There are hundreds of different apps that you can use to edit your photos in, and I’ve tried at least half of them—no surprise, most of them sucked. They either degrade the photo quality so much that they look grainy, or your photos end up being noticeably over-processed. I will admit that I was a hardcore VSCO fan—until I discovered presets in Lightroom Mobile. Now, I only use VSCO for adding a border to some photos after I edit it in Lightroom Mobile.
To start, save your preset into a folder in Lightroom Mobile—I have a specific folder called Presets, duh—then upload whichever photo you want to edit into another folder.
Next, open your preset and hit the ... icon in the top right corner. This opens the preset menu. Hit copy settings, then ok to copy all of them.
Open the photo that you want to edit, hit the ... icon again, and then paste settings.
That’s literally all there is to it! Crop it to whatever size you need, and then export to your phone as usual.
I have certain presets that I use for each account that I run in order to keep the aesthetic the same across the posts. And I use them every time, even if the change is only minute. This method is really good for testing out new presets before saving them as a permanent preset in your app (covered below).
Hey guys! Just adding a quick update because you can save the image editing settings as an actual preset in the mobile app instead of always copying and pasting the settings from the starting photo!
It’s super easy to create permanent presets in Lightroom Mobile—these are really handy when you have a specific aesthetic that you are trying to keep consistent with your photos.
Open up the preferences menu using the … icon at the top right of the screen. Instead of selecting Copy Settings, select Create Preset. You’ll have to name it, and then save it to your device.
Once it’s installed, it’s super easy to use. Just open up the image that you want to edit, and scroll the bottom bar all the way to the end; you’ll see an option called Presets. Select that, and all of your presets will pop up. Choose which one you want to use, then crop the picture and save like normal.