Learn how to load presets in Lightroom mobile

In this guide you'll learn more about:
- What are Lightroom presets and why they are created;
- What's problematic about adding presets to Lightroom Mobile;
- Fast and easy ways to imprort Lightroom presets to your phone.

What are Lightroom presets?

Lightroom presets are previously saved settings of the sliders and sections in lightroom that create a particular style. Initially, these were made for professional photographers to save time on editing photographs from similar scenes.

Presets made it possible for photographers to edit their photos and then copy lightroom settings to another photo or even a pack of photos in one click.

Later, Instagram blogging presets have become a way to express users by creating recognizable styles. Photographers like Peter Mckinnon, Alen Palander, Sam Kolder, Jordi Koalitic sell their lightroom presets and share their unique styles with the world allowing anyone to apply their settings to any photo.

Most of these presets are designed to use with desktop versions of Lightroom CC, because adding them to Lightroom mobile was quite a tedious task. Moreover, in the beginning, Lightroom mobile wasn't nearly a complete version of the original desktop version, and making presets mobile was kind of hard.

But in 2020, most users want to edit their photos directly in their phones without moving all photos to desktop, editing, then exporting and sending them back to their smartphones to simply publish a photo on Instagram.

Instagram still doesn't allow users to publish photos directly from desktop, so it's another reason while Lightroom mobile presets are in such a demand.

Still, to add presets to Lightroom mobile using a .DNG file is quite inconvenient and time-consuming.

What's the problem with installing
Lightroom Mobile presets?

When you go online searching for how to add presets to Lightroom mobile, you'll see a method of downloading a file, unzipping it (with an additional 3rd party app on iphone), adding a .DNG file to your Lightroom Collection, copying the settings and pasting them to the photo you're editing.

We will NOT use this method in this article because:

  • It requires a lot of your manual actions to get working;

  • It's not that convenient when you already have it;

  • There are easier methods on how to install presets in Lightroom on phone.

How to add presets to Lightroom Mobile?

There are basically two convenient ways of opening Lightroom mobile presets:

Method A. Sync libraries.

It's definitely the easiest way, especially if you're an IOS/iphone user.

Adobe Lightroom allows you to sync the settings across all of your devices.

You can use this feature to open Lightroom mobile presets.

If you don't have a preset yet, you can download a
FREE Lightroom Preset

Lightroom Preset by Photo Park. It's a basic enhancement preset with vivid contrast. Version perfect for photos where the light goes from the left side.
Step 1. Simply open Lightroom on your desktop.

Step 2. On Mac hit Preference -> Presets -> Choose 'Show Lightroom Presets Folder'.

Step 3. Copy and paste your .XMP files to Develop Presets folder of Lightroom

Step 4. Make sure you're logged in to your Lightroom cloud (adobe creative cloud) and the sync is on (depending on your Lightroom version the cloud icon might be placed in slightly different locations)

Step 5. Open your Lightroom Mobile and login to the same Adobe account. Wait a minute or so...aaand... done.

Method B. Alternative (for Android only)

This method implies that you add Lightroom preset to mobile just as you would on your desktop. Only the preset folder location will be different.

Step 1. Connect your android phone to your computer. I'll use Windows 10 for screenshot examples, but it's not hard to translate to Mac as well.

On some smartphones, you'll need to allow exchanging files with your computer.

How to add Lightroom preset to mobile
how import lightroom preset on mobile
Then go to your computer and open your phone storage. Follow these directions and you'll get to the Android Lightroom Mobile Preset Folder. Here's the default lightroom preset folder address on mobile:

This PC/Pixel 3XL/Internal shared storage/Android/data/com.adobe.lrmobile/files/carouselDocuments/

In your case it might be a little different but the path should be more or less the same.

Now, copy and paste your presets into the 'xmp develop folder'. Relaunch Lightroom on your phone if it was open.

Done, now you can use your Lightroom presets on mobile just as you would on desktop.

How to use presets in Lightroom?

It's not hard to use presets, they save time especially if you're on the go. But sometimes presets may look like something's not right.

PhotoPark presets are sorted by color schemes and light source placements. And still you'll need to tweak a little when you've chosen the right preset. Because making there are so millions of situations, cameras, settings, lenses, raw formats and presets are pre-defined settings. Making as many presets won't make it more comfortable. But choose the right preset and then:

1) Tweak white balance. Go to light section of Lightroom. As a rule of thumb you can put checkpoints for yourself, tweak until white is white and black is black. For this method the most accurate way is to choose the color picker, and select the neutral color. It should be a white, gray or black without a color tint.

Alternatively, if you have people on your photo you can tweak white balance until you like the skin tones. Often times, this will make the rest of the photo look great too.

2) Tweak exposure. Go to the light section of Lightroom again. If the photo is too dark increase the exposure a little. If it's too bright (which shouldn't be the case with PhotoPark Lightroom presets, but still possible) decrease the exposure a little bit.

For most cases this should be more than enough. The rest should be taken care of by the preset if it's chosen correctly.

If you don't have a preset yet, you can download a
FREE Lightroom Preset

Lightroom Preset by Photo Park. It's a basic enhancement preset with vivid contrast. Version perfect for photos where the light goes from the left side.
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