How To Install Lightroom Presets

Adobe Lightroom is a very powerful tool, especially when combined with high quality presets.

Downloading and installing Lightroom presets is easy – this quick and handy guide will show you how. Please note that the presets downloaded/purchased from Contrastly are compatible with Lightroom 4, 5, 6, and CC, except where noted.

Step 1: Purchase and/or Download Lightroom Presets

The very first step is to download some Lightroom presets. Good news for you, we offer a free sample pack of 25 presets to our newsletter subscribers. Simply enter your email on this page and you’ll receive your sample presets within minutes. Then, simply download the pack to a location on your computer that is easily accessible (like on your desktop).

Most Lightroom preset packs come bundled in a ZIP file. Simply unzip the file and you will then have a folder that contains all the Lightroom presets.

Step 2: Locate the “Develop” Folder

Now that you have a folder with the presets on your computer, open up Lightroom. Then, find the preferences menu item and open up the Preferences panel.

How to install Lightroom Presets

At the top of this window, you should see a few tabs. Click the “Presets tab“.

Lightroom Presets Tab

Then, click on “Show Lightroom Presets Folder“. This will open up your Lightroom Presets folder, inside it you will find a folder named “Develop Presets“. This is where you will install your Lightroom Presets, like the ones you purchased or downloaded from the Contrastly Store.

Lightroom Develop Folder

Open this folder. Inside of it you will find a few existing presets as well as any other presets you have installed already.

Now, simply move the presets you have downloaded (the ones from Step 1, they should be on your desktop or in your Downloads folder) into the Develop Presets folder.

Then simply quit Lightroom and re-open it. You will then see all your new Lightroom presets under the Develop module, in the Presets panel on the left.

Lightroom Develop Module

Enjoy!