Partially Compatible Presets in Lightroom (What Does it Mean?)

Show Partially Compatible Develop Presets

Starting with version 8.1 (released in December 2018), there is a new feature that highlights Partially Compatible Presets by greying them out.

Adobe continues to show their commitment towards their photo editing software that we all know and love. The latest Lightroom update packs some great new features. We highly recommend all of our readers to keep your apps updated to the latest version.

What are they and Why?

If you are applying a preset to an image that does not have the corresponding colour profile, Lightroom flags the preset as being ‘partially compatible’.

There can be a few different reasons. Mainly it is due to the Colour Profile embedded within a preset. For example, on a Canon camera the standard colour profile is called ‘Standard’ but on Fuji camera it is labelled as ‘Provia’. Different Camera have different colour profiles and names.

Unless if you’re shooting JPEG then you don’t have to worry about Colour Profile although we are strongly against it. Read this article why we think you should always shoot in RAW format.

Applying Partially Compatible Presets (How it works)

These presets will continue to work just fine. When you apply a preset that is partially compatible, it would change the settings that are compatible with the photo. This usually means 99.99% of all the settings. As a result, you will still be able to achieve the look and feel the preset.

In many cases, incompatibility only refers to the colour profile of a photo that is different from the preset. You should be able to use them as usual.

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