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3 Steps to Transfer Your Pretty Presets to a New Computer

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 that 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 tell you the best way to transfer over your Pretty Presets to your new computer.  Check out the video or read the blog post below.

What You’ll Need:

  • Lightroom
  • Your old and new computers
  • A USB drive —or—
  • An account with any online file storage service.  A few options:
  • google drive

Step 1: Where are Your Presets Stored?

The first thing you’ll need to do is find the folder your presets are stored in on your computer.  Do this, by right-clicking on one of your presets in the Develop Module and choosing “Show in Explorer” or “Show in Finder” from the option menu that will appear.

This will open up a new window that will show you the location of the presets on your computer.  

Follow the trail back to your “Lightroom” folder and then select the folder called “Develop Presets.”  This is the folder that you want to save to your USB or to your favorite online file storage service.  If you also have purchased and installed Brushes and Graduated filters, you'll want to copy the "Local Adjustment Presets" folder as well.  You can also copy over "Print Templates" if you have installed any of our FREE Print Templates. And the Import Presets, Export Presets, and Watermarks folders if you have purchased our Watermarks + Import + Export set.

Step 2: Save Your Presets

You can choose the best/easiest place for you to save your presets.  I recommend either plugging in a USB drive and saving them there.  OR, uploading them to your favorite file storage service.  There are many to choose from (,,, and google drive).  By uploading them to the cloud, you are also backing up your presets at the same time! :)

If you choose to use a file storage service, you will need to download the files to your new computer after you have uploaded them from your old computer.  (Watch the video above for a bit more detail.)

Step 3: Installing Your Presets on the new computer

Reinstalling your presets on a new computer is super easy.  Just open your new version of Lightroom and open your Preferences folder (Mac: Lightroom> Preferences  PC: Edit>Preferences).  Choose the Presets Tab from the new window that opens up.  Half-way down, click on "Show Lightroom Presets Folder". It will open a Finder or Explorer window and highlight a folder called Lightroom.  Double-click on that folder. You will want to install your backed up presets back into the Develop Presets Folder and your brushes and graduated filters into the Local Adjustment Presets folder.

A new computer gives you the perfect opportunity to organize your Lightroom presets just how you’d like so take advantage of it.

Now you are done!  If you are a visual learner or just need a little more detail, make sure to watch the above video.


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