Major new versions of Lightroom were recently released, and the Lightroom family now consists of two Applications: Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic. Lightroom classic is the new name for the previous version of Lightroom, and Lightroom CC is a new desktop version of the mobile and cloud version of Lightroom. As many of my products contain Lightroom presets, including the actual Lightroom preset packs that I sell, I wanted to outline the current state of compatibility with the new versions of Lightroom, and give an outline of future plans.
Lightroom Presets and Compatibility with Lightroom Classic
All of my presets of are compatible with Lightroom Classic with one minor issue. This includes any presets included with any of my guides.
The one issue is that the presets currently set the process version. This was done to ensure that they wouldn’t use an older version which wouldn’t have the necessary features, and was the recommended way of saving presets. However now that there is a new process version (Version 4) and applying any of my presets at current will set the image to the older (Version 3). It should be noted that the changes in version 4, according to Adobe are to do with performance issues, and so the change will not affect your images visually.
If you’re using my presets, and they set the process version to 3, and you want to change it back to the current process version after applying there are three ways to do this:
- Manually change it in the calibration panel of the Develop module
- If you have the older process version applied, you will see a little lightening bolt icon on the histogram panel in the develop module. Clicking on this will bring up a dialog box asking you if you want to upgrade. This will also ask you if you want to upgrade all the images on the filmstrip.
- You can batch upgrade lots of Images by going to the library module, selecting the images and choosing Photo > Develop Settings > Update to current process
I will be rolling out updates to the existing presets over the coming weeks that remove the explicit setting of the process version. I will be updating the presets that come with my guides first, and then stand alone presets. However, I also plan to discontinue some of my older presets, so some of the very old ones won’t be updated, unless there is significant demand. They will all still work, but just you will just need to manually upgrade the process version.
Lightroom Presets and compatibility with Lightroom CC
Lightroom CC can use presets too, however there are a few key features missing from Lightroom CC which means that I can’t guarantee compatibility at this stage. Specifically, Lightroom CC does not include the ability to change the colour profile, but you can change it by using presets.
It is also lacking some of the grain controls. However, in general look presets should work, and sharpening presets should work too.
To install presets into Lightroom CC do the following
- Launch Lightroom CC
- Select any Image and go to the develop mode
- Click on the presets button
- From the … menu at the top of the presets panel, choose: “Open Presets Folder”
- This should open the folder, either in the Finder on the Mac, or Windows Explorer on Windows.
- Copy your presets in here.
- Restart Lightroom CC
I am planning to upgrade the presets that come with my guides as a priority. This may take a little time, as I need to do multiple checks to make sure everything works and so on. The Fuji sharpening presets will also be updated, as will f-Variations, however, as these are free they will be last to be updated For my standalone Lightroom preset packs, I will endeavour to update these as soon as possible, however I am discontinuing older preset packs in the next little while.
[UPDATE] I’ve now updated all the presets to remove explicit references to the process version, so if you want to update, you can re-download them from your account. See here for more details.