Part of what makes me want to organize all my blogging tasks is that I hate wasting time. Like, loathe it. Like, I want to pull my hair out as my time is being wasted. So, this morning when it took me +3 hours to figure out how to configure a Lightroom mobile preset I bought off Etsy, I was at my wit’s end!
I had such a hard time figuring out how to get this preset on my phone and use it for my photos, so I’m sharing the tutorial I wish I’d had the whole time. Here we go!
(Affiliate Link) I settled on the Cozy preset from Etsy.
1. Download the Lightroom CC Mobile App
Pretty self-explanatory. Download the app and create an Adobe account if you don’t have one. No need to pay for an Adobe license.
2. Download the Lightroom Mobile Preset to Your Phone
If you bought your preset off Etsy (like me!) then do the following: First, open your mobile browser and go to Etsy.com (NOT the app!). Go to your orders and download the .DNG file that came with your preset.
3. Save the preset to your phone (if you can).
What every tutorial told me was that I should save the .DNG file to my Camera Roll on my iPhone 7, open the Lightroom app, click the “…” in the top corner, then “Add to…” and upload the .DNG file that’s in my camera roll. None of that seemed to work. I ran into ALL the issues.
I kept getting an error message that the photo could not be imported. For some reason, my iPhone 7 couldn’t save the file correctly, so here’s what I did…
- Downloaded the .DNG file on my phone and a little pop up showed along the bottom with the file
- Clicked “Open with…” and I AirDropped it to my husband’s iPhone X
- AirDropped it back to my phone where it saved to my Camera Roll
- Opened the Lightroom Mobile app
- Clicked “…” and added a new photo
- Uploaded the .DNG file
- Boom, it finally worked. It will show the thumbnail photo (preset) and say DNG in the top corner
4. How to Use the Lightroom Mobile Preset
Using the preset isn’t hard at all! Just click the .DNG file you uploaded that has the preset, then “…” in the top right, and “Copy settings” (you might also have to click OK). Then, open the photo you want to edit, click “…” in the top right, and “Paste settings.”
5. How to Adjust the Lightroom Mobile Preset
Not every photo will look perfect with the preset, so you have to do a little adjusting! Here are a few things to know…
- Any category with a white dot under it has been adjusted using the preset.
- If anything looks off after adding the preset (a color is too saturated, it has too much contrast…), try returning the slider to its baseline number.
- In the Color tab, make sure to also use the “MIX” settings in the top right of the adjustment box. It allows you to make tons of edits to the colors to get your picture looking Insta-worthy.
- COLOR ADJUSTMENT CHEAT SHEET:
- HUE: Changes the tone of the color
- SATURATION: Changes the intensity of the color
- LUMINANCE: Changes the brightness/whiteness of the color
When you’re done, save the photo to your Camera Roll with the box/arrow icon along the top. Wah-lah! Done-zo.
There are several other presets types out there, such as different apps or even loading directly to Instagram! If Lightroom can be tricky to use, why use it?
Lightroom allows you to do much deeper editing than Instagram allows. It’s a more complex software and allows you to make more minute changes for more detailed editing. Sometimes the photos you take already have great lighting or maybe the lighting is terrible. Maybe there’s a weird blue cast over your photo or maybe it looks really yellow more some reason. When you add a preset on top of these intricacies, things can get real funky.
With Lightroom, you have the option to tweak all the settings to get your picture looking just right. While the Instagram editing options are still impressive, they just can’t compete with Lightroom.
I hope this helped you use a Lightroom mobile preset to make a pretty Instagram grid! Don’t forget to pin this for later!