How To - Use Lightroom Presets

So you bought and downloaded a preset or preset collection from one of your favourite photographers or content creators - now what? It’s time to upload and apply that puppy and start creating! Keep reading for a quick guide on what do do after you have the preset saved!


Open Lightroom’s Preset folder

The first thing you have to do is open Lightroom so that you can locate your Preset folder on your hard drive. If you already know where it is that’s awesome - but if you are a newbie, this is a quick and easy way to locate it!

  1. Click Lightroom —> Preferences —> Show Lightroom Presets Folder

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Navigate to your user presets folder and drag your preset in

By clicking the “Show Lightroom Presets Folder” you are opening the lovely location that houses all your develop presets that you can apply to your photos!

All you have to do is drag the preset that you’ve downloaded (just the file with the .lrtemplate extension) into the develop presets folder! After you have down this, Restart Lightroom so that it has a chance to add your preset to your develop presets section in Lightroom!

How to use Adobe Lightroom Presets

Reopen Lightroom and Navigate to the develop screen

When you reopen Lightroom, click the Develop Tab as you normally would to edit a photo! Your preset will now be in the left hand bar generally under downloaded or user presets! All you have to do is click the preset and it automatically applies to your photo! In many cases, you will have to toggle with some settings to perfectly fit your photo so try playing with the exposure, highlights, shadows, blacks and whites first do get the lighting correct! Many times presets play with the shadows, curves and blacks so you may notice a darker feel to your image (this is why I recommend playing with exposure elements first! Happy Lightrooming!

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