Importing your Lightroom presets with the new .XMP files

You guys! I just released my new presets and I’m SO excited! If you’ve just downloaded them and you’re looking at the (super unfamiliar) .xmp file and can’t figure out how to import them the way you’re used to, don’t be discouraged  – we did the same thing – and failed. haha. SO we battled our way into Google and found the answer! THEN THAT DIDN’T WORK, so I called Adobe and got the answer straight from them. If you have any issues with setup, let me know ASAP- I want to help it get sorted and brainstorm with you!
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Lightroom CC 1.4 and Classic 7.3 had a major upgrade in April 2018. It is Adobe’s answer to Presets that are interchangeable with LR and Adobe Camera Raw in Photoshop. It’s awesome! BUT also, there’s a new system for inserting presets.

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1. Update your LR to the current version!  Upgrade to  version LR CC 1.4 and Classic 7.3. or newer. And while you’re at it, I THINK Adobe is requiring your computer to be updated too.

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2. Then, download the presets and unzip the folder (Your computer might do this automatically)

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3. Copy the .xmp preset files into your USER PRESETS folder.

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  • On Mac, the preset directory for the new Lightroom CC is ~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Lightroom CC/Develop Presets/
  • On Windows, the preset directory for the new Lightroom CC is C:/Users/{you}/AppData/Roaming/Adobe/Lightroom CC/Develop Presets/
  • Add your presets under User presets folder 

 

 

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> Then Open Lightroom (Make sure you have the correct version open. After updating, there might be two versions on your computer and it defaults to the old version)
> Go to the Develop module
>On the left side, find the Presets panel
>Next to the Presets panel heading you will see a small + icon
>Click the + icon and it will open a window where you can browse your computer for the preset files
>Import your presets and they will appear in the Presets panel in Lightroom
>Note that by using this method, each folder of presets needs to be imported one by one

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According to the very helpful man at Adobe, that should work! MY FINGERS ARE CROSSED. .I hope this helped you get the presets imported so you can start editing!

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