Lightroom: Restoring adjustment presets on startup instead of just when "Restore presets" button pressed

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LR 6.8 on OSX 10.11.6.

Starting with 6.0 and continuing through 6.8, my LR-specific local adjustment presets are overwritten every time LR starts up. IOW, it's as if I hit the "Restore Local Adjustment Presets" button every time LR starts up.

I make tweaks to a few of the LR-delivered presets — add a little highlights lightening to the Dodge preset, e.g., dial down the Soften Skin settings, etc. From 2.x thru 5.x, this wasn't a problem; I made the changes once many years ago, and they stayed through the various LR upgrades. However, with 6.x, suddenly they started getting reset to the default every time LR is started.

Not only do I see this in looking at the preset settings themselves, but I've also watched the files in the local adjustment folder — they get overwritten (date/time changes, etc.) every time LR starts up. The date they get is the date on the version of the local adjustments in the Contents of the, which is why I said it looks like what would happen when hitting the "Restore" button.

This behavior is unwanted. There is a "Restore Presets" button in Preferences that we can use if we need the original presets back. We should not have to create new presets, thus keeping presets we don't need and clogging up the list, just to get the presets the way we want them.

Please put the old behavior back — the built-in presets should only be restored if the "Restore Presets" button in Preferences is checked. Otherwise they should be left alone.
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Posted 3 years ago

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Just Shot Me

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This has been addressed over on the Adobe LR forum. You have to save that Built In adjusted, edited, preset as a New Preset. You can't update the Built in preset and have them stick for longer than your current session in LR.
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The OP knows that, but he doesn't like it. It's also not the way it used to be and it defies having a special button to restore the presets to their default. So his question is not how to solve this, but he asks Adobe to change the behavior back to what it was.
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What Johan said. I'm well aware of what happened on the LR forum, since I'm the one that brought it up there. Just re-stating the problem does not say whether or not the current behavior is a bug (I think it is). And, whether it is a bug or "feature", my last sentence says, "Please change it back," which is the reason for this post.
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Chris Bartow

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Having two of every preset is not a solution. Totally agree.