If you’ve never used it before, Adobe Lightroom is a powerful photo editing tool that lets you tweak and tune your images before you do any kind of manipulation in Photoshop. You can adjust colors, settings, and more, and once you have a system, you can apply it to batches of images at a time, quickly and easily. Basically, it’s a cool tool for both professional photographers and aspiring Instagram models, as well.

But the magic really comes alive with presets. You can learn more on How Lightroom Presets Can Make Your Photos Simply Stunning These are kits that you can either create or purchase that apply a specific set of filters to your image. Sometimes it’s adjusting the saturation, other times its sharpness, colors, and tones. There are thousands of options out there. You just have to know where to look and how to install the kits.

Fortunately, we’ve got that covered. Let’s take a moment to walk you through the process of first finding a preset, then installing it, and finally, using it on your images. Don’t worry, it’s super easy.

Get a preset

Now obviously there are a lot of places where you can get preset, but you’re already here, so why not check out some of the cool ones here at Creative Market? It’s easy to find: Go to Add-Ons > Plug-ins, and you’ll find a ton of options for all sorts of products. If you want to go one step further, type Lightroom in the search field, or just follow this handy link. That’ll take you there, easy.

For the purposes of this article, I picked up Our 2100+ Lightroom & ACR Presets Bundle. It was right in my wheelhouse, and I like the aesthetic that the kit offers. Plus, it works with Adobe Lightroom, which is what we’re working with for this article.

2100+ Lightroom & ACR Presets Bundle
2100+ Lightroom & ACR Presets Bundle

Installation

Download and unzip the Pro Presets Bundle. The obvious first part here is to open up Lightroom. Second, navigate to the menu bar and go to Edit > Preferences. On a Mac, it’s under Lightroom > Preferences.

Next, a pop-up window will appear, and that’s where you’ll see a series of tabs at the top of the screen. Choose Presets, and look toward the middle of the window. See that one that says Develop Presets? Click that.

Now a folder will appear on your screen, and it’s the one where you’re going to put your new presets. Just drag or copy them into the folder, and you’re good.

Shut down Lightroom and then fire it back up, and you’re ready to use your new presets.

How to install the new .XMP Lightroom Presets

  1. Open Lightroom
  2. Go to your Develop Module ( Top right corner )
  3. Click the + on your Presets tab and hit “Import Presets”
Importing .XMP Presets
Importing .XMP Presets

You made it! The Preset can be used in Lightroom now, and you will find it when you open the Presets tab under User Presets. This is by far the quickest and easiest way to install Lightroom Presets in the newest version of Lightroom. You can even install .Irtemplate files in the same way.

While it might be the quickest, it is not the best way, especially if you want
to have a clean folder structure for your Lightroom Presets.

How to Install the .xmp Lightroom Presets as a folder?

  1. Open Lightroom
  2. Go to Lightroom in your main menu and hit Preferences
  3. Click on Show Lightroom Develop Presets in the Preferences Menu
  4. Paste your Preset Folder containing the .xmp files into Settings.
  5. Restart Lightroom and enjoy your Presets
Lightroom Preferences
Lightroom Preferences
Lightroom Develop Presets Panel
Lightroom Develop Presets Panel

You should be able to see all of your imported Presets as a folder in Lightroom and
Camera Raw as well now. Play around with them and have fun!

Lightroom Presets Panel
Lightroom Presets Panel

How to install Presets with the old .Irtemplate format?

  1. Open Lightroom
  2. Go to Lightroom in your main menu and hit Preferences
  3. Click on Show Lightroom Develop Presets in the Preferences Menu
  4. Paste your Preset Folder containing the .Irtemplate files into Lightroom > Develop
    Presets
  5. Restart Lightroom and enjoy your Presets
Lightroom Preferences
Lightroom Preferences
Lightroom-Develop-Presets-Panel
Lightroom Develop Presets Panel

You should be able to see all of your imported Presets as a folder in Lightroom now.

How to install Profiles in Lightroom & Camera Raw?

  1. Open Lightroom Classic 7.3 or newer.
  2. Select the Profile Browser in the Develop Module.
  3. Click on Import Profiles and select your .xmp files.
Lightroom Color Profile Panel
Lightroom Color Profile Panel
Lightroom Add Color Profile Panel
Lightroom Add Color Profile Panel

Your new profiles will show up in the Profile Browser now. They will also be available in Camera Raw now. If you only use Camera Raw, you just need to open the Profile Browser, right-click into it and import your profiles!

How to install Lightroom Mobile Preset

  1. Install the Lightroom App on your phone and create an Adobe account (It’s free).
  2. Download the DNG file to your Mobile Phone or Tablet.
  3. Open the Lightroom App > Click on the “+” icon to create a new album. Name it
    whatever you want (PixelHive- Pro Bundle recommended)
  4. With the new album open, click the “Add iamge” icon, it’s usually at the bottom.
  5. Select the picture with the preset you want to use, then open the Adjustments
    panel by clicking the icon that looks like 3 sliders on the top right of the screen, now
    click the “…” Icon, select “Copy setting” and click ok.
  6. Go back to the main screen of Lightroom Mobile and locate the photo that you
    want to edit.
  7. Open the photo, then open the adjustment panel, now click the “…” icon, select
    “Paste Settings” and click ok.

Use the presets

The process starts by going into the Develop tab in Lightroom. Then, on the left-hand side (yours might look different if you’ve played around with your layout), is the Presets field. Inside there you’ll find all of the presets you imported. In this case, my Essential Lightroom Presets Pack has quite a few options.

How do you put them into action? Just click on one of them and you’re good. The preview will show right away, and you can continue to experiment to your heart’s content.

Once you’re all done, just save the file per normal and you’re done. Seriously, it’s that easy.

Lastly

Lightroom is underrated to some people. I know I leaned heavily on Photoshop over Lightroom for my photo processing for years, but once you play around with it a bit more, you’ll realize that Lightroom has a lot to offer. It’s not the perfect program, and there’s definitely a learning curve. But fortunately, working with presets is one of the easier things you’ll do.

Now get out there and start making some photos better!

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