Designed as a complement to Photoshop, Lightroom is a powerful image organizer with some editing features as well. By default, Lightroom comes equipped with a range of built-in presets that enhance your photos in specific ways, but you can always add more. In this walkthrough, we've shared how to add presets to Lightroom on both Windows and Mac, so you can take advantage of all the free collections available online.
1. First, download some presets! You can find huge collections on sites like Presetify, or just do a quick Google search to browse from thousands of other presets. Not all of them are free, but many Lightroom users have uploaded their personal creations for you to enjoy.
2. Next, locate the preset file on your hard drive and uncompress it. Typically, preset collections are packaged as a zip file, so use your computer's built-in zip program (like the Archive Utility on Mac) or download a free one like WinZip. Once your files are unzipped, you should see files with the .lrtemplate extension (i.e. Lightroom presets) in the folder.
3. Now launch Lightroom and go to "Edit" > "Preferences" in the top menu bar ("Lightroom" > "Preferences" on Mac). A Preferences window will appear, with a variety of Lightroom settings. Choose the Presets tab, and then click on the "Show Lightroom Presets Folder" button. This will launch a file directory window.
4. In the new window, open the "Lightroom" folder and then open "Develop Presets". Now, go back and select the preset collection you just downloaded, press Ctrl+C (or Command+C on Mac) to copy the presets, and then press Ctrl+V (Command+V on Mac) to paste them into the "Develop Presets" folder.
5. Finally, you need to restart Lightroom for the new presets to become visible. To access the presets, go to the Develop Module and then locate the Presets panel, which should be on the left side of the module. Click on the drop-down arrow next to the word "Presets" to see the full list, including your new collection.
6. To reorganize your presets, right-click in the Presets panel and choose "New Folder". Then, drag any desired presets to the new folder, or right-click and choose "Rename" to give any preset a different name. You can also right-click and choose "Import" to copy presets to a selected folder.
Now that you know how to add presets to Lightroom, it's time to explore the online community and have fun experimenting with your new presets!