Convert Lightroom Presets to ACR Presets


As part of the recent Lightroom class I recently taught, we covered using the Develop module presets that came with Lightroom 5, and couple of the hundreds of Lightroom presets that are available online, many for free. I have found several that I like to use, at least for starting points for my own photo editing.

However, I use Photoshop and Photoshop Elements more than Lightroom, so I would like to easily convert a Lightroom preset into an Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) preset that I could use in Photoshop. In a video from www.photoshopcafe.com, Colin Smith describes how to do this. Here are the basic steps.

  • Open a photo in the Lightroom Develop module.
  • Apply the desired preset.

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  • Open the image in Photoshop as a Smart Object, via Photo > Edit In > Open as a Smart Object in Photoshop.
  • In Photoshop, double click on the Smart Object icon in the Layers pallet.

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This opens the photo in the ACR, where you can see the positions of the sliders that were applied in the preset.

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  •  Now click on the small parallel lines icon to the right of Basic in the ACR, and select Save Settings.

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  1. Name the preset setting as desired.

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  • Now when you open an image in ACR that you would like to apply the preset to, click on the Presets icon, and select that preset to apply it.

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The preset effect will vary from photo to photo, but at least it gets you in the ball park for the look you wanted. You can tweak the sliders from that point. True, you need both Lightroom and Photoshop to do the above, so why would you bother with the conversion? Personally, I like using ACR better than the Develop module of Lightroom for most things.

Maybe you do too? Let me know what you think of this technique, Ok?

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