drive or to a folder inside your favorite cloud service.
Installing your Develop presets on a new computer is super easy:
Installing Brush Presets on your computer is also super easy:
Bonus Tip: Getting a new computer gives you the perfect opportunity to organize your Lightroom presets just how you’d like - so take advantage of it.
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Hi!! I am Gayle. I am a wife to my handsome husband and mom to 4 beautiful kids. In my spare time, I am a photographer and blogger at Mom and Camera. I have a passion for sharing my love of photography with others. I teach local photography classes and regularly share photography tips and tricks on my blog. I hang out there a lot—I’d love you to stop by and visit!