How to Make a Preset in Lightroom Mobile: A Comprehensive Guide
Presets in Adobe Lightroom Mobile can make your photo editing process smoother and more efficient. They allow you to apply a set of changes to a photo with just one click, saving time on manual adjustments. This article will walk you through creating your own Lightroom Mobile presets step by step.
Step 1: Import and Edit Your Photo
Before you can create a preset, you'll need to make your desired adjustments to a photo first. The edits you make will be saved as a preset.
- Open Lightroom Mobile: Open up the Lightroom app on your mobile device. Make sure you're signed in to your Adobe account.
- Import Your Photo: Tap on the "+" sign at the bottom right corner of your screen, and then select "From Camera Roll" to import a photo from your device. Choose a photo you wish to edit.
- Edit Your Photo: Make your desired adjustments to the photo. You can change elements such as exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, whites, blacks, saturation, vibrance, clarity, and more. You can also apply color grading, detail enhancements, effects, optics corrections, and so on.
Step 2: Create Your Preset
Once you're happy with your edits, it's time to save them as a preset. Here's how to do it:
- Open the Preset Panel: Tap on the three-dot icon at the top-right corner of the screen, and select "Create Preset" from the dropdown menu.
- Name Your Preset: In the popup window, give your preset a name. This will make it easier to identify later on.
- Choose Preset Group: Lightroom Mobile allows you to organize your presets into different groups. By default, your new preset will be placed in the "User Presets" group. If you prefer, you can create a new group by tapping on "User Presets" and then "Create New Preset Group".
- Select the Settings to Include in the Preset: By default, all settings will be included in the new preset. If you only want to include specific settings (e.g., color settings, light settings), you can deselect the other categories.
- Save Your Preset: Once everything is set, tap on the checkmark icon at the top-right corner to save your preset.
Step 3: Apply Your Preset to Other Photos
Now that you've created your preset, you can easily apply it to other photos:
- Select Your Photo: Import or select the photo you wish to edit.
- Apply Your Preset: Tap on the "Presets" button at the bottom of the screen. This will open the Presets panel. Tap on the preset you've just created to apply it to your photo.
- Fine-Tune Your Edit: After applying the preset, you can still make adjustments to the photo as needed.
Step 4: Share and Sync Your Presets
With Adobe Creative Cloud, you can sync your presets across devices:
- Sync Your Presets: Make sure you're signed in to your Adobe account on all devices where you want to use the presets. Once synced, the presets you create on Lightroom Mobile will be available on Lightroom on other devices and vice versa.
- Share Your Presets: If you want to share your presets with others, you can export them. To do this, go to the Presets panel, tap on the three-dot icon next to the preset you want to share, and select "Export Preset".
Creating your own presets in Lightroom Mobile can greatly streamline your photo editing process and allows for consistency across your photos. You can also experiment with different types of presets for various effects, or even sell your custom-made presets to other photographers. Keep in mind that each preset may not work perfectly on every photo, so don't be afraid to fine-tune your edits after applying a preset.
- Lightroom Not Saving Presets: If you find that your presets aren't saving, make sure you've updated to the latest version of Lightroom Mobile. If the issue persists, try signing out and then back into your Adobe account.
- Preset Not Showing Up: If a preset isn't showing up after you've created it, try restarting the app. If that doesn't work, ensure that all your devices are synced, and check if the preset is appearing on Lightroom on your other devices.
- Cannot Apply Preset: If a preset isn't applying properly, the photo you're trying to edit may be too different from the one you used to create the preset. Remember that presets are not one-size-fits-all solutions. Try adjusting the settings after applying the preset, or create a new preset better suited to the specific photo.
Whether you're a professional photographer or a casual smartphone shooter, learning how to create and use presets in Lightroom Mobile can be a game-changer. It can elevate your photos and significantly speed up your editing process. So start experimenting with different settings and create your unique presets today!