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Thu, Jan 16, 2020 10:57 AM

Camera Raw: How do I use local adjustments presets from Lightroom?

I am using some local adjustment presets in lightroom with the brush, radial filter etc.
All local adjustments lightroom uses are in the "lrtemplate" format.

Is there a way to convert them that I am able to use them in Camera Raw too?

my "normal" presets are available in camera raw too - but not the local adjustments....

Thank you!

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8 months ago

What you can do is the following:
1: Apply your local adjustment to an image in Lightroom
2: Switch to the Library Module and go to menu 'Metadata - Save Metadata to File'
3: Go to menu 'Photo - Show in Finder/Windows Explorer'
4: Double-click the photo to launch Photoshop
5: Select the local adjustment
6: Save the settings of the local adjustment as a new preset

Johan W. Elzenga,

http://www.johanfoto.com

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8 months ago

I don't have time to hunt down links, but I know there is a way to have LR save out the adjustments in sidecar .xmp files. I *believe* you should then be able to open in any raw processor and see those adjustments...

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We are talking local adjustment presets here, not develop presets. I do not think Lightroom can save those in .xmp format. You could perhaps save all metadata to .xmp and then edit this in a text editor, but I doubt that will be faster or easier than the above method.

Johan W. Elzenga,

http://www.johanfoto.com

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adobe doc on local adjustments for raw says:
Local adjustments are saved with an image in an XMP sidecar file or in the Camera Raw database, depending on what’s specified in Camera Raw preferences.
https://helpx.adobe.com/camera-raw/using/make-local-adjustments-camera-raw.html

Whether there's a 1:1 from lightroom to raw, can't say.

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Please read the original question. The OP asked how you can convert Lightroom local adjustment presets (which are still in the old .lrtemplate format) to ACR local adjustment presets (which are in .xmp format).

The above info and link deals with where local adjustments, when applied to an image, are stored. In Lightroom all edits (so including local adjustments) are stored in the catalog, in ACR they are either stored in .xmp files or in the Camera Raw database, depending on your preference settings. Yes, Lightroom can also write edits to .xmp, and that is how you can sync edits between Lightroom and ACR. That is actually what I use in the method I describe above so that info was already there, but writing edits to xmp by itself does not answer the OP’s question. The trick is that you have to select the local adjustment in ACR (select the tool, then click on the pin) and then save that as a new preset.

Johan W. Elzenga,

http://www.johanfoto.com

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I *did* read the OP. Lightroom as of like, 2018, uses .xmp instead of .lrtemplate for presets as well as for one-off file associations. That's the whole reason for the OP question in the first place. So unless the OP is using a 2 year old version of Lightroom, .xmp is the correct format for presets in both LR and ACR.

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Max, I suspect you're misunderstanding. Develop presets, yes, use xmp since the April 2018 release. Local adjustment presets, as in, such as "soften skin" are still lrtemplate format for Lightroom.

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8 months ago

Fun story. I had a hot second to test and you can save local presets (I used a radial filter) directly in Lightroom and they will save into .xmp format that share happily with ACR. This was tested on latest LR Classic and latest ACR, though so mileage may vary.
But essentially, you do the process to make a new preset from lightroom, checking the local adjustment boxes you want to save, and it just works.

MORE IMPORTANTLY, I took another second to actually search online... and it sounds like if you re-import .lrtemplate files, they get converted to .xmp for you:
https://www.wisetaylor.com/convert-an-xmp-file-to-lrtemplate/
Can you convert a .lrtemplate to an XMP file?
Lightroom CC import presets
You can! Any newer version of Lightroom will take all .lrtemplate file types and automatically convert them into an XMP file.
To do this, you’ll want to click File > Import Profiles & Presets then navigate to your .lrtemplate preset files to import them. Lightroom will handle the rest.