How to install Presets in Lightroom CC

In this guide, we will explain how to install presets in Lightroom CC. Keep in mind that the native preset format in Lightroom CC is XMP, although it is also compatible with DNG presets. Below, we detail how to import a DNG preset to Lightroom CC.

Guide to installing presets in Adobe Lightroom CC

An easy-to-follow guide for adding presets (XMP) in the Adobe Lightroom CC desktop.

Total Time Needed: 3 minutes
1. Download the presets
The first thing you need to do is download the presets you want to install on your computer. You can buy them from an online store, download them from a trusted source on the internet, or create your own presets.
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2. Extract the files
The presets may be compressed in a .zip or .rar file. If this is the case, you will need to extract the files to be able to install them.
3. Open Lightroom CC
Open the Lightroom CC application on your computer.
4. Open the preset settings panel
Click on the "Edit" button in the upper right corner of the Lightroom CC window. Then, click on the "Presets" button that appears at the bottom of the toolbar.
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5. Import the presets
Click the button with 3 dots ("...") in the upper right corner of the presets panel. Then click "Import Presets", select the preset file you want to install and click "Import".
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6. Verify the upload and try out the presets
Once the installation is complete, you'll be able to find your new presets in the "Presets" panel within the "Develop" module.
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Importing DNG Presets to Lightroom CC

If you work with presets in DNG format, you can also import them into Lightroom CC. To import a DNG preset, add the DNG image to the Lightroom CC catalog and open it. Tap the three dots at the top right and select “Create Preset”. In the pop-up window, make sure all options are selected, give the preset a name, and click “Save”.

If you have an Adobe Creative Cloud account, the presets you create or download in Lightroom CC can be automatically synchronized with the Lightroom Mobile application. This way, you can access your presets wherever you have the Lightroom Mobile app installed. You can check out our guide for synchronizing Lightroom CC presets with Lightroom Mobile.

Frequently Asked Questions When Installing Presets in Lightroom CC

Lightroom CC is compatible with preset files in .xmp and .dng formats.
Yes, presets from Lightroom Classic and Lightroom Mobile are compatible with Lightroom CC as long as they are in a compatible DNG or XMP format.

Imported presets will be saved in the “Presets” section of Lightroom CC.

Yes, you can adjust an existing preset in Lightroom CC and save the changes as a new preset.

No, it’s not necessary. You can download presets to your computer and import them directly into the Adobe Lightroom CC application without needing a Creative Cloud account.

To delete a preset in Lightroom CC, right-click on the preset you want to delete and select “Delete.” You can also select the preset and click on the “Delete” button.

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