How To Install Profiles in Lightroom & Camera Raw

Profiles have been around for some time in Lightroom and Camera Raw, but with the latest release of LR and ACR (April 2018), Adobe has made Profiles more discoverable and so much easier to use.

On this page you will find step-by-step instructions on how to install your brand new Creative Profiles and where to find them in Lightroom and ACR. The profiles you find on Contrastly are compatible with both Mac and Windows.

Please check the Contrastly store to get your hands on some profile packs!

Step 1: Download Profiles and Unzip

The very first step is to download some profiles. You can purchase a few packs on the Contrastly store. Once you have, you’ll receive an email with a link to download your purchase. We provide all of our products in zip files for easy delivery. Simply download your product and then unzip the file(s).

We recommend downloading the file(s) to your Desktop and then unzipping the files in the same location so that it’s easy for you to find the files and it makes installation a little bit easier.

Step 2: Move Files to The Correct Location

Now that you have a folder with the profiles on your computer, you need to move those files into the correct location on your computer so that Lightroom and Camera Raw can recognize them.

On a Mac, the Profiles should be moved to the following location:

[User Name]/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Camera Raw/Settings

If the ~/Library folder doesn’t appear for you, you can make it visible or easily access it by following the steps in this help article from Adobe.

On Windows, the Profiles should be moved to:

C:\Users\[User Name]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\CameraRaw\Settings

Simply select the unzipped folder from your Desktop (the folder that contains the profiles you downloaded), and right-click and select “Copy”.

Then, in the Camera Raw/Settings folder, simply Paste the item(s) in there. This will effectively copy the Profiles folder that you downloaded and then unzipped into the Camera Raw Settings folder so that Lightroom and ACR can “see” the files.

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Update Lightroom / ACR

Now, it’s time to start playing around with your new Profiles. Once they’re moved into the Camera Raw Settings folder, they’ll be available in both Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw (ACR).

But first, let’s make sure you have the latest version of Lightroom and ACR that includes the Profile Browser. Open up your Creative Cloud Application Manager and simply update to the latest version.

In Lightroom and ACR

The Profile Browser is essentially the same in Lightroom and ACR. Let’s start with Lightroom. Open up the application then head over to the Develop module by clicking it in the top right navigation bar.

On the right rail you should see a few panels, like the Histogram, Basic, Tone Curve, etc… Open up the Basic panel if it’s not opened already. Inside the Basic panel at the top, you should see a Profile section. On the right there’s an icon that represents a grid (the 4 little squares icon). Click this icon to open up the Profile Browser.

Lightroom Profile Browser

Inside the Profile Browser you should see a few Profile sets. Some of them are the defaults provided by Adobe (Artistic, B&W, Modern, Vintage), and you should also see the new Contrastly Profiles you have installed. Click on the little arrow on the left of the name to expand the set and then you can start using your new profiles!

Lightroom Profiles

Once you apply a Profile, you can adjust its intensity using the Amount slider at the top.

In ACR the process is almost identical. If you’re accessing ACR via Photoshop, you’ll see a similar “Profiles” dropdown menu with a 4-squares/grid icon. Clicking on it opens up the Profile Browser and from there it works the same as in Lightroom.

ACR Profile Browser ACR Profile Browser

Of course if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to help!