Adobe has changed the file format and location where Lightroom presets are stored in version 7.3 of Lightroom classic, which was released on the 3rd of April 2018. If you are installing presets for version 7.3 of Lightroom or later, you need to use this method rather than the standard method.
If you had previously installed presets before updating to Lightroom 7.3 see the notes below
Please read these instructions carefully
How to determine what version of Lightroom you are running
- In Lightroom, from the Lightroom menu choose “About Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC.
- At the top of the dialog box that opens you should see the version number
Which Version to install
I have included new versions of the included Lightroom presets for 7.3 as well as older version for versions of Lightroom 7.2 and older. If you are using Lightroom 7.3 use the presets in the folder: “Lightroom Presets 7.3”. for older versions of Lightroom use the folder “Lightroom Presets Legacy”
Installing Presets in Lightroom Classic 7.3 or later
To install presets for the new version of Lightroom, you need to copy them (the preset folders that come with the downloads) to the following location on your computer (You will need to restart Lightroom after installing):
Mac: ~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/CameraRaw/Settings
PC (Windows): C:\ProgramData\Adobe\CameraRaw\Settings
On a mac, the quickest way to get to that location is to copy the path from the document above, and then from the Finder choose: Go > Go To Folder… (Command + G) and paste the path into the dialog that opens. This will bring you to the right folder.
Important Notes about Presets in Lightroom
- Presets now use the .xmp file format, and no longer use the old .lrtemplate format.
- If you had installed presets in Lightroom on an earlier version, and have upgraded to Lightroom 7.3, the presets should have been upgraded during the upgrade process. You don’t need to re-install them in this case. Check to see if they are in the develop module.
- Lightroom presets are now shared with Camera RAW in Photoshop. If you are using Camera RAW in Photoshop, you will see the presets now in the preset browser in CameraRAW.