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Lightroom Mobile Presets Tutorial

How to Install Lightroom Mobile Presets Without Desktop

This tutorial will teach you to install Lightroom Mobile presets into the app, without using the desktop version at all. You will also be able to save them as presets and apply them with one click.

If you already have the desktop version of Lightroom you can simply sync your presets between Lightroom Desktop and Mobile.


After your purchase you will receive an email like the one shown below. At the end of said email you will have all the presets attached for you to download to Lightroom Mobile.

Step 1

Open any of the presets. Don't panic, it will say "unsupported file" but you will be able to use it on the app.

Step 2

Click the share button at the top right corner of the screen.

Step 3

Then click the Lightroom App icon (you need to have the app pre-installed) and select Launch Lightroom Now. If nothing is showing close the Lightroom App and reopen it for the preset to be updated.

Step 4

 Check the Lightroom App to preview your preset. Repeat for each preset. (GO TO OPTION B, STEP 8 TO FINISH INSTALLATION)


Step 1

Open the email with the attached presets.

Step 2

Open any of the presets. Don't panic, it will say "unsupported file" but you will be able to use it on the app.

Step 3

Click the share button at the top right corner of the screen and then click on Save Image (do this to all presets)

Step 4

Open the Lightroom App and create a new album.

Step 5

 Then open the new album, tap on the 3 dots in the upper right corner and then tap on Add Photos

Step 6

After you name the new album select From Camera Roll.

Step 7

  Next, select the DNG presets from your camera roll and import them into the newly created album in Lightroom.

Step 8

Go into the album containing your newly imported DNG files. Open the first file.

Step 9

Now tap on the 3 dots icon at the top right of the screen and then tap on Create Preset.

Step 10

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 add it into a Preset Group in Lightroom. You can save it in User Presets or you can create a new preset group and name it however you like. We 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!

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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Happy Editing!

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