Did you know that you can use the desktop REFINED Presets in LR Mobile if you have Lightroom CC? It's a bit of a work around, but it is possible. We are crossing our fingers that Adobe starts allowing third party presets to be installed, but until then...we have a couple of ways to get the job done and allow you to have consistency in your editing across the board. The presets will need a bit more tweaking in LR Mobile, especially on compressed mobile images, but it still gives you access on the go and with the presets you've already purchased. Scroll down for the How To.
Don't want to bother with figuring this work around? Want closer to a 1 click on your mobile images? Don't have a LR CC and just want to use their free mobile app? Then you need REFINED Mobile Presets. They are specifically designed to be used on mobile images, no subscription needed, easily to install and less tweaking too. CLICK HERE
How to use REFINED Desktop Presets on Lightroom Mobile
1: Open Lightroom on your computer. In Library mode, scroll down to the lower left panel called "Collection". Create a new collection and name it REFINED Mobile. Right click on the collection and make sure that Sync is turned on.
2: Import 1 unprocessed image to the catalog. We suggest one that you can easily see the different presets on.
3: Create virtual copies for the number of REFINED Presets you would like to use. This process does not work well for workflow tools, so only make enough copies for the main presets.
4: Now apply the REFINED presets you would like to use on LR Mobile to the virtual copies. If you like to use a grain or tone often, add that to the main preset as well. These will be adjustable in LR Mobile. But you cannot add specific add on's such as grain or tones in LR Mobile, so it needs to be added in the desktop version first.
5: Now sync the collection with Lightroom Mobile.
6: Open LR Mobile on your phone and you should see your new Collection there with the images and the presets applied.
How to use the presets in Lightroom Mobile
Now that you have them on your phone, you need to learn how to apply them to your images.
1: Open your REFINED Mobile catalog you created on your phone.
2: Select the preset you want to apply to your mobile phone image and allow it to load. Check the cloud in the upper, it will have a green check mark when fully loaded.
3: Select the image that you want to edit. Then click "Previous" at the bottom.
4: Then select "All" on the pop up at the bottom. This will automatically apply the preset settings from the first image to the new image.
Now you can edit and adjust the image just like on your desktop!
PHEW! That was a doozy...right? That is why we created the new Mobile Presets for LR. You can take out more than half of these steps, use any version of LR you would like (for those of you still hanging onto LR 4, 5 and 6, use just LR mobile if you don't have the desktop version, and want the new designed just for mobile photo REFINED presets that will take less tweaking! CLICK HERE for REFINED Mobile Presets.