Lightroom 1-3 presets will import and appear under the “User Presets” menu in Lightroom 4, 5, 6 and CC just fine. They will also work to some degree when you apply them to your photos.

However, there are some differences in the way that Lightroom 1-3 and 4, 5, 6 and CC process images. So, there may be subtle to dramatic differences in outcome .

There is a way to convert presets in versions 4,5,6 and CC and get the exact original results. Following this step-by-step guide will allow you to continue using your old favorite presets without having to open older versions of Lightroom.

How to Use Lightroom 1-3 Presets in Lightroom 4,5,6 and CC

First, I’m going to open Lightroom 3 and make a preset to export. 

Here is my edited photo in Lightroom 3 with the new preset showing under “User Presets”.

Lightroom 3 presets convert

At this point, you can go ahead and export the preset to your computer.

At this point, you can go ahead and export the preset to your computer.

Open Lightroom versions 4, 5, 6 or CC and import the Lightroom 1-3 preset. Depending on the photo and settings in the preset, the result after applying it to the photo may be nearly identical or it may look very different.

In either case, scroll down to “Camera Calibration” on the left-hand side of the develop screen. Click the drop-down menu and choose 2010 as shown in the following screenshot.

 Camera calibration Lightroom

Your image result will now be identical to that achieved using the preset in Lightroom 1-3!

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