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Lightroom 12 to 13 import export presets

Engaged ,
Nov 15, 2023 Nov 15, 2023

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Hello:

A few days ago I updated Lightroom and now I am on version 13. In version 12 I had a bunch of export presets that have not appeared in v 13. Same thing with plugins. I had to reinstall 90% of them again.

Plugin I knew how but how do you move or import those Lightroom 12 export presets to vs 13 or this is not possible during major versions changes and I have to create all those presets again from scratch

 

Thank you for your help

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Nov 15, 2023 Nov 15, 2023

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An upgrade should not touch your presets in any way. What may have happened is that you used 'Store Presets with this Catalog' before the upgrade, and that this was reset. That means your custom presets are still in the Settings folder inside your catalog folder, but Lightroom is now using the default location again.

 

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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Engaged ,
Nov 15, 2023 Nov 15, 2023

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Thank you for your reply. I have maybe 15 different catogs (I don't like to have everything in one catalog for many reasons). But I am sure this one I am working now had all those export settings ( so did the other 14 catalogs not have those export settings- I am not 100% sure but I would think all the catalogs had the same preset options in the export settings.

So if they didn't get deleted by Adobe how do I get those presets back. Do I have to point to a specific folder? 

I also see this the first time Always when I upgraded to a new version , even a major one like now everything went smooth . Not this time. Everything wiped out. Plugins and presets. As I said I installed all the plugins again which took me rhe whole afternoon. But I do not remember all my presets. I might save those next time before a major update but I cannot go back. I keep always the previous version of bridge and photoshop to avoid loosing functionality if one of the plugins is not compatible anymore but in Lightroom classic you cannot keep v12. Once you upgrade v12 is done.

 

What would you do to recover those export presets?

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Engaged ,
Nov 15, 2023 Nov 15, 2023

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Just saw now that all my develop presets are also gone. I am really baffled now 😯😯

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One possible way they might have disappeared is if the option to carry settings forward was disabled when the upgrade was run. The picture below is for Photoshop, but the option is available for other Creative Cloud apps too.

 

Creative-Cloud-Installer-Photoshop-update-options.jpg

 

If you keep good backups, one way to restore everything is to get a backup from before the upgrade was run, and restore the folder where Lightroom Classic settings are stored. Some of the subfolders you will find at this path location are Develop Presets, Export Presets, and Modules (where plug-ins are stored):

 

Windows

C:\Users\[user name]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Lightroom\

 

macOS

/Users/[user name]/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Lightroom/

 

This Adobe tech article lists a few more settings locations:

Preference file and other file locations | Lightroom Classic

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Engaged ,
Nov 15, 2023 Nov 15, 2023

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thank you very much. As I have reinstalled plugins the presets are not critical important for me and I will redo those . I could go back to those backups that I have but I am afraid I might break more things that fix minor ones. I will redo the export presets and the develop are not that difficult too. 

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Nov 15, 2023 Nov 15, 2023

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@Conrad C wrote: "One possible way they might have disappeared is if the option to carry settings forward was disabled when the upgrade was run. The picture below is for Photoshop, but the option is available for other Creative Cloud apps too."

 

Not for Lightroom however. New versions of Lightroom and Lightroom Classic simply keep using the existing preferences, presets and profiles, so there is no such option when you upgrade to a new version.

 

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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LEGEND ,
Nov 16, 2023 Nov 16, 2023

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In the previous catalog, did you (if you can remember) decide to store presets with catalog?

 

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If so, then they will have been in a folder as such:

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Somebody in Adobe connected remotely to my computer and was looking at my local catalogs . He could not find anything.  I am thinking maybe it was my fault at some point. I did a windows reinstallation half year ago, maybe I did not backup the plugins presets  and did not miss them until now as I was travelling now for many months without access to my main computer. Something happened that it was all gone and after looking for any trace I think it might be my fault. 

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