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How to install presets in Adobe Lightroom Classic CC (Mac)
last updated on JUNE 5, 2018

So you want to install presets in Adobe Lightroom Classic CC, and you’re on a Mac computer? That’s great, let’s do this!

Please note that the presets downloaded from Wildernis are compatible with Lightroom 4, 5, 6, CC, and Classic CC (not compatible with the Lightroom mobile apps) as well as the latest version of Adobe Camera Raw (ACR).

Our preset Collections come bundled in a zip file. Simply unzip the file to a location you’ll remember such as your desktop or your downloads folder.

.lrtemplate or .xmp?

Once you’ve unzipped the file, you will notice there are two folders contained within the main Wildernis folder: lrtemplate, and xmp.

Historically, the .lrtemplate file format has been used by Adobe to store adjustments and settings that are readable by Lightroom. Since April 2018, Adobe has moved to another format called .xmp.

We provide both the .lrtemplate and .xmp file formats so that our customers can install our presets in most versions of Lightroom. Here’s the low down:

  • If you use Adobe Lightroom 4, 5, 6 or an older CC version (2015), use the .lrtemplate files.
  • If you use Adobe Lightroom Classic CC, Adobe Lightroom CC, or Adobe Camera Raw (newer version released since April 2018), use .xmp.

How to install presets in Lightroom Classic CC

Installing presets in Lightroom Classic CC is easy! Follow the steps below:

  1. Open a new Finder window and find your user directory (it should be labeled with your name)
  2. Go to [UserName] > Library > Application Support > Adobe > Camera Raw > Settings, and keep this window open.
  3. If the ~/Library folder doesn’t appear for you, you can make it visible or easily access it by following the steps in this help article from Adobe.
  4. Go to the location where you unzipped the presets zip file and open the xmp folder
  5. You will see a few folders within the xmp folder, select all of them and hit command+C to copy them
  6. Go back to the other window where you have the Settings folder open, and hit command+V to paste all the folders inside
  7. Now you should have the Wildernis preset folders inside the Settings folder
  8. Restart Lightroom

Alternative Installation Method

If you’re having issues installing the presets by copying them over to the presets folder location on your computer, there is another way!

  1. Open Lightroom
  2. Go to the Develop module
  3. On the left side, find the Presets panel
  4. Next to the Presets panel heading you will see a small + icon
  5. Click the + icon and it will open a window where you can browse your computer for the preset files
  6. Import your presets and they will appear in the Presets panel in Lightroom
  7. Note that by using this method, each folder of presets needs to be imported one by one