by Julieanne Kost

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May 25, 2012

When you first launch PSCS6, it will ask if you if you want to migrate your presets from a previous version (assuming that you have been working with a previous version).  You can choose to migrate your presets at that time, or you can choose to migrate them later using  Edit > Presets > Migrate Presets. For those of you who want to know what Photoshop is doing under the hood when you choose to Migrate Presets, Photoshop grabs the entire Presets folder in (User) Library > Application Support > Adobe > Adobe Photoshop CS6 > Presets, and uses file extensions to organize them into buckets. This means that you can have any folder structure for your presets as long as everything is contained in the Presets folder.

In addition, you can import and export presets to distribute by selecting Edit > Presets > Export/Import Presets. You can select all or Export/Import a subset of your presets. This should make it easier to keep presets the same when working with multiple computers.


  • By Steve Kahn - 12:06 PM on August 1, 2012  

    What about migrating actions from CS5.1 to CS6?

    • By Julieanne Kost - 1:09 PM on August 1, 2012  

      5.1 is a previous version – so the post applies.

  • By Jeffrey - 7:40 PM on August 29, 2012  

    This whole migration concept is useless. It transferred nothing of importance. NONE of my actions, preferences, workspaces or plugins moved over. Not even workspaces? It took me a while to set these up in CS5 and I want the same environment. How about color settings?

  • By Steve Grimes - 12:50 PM on September 25, 2012  

    What does CS6 mean by “migrate” exactly? Is it supposed to update previous version actions to match current commands or does it just repopulate the presets file/folder list?

    When I chose Migrate, the message was “No Presets Found” so I used the Import function to bring the old actions into the CS6 preset folder, chose Migrate again and got the same message. What’s up?

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 2:50 PM on September 26, 2012  

      It makes them available to load from the presets manager. It doesn’t blow away anything that’s currently there.

  • By Jim Solomon - 8:43 AM on June 19, 2013  

    All I get when i try to migrate is a message that says “there are no presets to migrate from the older versions.” Of course that is not true but where do I go from here?