Installing Prolost Presets for Lightroom 6 or Earlier

To begin, make sure to download the latest version of the Prolost Presets you wish to install. Verify that the version of Lightroom you have is supported by the presets.

This installation process involves copying folders of presets into a specific folder on your system drive. We’ll start by locating the folder we're copying to.

  • Launch Lightroom.
  • Open Preferences (on Mac that’s Lightroom → Preferences, on Windows it's Edit → Preferences).
  • Click on the Presets tab.
  • Click Show Lightroom Presets Folder...
  • Within the folder that opens, double-click the Develop Presets folder. This is the folder that you'll copy the preset folders into.
  • In the folder you unzipped, open the For Lightroom 6 folder. There, select all the folders that start with +L, and drag them into the Develop Presets folder.
  • You should now have multiple folders beginning with “+L” in your Develop Presets folder.
  • Return to Lightroom and quit the app.
  • Now launch Lightroom and go to the Develop module. You should see the Preset Groups in the left panel beginning with the +L prefix.

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Installing Prolost Profiles for Lightroom Classic 7.3 or Later

And Photoshop too, while we're at it.

 Prolost Profiles appear in the Profiles browser introduced in Lightroom Classic 7.3.

Prolost Profiles appear in the Profiles browser introduced in Lightroom Classic 7.3.

This installation process involves copying folders of presets into a specific folder on your system drive. We’ll start by locating the folder we're copying to.

On Mac, this folder is:

~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/CameraRaw/Settings

On Windows:

C:\ProgramData\Adobe\CameraRaw\Settings

On Mac, you may need to press ⌘ + G and paste the above path into the Go To sheet, as the Library folder may not be visible.

Now we'll copy the profiles:

  • Decompress the zip file you downloaded from the Prolost Store.
  • In the folder that appears, locate the For Lr Classic & Photoshop folder.
  • Within that folder you will see the profile files that end with .xmp.
  • Select all of these .xmp files and copy them to the Settings folder you located above.
 Opening the Profile browser in Lightroom Classic 7.3.

Opening the Profile browser in Lightroom Classic 7.3.

Launch Lightroom and enter the Develop module. At the top, you should see the profile setting for your photo. You can either select Browse from this menu, or click on the small grid of four rectangles to the right. The Prolost Profiles will be there among the default set.

In Photoshop CC, the same settings are found in the Basic tab of the Camera Raw window.

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How are Presets and Profiles shared/synced among Lightroom Classic, Lightroom CC, and Photoshop?

Lightroom CC 1.3 and Lightroom Classic 7.3 were released on April 3, 2018, and changed how Edit/Develop presets and profiles are saved and stored.

Lightroom Classic 7.3 Shares Presets and Profiles with Photoshop

Lightroom Develop/Edit presets are now saved in the .xmp format that's compatible with Camera Raw in Photoshop, and Lightroom Classic and Photoshop (running Adobe Camera Raw 10.3 or later) share a common location for these presets, meaning that your preset collection will be the same in both apps.

On Mac, this folder is:

~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/CameraRaw/Settings

On Windows:

C:\ProgramData\Adobe\CameraRaw\Settings

Your Prolost Presets will be available in Photoshop, and any presets you create will be available in both Photoshop and Lightroom Classic.

Lightroom CC Stores Presets and Profiles in your Local Library

Presets and profiles in Lightroom CC 1.3 and later are stored within your local Library (.lrlibrary) file, and should not be administered from outside the Lightroom CC app.

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Prolost Graduated Blockbuster and Color Contrast Presets Break When Upgrading to Lightroom Classic 7.3

This issue affects people who have the Prolost Graduated Presets installed in Lightroom 7.2 or earlier, and then update to Lightroom 7.3.

The first time you launch Lightroom Classic 7.3 after updating, all of your presets are converted from .lrpreset format to .xmp (more info here).

Unfortunately, there is a bug in this process that breaks the Tone Curve adjustments in the following Prolost Graduated presets:

  • Blockbuster Blue
  • Blockbuster Cyan
  • Blockbuster Gold
  • Blockbuster Sundrench
  • Color Contrast

The solution is to manually uninstall the converted presets, and re-install the updated versions from the Prolost Store.

Replacing the Corrupted Presets

This installation process involves copying folders of presets into a specific folder on your system drive. We'll start by locating the folder we're copying to.

On Mac, this folder is:

~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/CameraRaw/Settings

On Windows:

C:\ProgramData\Adobe\CameraRaw\Settings

  • Within this folder, locate the following folders full of preset files:

    • +L 14 Blockbuster Blue
    • +L 14 Blockbuster Cyan
    • +L 14 Blockbuster Gold
    • +L 14 Blockbuster Sundrench
    • +L 14 Color Contrast
  • Move these folders to a safe location, such as your Desktop.

  • Download the latest version of the Prolost Graduated Presets (request an updated download link here)
  • Decompress the zip file you downloaded.
  • In the folder that appears, locate the For Lightroom Classic 7.3+ folder.
  • Within that folder you will see the preset folders that begin with +L.
  • Select the following folders and copy them to the Settings folder you located above:
    • +L 14 Blockbuster Blue
    • +L 14 Blockbuster Cyan
    • +L 14 Blockbuster Gold
    • +L 14 Blockbuster Sundrench
    • +L 14 Color Contrast

Launch Lightroom. The replaced presets should appear in the Develop module. To confirm that they work, verify that Blockbuster Cyan Max gives your image a blue/cyan tint.

When you’ve confirmed that the new presets work, you can delete the five preset folders from your Desktop.

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What's the Difference Between Lightroom Presets and Profiles?

Presets

Lightroom Develop Presets are shortcuts to applying Develop/Edit settings. A preset might be as simple as setting exposure, or as complicated as adding a complete look to a photo, or even local adjustments, which can create cool effects like the Prolost Light Leaks.

The Prolost Graduated Presets are special presets arranged in graduated groupings, allowing you a nice visual way to perform common image editing tasks.

Most Prolost presets support Lightroom 4 and up, although some require more recent versions.

 
 

Profiles

Lightroom Profiles typically apply an overall look to the photo. They leave all the Develop/Edit controls unchanged, so you can adjust them to taste. Unlike Presets, Profiles can create looks that are not possible with the Lightroom controls on their own. You can think of Lightroom Profiles as “virtual film stocks.”

Lightroom has long supported “Camera Profiles,” but they were not very visible, and used mostly to match camera JPEG output. With Lightroom Classic version 7.3, and Lightroom CC version 1.3, Profiles got a nice visual browsing system, and a differentiation between Camera Profiles and “Creative Profiles,” such as the Prolost Profiles, which make your photos look great regardless of originating camera.

Some Creative Profiles support an Amount slider, allowing you to choose how much of the Profile’s visual adjustment to apply to your photo.

Installing Prolost Presets for Lightroom Classic 7.3 or Later

And Photoshop too, while we're at it.

To begin, make sure to download the latest version of the Prolost Presets you wish to install.

This installation process involves copying folders of presets into a specific folder on your system drive. We'll start by locating the folder we're copying to.

On Mac, this folder is:

~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/CameraRaw/Settings

On Windows:

C:\ProgramData\Adobe\CameraRaw\Settings

On Mac, you may need to press ⌘ + G and paste the above path into the Go To sheet, as the User Library folder may not be visible.

Now we'll copy the presets:

  • Decompress the zip file you downloaded from the Prolost Store.
  • In the folder that appears, locate the For Lightroom Classic 7.3+ folder.
  • Within that folder you will see the preset folders that begin with +L.
  • Select all of these +L folders and copy them to the Settings folder you located above.

Launch Lightroom. The presets should appear in the Develop module.

In Photoshop, the Presets will appear in the Presets tab of the Camera Raw window.

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What changed about Presets with Lightroom Classic 7.3 and Lightroom CC 1.3?

Lightroom CC 1.3 and Lightroom Classic 7.3 were released on April 3, 2018, and marked a change in file format for Lightroom Presets.

Prior to this release, Lightroom Develop Presets had the .lrtemplate file extension, and were stored in a Lightroom-specific location.

As of Lightroom CC 1.3 and Lightroom Classic 7.3, Lightroom Develop Presets have the .xmp extension, and are compatible with Adobe Camera Raw in Adobe Photoshop.

Presets in Lightroom Classic 7.3 and later are stored in the same location as Adobe Camera Raw, so installing the Prolost Presets for Lightroom Classic now means that they’re installed for Photoshop as well.

If you have .lrtemplate presets installed and then update to Lightroom Classic, your presets will automatically be converted to .xmp and relocated to the new folder. The .lrtemplate presets are left in place for compatibility with older versions.

Presets in Lightroom CC 1.3 and later are stored within the Library (.lrlibrary) file, and should not be administered from outside the Lightroom CC app.

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Prolost Fast Blur

 
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As of 2017, Fast Box Blur is the After Effects blur effect we should all be using. But the Blur Radius control works differently than good old Fast Blur. This preset fixes that, and also optionally allows you to increase the blur iterations for a smoother blur, without radically changing the size of the blur.

Read all about these blur effects at the Prolost Blog.

How do I get my Prolost Burns, Boardo, Speedramp, or Handcrank work from After Effects into Premiere Pro?

Importing an After Effects composition into Adobe Premiere Pro.

If you try to import an After Effects project that uses the Prolost Presets into Premiere Pro, you'll get an annoying error. Here's the fix, which also happens to be the super cool workfflow for using After Effects compositions in Premiere.

Because the Prolost Presets use expressions, which Premiere doesn’t support, you can’t import your Prolost Burns, Boardo, Speedramp, or Handcrank compositions into Premiere. But you can link them, using Adobe Dynamic Link.

  1. After creating your sequence in After Effects using the Prolost Presets, save the project as usual.
  2. Then open Premiere, and choose File → Adobe Dynamic Link → Import After Effects Composition…
  3. Navigate to your After Effects project file in the Import window, and select it. You should see your After Effects compositions on the right. Choose the composition you want to import, and click OK.
  4. The selected After Effects composition will be added to your Premiere Pro project, and you can now edit it into your sequence.

The imported composition maintains a link to the After Effects project, so you can continue to make changes in After Effects, and they will update instantly in Premiere. But After Effects doesn’t have to be open when working with the imported composition in Premiere.

Or Skip the Import Dialog and Drag and Drop

Dan Wilk of Adobe helpfully pointed out that you can drag an After Effects composition right into an open Premiere Pro project: