The Best Lightroom Mobile Presets
When it comes to editing your Instagram photos, you’ve got a ton of options. Lately, it’s hard to find an Instagram influencer who isn’t selling (crazy expensive) presets in their signature style. But the truth is you don’t need to lay out that much cash to get lookalike filters.
If you’re reading this post, you probably already know that Lightroom Mobile is the most powerful app for editing photos on your phone. In addition to easy application of presets, it offers professional level photo editing options for fine tuning your photos.
If you’re not completely familiar with Lightroom Mobile, read our informational section at the bottom of this post, as there are some things you should know about using it.
Here’s some of the most beautiful presets for Lightroom Mobile — without the pricey influencer markup!:
Dark and Moody Lightroom Mobile Presets
Bright, Clean and Airy Lightroom Mobile Presets
Colorful and Saturated Lightroom Mobile Presets
Warm and Vintage Style Lightroom Mobile Presets
Cool Toned, Silvery and Desaturated Lightroom Mobile Presets
FAQs and What You Need to Know about Using Presets on Lightroom Mobile
Is Lightroom Mobile Free?
Technically, yes, Lightroom Mobile is a free app on both iPhone and Android.
But there’s a catch here when it comes to presets, and it’s one that many influencers cheerily gloss over when they’re trying to sell you their photo presets. Without a Lightroom subscription, you won’t be able to utilize the Presets function in Lightroom Mobile. There’s a workaround for this that involves copying the settings from another photo, then applying them to the photo you’re editing each time. But frankly it’s a pain to keep going back and forth, and not worth the money you’re saving by using the free version of the app.
If you’re serious about photography and upping your Instagram game, we do wholeheartedly recommend paying for the Lightroom subscription. The current price is $9.99 a month for the Photography Plan, which includes the mobile and desktop versions of Lightroom, Photoshop, and Adobe Spark.
But if you can’t justify the cost of a subscription, just be aware that using your new presets will require extra steps each time.
How does Lightroom Mobile compare to A Color Story or other photo editing apps?
The largest difference between Lightroom Mobile and popular photo editing apps like A Color Story and VSCO is the power and flexibility of the editing tools. Lightroom is so much more than a way to apply a filter, and is better for detailed editing.
I could devote an entire post to the capabilities, but basically, if all you want to do is brighten up a photo a bit, and slap on a filter, you can generally get along fine with something like A Color Story. But for spot fixes, more nuanced editing, RAW photo editing, and real control over color balance, Lightroom is what you want. It’s hard to go backwards after having that much control, and even if you don’t use advanced features every time you edit, some of these features can be what salvages an otherwise unusable photo.
Also, I’ve noticed that A Color Story’s filters look different–and generally better– on iPhone photos. I ditched the app after switching to a Pixel phone because their filters never looked quite right on my photos after that.
Do I actually need Lightroom Mobile Presets?
If you’re an advanced user, you probably don’t need to purchase presets, though many pros like wedding photographers still will, because it’s easier than putting in the work to create their own presets.
It’s also worth noting the Lightroom Mobile comes with a selection of basic built-in presets. You mileage may vary with these, but they’re worth taking a look at.
But for those who are still learning, presets are convenient, and actually present an awesome learning opportunity. Here’s why:
When you apply a preset to your photo in Lightroom (mobile or desktop), every single setting that went into creating that preset is now right there for you to see. Using presets is a great way to learn how different configurations of settings create each style of edit. You can play around and tweak the settings to tailor the edit to your taste, and develop your own distinct style.
How Do I Install my Lightroom Mobile Presets?
With Adobe Lightroom CC’s new sync feature, there’s actually multiple ways to do this!
Any reputable preset seller should provide you with instructions on how to install your presets. Usually this involves downloading the preset zip files to your phone and adding each to your presets in-app, which can be a little time consuming.
However, if you’re already using Lightroom CC on your desktop, you should able to import your new presets into your desktop Lightroom app, then simply make sure your desktop app is sycned with your mobile app. Your new presets will now be available on your mobile Lightroom app, and you’ll have saved a ton of time!