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How to Install VSCO Presets in Lightroom

Published: 25/07/2021

If you are starting with Lightroom and want to use high-quality and professionally-created Lightroom presets for easy editing, then you are at the right place. We will show you how to install VSCO presets in Lightroom with this step-by-step tutorial. Follow these methods to use beautiful presets and transform your images.

How to Install VSCO Presets in Lightroom

Lightroom comes with a collection of built-in presets. However, if you want, you can also install and use other presets on Lightroom. The procedure for installing presets into Lightroom is very short, simple, and easy to perform. Only with a few clicks, can you add any number of presets to your Lightroom application.

VSCO presets are one of the most popular presets collections for Lightroom. In this tutorial, we will be showing you how to install these presets into Lightroom. However, before starting with this tutorial, you have to know that this procedure differs for each Lightroom version. 

Here, we will be giving you instructions that can be used with the recent versions of Lightroom Classic. Before starting with the instructions, first, let’s understand what presets are and how they can help you significantly.

Introduction to Presets in Lightroom

Lightroom is an image editing software where you can use different tools to create various effects on your images. Using presets has various benefits, but they basically allow you to apply multiple effects with just a single click. Presets are pre-configured designs that can help you create beautiful effects on your images effortlessly.

These presets are created by designers and photographers who know the science behind colors and graphics. Thus, you will not have to stress about the quality and outcomes of the presets. When it comes to presets for Lightroom, VSCO is a well-known name. You can get their beautiful designs for free as well as with paid subscriptions.

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install VSCO presets in Lightroom. So, let’s begin.

Installing VSCO Presets

When you want to install VSCO presets in Lightroom classic, the first thing to do is to download VSCO presets onto your computer. You can easily download the VSCO presets from their website, just like any other file.

When you download the VSCO or any other presets for Lightroom, it will be downloaded in a zipped format. The recent versions of Lightroom do not require you to unzip this file. You can add them directly onto your Lightroom application by using any of the two methods explained below:

Installing VSCO Presets Through the Presets Panel

The first method of installing VSCO presets that we will discuss here is through the Presets Panel. Once you have downloaded the VSCO presets, follow the steps below:

  1. Run the Lightroom application on your computer.
  2. When you start Lightroom, you will be entered into its library module. Switch it to the ‘Develop Module.’ All the modules are listed on the top right corner of your Lightroom screen.
Switching to the Develop Module
  1. As you open the develop module, you will see the Presets Panel on the left side of your Lightroom interface. You will also see a list of default presets under this section. These are the presets that come built-in with Lightroom.
Presets that come built-in with Lightroom
  1. Now, click on the ‘+’ button present on the top right corner of the Presets Panel. As you click on it, a drop-down menu will open for you.
  2. From this menu, click on ‘Import Presets.’
Import Presets option in Lightroom
  1. You will then see a File Explorer dialog box. Navigate to your downloaded presets file location, select on it, and then click on ‘Import.’
  2. You will now see all the VSCO presets listed within the Presets section.

Installing VSCO Presets Through the Menu Bar

Another method of installing VSCO presets into Lightroom is through the menu bar. Here are the steps we have to follow for this method:

  1. Launch Lightroom application on your computer.
  2. When you open Lightroom, you will see the list of modules on the top right corner of your Lightroom screen. At this moment, you are in the ‘Library Module.’ You have to switch to the ‘Develop Module.’ To do this, simply click on Develop, which is written next to ‘Library.’
  3. Once you have entered the develop module, it is time to import the VSCO presets that you have already downloaded into your computer. Now, go to the menu bar present at the top of your Lightroom screen.
  4. From the menu bar, select ‘File.’ This will open a drop-down menu for you.
  5. Select ‘Import Develop Profiles and Presets’ from the menu.
Selecting Import Develop Profiles and Presets from the menu
  1. Now, navigate to the location in your computer where you have saved your VSCO presets, select it, and then click on ‘Import.’
  2. All your VSCO presets will be added to your Lightroom. You can see them all in your presets panel present on the left side of your Lightroom interface.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Install Lightroom Presets in Lightroom Mobile?

Yes, you can easily install Lightroom presets in your Lightroom mobile app. Once you have installed the presets in your desktop version of Lightroom, i.e., Lightroom classic, you can use the same presets on your Lightroom mobile app. All you have to do is turn on the sync. To do that, follow the steps below:

  1. After downloading the present in Lightroom using the method above, go to the identity plate present on the top left corner of your Lightroom screen. 
  2. Click on the small downward arrow beside the identity plate. You will then see a drop-down menu.
  3. The first option in this menu says ‘Sync with Lightroom.’ Turn this on by clicking on the ‘Play’ button next to it.
Sync with Lightroom option
  1. As you turn the sync on, your presets will automatically show on your Lightroom mobile app.
  2. In case your Lightroom mobile sync was already turned on before the installation of presets, then they will sync automatically with your Lightroom mobile app.

Is Using Lightroom Presets Worth It?

Using Lightroom presets is totally worth it. The presets can play a vital role in helping you achieve your editing goals. They can behave as an important tool in your Lightroom toolbox. First, you should know that these presets are created by expert designers and professional photographers. So, they can create impeccable effects on your images.

Moreover, presets are configured with predefined settings and editings. So, you can apply a long editing operation with a single click through a preset. Therefore, using presets also helps you save time. Lightroom presets help you apply complex editing operations, even when you are out of ideas.


VSCO Lightroom presets provide you with ready-made effects and designs that are created by experts. With these presets, you can apply these professional effects using your own Lightroom application. Therefore, learning to install them into Lightroom is really useful, and will help you create amazing images and designs.