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Hi. I am Joe Fitzpatrick. In today’s Understand Photography Tuesday Tip, I’ll show you how to add develop presets to Lightroom Classic CC. Adobe changed the preset format in the middle of 2018, so there are two formats you may encounter when downloading presets.

The older style preset has an lrtemplate extension, and the newer style has an xmp extension. Both come in a zip format and can be used in the current version of Lightroom Classic CC. Let’s start with the newer xmp presets. With xmp presets, there’s no need to unzip zip files. The import procedure is the same for both individual xmp files and zip files containing multiple presets. In Lightroom Classic CC’s develop module, left panel, click on the plus sign in the preset section. Then choose import presets. In the popup window, navigate to the folder where the individual xmp presets or zip file containing the xmp presets is located.

Left click on the preset or zip file, and click on import. That’s all there is to it. Your new presets will show up on the preset list.

Installing presets in the older lrtemplate format is a bit more complicated. First, unzip the presets if they’re in a zip file. In Windows, open file explorer, locate the preset zip file. Right click on it. Then select extract all from the drop down menu. Then click on extract in the dialogue box. Your lrtemplate files will be extracted into a new folder.

Mac users, open finder, then double click on the zip file to extract the files. Then, you need to determine where your presets ar being stored. In Lightroom, click on edit, then preferences in the menu bar. Mac users click on Lightroom, then preferences. Select the presets tab in the preferences window, and then click on, show all other Lightroom presets. Open the Lightroom folder, then the develop presets folder.

Copy the folder containing your unzipped lrtemplate format presets or the presets themselves to the develop presets folder. Then, restart Lightroom. Lightroom will automatically convert the presets to the xmp format and copy them to the appropriate folder.

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Joe Fitzpatrick

Joe Fitzpatrick

Lead Instructor

Joe Fitzpatrick is one of that rare breed of photographers who possesses both a vast array of technical knowledge and the ability to communicate it in clear, simple terms.  Joe is the type of person who needs to know how everything works. If he doesn’t know, he’ll figure it out! And then he’ll simplify it so that the rest of us can understand!
Joe focuses primarily on nature photography; landscapes and birds.  He is also an amazing street photographer

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