Lightroom Video – Moving Your Develop Presets

Hey folks. Here’s a quick video for you on moving presets. Say you get a new computer and you install Lightroom. Well, your old computer has all of your presets on it right? Once you know where they are, moving your presets from one computer to another is really just a drag-and-drop process. In fact, you can move more than just your Develop presets – you can move all of the presets you’d create in Lightroom (Print, Slideshow, Watermarks, Metadata templates, etc…) because they’re all stored in the same folder. I hope you enjoy!


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  1. Matt I have a Windows computer that has Photoshop CS5 and Bridge Camera Raw but not lightroom Is there a way to convert the lightrooms preset that I have in my Mac laptop to camera raw presets? Thanks


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  2. Make note of where you saved the file in case you want to make a copy as a backup or send your presets to someone else. You can select multiple presets to rename and will be able to specify a new name for each one.

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  3. Hi Matt!

    Tnx for video lessons! Its possible to download videos?

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  4. Matt, Any reason I cant unzip this file. Im running a MacBook Pro 10.6.7. I clicked on to download and when i double click “the hangover.lrtemplate” in my download box it’s says Safari cant open because no available application can open it.
    Thx Don

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    • Don,

      You might want to try dragging that file into the LR icon in your dock to install it, .lrtemplates seem to be a bit confusing for OSX. From there, LR will open and ask you if you want to install this preset, accept and you’re done.

      Hope that helps,


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  5. Thanks to Daniel Hoherd I figured this out on the PC, and figured I would post it here. It is a brilliant use of LR + Dropbox!

    This is for vista, so you will have to play with a few directories.

    1) Go to your user account. So, c:users\appdataroamingadobe

    2) Rename Lightroom to something like Lightroom.bak.

    3) Go to your dropbox folder, and create a lightroom folder. I did LightroomPre

    4) Go to start, run, and type cmd.

    5) In the command prompt type at the c:-> prompt: cd users\appdataroamingadobe

    6) You should be in your adobe directory. type in mklink /D Lightroom (i.e. c:user\documentsdropboxlightroom)

    Mine looked like this:
    C:UsersmeAppDataRoamingAdobe>mklink /D Lightroom C:kevinDropboxlightroomPre
    symbolic link created for Lightroom <> C:kevinDropboxlightroomPre

    It is more complex on a PC. At the command prompt you can type mlink /? to get the proper syntax of the command for creating a symlink.

    I hope this helps someone!

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  6. Matt, that was brilliant! Not necessarily because I need to do that exact thing (though maybe I will some day), but because it triggered an idea of how to delete watermark presets I’ve made. Maybe it is just me but I have never been able to figure out how to delete watermark presets within LR. I have a whole bunch of them (long story why) that I’ve needed to delete and I’m so grateful that I can now delete them (using the same method you showed in the video to figuring out where those presets are stored and then just sending them moving them to the trash). So THANK YOU!

    I think I will also use this method just to back up my LR preset folders in general since I don’t think I really have those saved anywhere right now. Thank you again!

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  7. Matt, how can we move an Identity plate from one catalog to the other ?

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  9. Forgive me if this was mentioned already, but just a little tip: Lightroom allows you to store your presets in the same location as the catalog, which I find useful as I only have to sync one folder for backup purposes.

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  10. I agree with Kevin’s reply to Daniel – I would like to share the App Support>Adobe>Lightroom folder between my desktop and my traveling laptop. Symlinks are a bit out of my area of competence. I have gotten so far as to have Dropbox establish a symlink to the Lightroom folder on my desktop, but how do I got my other computers to talk to that Dropbox folder? It seems like I need to be able to point Lightroom to an other-than-default location for the Lightroom folder but I don’t see a way to do that. Would love some help here – it really is a hassle trying to keep the two computers in sync with each other and I have occasionally made a real mess of my assorted presets.

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  11. Matt,

    My apologies if this is an elementary question. After viewing the 100 reasons Lightroom is better that Bridge I made the switch and purchased Lightroom . I am trying to figure our how to move my ACR presets to Lightroom. I can’t seem to figure this out. What am I missing?

    Thanks Matt


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    • Hey Paul,
      There’s no automatic way to do it. However, there are workarounds. Here’s a couple of links. Hope it helps.


      – Matt

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  12. On OS X the way I handle this is by creating a symlink from “~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Lightroom/Develop Presets” to a folder in my Dropbox, say “~/Dropbox/Lightroom/Develop Presets”. I do this on all of my computers, which creates synchronization of those settings between systems. Any new additional presets or alterations to existing presets immediately get sent over to the other computers.

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    • Daniel,

      Would it be possible for you to provide more details on creating your link?
      That would be incredibly handy to not have to copy to/from my desktop and laptop.


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      • 1) Quit dropbox on all of your machines. If you don’t do this you may get a filename conflict.

        On each Mac, do the following:

        2) In Finder, Make a backup copy of ~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Lightroom (cmd-D on the folder should suffice)
        3) Open /Applications/Utilities/
        4) Type: ln -s ~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Lightroom ~/Dropbox/Lightroom
        5) Open /Applications/

        This will synchronize the Lightroom prefs to Dropbox. When you open Dropbox on your second Mac it will also update files. These may not be the ones you want though. If not, grab the versions that you want from the backup you took and drop them into LR or import them via the UI.

        This is possible because on OS X, Dropbox follows symbolic links and includes their contents in the data that gets sent to the Dropbox service.

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