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Locating correct folder for Presets

New Here ,
Dec 12, 2022 Dec 12, 2022

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Hello,

I have Issues with my presets. According to several sources on the net, the default location for presets is

...\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Lightroom\

Now I have activated the option to store Presets within the Catalog. The Location should be therefore <PathToCalatlog>\<Catalog>\Lightroom-Settings.

After getting a new PC (Windows) and reinstalling Lightroom Classic and restoring the Catalog, I found out there are no presets in at least one catalog (catalog A). So I reimported the (thankfully backed up separately) presets in catalog A. However Lightroom has stored them under ...\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\CameraRaw\ImportedSettings.

In catalog B I now have those reimported presets twice, once from the CameraRaw folder and once from its catalog folder.Screenshot 2022-12-12 114259.png

But even there is a huge mess.

Some presets are stored within <PathToCalatlog>\<Catalog>\Lightroom-Settings\Developer-Presets but also under <PathToCalatlog>\<Catalog>\Lightroom-Settings\Settings I have all the folders, the presets were grouped in Lightroom,Screenshot 2022-12-12 114133.png though the folders are empty and the presets are stored under <PathToCalatlog>\<Catalog>\Lightroom-Settings\Settings\User-Presets.Screenshot 2022-12-12 114107.png

 

So I would appreciate if you can tell me where and how to properly store my presets and how to restore them when doing a fresh installation. Ideally within the catalog as it gets automatically backed up.

 

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Engaged , Dec 13, 2022 Dec 13, 2022

@andreash34478082 

 

Presets management is a mess across all Adobe apps.

I suggest the following for LrC and ACR

 

  • In LrC use the option: "Store Presets with catalog"...the presets will end up in the "LightroomSettings" next to your catalog.

 

  • Copy manually your presets form the "LightroomSettings/Settings" folder to the "CameraRaw/Settings" folder if you want to have the same presets across the two applications.

 

  • Never, ever use the "Import Presets"option because your presets will be removed from LrC e
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Dec 12, 2022 Dec 12, 2022

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I have Issues with my presets. According to several sources on the net, the default location for presets is ...\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Lightroom\

 

Those are old sources, giving you the location before this changed in Lightroom Classic 7.2. The current location is ...\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\CameraRaw\Settings. Also note that folders on disk are no longer used to group presets. The group info is stored inside the preset itself.

 

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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So all Presets are stored there and shared with all catalogues even if if activate the option to store presets within the catalog?

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@andreash34478082 wrote:

So all Presets are stored there and shared with all catalogues even if if activate the option to store presets within the catalog?



No. This is the default location, used if you do not store presets with the catalog.

 

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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Dec 13, 2022 Dec 13, 2022

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@andreash34478082 

 

Presets management is a mess across all Adobe apps.

I suggest the following for LrC and ACR

 

  • In LrC use the option: "Store Presets with catalog"...the presets will end up in the "LightroomSettings" next to your catalog.

 

  • Copy manually your presets form the "LightroomSettings/Settings" folder to the "CameraRaw/Settings" folder if you want to have the same presets across the two applications.

 

  • Never, ever use the "Import Presets"option because your presets will be removed from LrC evniroment and end up in ACR folder EVEN if you have the option"Store Presets with Catlaog"

 

LrC no longer creates folders when we create a Preset Group which leads to another mess..but you can fix it using Fix Presets Plug-in by @johnrellis 

 

I do wonder @johnrellis if for Fix Presets you could implement a "Copy Presets to ACR" and make so that the presets we have in LrC are automatically copied to "CameraRaw/Settings" folder.

 

The solution to all our problems would be to have a "Shared Presets Environment" with the Cloud.

Any change/deletion/addition made to the preset folders in either ACR or LRC or LrD or Lr Mobile would be synced to the cloud and then be synced to the other apps.

 

E.G.

Add/delete/edit a preset in LrC > when you open ACR or LrD or LrMobile the changes are synced there as well.

 

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Thank you! That explains my issue and helped me cleaning everything up.

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LEGEND ,
Dec 13, 2022 Dec 13, 2022

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"I do wonder @johnrellis if for Fix Presets you could implement a "Copy Presets to ACR" and make so that the presets we have in LrC are automatically copied to "CameraRaw/Settings" folder."

 

I've added that to the feature-request list. 

 

Note that if you do Fix Preset's Organize Into Subfolders, presets will be moved from the CameraRaw/ImportedSettings folder into either CameraRaw/Settings or <catalog folder>/Lightroom Settings/Develop Presets, depending on the setting of Store Presets With This Catalog.

 

"Never, ever use the "Import Presets"option because your presets will be removed from LrC evniroment and end up in ACR folder EVEN if you have the option"Store Presets with Catlaog"

 

Years ago, in response to a bug report, Adobe pronounced this behavior "as designed", though they didn't provide a design rationale.

 

 

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Engaged ,
Dec 14, 2022 Dec 14, 2022

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@johnrellis 

 

To quote Apocalypse Now: I don't see any method at all, sir!

 

Before I was creating folders and moving my newly created presets into them manually...it was a time consuming effort so "Fix Presets" it's a life saver for users like me that create presets regularly.

 

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