How To Install Lightroom Presets

Welcome to Pretty Presets for Lightroom!  We have the best Lightroom preset install video and written tutorial below as well as the #1 Lightroom Preset Community. These basic instructions will teach you How to Install Lightroom Presets into Adobe Lightroom in just 2-3 minutes. We'll have you using your wonderful presets in no time!

First, let's establish which version of Lightroom you are currently using.  Things are a little confusing at Adobe right now.  There are so many versions of Lightroom (with almost the same name!) and preset files types.  Read below to see which option will work best for you.

Lightroom Classic CC (updated since mid-2018 and your Lightroom Presets are xmp files): Scroll down for instructions and video.

Lightroom Classic CC (updated since mid-2018 BUT your Lightroom Presets are .lrtemplate files): Follow this link for instructions and video.

Lightroom Classic CC (but haven't updated since before mid-2018): Follow this link for video tutorial.

Lightroom 6 (or older): Follow this link for video tutorial.

Lightroom CC desktop app: Follow this link for written instructions and video.

Lightroom CC mobile app (DNG files): Follow this link for written instructions and video.

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How to Install Your Lightroom Presets from Pretty Presets in the Most Recent Version of Lightroom Classic CC (.xmp files)

1. On a PC, go into Lightroom and click on Edit at the top (next to File), then click on PreferencesOn a Mac, click on the Lightroom tab (to the left of File), then click on Preferences.

How do I install Lightroom Presets

2.  There will be a new screen that pulls up and there will be several tabs at the top, click on Presets (the second tab).

3.  Click on the box titled, Show Lightroom Develop Presets. 

Show Lightroom Develop Presets

4.  Double click on Settings. Paste the folder from your download that holds the .xmp files into this folder.

How to Install Lightroom Presets Windows

5.  You're done!  If Lightroom was open when you copied the Pretty Presets, you will have to close it and restart it.

Need additional help installing your Pretty Presets XMP Files in Lightroom? Check out the video below!

Lightroom Presets from Pretty Presets

Lightroom Presets Troubleshooting Guide - possible issues and their solutions!

Preset Download Issues:

  • If the download isn't working, try a different internet browser.
  • Do NOT choose to “open” the file after download. Just hit save, then close that dialogue box. Then go open your Windows Explorer window and locate the zip file, which is most likely in your Downloads folder. Extract the file according to instructions in video tutorial or cheat sheet below.
  • Can't Unzip? If on a PC right clicking does not offer “extract files”, then you may need to download an external program to unzip. We recommend trying WinRar, a free unzipping program.
  • Still having trouble? Contact us at for further assistance 

Presets Not Showing Up in Lightroom

  • Try shutting down Lightroom and then restart it.
  • If the preset collection name shows in Lightroom but not the individual presets, click the triangle to the left of the collection name and the templates will drop down.
  • Make sure the folder you copied into the Develop Presets folder actually holds the presets and not another folder.
  • Make sure you copied the right presets into the right folder.
  • Do NOT check “Store Presets With Catalog.” This setting is found to the left of "Show Lightroom Presets Folder" in your Preferences menu. If you have multiple catalogs, your presets will not show up in additional ones.
  • Make sure that you EXTRACTED the zip file. If you merely double clicked on the folder (on a PC), you will get access to the presets, but those will NOT be extracted files and will NOT copy/paste correctly and will NOT show up in your Lightroom.

Lightroom Preset Installation Cheat Sheet

If you would like a physical copy of our preset install instructions, just click the "download here" button below and print.

Download Instructions for Installing Lightroom Presets 

Tutorial Video: How to Install Presets in an Old Version of Lightroom on a MAC and PC

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