Steps to adding presets in Lightroom

  • Lightroom and Photoshop are two popular photo editing software
  • Steps on importing presets in Lightroom 2
  • Steps on importing presets on Lightroom 4 or 5

If you’re a photographer, or a photography enthusiast, you’ve probably heard about Adobe’s Lightroom just as much as you’ve heard about Photoshop. Both software separately or combined make magic in just a few taps on the keyboard and clicks on the mouse.


But if you’re someone who just started learning Lightroom, creating your own preset can be a little tricky, so downloading them could be the easiest solution. In this article we will take a brief step by step tutorial on how to add presets to Lightroom.

Step 1: Open Lightroom

Step 2: Prepare the preset and put it in a folder that’s easy to find (on your desktop maybe?) You can also open a photo where you’d like the preset to be applied to.

Step 3: Under the Navigator area, click Presets and create a folder. Right click on the folder, and them import to import the preset.

Note that the process indicated above is applicable to Lightroom 2 users. The process of how to add Lightroom presets can be different, often depending on the Lightroom version and PC that you have.  For Lightroom 4 or 5, click Edit bar. Go to the Preferences option and click Presets. Click the box saying “Show Lightroom Presets Folder” and then click Lightroom. Afterwards, click the Develop Presets option”, select you preset, and restart the program.

After installing your preset, you may adjust the slides according to how you want it to appear on your photo. You can also use your imported preset for other photos in your collection. To further help you on your Lightroom journey, you can also find video tutorials online on how to add presets to Lightroom.

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