How to Install Lightroom Presets? (Step-by-Step Guide)

How to Install Lightroom Presets - Create Preset

How To Install Lightroom Presets

There’s no faster way to edit your photos than using Lightroom Presets!

The best thing is that you can apply them in just one click and your photos will get a professional look.

And the best thing is that you can download them easily and install them quickly.

In this article, we’re presenting you a step-by-step guide for installing Lightroom Presets on any device and for all current versions of Lightroom.

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How to Install Mobile Lightroom Presets

There are 2 options for the installation of Lightroom Presets on the mobile app:

Option A: Using the Lightroom desktop app

If you already have a subscription to Adobe Lightroom you can install presets on the desktop app and it will be synchronized with your mobile app automatically.

So, install XMP presets on the Lightroom app on your computer and presets will appear on your mobile app as well because desktop and mobile apps are synchronized. Need to mention that for this method of synchronization, you shouldn’t install presets on the Lightroom Classic app, but on the Lightroom CC app.

Option B: Directly on Lightroom mobile app

However, if you use the FREE Lightroom mobile app (iOS or Android) you should install presets directly on your mobile app:

How to Install Mobile Lightroom Presets (Android)

1. When you buy presets you will get a confirmation email from us.

How to Install Lightroom Presets - Confirmation Email

2. Open the confirmation email and click to button “Download Your Presets”. It will direct you to the order page where you will download DNG presets as a ZIP file and How to install Lightroom Presets guide in PDF.

How to Install Lightroom Presets - Order Confirmation

3. Once you downloaded the ZIP file find it on your phone (you can find it in your download folder).

How to Install Lightroom Presets - Download ZIP File

4. Extract the ZIP file (tap on it).

How to Install Lightroom Presets - Extract ZIP File

5. You will find downloaded DNG files in your camera roll. Open the Lightroom app and import the DNG files.

How to Install Lightroom Presets - Open Lightroom App
How to Install Lightroom Presets - Import DNG Files

6. If you don’t see presets in the Lightroom gallery (or some of them) just tap the three-dot icon “…” in the top right of the screen and tap Sort by import date, and you will see the newest files on the top.

How to Install Lightroom Presets - Sort By Import Date

7. Once you have added and opened the DNG file into the Lightroom app, tap the three-dot icon “…” in the top right of the screen and select Create Preset.

How to Install Lightroom Presets - Create Preset

8. Fill out the Preset Group and Preset Name to ensure your presets stay organized. Our default preset name is TravelPhotoCam – Preset Name – Px but you can rename it as you want. Do not change any of the other settings. Now tap the “✓” icon in the top right.

How to Install Lightroom Presets - Preset Group
How to Install Lightroom Presets - Preset Name

9. The preset is installed and available to apply to any of your photos under the menu Presets. Simply open the image you want to edit, scroll across the settings to Presets and tap on the preset of your choice.

How to Install Lightroom Presets - Apply Preset

10. While our presets are designed to be one-tap magic, they may not look perfect. It may happen that you will need to play around and change a little the Exposure, White Balance, or Temperature to match your specific photo.

How to Install Lightroom Presets - Play Around

How to Install Mobile Lightroom Presets (iOS)

1. When you buy presets you will get a confirmation email from us.

2. Open the confirmation email and click to button “Download Your Presets”. It will direct you to the order page where you will download DNG presets as a ZIP file and the How to install Lightroom Presets guide in PDF.

3. Once you downloaded the ZIP file find it on your phone (you can find it in the Files – Downloads folder).

4. Extract the ZIP file (tap on it).

5. Open the Lightroom app, tap on to add photos icon, select import from files, and find DNG files in the Downloads folder. Select all files and import them.

6. If you don’t see presets in the Lightroom gallery (or some of them) just tap the three-dot icon “…” in the top right of the screen and tap Sort by import date, and you will see the newest files on the top.

7. Once you have added and opened the DNG file into the Lightroom app, tap the three-dot icon “…” in the top right of the screen and select Create Preset.

8. Fill out the Preset Name and Preset Group to ensure your presets stay organized. Our default preset name TravelPhotoCam – Preset Name – Px but you can rename it as you want. Do not change any of the other settings. Now tap the “✓” icon in the top right.

9. The preset is installed and available to apply to any of your photos under the menu Presets. Simply open the image you want to edit, scroll across the settings to Presets and tap on the preset of your choice.

10. While our presets are designed to be one-tap magic, they may not look perfect. It may happen that you will need to play around and change a little the Exposure, White Balance, or Temperature to match your specific photo.

How to Install Desktop Presets on Lightroom Classic 7.3 or Newer

1. When you buy presets you will get a confirmation email from us.

How to Install Lightroom Presets - Confirmation Email

2. Open the confirmation email and click to button “Download Your Presets”. It will direct you to the order page where you will download XMP presets as a ZIP file and the How to install Lightroom Presets guide in PDF.

How to Install Lightroom Presets - Order Confirmation

3. Unzip the file into a new folder where you will store XMP presets.

How to Install Lightroom Presets - Unzip File

4. Open the Lightroom Classic app on your computer. Go to Develop menu and click on Import and Develop Profiles and Presets.

How to Install Lightroom Presets - Import & Develop

5. Find the folder you’ve created and import XMP files to the Lightroom Classic app.

How to Install Lightroom Presets - Import XMP Files

6. You can start using presets. We recommend you group them in order to keep the preset section organized. Also, you can rename presets if you want.

How to Install Lightroom Presets - Group & Rename

How to Install Desktop Presets on Lightroom 4, 5, 6, or Lightroom Classic 7.2 and Older

2. Open the confirmation email and click to button “Download Your Presets”. It will direct you to the order page where you will download LRTEMPLATE presets as a ZIP file and the How to install Lightroom Presets guide in PDF.

3. Unzip the file into a new folder where you will store LRTEMPLATE presets.

4. Open the Lightroom app on your computer. If you use a Mac computer click on Lightroom in the main menu and choose Preferences. If you use a Windows computer click on Edit in the main menu and choose Preferences.

5. Click on the Presets tab.

6. Click on the box Show Lightroom Presets (on an older version of Lightroom), or on the box Show All Other Lightroom Presets (on a newer version of Lightroom).

7. Click on the Lightroom folder and click on the Develop Presets folder.

8. Find the folder where you stored LRTEMPLATE files and copy presets to the Develop Presets folder.

9. Restart Lightroom and start using presets. We recommend you group them in order to keep the preset section organized. Also, you can rename presets if you want.

How to Install Desktop Presets on Lightroom CC

1. When you buy presets you will get a confirmation email from us.

2. Open the confirmation email and click to button “Download Your Presets”. It will direct you to the order page where you will download XMP presets as a ZIP file and the How to install Lightroom Presets guide in PDF.

3. Unzip the file into a new folder where you will store XMP presets.

4. Open the Lightroom CC app on your computer and choose any image.

5. Click on File and choose Import Profiles and Presets in the main menu.

6. Find the folder where you stored XMP presets and import them to the Lightroom CC.

7. That’s all. When you want to use presets, open Presets Panel and choose the preset you want to apply.

Troubleshooting Tips

If you have any trouble in the installation of Lightroom Presets, below you can find the most common mistakes and how to easily fix them.

If you can not install Presets to your version of Lightroom, check if you use correct version

First, check if you use the correct version of Lightroom.

When you download Presets you get XMP, LRTEMPLATE, and DNG files. You shouldn’t try using DNG files on the desktop version of Lightroom or XMP and LRTEMPLATE on the mobile app.

Also, if you have an older version of Lightroom (older than 7.2.) you should use LRTEMPLATE instead of XMP files.

Don’t foget to extract (unzip) files before you install it

A lot of first-time users forget to extract zipped files and try to upload them directly to Lightroom, but it’s not possible.

So, before you install Lightroom Presets don’t forget to extract (unzip) them.

If you are a Mac user you will extract them with one click (just open the files and they will automatically become unzipped). But if you use Windows, you should use tools like WinZip, WinRAR, 7-Zip, or others. You probably already installed some of these tools.

On Android smartphones and iPhones you will extract them when you try to open them, so just don’t forget to click on extract.

Import preset to correct folder

When you import preset you should do so to Develop Presets folder.

Use develop module, not library to apply Presets to your photos

You apply Presets on the same module where you edit them. So, use develop module when you want to apply Lightroom Presets.

Enable Presets panel if you don’t see it

If you don’t see Presets panel it’s probably disabled. You can enable it if you go to Preferences then to Presets tab and uncheck Store presets with this catalog. Then you should see Presets panel.

However, in rare situations, you may do the same as above but check Show Partially Compatible Develop Presets instead.

Don’t forget to backup your Lightroom Presets

Last but not least important, ALWAYS backup your Lightroom Presets. You don’t know if you will catch some virus or malware which should corrupt your files. And some of these files could be your Lightroom Presets.

We advise you to back up your Presets to at least some of your external storage (like an external hard drive) and if possible to cloud storage. This is the process we use for all our files, no matter if this is just a document, photography, or Lightroom Preset.

Frequently Asked Questions

In previous parts of this article, we covered everything you need to know regarding the installation of Lightroom Presets. But in this section, we want to cover general questions regarding Lightroom Presets you may have.

How to buy TravelPhotoCam’s Lightroom Presets?

Very easy!

On our store, you will explore and choose Lightroom Presets you want. Then you will click the add to cart button and pay on the checkout page using your credit card or PayPalCurrently, we sell all our Lightroom Presets only through Gumroad, so you will buy and pay for presets on Gumroad.

What are Lightroom Presets?

Lightroom Presets are the quickest way to edit your photos. It works like a filter, meaning you will apply the Preset on your photo in one click to get an edited image. It’s the same process as you add filters to photos you upload on Instagram. But Lightroom enables you to tweak and adjust photos in a more professional way.

Why should I use Lightroom Presets?

There are many reasons for it, but the 3 main reasons are:

  1. To edit your photos faster;
  2. To transform your photos in one click;
  3. To get a consistent look at your photos.

Do I need to be a PRO photographer to use Lightroom Presets?

No, you don’t need. Actually, Lightroom Presets are for everyone regardless of previous experience. But, if you have some experience in Lightroom you can tweak adjustments based on your taste. But you will get nice edits even in one click.

Can I use Presets on the FREE Lightroom mobile app?

Yes! Our Presets are fully compatible with Lightroom FREE mobile app.

Can I use Presets for both JPEG and RAW photos?

Yes! You can use our Lightroom Presets for all your JPEG and RAW photos.

How to download Lightroom Presets?

It’s a simple process. When you finish checkout you will get the download link on the next screen. Also, you will get an email with a download link. The Presets are in a zip file. Once you unzip the file you will be able to install them.

How to install Lightroom Presets?

Don’t worry, it’s pretty easy. You should follow the process we outline in this article. 

Additionally, in a zip file, you will get after purchase you will get also a PDF guide. In this guide, you will find step-by-step instructions on how to install presets (on both mobile and desktop versions of Lightroom).

How to use Lightroom Presets?

It’s also pretty easy like you add Instagram filters to your photos. Once you import photos to Lightroom you will apply preset in a 1-click. For most of you, it will be enough. But, if you are more experienced in photo editing you can also adjust things like exposure, contrast, shadow, highlights, and all other stuff.

Do I need to take photos with an expensive camera?

No! You can take photos with your smartphone camera. Or with any other camera. Actually, a lot of people use Lightroom Presets for photos taken with a smartphone. No matter which camera you use our Presets will enhance the look of your photos.

Can I share the Presets with my friends?

No! When you buy Presets you get a single license, so you are the only user allowed to use them. If your friends like them, they also need to buy them. Put yourself in our shoes. If we would allow resharing of our Presets, we will go into bankruptcy because no one will buy them.

Do you accept refunds?

We want to be honest with you. Lightroom Presets are a digital product. It means that once someone downloads it can keep it forever. It means also that if someone asks us for a refund we couldn’t say “please send us your presets and we will refund it”. So, if we would give someone a refund there is no guarantee that someone will also delete our Presets. In other words, we want to make sure that we are not victims of fraud and “fake” refund requests.

However, we’d like to start from the point that YOU won’t be going to scam us if you ask for a refund. And we consider each request separately.

Few examples that we are happy to provide you with a refund:

  • If you accidentally duplicate an order and pay twice, don’t worry we will grant a refund);
  • If you are not able to install Presets to the Lightroom app, we will first try to help you with installation. But if there is a bug in your app and there is no way to install it, don’t worry we will grant a refund).

But, if you are not satisfied with the outcome, we are more than glad to give you help and see what we can do to make our Presets work for you. So, you can contact us whenever you want with any questions about anything related to our Presets.

We are taking care of our customers and we are happy to help!

What If I change my phone (or computer)? Do I need to buy Presets again?

No! You need to download them again. However, we recommend you back up your Lightroom Presets as any other file or photo to be able to access them without the need to re-download them If you experience any issues in downloading, please contact us and we will send you presets you bought earlier.

How will I recognize this purchase on my bank statement?

Easily! Considering we sell our products through Gumroad, you will see their name on your bank statement – first six letters GUM.CO and the remaining eight are either our name or username or the product’s name. So, you do not need to worry about that.