Where’s the Opacity Slider in Lightroom?

The most requested Lightroom feature is opacity control. Everyone has been asking Adobe to enable opacity for their presets. It’s finally here, but where is it? In this tutorial, you’ll learn why your presets don’t have opacity control and how to enable it.

Why don’t my presets have opacity control?

The opacity slider is actually inside the profile settings. You cannot change the opacity of presets, but you can do so with profiles. The problem is that very few preset creators know how to create these new presets. Most Lightroom presets are outdated and that’s why you can’t find the opacity slider.

How to Enable Opacity for Lightroom Presets

To enable opacity control for your Lightroom presets, you need to create them using Lightroom profiles. Here’s a tutorial by Denny’s Tips on how to upgrade your presets to use Lightroom profiles. Note that you’ll need Photoshop CC to do this.

  1. Open Photoshop CC. Go to Filter > Camera Raw Filter.
  2. Go to the Presets tab and apply your preset.
  3. On the bottom-right of the presets tab, hold Alt/Option and click on the “New Preset” button. This will open the “New Profile” tool.
  4. Give your profile a name and checkmark all of the settings that you’d liked to move into a profile.
  5. Go to the Basics tab > Profile Browser and click on your new profile.
  6. Go back to the Presets tab and click on the “New Preset” button. This time, don’t hold the Alt/Option key.
  7. Uncheck all of the settings and enable only the “Profile” and “Process Version” settings. Give your preset a name then click OK.
  8. Before testing your preset, hold Alt/Option and click on the “Reset” button (The cancel button changes into a reset button when you hold Alt/Option).
  9. Apply the new preset.

The new presets are stored in these folders. You can load them into Lightroom CC or Lightroom Classic CC.

  • Mac: ~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/CameraRaw/Settings
  • Windows: C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\CameraRaw\Settings


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  1. I was wondering what happened to the opacity setting. But this is too much work….


  2. Well, this seems like a little sneaky trick that nobody was supposed to know about it! Thanks for the tips.


  3. why Is the thing only for profiles and not all Lightroom adjustments?


  4. Is this only for the creator of the presets or if I have purchased presets from someone can I do this to enable the opacity option?


    1. Administrator June 6, 2019 at 5:01 pm

      Yes if you purchased the presets, it’s ultimately up to the developer to enable opacity support. However, you can use the tutorial to convert the old presets to new ones.


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