Lightroom Classic 7.3: Is it possible to convert the new preset format XMP as a LRTEMPLATE to be able to share it with older versions of Lightroom?

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Lightroom Classic 7.3: Is it possible to convert or export the new preset format XMP as a LRTEMPLATE to be able to share it with older versions of Lightroom?
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There is no such tool that I am aware of. If the new xmp based preset takes advantage of the new profiles feature in Lr 7.3, it won't work in the older version of Lr anyway.
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Yeah that's what I already thought. Maybe someone (or Adobe) comes with a solution where you can exclude the profiles feature.
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That's my way to do this: https://martin-hirsch.com/lightroom-xmp-nach-lrtemplate-konvertieren/

In german but google will help you to translate ;)
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Danke Schön Martin!
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Here is a Photoshop panel that can convert xmp to lrtemplate and lrtemplate to xmp: https://www.allievi-photography.com/p...
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Maybe save the metadata back to the image file, then import the picture into the older version of Lr and save any adjustments as a preset? As Simon says, not everything will work.
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Thanks John. I think that will work, but reason for asking is that I sell some of my presets via Adobe Exchange and when developing new ones they only can be used in 7.3 and higher versions. Since last version they were backwards compatible.
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Running into the same problem. I sell presets too and creating new ones, I am finding that they will only be in XMP. Looks like on one computer, I will have to have the 7.2 version of Lightroom, just to create the presets.
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I have Lightroom Classic 7.4 and my presets export as .lrtemplate. When I put them in a zipfile and someone downloads them, an error appears that says 'The preset file was the wrong type of preset.' Any help is much appreciated!!
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What do you mean with "export as .lrtemplate'?
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When I export my presets, the file isn’t saved as .xmp, it saves as .lrtemplate so when I try to add the presets to Lightroom on my computer or I even tried on my friends, they do not import. I am not sure what other format to save the presets. I purchased presets years ago and still have the folder & the files are saved as .xmp.
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Definitely Develop presets, and not other types of presets?  Go to Help menu > System Info and confirm the first few lines please.
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How do you export the preset? The reason I'm asking is that in my version of Lightroom Classic 7.4 on both my Macs this seems no longer be an option. "Import preset" has moved to from right-clicking on a preset to the plus icon, but 'Export Preset' is nowhere to be found. So if you do still have that option, then that may be an indication that something is wrong with your version of Lightroom. That is also why Veronica asked you about the Help - System Info menu, so I'd like to see that too.



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Yeah, I do not have the option to export presets but only import. I read in order to find the presets to put them in a zip folder, you select Edit>Preferences>Presets>Show Lightroom Presets Folder and I can successfully copy and paste them into a new folder but when I attempt to import them back into Lightroom to see if they work, I get an error message.
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In that case the answer is simple. You are looking in the wrong folder with the old presets. The Develop presets were moved to a new location, and the 'show lightroom presets folder' button points to the old location (where all other presets still are). 

Read this on how to find the correct folder: https://www.theluxelens.com/blogs/luxe-blog/how-to-install-presets-in-lightroom-7-3-april-2018-relea...
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Thank you, I will try this!
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Are you trying to import develop presets packaged in a zip file? Neither Lr 7.3 nor Lr 7.4 supports importing develop presets from a zip file. Check out the same in the next Lr update. For now, you would need to unzip the .zip file and import the develop presets by selecting individual .lrtemplate or .xmp files through the Import Presets dialog.
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I am going to try to do that, import them individually. I want to be able to sell my presets but obviously can't until I master how to put them in a file for someone to download. :) 
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You can simply zip a folder of presets. Just let people unzip the folder before they try to import them.
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Here's a Photoshop panel that handles the XMP to LRTEMPLATE conversion.

https://www.allievi-photography.com/photoshop-panels/

Useful if you need to convert to XMP presets without the need of the latest LR version.