Tips for Organizing your Presets in Lightroom (UPDATED)

Organize Lightroom Presets

How to Organize Your Lightroom Presets

I recently revised the way I organize my Lightroom presets.  And when I say recently, I mean yesterday.   As I was organizing mine, I thought I would share some tips for organizing or RE-organizing your Lightroom Presets just in case yours are as big a mess as mine were!

Lightroom Presets

First Things First

Before I started reorganizing, I made DOUBLE SURE that I had my original presets backed up somewhere.  I mean DOUBLE and TRIPLE SURE!  

How to Organize Lightroom Presets

If you don’t have them backed up anywhere right now, check out this post about backing up presets, or follow these steps to make sure that you have a copy of all of your current presets.

  1. Open Lightroom
  2. Go to the Develop Module
  3. Right-click on one of your presets (not a preset folder—an individual preset)
  4. Choose “Show in Explorer” (PC) or “Show in Finder” (MAC)
  5. The folder where the preset you clicked on is stored will open up.
  6. Move a few steps back in your folder hierarchy to the LIGHTROOM folder.
  7. Select the Develop Presets folder.
  8. Copy the folder however you like to (right-click and choose copy or ctrl+c)
  9. Now move to a location online or on your hard drive and paste the folder to back it up.

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Start Organizing Your Presets

Now that your presets are backed up, you can start organizing your presets from within Lightroom

I don't know about you, but I have LOTS of presets in Lightroom AND sometimes find it quite overwhelming.  Add to that the fact that Lightroom recently added a bunch of additional default presets and it was becoming even more difficult to find my favorite presets.

The good news is that Lightroom also added new ways to manage your presets and even turn off the defaults.  Thiese tips will help you better organize your presets and save you time finding your favorites.

Removing Lightroom Default Presets

With the newest update to Lightroom Classic CC and Lightroom CC you can now remove (delete) all of the Lightroom default presets from your preset menu!  Can I get a hallelujah?

It is really easy to do.  Just go to the Presets Panel and open it so that you can see all of your presets.  The top section of presets will be all the Lightroom default preset collections and your other preset collections will show up below that.

Managing Presets in Lightroom

To remove all the default preset collections (or just some if you prefer):

  1. Click on the "+" sign in the right corner of the panel.
  2. Choose Manage Presets from the menu that opens. 
  3. A new dialog box will open where you can uncheck any preset collection you don't want to see in your Presets Panel.
  4. In my case, I unchecked ALL of the default Lightroom preset collections so I no longer see them. 
  5. Click "Save" when finished.

Delete Presets in Lightroom

Note: This WILL NOT delete these Lightroom collections - just turn them off.   You can turn them back on by following these same steps and rechecking the boxes.

Utilizing the NEW Favorites Folder

Do you find yourself using the same Lightroom presets from different Pretty Presets collections over and over?  I certainly have my favorite presets from each collection and I am sure you do as well.

The great news is that Lightroom has now made it really easy to organize your favorite presets right at the top of the Presets Panel.  This new feature saves me SO much time!  I no longer have to scroll through my collections looking for a favorite preset.

Adding a preset to your Lightroom Favorites folder is very simple.  Just right-click on the different presets you love and click "Add to Favorites" from the menu that pops up.

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Your "Favorite" presets can now be accessed in the Favorites folder at the top of the Presets Panel. 

The best part?  Doing this DOES NOT move the preset from the original preset collection folder.  It just adds a copy of the preset to the Favorites folder!  I absolutely love this time-saving feature!


I love these new preset organization features.  They make finding and using presets in Lightroom A LOT easier - especially for those of us that have so MANY presets.  Make sure you incorporate these tips to save yourself time while editing in Lightroom!

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