Location of user presets on a Windows or Mac computer

If you are re-installing a plug-in on your computer your presets are not affected. You will only loose them if you have a hard drive crash or  change computers.  When changing computers, you can manually move them over. 


There are 2 different kinds of presets in Alien Skin plug-ins; factory presets that come preinstalled for each program, and custom presets that the user makes themselves. A lot of customers want to move their custom presets when they get a new computer. Before making the move, we always recommend making a backup to help prevent data loss. 


Your custom presets can be located in the following folder provided that you installed them on your local disk (normally C: drive)

Windows computer

Custom preset location

Local Disk >  Users > “Your user folder” > AppData > Roaming > Alien Skin > Associated Program



The AppData folder is a hidden folder so unless you have your computer set to show them you won’t see the folder.

To show hidden files and folders you need to do the following.

Open a windows explorer window by clicking your Start button > Computer (or My Computer)

Once Windows Explorer is open you may need to hit the ALT key just to the left of your space bar to show the menu bar at the top




Once you click on the Folder Options then you will see the Folder Options dialog box.

Select the View tab, then Show hidden files and folders option.



Once you click OK, just reopen your Windows Explorer by clicking again on Start > Computer (or My Computer). You should then be able to browse directly to your presets. 



Macintosh computer

 Mac OS X 10.7 or later - Open Finder, then click Go from your menu bar. Hold down the Option key and you will see Library appear in the drop down list. Choose Library and it will open a new Finder window. From there you can browse to Application Support > Alien Skin > Program Name.

Mac OS X 10.6 or earlier - You will be looking for your custom presets in your users home folder following this path:

Macintosh HD > Users > Library > Application Support > Alien Skin > Program Name


If you are using Exposure 4 or later, instead of seeing BlackAndWhite/ColorFilm, you will see other folders with an extra "Exposure" folder. This is where Exposure 4 custom presets are stored. 



Once you have located your presets you may want to move them to a new computer. Just copy and paste them to a flash drive or writable CD/DVD. Then, place the in the same location on the new computer. 


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