How To Install Xmp Presets In Photoshop

This article will provide a tutorial on how to install XMP presets onto Adobe Photoshop. These presets allow you to enhance your photos with a distinct and artistic appearance. Each XMP file contains details for the program to automatically modify your image’s color, contrast, and lighting to achieve a particular effect.

Identifying your Adobe Photoshop Version

First, it is important to note that XMP presets are compatible with Adobe Photoshop 7.0 or later. If you’re using a version older than 7.0, you cannot install XMP presets. To check your Photoshop version, go to Help > About Photoshop.

Step 1: Downloading the XMP Presets

Before you can install XMP presets in Photoshop, you need to download them. The presets come in a .zip file, which you need to extract. Most computers have built-in software to handle this, but if yours does not, you can use a program like WinZip or 7-Zip.

Step 2: Locating the Presets Folder

Next, you need to find the correct folder to place your new presets. On both Windows and Mac, the presets folder is located in the same place:

  • Windows: C:/Program Files/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop (version)/Presets
  • Mac: Applications/Adobe Photoshop (version)/Presets

Step 3: Installing the XMP Presets

To install the XMP presets, simply move the .xmp files from the extracted folder to the presets folder. You can do this by copying and pasting the files, or by dragging and dropping them.

Using the XMP Presets

After you have installed the XMP presets, you can use them in Photoshop. To do this:

  1. Open an image in Photoshop.
  2. Go to Window > Actions.
  3. In the Actions panel, click on the menu icon (the three horizontal lines) and select Load Actions.
  4. Locate the XMP preset file you want to use and click Load.
  5. Select the action from the list and click the play button at the bottom of the panel.


Installing and using XMP presets in Adobe Photoshop is a simple process that can greatly enhance your photo editing capabilities. Just remember to always use compatible versions of both Photoshop and your chosen presets. Happy editing!