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Exporting Lightroom Presets and Templates

By Amelia Hamilton | Fashion

Dec 31
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If you’re a new photographer, chances are you have a lot of photographs that you need to store and manage. Using Lightroom is an easy and intuitive way to catalog your images based on the metadata contained within the picture, and features the additional ability to edit and process your shots.

However, when buying a new computer on which you want to perform your photo-editing, knowing how to transfer your Lightroom templates and presets means that you don’t have to start from scratch all over again. Here, we take you through a guide on how to export your Lightroom presets and templates.

Make sure you have everything you need

Using presets might be new a new concept to the budding photographer. However, the best lightroom plugins will allow you to edit your photographs in post, allowing you to transform them into masterpieces with little editing know-how on your part.

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Before you get set up on your new workstation and import your existing Lightroom presets, you need to make sure that you have everything you need to complete the task. The first step is to get Lightroom installed and setup on the new machine, which should be as simple as the first time you did it. Then, be sure to have a USB drive that has enough storage to transfer your presets, or use a cloud storage solution if that is more convenient for you.

Export manually

Exporting your presets manually may take a little effort, but you will benefit from the experience of knowing how to access your files without the use of specialist software. find out where your presets are stored.

To do this, open up the Develop Module, then right click on the presets you are interested in exporting from the drop down list.

An option called “Show in Explorer” or “Show in Finder” should appear, which will open up your preset folder in your computer’s file manager. You can simply copy the containing folder onto your portable or cloud storage, and import them into your new Lightroom installation.

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You can also access this folder easily using Lightroom’s preferences interface. Switch to the “Presets” tab within the preferences window, and find the button labeled “Show Lightroom Presets Folder.” Clicking this button will take you directly to the location of your saved presets and templates, allowing you to copy the files manually to your storage.

Export presets and templates one by one

As an alternative to finding the presets files on your computer system, you can instead export the presets from within Lightroom. Using the same menu when you right click on a preset from within the Develop Module drop down list, click on the “Export” option.

You can then save the preset on your external or cloud storage device, ready for import into your new Lightroom installation.

This allows you to work on a one-by-one basis, so that you can leave behind any presets that you don’t like or use regularly, freeing up your new system from unwanted clutter and giving you extra storage space for your images.

Export presets and templates with your catalog

It might be more convenient for you to store your presets within your catalog of images. This allows you to separate your presets depending on the type of images they are optimized for. To do this, open up the preferences and switch to the “Presets” tab as we described above, and check the box labeled “Store presets with catalog.” When you save your catalog, the presets will be embedded within the save file and will open when you load your catalog to your new computer.

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If you want to work on more than one computer, or you’ve bought a brand new computer for which you are going to use for editing and processing your photographs, learning how to export your presets from Lightroom is essential. Not only can you retain all of your editing settings, but you can maintain the interface that you’ve gotten comfortable with using. There are many options for efficiently transferring your Lightroom presets, and by using our guide, you will find one that works for your level of experience.

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