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How to Install Presets in Lightroom

In this post I am going to explain how to install presets in lightroom. Presets are one of the distinct features of Adode Photoshop Lightroom. It makes your image processing faster with just one click. Lightroom comes with a range of presets. You can make your own presets, or install presets made by others, too. Below are the steps to install your presets in lightroom. NOTE: These steps can be used to for lightroom 3 and 4.

Steps to Install Presets in Lightroom

Step 1: Open Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

Step 2: Select any photo and click on ‘Develop’ on the top right corner of the window.

top panel in lightroom 4
Click  ‘Develop’ on top right corner of the window

Step 3: On the left panel, Right click on ‘user preset’ and click ‘import’

Import presets box in lightroom
Right click on ‘user presets’ in the left panel and click import

Step 4: You have to find the lightroom preset. The extension of a lightoom preset file is ‘lrtemplate’. Once you find a preset, click ‘open’

select the preset file
Find the lightoom preset, which you want to install, and click ‘open’

That’s it. You have installed a new lightroom preset. You can follow the same steps to install mutiple presets, too.

How to apply the preset: Once you install the preset, it appears on the left panel. For applying a preset, open the develop module (refer to the first picture), and simply click on the preset to apply it on the image. If you want to undo the preset action, click on ‘edit’ tab on the top, and click undo.


If you have any queries, drop it as comments. And check out our lightroom presets. You can download them for free.



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Vidhu Soman

Vidhu is an enthusiastic photographer from Kerala, India. His desire to share his knowledge and experience on photography was the motivation for creating Shutterstoppers. His dream is to provide a platform for people all around the world to exchange ideas and information on everything related to photography. In addition to photography, he also has a keen interest in traveling, philately and science.

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