How to Import and Use My Lightroom Mobile Preset
Thank you for downloading my Lightroom Mobile Preset. Below are instructions on how to install and use the preset on your mobile device.
First, make sure you have Adobe Lightroom downloaded on your phone. It is free, but you need to create an account!
Next, download the DNG files to your computer and transfer to your phone via email or by ‘dropping’ them directly. They will appear as blank images - that’s okay! You can also right click the DNG file from your email and then select ‘COPY TO LIGHTROOM CC’ which will launch the app with the DNG file loaded in the camera roll. If you save them to your camera roll, you will need to open the Lightroom app and create a new album. Then open the new album, go to Add Photos and select the two DNG files from your camera roll and add them to the album.
Go into the new album, and click on each DNG image individually, then tap the three dots in the top right corner of the app. Select ‘Create Preset’ and name each one (ex. Snapshots Preset 1). I recommend leaving all boxes that are automatically checked (Tools, Optics and Geometry will not be checked).
To use your new presets, go back into your library and open any photo that you want to edit. Locate the Presets icon in the menu at the bottom of the screen (you have to scroll to the right) and tap on it. Then click on the preset you want to apply to the image.
One important thing to note is that you will almost always have to make small adjustments to the photo afterwards, as no two photos typically have identical lighting, coloring, etc. The key to getting consistent photos regardless of the lighting situation is to adjust exposure (under Light) and white balance (under Color). These two things, in addition to the preset, will hopefully result in a gorgeous photo!
Most often, mobile phone images are underexposed. After applying the preset, I almost always bring up the exposure (using the Light tab). White balance refers to the overall coloring of the image and can be adjusted using the Color tab. If you apply the preset and the photo looks too yellow/orange, then adjust the Temperature to add more blue tones. If your photo looks too blue, add more warm tones. Similarly, if it looks pinky, add green and vice versa.
If your photo looks too vibrant/artificially colored:
First, try adjusting the white balance as mentioned above, as well as the exposure
Next, decrease the contrast and the saturation
If your photo looks washed out:
First, decrease the exposure
If needed, darken the shadows and blacks (which will add depth)
Then, try decreasing highlights and increasing contrast
Dealing with poor indoor lighting:
This is the most common problem with a photo and is a hard one to fix - a lot of the time, I will make an image black and white if it doesn’t look good with the color filter after adjusting exposure and white balance (typically poor indoor lighting is yellowy, so add blue tones!). This is why I included my B&W preset!
Getting your images just how you want them to look takes practice! So play around with the preset until you get the balance that works best for you.
Thank you again for your purchase! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns.