Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Installing Develop presets made by others, part of Using Presets in Lightroom.
There are lots and lots of places online where you can go to find and download presets that you can install into your copy of Lightroom. Some of those presets are for a fee, others are for free. In this movie, I want to show you how you can install presets that you find online, or that you get from a colleague or a friend. Or the presets that I've included in the exercise files, for those of you who have access to the exercise files. In all those cases, there are two ways that you can install presets. To show you those, let's switch over to Lightroom. If you have just a couple of presets to install, then the quickest way is the automatic method. To use the automatic method, I'll go to the presets panel in the develop module. And I'm going to right-click on any one of the folders there. It doesn't matter which.
And if I want to bring my imported presets into the folder I've clicked on, that's fine. I can do that. Or I can make a new folder. I'll click New Folder, and I'll say presets from, and then I might type the name of the source. Maybe it's a website. In this case it's me. An that makes a brand new folder here in my presets panel. Now, I'm going to right-click on that folder, an I'm going to choose import, from the little menu that comes up. In the import preset window, I'll navigate to the place where I've put the presets that I either downloaded, or the presets in my exercise files, or presets that I got from a friend. By the way, if you've downloaded presets from an online site, make sure that the file you've downloaded is unzipped.
Sometimes files will unzip automatically. If a file doesn't unzip automatically, you can unzip it on a PC by right clicking that file and choosing extract all. Or if you're on a Mac, by double-clicking the zipped file. So, here I have a folder of some developed presets inside of my exercise files folder. I'm going to click the arrow to the left of the Develop Presets folder. And you can see that I've organized the presets I provided for you into subfolders. And each subfolder starts with LDC for a lynda.com. And then these files the once that end in .lr template are the actual preset files, so go ahead and select any one of those preset files.
It doesn't matter which, where you could select a few of them and then click the Import button. And now, in my presets panel, you can see that I have a brand new preset. This is the one that I just imported and it landed in the folder where I started. My "Presets from Jan" folder. And that preset was automatically applied to whichever photo happens to be open at the moment. If you don't want to apply that preset, you can undo that application By pressing Cmd+Z on the mac, Ctrl+Z on the PC. So, that's the quick automatic way to import or install presets.
And that works great if you are installing some individual presets, but what if the person who has made the presets has provided folders to organize the presets, and you want to replicate those folders here in your presets panel. Then, the quickest way to go is the method I'm going to show you now: the manual method. This is the manual method that I suggest you use if you're installing the presets that I provided for you in the exercise files. I'll go up to the Lightroom menu on a Mac or the Edit menu on a PC, and I'll choose Preferences. In the Preferences window, I'll go to the Presets tab, and I'll click Show Lightroom Presets folder, to go right to the folder in my operating system, where Lightroom stores develop presets. You can see the Develop Presets folder right here, so I don't have to worry about remembering the path to that folder.
Now, I can close my Preferences window, and I'm going to open a Finder or Explorer window. And in that second window I'm going to navigate to where ever I put the presets that I want to bring into Lightroom. In this case it's my desktop, inside my exercise files folder. And there inside the Develop Presets folder. I've organized the presets for you into folders. Because I want to show you what happens if the person providing the presets has gone to the trouble of organizing the presets for you and you want to take the folders of that person has made and include those in your presets panel in Lightroom.
So that you don't have to go to the trouble of making your own folders. I'm going to copy all the folders. So, I'll select this folder and then I'll hold the select Shift key and I'll select this folder. And then I'm going to copy, and then I'll go to the other window that's open, the one with the direct path to the place that Lightroom keeps presets. I'll click on the Develop Presets folder, and I'm going to paste all of those new presets into that folder. Now, you can see that the presets are there. Now, I can close both of these windows. And here's the trick, I have to restart Lightroom to get those new presets and their folders to appear here in my presets panel.
When Lightroom relaunches, in the presets panel in the develops module, you can see all the new folders that I just brought in. And if I open any one of those, you can see its contents here, and I can just hover over those presets to see a small preview of how the open photo will look with any of those presets applied. If I scroll down in the presets panel, you can see that I have not only my LDC folders that contain the presets that I've built and provided for you, but also the ones labelled Lightroom each of which has more presets in it. So, those are two ways that you can install presets that you get from someone else.
I want to mention that if you're downloading presets from an online site, you should read what the provider has to say about those presets to make sure that the presets are for the kind of files you're going to use them on. For example, if the presets that the provider are for JPEGs, you may not get the result that you expect if you're using them on RAW files. And if the presets were made in older version of Lighroom than you have, you may not get the same results. Although, sometimes older presets work just fine in current versions of the program. So, you basically have to try them out to see. Installing presets from others is a quick way to apply some really interesting effects to your own photos. And it can also be a starting place when you want to build presets of your own, as I'm going to show you how to do next.
- What is a Develop preset?
- Installing Develop presets made by others
- Building your own Develop presets
- Applying and layering Develop presets
- Making copyright and contact metadata presets
- Building import presets
- Making file-naming presets
- Creating text watermarks
- Making export presets