Fix Presets 

Lightroom Plugin

Fix Presets is a free plugin that works around a number of limitations and bugs in Lightroom's Develop presets, most of which were introduced in Lightroom 7.3:

  • Hide the voluminous built-in presets from display in the Preset panel.
    Feature request

  • Correct the order of the presets in the Presets panel, so they appear alphabetically, with embedded numbers ordered numerically.
    Bug report

  • Make the subfolders on disk containing the presets' .xmp files mirror the groups of presets shown in the Preset panel. If you change a preset's group in the Preset panel, Lightroom will not move the .xmp file into the corresponding subfolder.

  • Make the Preset panel's groups match the subfolder structure of the presets' .xmp files on disk, using nested subfolders if you want.

  • Add an "enable" setting corresponding to the on/off switch of each Develop panel whose settings are included in the preset. Without the "enable" setting, applying the preset won't turn on the panel if it's currently turned off.
    Bug report

  • Add Constrain Crop On or Off to the presets. Lightroom doesn't capture Constrain Crop in presets.
    Bug report

  • Add Adjustment Brush settings from the currently selected photo to the presets. Lightroom doesn't capture the adjustment brush in presets.
    Feature request

  • Remove any treatment (color/black-and-white) and profile included in the presets. When you create a preset with Saturation, Vibrance, or Color Adjustments, Lightroom also includes the treatment and profile automatically. This has two bad effects: When you apply the preset, the photo's profile gets changed; and if the profile is a raw profile, the preset may not be visible when editing a non-raw (e.g. JPEG).
    Bug report: Profile mistakenly included
    Bug report: Presets not visible

Download and Install

Fix Presets requires Lightroom 7.3.1 or later.

  1. Download

  2. If you're upgrading from a previous version of Fix Presets, exit Lightroom and replace the existing fixpresets.lrplugin folder with the new one extracted from the downloaded .zip. Restart Lightroom and you're done.

  3. If this is a new installation, extract the folder fixpresets.lrplugin from the downloaded .zip and move it to a location of your choice.

  4. In Lightroom, do File > Plug-in Manager.

  5. Click Add, browse and select the fixpresets.lrplugin folder, and click OK (Windows) or Add Plug-in (Mac OS).

Using Fix Presets

Invoke the menu command File > Plug-in Extras > Fix Presets. The All Presets tab contains the commands that operate on all presets at once, and the Selected Presets tab contains the commands that operate on individual presets.

After making any changes to presets, you must restart Lightroom, forcing it to reread the presets.

You'll need to do Fix Ordering whenever you rename a preset. (Lightroom 7.3.1 "forgets" to set the internal SortName field when it renames a preset.)

Before modifying presets and preset folders, the plugin makes backup copies to make it easier to recover the originals and to protect against any bugs in the plugin. Backup copies of individual preset files have the extension ".xmp_original" and reside in the same folder. The backup copies of the user presets folder and the built-in presets folders are stored in the parent of the original folders.

To restore selected presets to their unmodified version, click Selected Presets, select the desired presets, and then click Restore Original. Alternatively, do Show in Finder and rename preset.xmp_original to preset.xmp.


Please send problems, bugs, suggestions, and feedback to

Known limitations and issues:

  • The Add Constrain Crop On/Off buttons correctly add the setting to presets, but Lightroom and Camera Raw ignore it. Hopefully, Adobe will fix the bug soon, and you can use Fix Presets to quickly add the setting to your existing presets.

    In the meantime, selected the desired photos and do File > Plug-in Extras > Set Constrain Crop On / Off to change the Constrain Crop setting for a batch of photos.

Version History

  • Initial release.
  • Improved caption for Fix Ordering.
  • Organize into Subfolders better accommodates presets with the same filename.
  • Added the Set Constrain Crop On / Off commands.
  • Organize into Groups makes the Preset panel's groups mirror the on-disk folder structure.
  • Fix Ordering fixes presets missing an explicit group, which can trip up sorting.
  • Add Adjustment Brush adds the current on/off setting of the Adjustment Brush panel.

Copyright 2018 John R. Ellis