Lightroom Videos

Video – Saving your Presets

I’ve been giving away free presets on this site for nearly 6 months and it just occurred to me today (after reading some of the reader comments of course, because I’m actually not that sharp 😉 ) that I’ve never shown how to save your presets. By now, you probably know how to load them but what happens if you get a new computer or want to move your presets from a laptop to a desktop. So that’s what this week’s video is all about. Saving presets. Not just mine but any of the presets you’ve made too. Have a great Wednesday! It’s actually Thursday for me because I’m off on Friday so tomorrow will be Friday (even though it’s really Thursday) which makes today really Wednesday but Thursday for some. I’ll stop now before this gets out of hand 🙂

Click here to watch the video. (10Mb)



  1. Melissa 10 November, 2008 at 01:57 Reply

    Matt, Thanks so much for these presets and your help!!!
    Allan!!! You have just saved me from throwing my pc out the window!!! I’ve been sitting here trying to figure out where to load these at on vista and you have saved the day, my sanity and my comp!!!

  2. Allan Morris 29 February, 2008 at 17:56 Reply

    I tried to follow the folder tree to where the presets were located for a PC however I am running Vista on the laptop, So the tree you showed didn’t work for me so for those who are running Vista, this is where the presets are stored.
    Explorer>username>AppData>Roaming>Adobe>Lightroom>Develop Presets>User Presets

    Hope this helps


  3. Allan Morris 29 February, 2008 at 17:18 Reply

    This is great to know as I was wondering about this stuff as I recently, (last week) just purchased a new laptop and I was also wondering about how to transfer 3000+ images I have cataloged in Lightroom on my desktop machine and transfering to my laptop.
    I have a 250 Gb external drive which I use for backing up my photos during the import into lightroom from the Compact Flash card.
    Where do I find all the files with images I have worked on in the develop module so that Data can be backed up and then downloaded onto the laptop and then correspond with those pictures.
    Your help is appreciated


  4. Gareth 28 February, 2008 at 08:53 Reply

    Good tip – but I notice you’ve got l;ots of presets. Under ‘Develop Presets’ you can create folders and sort your presets at that level. I have Matts preset in one folder – soon to be subdivided, there’s so many. Then I have ‘My presets’, and some others – all in different folders. Much less scrolling….


  5. Daniel 28 February, 2008 at 03:53 Reply

    Rocking the Houseski,

    The way there is Scott Kelby’s book Photoshop For Digital Photographers, I would like to see a general Photoshop book in the same style possibly called Photoshop for Digital Designers or whatever name, you get my point. It should be written by you and Scott Kelby together. It will cover the entire other side of the fence on Photoshop and be a great book. I would also like to see Corey Barker write a vol2 of the The Photoshop Classic Effects book (I know he didn’t do the part 1). When is Scott Kelby going to release his CS3 version of the Down & Dirty Tricks book? I would like there to be an Illustrator Killer Tips podcast by you or Corey Barker. Looking forward to seeing these things soon.


  6. John 27 February, 2008 at 23:06 Reply

    Hey Matt,

    First off, and most importantly – I just got home from work to find an autographed copy of the new book in my stack of mail. 🙂 Thanks again, the autographing of people’s orders is a very nice touch, and I am super glad to have one of the signed books. Haven’t had a chance to check the book out, but I am sure its going to be great.

    I agree with the above comment about a video/tip on how to use Lightroom to create a camera setting for each of your individual cameras. I have done parametric tests on all my film/camera combonations (Im a grad school geek), I would love to have this type of control with my digitals…. I have seen stuff around the web using complex actions and scripts and all that, any of you guys from the photoshop/lightroom crew have an easy way to do it???

    Anyway, thanks for everything, and I am very grateful for all that you do in the imaging world. 🙂

  7. Hampus Haara 27 February, 2008 at 18:56 Reply

    Hi Matt!
    I really enjoy your videos since they light up new features that I havn’t discovered on my own yet, and probably never would have…

    But there is one thing that bothers me:
    When I whant to edit a photo in Photoshop via Lightroom (this is for both JPEG and RAW) I can only choose to edit as TIFF or PSD.
    I perfectly understand why the option is TIFF and not JPEG, but is there a way to open the photo as a smart object, so that one can return to the RAWconverting at a later time?

    If there is no way, do you have any idea why?
    For me it seems unnecesary to use Bridge if the only other Adobe applications used are PS and Lightroom, but since the smart object option isn’t available via Lightroom I have to find the photo via Bridge, PS or finder/explorer…

    I hope you can decipher my lousy english.

    Please, if you have an answer, send it to my email [], since I mostly only watch the videos and don’t come here that often.

    Many thanks in advance,
    Hampus Haara

  8. Mike Simons 27 February, 2008 at 18:08 Reply

    Matt –

    I’m a long-time fan, NAPP member, KT online tutes subscriber, and owner of 4-5 of your books, as well as many of Scotts, etc… Was in attendance at Boston PS World last spring – loved it, and wanted to say thanks for the hard work you do that benefits the rest of us!

    On a related note, I’m a high school graphics design/yearbook/digital photography teacher near Corning, NY, and I’d like to talk with you about my program and the resources I use with our thirty-five design/media/photography students (sophomores –> seniors), if you’d be willing to entertain a few emails. I’d be in your debt.

    If you’re up for it and would be kind enough to send me an email, you can reach me at


    If you’ve got a moment, please email me

  9. Martin Chamberlain 27 February, 2008 at 17:47 Reply

    I think the best preset is the develop setting you apply (via the import photos dialogue box) by default to all RAW files on import.

    I use a combination of extra clarity & vibrance, plus my preferred tone curve, sharpening setting and camera calibration. That way, all my new RAW imports get the treatment automatically, and its a great starting point for further adjustments. If lens corrections and noise reduction are issues for your equipment then corrections can be applied automatically too. Lightroom can even apply different default settings depending on the camera used (useful if you have more than one body) or on the ISO setting. Everyone’s favourite default setting will be different of course.

    Matt – it may be worth a video to explain how to set this up for those who haven’t worked it out.

    Many thanks for all the great tips. Your site is one of the very few I have set up for an RSS feed.

  10. David Hopkins 27 February, 2008 at 13:48 Reply

    Thanks for all the Free Presets they have come in really handy.
    espicially like the Nostalga and so do my seniors. Some presets I have use auto exposure and this allways makes the image to light is there anythin that can be done to make the auto tone work better?

    Happy Wednesday / Tuesday

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