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How to Import Presets into Lightroom Mobile

In this post, we will cover how to download presets to Lightroom Mobile. Whether you prefer to capture images directly with your phone, or sync images from your computer, and edit them on the go, you should be able to enjoy the freedom of using presets on Lightroom mobile.

Step-by-Step: How to Add Presets to Lightroom Mobile

Note: You cannot import user preset files directly to your smartphone. You have to import them to Lightroom CC before (instructions for this, further down in the article). Assuming that you already have your presets installed in Lightroom CC, you can follow these simple instructions to get them into Lightroom Mobile:

  1. Edit at least one image in Lightroom CC on a computer or Mac.
    You should do this after installing the presets in Lightroom CC
  2. Save the image (as jpg)
  3. Open the Lightroom Mobile App
  4. Go to All Photos and find the synced image, that you edited in Lightroom CC
  5. Tab on the image to edit it in Lightroom Mobile
  6. Slide the toolbar to the left until you find the presets icon. Click on it.
  7. Your presets are now synced to Lightroom Mobile.

If you want the presets to be shown in all your Lightroom mobile Apps, you must import them from Lightroom CC and NOT the Lightroom Classic CC.

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How to Load the Presets into Lightroom CC

Install Lightroom desktop app on your PC or MAC through Adobe Creative Cloud. You can use your Windows tablet or iPad too.

Note: You cannot import user preset files directly to your smartphone.

We will use download and use the Essentials Lightroom Presets Pack from Photography-raw.com, however, you can follow along using any paid or free Lightroom Presets packages you prefer. You can also use this approach if you have created a preset of your own. Save the preset in Lightroom Classic follow the instructions below, but skip the first couple of steps

You will need to locate the downloaded zipped file in your Windows Explorer or Finder (Mac). Next, unzip the file on your computer in order to see the .XMP files as in the image below. Just right-click and select EXTRACT ALL or double-click. Then press OK.

extract the downloaded Lightroom presets

Open Lightroom CC on your Computer, Mac or Tablet.

Lightroom CC

To be able to import or see any of the presets available, you have to add at least one photo.

Add photos to Lightroom CC

When you add a photo or a series of photos, click EDIT on the top right corner.

Edit Photo Lightroom CC

Head down where it says PRESETS and click on the three dots to open a secondary menu that has the option to manage or import new presets. Click IMPORT PRESETS.

Import Presets in LR CC

Select all presets from the downloaded folder and click IMPORT.

Import presets and profiles

Notice that Lightroom CC loads the new presets. Wait until the process is done.

Presets loaded

When the process is over, you will see the new Lightroom preset group on a new tab underneath the preinstalled presets.

Import presets to Lightroom CC before to make them sync to Lightroom mobile

Next, select the one that suits better your preferences. In my case, I had to select Glamour Orange Teal preset. This preset changed Vibrance, Clarity, Dehaze and added an “S Curve” that raised the Highlights and reduced the Shadows. Perfect fit for my image!

Choose a fitting preset

As you can see, I have edited my image within one click and next, I am going to export it so I can share it or send it via email.

Save to

You have one option to choose for a file type, and that’s .jpg. You can also choose the size between small, full size or custom. Click the location you want to export your final edit and press SAVE.

Save dialog in LR CC

How to Add Presets on the Lightroom Mobile App

Open Lightroom Mobile App on your Android or iPhone.

Lightroom mobile

As you can see, the photos I have edited previously on Lightroom CC on my PC are synced on my iPhone.

select album LR mobile

Select the area that says ALL PHOTOS.

all photos

Choose the photo you want to edit.

edit photo on lightroom mobile

Slide the toolbar to the right until you see the PRESETS tab. Then tap it.

How to Import Presets in Lightroom Mobile CC

All the Lightroom presets are now synced and ready to be used in all Lightroom mobile apps. Choose the one you think fits best your photo.

The following BEFORE/AFTER images are from Athens Baroque Festival and particularly the Ensemble Mezzo concert which took place in Athens Greece last September.

I have applied four different presets on each photo.

ORANGE TEAL PRESET


Image credit: Ensemble Mezzo – Ye’ela Avital

SHARP CONTRAST WORKOUT PRESET

Image Credit: Ensemble Mezzo – Gideon Brettler

SHARP PORTRAIT PRESET

Image Credit: Ensemble Mezzo – Davina Florentin

DRAWING IN WATER PRESET

Image Credit: Ensemble Mezzo

You can choose between 21 different presets. The ones I have chosen to show you were the closest to the concert’s lighting and overall scenery.

Summary

If you understand how to import presets on Lightroom CC and sync them to Lightroom CC Mobile and manage to do it a couple of times, you will definitely enjoy editing your photos at a fast pace.

Have you found another way of installing presets in Lightroom, or any details we might have missed. Let us know in the comments below.

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