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How to use Lightroom Presets in Photoshop

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How to Use Lightroom Presets in Photoshop

This week I’m going to show you how to do something super useful. I’m going to show you how to take your Lightroom Presets and be able to use them inside of Photoshop.

Step 1. Make a preset

Start with an image (any image will work (RAW is best) here is one that I shot recently of Lina and I’m just going to apply an effect. Go to a split tone and we’ll create some kind of a vintagey effect to it pretty quickly.


Here is a  bluey green. And now we just play around with the saturation to decide how much of that shadow do we want to put in and how much of that highlight effect do we want, and then we can push the balance to push it more bias towards the blue greens or more towards the golden colors. Let’s grab that one there. I kind of like that.

Step 2. save a preset

Let’s set it as a preset in the Preset panel. Click the new preset icon at the bottom right. and we’ll call this one glamtage (download here).


Step 3. open in photoshop

So to bring it into Photoshop. Right-click and choose Edit In, but don’t edit in Photoshop. Go down to Open as a Smart Object. Now, it’s going to launch Photoshop and it’s going to bring that in as a smart object.

Now that’s important because that keeps all of our adjustments from Lightroom in there.

Step 4. Open RAW File

If we double click, it will open up Camera Raw (Or choose Filter>Edit in Camera Raw).

Once we’re in Camera Raw, we can go down to our Presets panel.

Click on the new preset icon at th bottom and it’s going to snatch all the settings, and we’ll just call it glamtage once again and we’ll click OK.

So what it’s done is it has actually taken all those settings that we had in Lightroom and has applied them here inside of Photoshop. Click ok to apply it. We don’t need the photography any ore as we basically used it as a “Mule” to bring in our preset.  You can do this will all your presets in Lightroom.

Step 5. Using the Preset

Let’s open a photo.  All we need to do now to apply these presets .

Go into Camera Raw, and then, under Camera Raw we can go to the Presets panel. All the presets are listed in the panel. To apply, just click the preset name. There’s our glamtage, apply it, boom; we get those settings right there.


Because each photo is different, you may have to tweak it a little in the basic settings. As you can see there, all those presets can easily be copied here into Photoshop.

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Let’s get a discussion going in the Comments. Do you like Photoshop? Do you like Lightroom? Do you use one or the other? Do you use both? Do you have presets you make your own? What do you think of presets? I love them because you can, in one click, dramatically change a photograph or a whole bunch of photographs without spending a lot of time.

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9 responses to “How to use Lightroom Presets in Photoshop”

  1. Thank you so much for this tutorial and this will save me so much time from going to light room to photoshop all the time. But one question, is there a way to save these settings into an actually file? How you can save Presets and give them out to people. Is there a way to save it?

  2. With the new Lightroom CC, this tutorial hits a few snags. The step where you “Open In”, and then select “Smart Object in Photoshop”, does not exist in the latest CC version. I’m not sure what will correct it. I had to use the “Classic Lightroom” to get this tutorial to work.

  3. Thank you for your help. Goodness knows how you figured this out – quite a few steps but it worked and so worthwhile!!

  4. As an update to this thread, in Lightroom i click export Group (as i had a group of presets i wanted to add into photoshop, and it exporeted as a ZIP, and then i imported from RAW, so easy

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