Lightroom Presets: How to Download and Use

Lightroom Presets made by Adobe Lightroom allow users to take their photos to the next level by achieving the perfect picture with a configuration of settings designed to achieve a certain look or style of your photo. 

Downloading on Mac and Windows

If you are installing Lightroom on your Mac or Windows, extract the .ZIP file with the presets that you downloaded. Open Lightroom CC and click on the edit icon at the top right. The edit icon has three horizontal bars with circles on them. You will see a Presets button at the bottom of the screen. Click on it, and the presets panel will be revealed. Click on the icon of three dots at the top ‘•••’ in the dropdown menu select Import Presets, then navigate to the folder 'Lightroom and Lightroom Classic since Apr 2018 (.XMP)', choose the presets.ZIP file(s), and click Import. All of the presets will now be listed in the Presets panel. 

Downloading on Android

If you would like to use Lightroom on your Android, Download the .ZIP file starting with "mobile-presets_android..." after purchasing it. Open the Lightroom application on your phone and select an image from your library, and press to open it. Slide the toolbar to the bottom to the right and press the "Presets" tab. Press the three dots to open the menu and select "Import Presets”, your file explorer appears on the screen. Navigate to the folder on your phone where you downloaded the .ZIP file and press the .ZIP file to import the presets. (If you cannot import the .ZIP file directly, use the "My Files" app on your phone to extract the contents of the .ZIP file first.) Your presets will now be imported and available under a new group in the "Presets" tab.

Downloading on iPhone 

If you would like to use it on your iPhone, Download the .ZIP file starting with "mobile-presets_iphone..." after you purchased it. Once the download is complete, press the download icon in the upper right corner of your screen to open the "Files" app on your phone. Press on the downloaded .ZIP file, and the content will be extracted. A new folder should automatically appear, then open the Lightroom Mobile app on your iPhone and then click the "+" icon in your library and choose to create a new “Folder.” Name the new folder "Presets," and then open the folder and press "Create New Album," and name the album after the downloaded presets. Open the album and press the "Add" icon to add new images. Then navigate to the folder you extracted from the downloaded .ZIP file and select all DNG files in the folder. When you have selected all, choose "Open." Open the first DNG image and press the icon with the three dots to open the menu and select "Create Preset." Name your preset after the preset pack in "Preset Group," select "Create New Preset Group," and name it after the name of the preset pack. Uncheck "Tools," "Details," "Optics," and "Geometry," then under the “Light” tab uncheck “Exposure,” and under the “Color” tab, make sure to uncheck “White Balance.” Press the tick to create the preset and follow the same method as steps 5 and 6 to create your presets from the other DNG files. When done, you will find the presets under the "Presets" panel.

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How to use

After installing the presets into your Lightroom on your computer or your phone, open the application. When you click on a particular preset while in the develop module, the preset settings will apply to that specified photo. The best thing about Lightroom Presets is that it allows you to use preset settings on your photo, create your own effects, and save them to ensure all your photos have the same esthetic and look to them. 


When downloading Lightroom Presets on your computer you will be required to pay for a yearly subscription on top of the presets you purchase. The yearly subscription is $9.99 a month, while the presets can cost as little as $5.99 each. Even though this is totally worth the purchase, you can also use the mobile app free of charge to purchase the presets you use. 

Bulk Editing

One of the superlative parts of using Lightroom Presets is the capability of bulk editing. If you have more than one picture that you would like to add the same editing onto, Lightroom Presets allows you to “sync settings” for the sake of adding the edit to all of your photos. Bulk editing ensures the simplest, most time-efficient method for using your presets.


Lightroom Presets takes the hassle out of editing your photos by allowing users to download preset edits in which you can then adjust to your liking. This process relieves the stress and time-consuming aspect of editing that perfect photo. Due to easy editing, Lightroom Presets is a great learning tool for new editors since you can see what settings are being adjusted to edit your pictures versus the trial and error editing. Since Lightroom Presets has so many options to choose from, you can create professional-looking images with just one click! Lightroom Presets allow you to create consistency amongst your photos which helps develop a recognized brand. 

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Author: Cassandra Johnson