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How to install Lightroom presets on mobile or desktop

When I started using Adobe Lightroom – I was struggling on finding out how to install the Lightroom presets, especially for mobile, since the file formats are different for preset installation on desktop and mobile. Desktop presets have .xmp format, while mobile have .dng.

While editing photos – I am often using Lightroom presets either for inspiring on learning how to edit the photo myself, or to get a base for my edit. I use both downloaded presets made by other people, and self-made presets from settings that I use often.

If you’re new to Lightroom, then this tutorial on how to install Lightroom presets should help you out.

How to install Lightroom presets on Lightroom Mobile

For mobile Lightroom preset installation you need to have a .DNG preset file.

To import the preset, you need to:

  1. Import the file as a photo in your application by locating the “+” icon at the bottom of your phone’s screen
  2. Once the file is imported – it acts as a RAW photo with some settings already applied on it. Open the photo in editing view
  3. Locate Presets tab and tap on the three dots on the top row
  4. Choose the Create preset option
  5. Check all the settings you want the preset to store. If the preset uses Linear or Radial gradient – don’t forget to check “Tools” as well
  6. Name your preset. Since it’s a raw file with settings – there is no preset name stored, so you have to type it in yourself
  7. Tap on the check icon at the top right corner and you’re all set. You should now have a new preset under the “Users presets” filter (or other if you changed it)
  8. Use the preset on your own photos.

Take in mind that if you have the free version of Lightroom Mobile – then, when applying a preset, the selective edits won’t be applied on your photo, since it’s a paid feature.

If you have Adobe account connected to the Lightroom mobile application, and you have Lightroom application on your computer – the preset should synchronize and appear available on your desktop as well.

How to install Lightroom presets on Lightroom CC (desktop)

To install desktop Lightroom presets, you need to have a file with .xmp extension.

Installing presets in Lightroom CC is easy:

  1. Go to File -> Import Profiles and Presets…
  2. Find the folder that you have your presets in
  3. Select all the presets and choose Import
  4. The presets will be installed, and you will find them in the preset list

If you have Adobe account connected to the Lightroom CC, and you have Lightroom mobile on your phone- the presets should synchronize and appear available on your phone or tablet as well.

How to install Lightroom presets on Lightroom Classic CC (desktop)

To install the presets in your Lightroom Classic on your desktop, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the “+” icon while in Develop mode and click on Import presets…
  2. Find the folder that you have your presets in
  3. Select all the presets and choose Import
  4. The presets will be installed, and you will find them in the preset list.

Note that presets loaded into Lightroom Classic won’t be synchronized to your Lightroom CC program and Lightroom mobile. To have the presets from your Lightroom Classic to be synchronized to your phone, you need to import them in the CC application.

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