I guess it is obvious, that mobility is a key to success in modern society. Almost every person has a smartphone that allows him to access the internet from most of the spots he could reach. With the high-resolution cameras that are now a part of every good mobile phone the field of professional photography no longer belongs to people with cool cameras. Literally, everyone can now take astonishing pictures and share them through social media. And moreover, different apps like Adobe Lightroom allow not only take the picture with your smartphone but also process them without involving the PC.
When you are out with friends or went hiking and took a marvelous photo you could want to publish it to your Instagram immediately. But showing it off without any processing is not quite good. Wasting time for customizing the look when you are having fun is not the best decision either. A ready-made preset would be a great solution in this case. Especially if you created that preset by your own hands and it fits your taste perfectly. Transferring presets from your desktop Lightroom to the mobile version is not as complicated as you might think. I’m going to show you two ways to do it – choose the one that looks simpler for you.
Actually, this method is a kind of cheat. You don’t transfer the presets but save a picture with applied presets on it and just copy the settings to the other photos you made. It is rather simple but you have to waste some time on sending photos to yourself from computer to mobile.
Create a preset in your desktop Lightroom, apply it to some picture and save it as a .dng file. Send that file to yourself – either to email or messenger, and open on your smartphone. Usually, when you open such a file in mobile the system asks you what app would you like to use – and you can choose to open the file with Lightroom mobile application. After opening the photo with Lightroom – tap the symbol in the right upper corner in the shape of three dots. In the opened list choose “Copy Settings” option.
A little list of settings will emerge – don’t deselect the parts of the preset, just click “OK”. Now open the photo you would like to edit according to the chosen preset. Tap the menu button in the shape of three dots and choose “Paste Settings” option. Voila, you applied the preset you created in PC Lightroom to the mobile. Now, if you will save that picture to your phone you will be able to copy the settings every time you would like to use that preset.
In the core, this method is almost similar to the previous one and it is a little funny because it uses the same principle – it applies the settings of the previous photo to the current one. This way of transferring will be perfect for big collections of presets you would like to make available for you from the phone.
First of all, you have to create some presets and apply them to photos. Gather them into one folder – that will be a set that you transfer to the Lightroom Mobile. When all of that is ready – shift to the “Library” tab. In the left-side menu go to the “Collections” section and press the plus-shaped button in the right upper corner.
In the drop-down menu choose the “Create Collection…” option. In the opened window type the name of your new collection and hit the “Create” button.
Add the photos you created previously to that collection. Through the “Add to catalog” option open the folder you store the photos with applied presets and in the right-side menu match the bow to add it to a collection. You will be proposed to choose the collection and when you will press the “Import” button the collection will be made. Turn back to the “Library” tab, click at the plus-shaped button of “Collections” section and choose “Sync with Lightroom mobile” option. If you can’t see it – click on your name at the top of the page and check the “Sync with Lightroom mobile” row. If it is paused – turn it on.
Your collection is synchronized with your mobile version. Open the app and you will see the new collection in the “Collections” section. Open it and then tap on the picture with the preset you would like to use. Take a look at the cloud symbol in the left upper corner. When it ends loading – the preset is ready for use. Get back to the other photos and choose the one you would like to edit. Swipe the settings and tap the “Previous” button. From the little menu choose “All from previous” option and tap it – that’s all, the settings of the previous photo are now applied to the current one.
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Lightroom Mobile is a tool that allows you to process your photos right the next minute you take it. It gives you more functionality than just Instagram design settings and allows to make pictures more beautiful and professionally looking. As you can see, transferring presets from desktop Lightroom is not complicated. It just demands some time to remember the process and when you get used to the functionality is will take just a few seconds to apply any preset to the pictures you are going to post on Instagram or Facebook. So try it for yourself and start making your photos really breathtaking even without using your PC.