It seems like one of the single most requested features for Lightroom and Lightroom Mobile over the past year has been for the ability to use mobile Lightroom Presets. The time has finally come!
This week Adobe announced the ability to sync presets from Lightroom Classic to Lightroom CC Mobile using the Lightroom CC desktop app.
This allows you to use the same presets from the desktop app in the mobile app, with just a few simple steps. Follow the tutorial below to get started.
How to Install Mobile Lightroom Presets
1. Open the Lightroom CC Desktop App
Once launched, the Lightroom CC app will automatically sync your presets and profiles from Lightroom Classic.
At this point, as long as your Lightroom CC Mobile app is synced to your Creative Cloud account, the presets you use in Lightroom Classic should show up in the app.
If the sync does not happen automatically, or you need to add new presets in the future, you can continue following the steps below.
2. Click File > Import Profiles and Presets
Click File > Import Profiles and Presets.
This will open your folders where you need to find the Settings folder.
For Mac users you can use the keyboard shortcut Command + Shift + G to open the ‘Go to folder’ dialog, then paste this string in to get there: ~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/CameraRaw/Settings
For Windows users you can paste the following string in, replacing user name with your user name, to get there: C:\Users\user name\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\CameraRaw\Settings
3. Open the Lightroom CC Mobile App
This is where things can get a little tricky. For me, the presets synced pretty easily, but a lot of users have reported problems here.
You need to make sure you’re logged into your Creative Cloud account. The same CC account as your Lightroom Classic and Lightroom CC desktop apps, if you have multiple accounts.
Once signed in, you can navigate to a photo and click the ‘Presets’ icon to find your synced presets. Your presets will show up below the section that features Curves, Grain, Sharpening, and Vignetting.
4. Organizing & Managing Mobile Presets
Steps 1-3 are all you need to do to use mobile Lightroom Presets. Technically you can even import preset files directly into the Lightroom CC desktop app and sync them to Lightroom CC Mobile without ever using Lightroom Classic. However; you’ll still always need Creative Cloud and the Lightroom CC desktop/mobile apps to complete the process.
You can also manage your presets to keep things organized in both apps by clicking the three dots icon and selecting: Manage Presets
After you click ‘Manage Presets’, you’ll see blue check boxes next to all folders of presets allowing you to turn certain folders off if you want to hide them. You can also right click a folder and completely delete it from both the Lightroom CC desktop and mobile apps.
5. Start Using Your Presets!
You’ve officially completed the steps to sync Lightroom Presets from Lightroom CC on the desktop to Lightroom CC Mobile. Now you can start using your mobile presets for Lightroom!