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Importing Develop Module Presets from Someone Else

The ability to create your own Develop module presets is a huge timesaver, but if you don’t even have time for that—don’t worry—there are already websites popping up with lots of free pre-designed Develop module presets (some of them are created by well-known photographers, instructors, and even Adobe engineers), and all you have to do is download ‘em and install ‘em (by the way, a great resource for these is the UK-based site Inside Lightroom [http://inside-lightroom.co.uk/]).

  • Step One. If you download a Develop module preset from the Web (or a friend emails you a preset she created), getting it into Photoshop Lightroom is easy, you just have to know where to look (and no big surprise here—it’s buried deep within folder after folder). That’s why the quickest way to get to the right spot is to go to the Presets panel and simply Control-click (PC: Right-click) on any one of the existing Develop module presets, which brings up a contextual menu (shown here). Choose Show in Finder (PC: Show in Explorer), and the Develop Presets folder where Lightroom’s presets are stored will appear (as seen below).
  • Step Two. Drag-and-drop your downloaded preset(s) into this Develop Presets folder, then all you have to do to complete the installation is: (a) quit Lightroom, then (b) relaunch it. When you look at the Presets panel now, your new preset will appear in the list (as shown in the inset at right, where my custom preset, Scott’s B&W w/Shadow Tint, now appears in the list). That’s all there is to it.
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