How to Install Lightroom Brushes

How to Install Lightroom Brushes

If you wonder how to install Lightroom brushes and what is the best way to use and delete them in several clicks, here is a 7-step tutorial about installing brushes in Lightroom CC on Mac and Windows. If you want to start using Lightroom brushes right now, you can download free brushes below and create amazing portraits.

How to Install Lightroom Brushes in 7 Steps?

STEP 1. Upload brushes to your PC and create a new folder. Open Lightroom and choose this in the menu: Mac - Lightroom> Settings | PC - Edit> Settings


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install lightroom brushes mac os

STEP 2. When the “Settings” window appears, make sure that you are on the “Presets” tab, and then click “Show All Other Lightroom Presets” button.


show all other lightroom presets


show all other lightroom presets mac os

STEP 3. You get in Lightroom folder. Find “Local Adjustment Presets” folder.


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local adjustment presets mac os

STEP 4. Leave the current window open. Go back to the place where you have saved the folder with the Lightroom brushes and copy (Command + C on Mac or CTRL + C on Windows) all files with the specified tools (.lrtemplate) inside the folder. Click on the first preset file, hold down the Shift key and click on the last preset to select all files.

STEP 5. Inset (Command + V for Mac or CTRL + V for Windows) .lrtemplate files in the folder called “Local settings”.


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copy to local adjustment presets mac os

STEP 6. You need to restart Lightroom before your brush settings appear in the brush palette.


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restart lightroom mac os

STEP 7. To find Lightroom brush presets, click on the brush icon and you will see them in the “Effect” section of the brushes palette.

View other tutorials about how to add presets to Lightroom, how to create Lightroom presets and how to use Lightroom presets to make photos pop in several clicks.

How to Use Brushes in Lightroom?

You can start using Adobe Lightroom brushes after you have installed them.

STEP 1. Open Lightroom and select the photo/canvas you want.


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use lightroom brushes mac os

STEP 2. Go to the Developer module and choose a brush that has been loaded earlier.

STEP 3. Adjust the size and stiffness of the effect and apply it to the photo. Done!

How to Delete Brushes from Lightroom?

STEP 1. Choose Develop module and go to Effects.

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STEP 2. Open the brush library and delete the brush you do not need by right-clicking – Delete preset.

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Common Mistakes working with Lightroom Brushes

Very often beginners face the problem of incorrect brushwork or its absence in the library. The common reason is missing one or more steps when they install Lightroom brushes.

You Can’t Extract Brushes

how to install lightroom brushes

Many users try to make their work easier by placing the brushes in Lightroom folders structure, instead of extracting the appropriate files via special software. Only then you can download the extracted tools.

SOLUTION: If you face such a problem, try to redo everything from the very beginning.

Encrypted Files

how to install lightroom brushes

Some of free Lightroom adjustment brushes you can download are encrypted, and as a result, you will not be able to use them even after correct loading to Lightroom. But you shouldn't get upset.

SOLUTION: All you need to do is right-click on the brush file and select “Properties”. Go to the “Advanced” section and uncheck content encryption to protect data.

Outdated File

how to install lightroom brushes

Remember, that Adobe has done a lot of work in Lightroom 4 and newer versions. The company has released many updates concerning tools. For example, the same Fill Light is no longer a slider, and the old brushes that worked in LR 2-3 - will not work in Lightroom 5-6+.

SOLUTION: Download the latest Lightroom version with all updates.


Problems with Brush Loading

how to install lightroom brushes

SOLUTION: If you can’t download Lightroom brushes for portraits, landscapes, etc. then try another Internet browser.

Do not "open" the file after downloading. Just click Save, then close the dialog window. Next, open Windows / Mac OS Explorer window and find a ZIP file. It is often located in the Downloads folder. Extract the file according to the instructions.

Can't open zip files? If right-clicking on the PC does not offer “extract files”, then you may need to download external unpacking software. I recommend trying WinRAR, a free unzip program.

You Can’t Find Brushes in Lightroom

how to install lightroom brushes

SOLUTION: Try to close Lightroom and restart it. If the “Beautiful Patterns” collection isn’t displayed in Lightroom as individual brushes, click the triangle to the left of the collection name, and the patterns will turn down.

Check twice that you’ve copied the contents of the folder you had downloaded to “Local Adjustments” not “Develop”.

Do not click “Save Presets in the Catalog”. This option will appear to the left of “Show Lightroom Presets Folder” in the settings menu.

Make sure you have extracted a zip file. If you simply double-click on the folder (on PC), you will have access to the professional Lightroom presets. However, they will not be extracted from the files and will not be copied, pasted or displayed correctly in Lightroom.

View more about how to get Lightroom for free and test this photo editing software before paying for a month subscription.

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