To understand how to save preset in Lightroom Mobile, you must see the big picture.
First things first: if you have a big preset library, you will have to create them on your computer and then sync them across devices. That way, you can keep your presets organized and stored in one place and use the essential ones on the mobile app.
We’re going to need Adobe Creative Cloud. As you might know, Lightroom comes with three apps: Lightroom Classic, Lightroom Desktop (former Lightroom CC), and Lightroom Mobile.
Let’s see how each app differs in creating and managing presets – but, more importantly, how they can work together to ease your workflow.
Lightroom Mobile is great for editing on the go and sharing your photos with friends and family. But it’s not ideal for developing a preset library, as it’s impossible to manage them effectively there.
Luckily, there’s a way around this: you can send your favorite preset collections from Lightroom Classic to Lightroom Mobile. It’s a bit more work upfront, but it saves so much time in the long run!
Steps to save presets in Lightroom Mobile:
The first step in organizing and managing Lightroom presets is creating some presets!
Steps to create a preset in Lightroom Classic:
You can create as many presets or preset collections as you want. Chances are, you’ll do that once you get the hang of it.
If you have large presets libraries, you need Lightroom Classic to organize them effectively. Once you test out different editing styles, this will probably be the case.
There are several ways in which you can organize your presets in Lightroom Classic; some of the best ones include:
The next step is to add presets you want to use in Lightroom Mobile to your Favorite Group so you can access them more easily.
When you move a preset to Favorites, it will be positioned right at the top of the Preset Panel, so you don’t have to look for it throughout all your Library.
To add a preset to Favorite Group:
It’s just as easy to get rid of a preset. To remove a preset from your Favorite Group:
Exporting your Favorite Group from Lightroom is a necessary middle step toward transferring it to your mobile app. You can’t move your preset directly to Lightroom Mobile.
In this step, you will export your Favorite Group from Lightroom Classic into a zipped file on your desktop computer (or wherever else you want).
Steps to export Lightroom Favorite Group:
For an in-depth, step-by-step walkthrough of exporting presets in Lightroom Classic, check out this previous post on how to export Lightroom presets.
The last thing you have to do is import the zipped presets to Lightroom Desktop (former Lightroom CC) – this is the best way to sync your presets with Lightroom Mobile and easily access them.
You can pick just a few presets for Lightroom Mobile – specifically, the ones you use the most. I think a “sweet spot” would be between 5-15 presets.
How to import presets to Lightroom Desktop:
Your presets are now synchronized with Lightroom Mobile – you’ll be able to see them in the “Presets” Panel in the app.
Now you know all the steps to effectively manage a sizeable preset library on all Lightroom platforms.
Alternatively, you can create presets directly in Lightroom Mobile. That way, you can see how the preset develops on your mobile screen.
Steps to create a preset in Lightroom Mobile:
Click “All photos” to see your imported photo and edit it.
Edit the photo the same why you do it in Lightroom Classic. The adjustments can include changing exposure, color, white balance, or vibrancy, adjusting shadows, highlights, and contrast – edit until you’re satisfied with the result. You can see most of them in the bottom toolbar (with names like Light, Color, Effects, etc.)
This is the last step of the whole process. Once you have created or imported the preset, you can reuse it on any other photo by taking these steps:
Creating predictable and repeatable editing workflows is what separates professionals from amateurs. In this article, we’ve thrown down the gauntlet to discuss one aspect of workflow: presets.
It’s very simple to extract your favorite presets from Lightroom Classic, import them into Lightroom Desktop and synchronize them with Lightroom Mobile.
And now that you got organization out of the way enjoy yourself and take some photos!