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How to Install and Use Lightroom Presets on Lightroom Mobile

In this tutorial I will show you a step by step guide on how to install and use your Lightroom presets in the free Lightroom moblie app.

I will also show you how to save them as Presets and organize them in folders so you won’t have to copy/paste settings every time.

Ready to get started?

Step 1: Download your Preset Your mobile preset will come as DNG files that you can download directly to your phone. If you don't have any issues downloading the file directly to your phone as an image then you can skip to Step 3.

Step 2: Transfer the DNG files to your phone. The easiest way to do this is by using Dropbox but you can use any other file transferring method as well. If you don’t have Dropbox yet, it's free to sign up! To use Dropbox, simply drag your DNG files into your Dropbox folder and wait for the files to sync.

Once all your files are synced, go into your Dropbox folder on your phone and export each DNG file into your phone. See detailed steps below:

Step 3: Import the files into the Lightroom app. At this point you should have all of your DNG file saved to your phone. If you go into your photo stream and see them as blank picture files, don’t be alarmed – that’s how they should look.

Open the Lightroom app and create a new album. In this case we’ll name it InstaMom Presets. Then open the new album, go to Add Photos and select all the DNG files from your camera roll and add them to the album. See detailed steps below:

Step 4: Create and save your Presets. Go into the album containing your newly imported DNG files. Open the first file, tap on the 3 dots icon at the top right of the screen and then tap on Create Preset.

Next you will see the New Preset screen (shown below) which contains all the options you can use to customize your preset. You can give your preset a name (highly recommended) and the option to choose a Preset Group to save it in. You can save it in User Presets or you can create a new preset group and name it however you like. I recommend this if you have a lot of presets and want to keep them organized. The checkboxes below determine which picture settings you’d like to save with this preset. Only the settings you choose here will be applied to the pictures you edit with this preset in the future.

I personally check all boxes except for Tools, Optics and Geometry. That’s because those parameters vary from picture to picture and I will probably never need to crop or tilt a picture exactly the same way as the preset for example.

When you’re done with the settings save your preset by tapping on the checkmark icon at the top right corner.

Repeat this step for each DNG file as you will need to save each preset separately. Don’t worry though, you only need to do this once!

Step 5: Using the presets. To use your new presets just go back into your library and open any photo you’d like to edit.

Find the Presets icon in the menu at the bottom of the screen and tap on it. Make sure the Preset Group that’s selected is the one where you saved your new presets. If you saved them in the User Presets group, select that.

Now you can edit the photo by tapping on a preset from the list and then tapping on the checkmark. You can still continue to edit the photo and make adjustments if you like, after you’ve applied the preset.

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