How to use a Lightroom preset to speed up your workflow?

60 Portrait Fashion Lightroom Preset

How to use a Lightroom preset to speed up your workflow?

Adobe Lightroom is a photo editing software program used by professional photographers and amateurs alike. It offers a wide range of features for adjusting, enhancing, and organizing photos. With Lightroom, users can easily adjust brightness, contrast, color, sharpness, and more. Additionally, it provides tools for cropping images, exporting them to different file formats, and sharing them online.

Today, we would like to introduce a Lightroom preset function. This function has quickly become a popular way to speed up enhanced photos and make them look their best. In this article, we will explore the basics of installation and how to use the preset function. Perfecting your photos in just one second

Adobe Lightroom (Image Credit: Adobe)

What is a Lightroom preset?

Lightroom preset is a collection of individual settings that can be applied to photos in the editing program Adobe Lightroom. They are often starting points for modifying photos, and they provide a uniform look and feel to many images. There are thousands of presets available in the market, and they can be edited or customized to create your own specific look. Using presets to simplify the editing experience. Because you are applying the same settings to your images, you don’t have to mess around with all the sliders and play with all the options.

114 Passions Adobe Lightroom Preset
Passions Lightroom Preset by MaxCompose

How to install a Lightroom preset?

Adobe Lightroom comes in two versions, the desktop version, and the mobile version. We will show you the installation of both of them, just stay tuned. Recommend to check your Lightroom version. For computers please use Adobe Lightroom CC 7.3 or above version, while on mobile please use the latest version.

Before you start the setup procedure, make sure you have your unique presets ready. You can get them from MaxCompose, we will present you with some of the pretty cool presets here.

60 Portrait Fashion Lightroom Preset
Portrait Fashion Preset by MaxCompose

Inside the folder, there are two folders, XMP and DNG. Accordingly, the XMP folder is for the desktop version, while the DNG folder is for the mobile version.

Installation for Desktop

  • Open Lightroom and make sure you are on the Develop bar.
  • Go to the “Preset” panel, click the “+” icon, and “import preset…”, as in the image below.
Lightroom Preset installation
Lightroom Desktop Installation by MaxCompose
  • Then, select the “XMP” folder and select all the files, click “Import” to import the preset, as image below.
Import Lightroom Preset by MaxCompose
  • So now, all the presets are already shown on the left panel, like in the image below.
Lightroom Preset ready to use
Lightroom Preset Ready
  • So now you can move the mouse to one of the presets, the image on the right panel will make the adjustment immediately.
  • If you like preset adjustment, just click on the preset you pointing to, then it was done and ready to export.

Installation for Mobile

  • Upload the DNG file to your phone (Recommend), Or, you can use your phone to download the file and unzip it on your phone.
  • Then open Adobe Lightroom apps on your phone.
  • Click on the “Add Image” button to select all from the DNG folder on your phone. As the image below
Lightroom Preset installation for mobile
Lightroom Mobile Preset Installation
Import preset
Lightroom Mobile Preset Installation
  • Then, click the “Add” button.
  • So now all presets are ready. Let’s apply it.
  • Then select the preset you like and click on the image.
Lightroom Preset for mobile ready to use
Apply Preset to your photo
  • So, click on the “Copy setting”
Paste Setting
Apply the setting by choosing a photo and pasting setting
  • Then select the photo you would like to use this preset.
  • And click “Paste Setting” to the photo.
Done and share photo
Your photo was ready to share with the World
  • Then, done and ready to share.


If you’re a photo enthusiast who relies on Adobe’s Lightroom software to process and shares your photos, then you know that the workflow can be time-consuming. Fortunately, there are some cleverly designed presets that can help speed things up considerably. So in this article, we’ll show you how to use a preset to shave minutes off your processing time. Also whether you’re just starting with Lightroom or you’re looking to streamline your workflow, using presets is an essential part of the process. It also allows you to apply specific settings to your photos with just a click. By using presets, you can save time while still getting the results that you want.


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