Let's face it...installing presets can be totally confusing. In fact, I almost always have to come back to my own instructions on how to install them myself! I've created this free guide so no matter which Adobe Lightroom presets you'd like to install, you can always refer back to this for instructions
Step 1: Retrieve the downloaded folder Immediately after you complete the form for the free presets, the folder will be automatically downloaded. Go you your downloads folder to locate.
Step 2: Download the Presets Your download will contain a zipped file. Back-up this file for future reference. Can’t find your downloaded file? Downloaded files are often found in the downloads file on your hard drive.
Step 3: Unzip the Files If you have a PC: Right-click on the downloaded folder and then click “extract all”. If you have a MAC: Double-click on the downloaded folder and your computer will automatically extract all. Save the extracted files in a documented location on your computer.
Step 4: Open the Presets Folder in Lightroom With Lightroom open, go to: If you have a PC: Edit > Preferences. If you have a MAC: Lightroom > Preferences. This will open a new window. In this window, you will see a tab labeled “store presets with this catalog”. Make sure this is unchecked. Go to the “Presets” tab and click on the “Show Lightroom Presets Folder” button. That will open Adobe folders on your computer. Click to open the “Lightroom” folder. Then click to open the “develop presets” folder.
Step 5: Paste in the Presets If you have not installed any presets you will only see a folder called “user presets”. If you have installed other presets in the past, you will see them listed here. Copy the presets that you downloaded in step 2 and paste them into the “develop presets” folder.
Step 6: Close and Re-Open Lightroom Now, completely close Lightroom. When you re-open Lightroom, your presets will be installed.
Step 7: Start Using the Presets!
To access your presets, go to the develop module and you will see them in the left hand side. Click on the name of any preset to apply it to your photo.