How to convert an XMP file to a lrtemplate

2018-09-12T01:45:35+00:00September 12th, 2018|Photography|

Is it possible to convert an XMP file back to a lrtemplate?

Yes! It is possible to convert an XMP file. But it’s quite tedious…

It’s worth noting, this method requires an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription. 

I had just spent an entire day setting up a landing page to sell my newly exported Lightroom presets. What felt like an entire day, immediately became an entire night when I realized Adobe switched up the preset file format. I could no longer make a preset pack available to anyone with an older version of Lightroom. Which is, unfortunately… a lot of people.

So what gives?

When Adobe updated Lightroom from version 7.3, they switched the way Presets are saved and managed.

Lightroom CC convert an xmp

In fact, when it first launched, you could no longer export your presets in Lightroom CC cloud. But as of today, September 10th 2018, you should be able to export your presets with the latest version of Lightroom CC cloud.

So to put it simply, if you or the person you purchased your presets from, is on an older version of Lightroom Classic CC (anything that came before 7.3) you’ll be using the .lrtemplate file format, an outdated version of presets.

Can you convert a .lrtemplate to an XMP file?

Lightroom CC import presets

You can! Quite easily, in fact!

To do so you’ll simply just import your .lrtemplate into whatever new version of Lightroom you’re running. It’s really that easy.

So how do you convert an XMP file back to a .lrtemplate? (to sell to others)

If you’re not selling your presets, and you’re simply just trying to use presets you either bought or downloaded, scroll down to the next section. 

Lightroom Classic CC install other versions

To convert an XMP file you’ll want to have your version of Lightroom CC cloud open, with the Presets installed. I’m assuming if you have the newest version of Lightroom, you probably have access to Adobe’s Creative Cloud.

You’ll then want to drop down into the Creative Cloud apps to install the Lightroom Classic CC. To the right of Install/Open, there should be an arrow. Click the arrow and click on Other Versions. You’ll want to install any version before Lightroom Classic CC 7.3.

Once that’s done, you’ll want to create a new catalog and upload a picture. Then open up both Lightroom CC and the Lightroom Classic CC and copy your settings. Once that’s done, save the save the preset into your collection and export it to a folder.

So how do you convert an XMP file back to a .lrtemplate? (to install for yourself)

To convert an XMP file to keep for yourself, you’ll still have to clone the settings from the presets. But the question is, where can we get another instance of Lightroom?

Head over to the Adobe website and download the trial version of Lightroom CC. Download it, install it, and then import the presets you downloaded. Create a new catalog, and import one picture. Apply the preset.

Have both Lightroom windows open, and clone the edits from the Trial Lightroom CC to your version of Lightroom Classic.

Thanks for reading!

I hope this helped. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or need further assistance.