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How To Use Presets on iPhone

Iphone Presets

Do you want to improve the picture quality by using presets with the Lightroom app on your iPhone? Although this sounds like a challenging task, the whole process is not that complicated.

Quick Answer

To use presets on iPhone, follow these steps.

1. Download the .dng presets ZIP folder on your PC. 
2. Upload the unzipped folder to Dropbox and open the Lightroom app on your iPhone. 
3. Go to “Add Photos” and choose the Dropbox location to open and transfer the .dng file to your Lightroom mobile app. 
4. Select a picture you want to edit from the Lightroom photo library.
5. Tap the .dng file on the Lightroom app, tap the three-dot icon, and select “Copy Settings”.
6. Tap “Select All”, uncheck the “Crop” settings, and tap “OK”.
7. Select a picture you want to edit, tap the three-dot icon at the top and choose “Paste Settings”.

We have compiled an extensive step-by-step guide on how to use presets on your iPhone, including the .dng and .xmp presets. 

Using Presets on iPhone

With the Lightroom mobile app for iOS, you can use its editing tools to fine-tune images and use the paid or free presets to add unique background adjustments. 

However, if you don’t know how to use presets on your iPhone while using the Lightroom app, our 2 step-by-step methods will help you accomplish this task without much difficulty.

Method #1: Using the DNG Presets

The presets you can use with Lightroom come in multiple file types, and .dng is one of them. Here are the steps for adding and using the .dng presets on your iPhone.

Step #1: Download DNG Presets on Mac or PC 

Download the free or paid .dng presets as a zipped file to your PC or Mac and unzip it. Upload the unzipped folder containing .dng files to Cloud storage like Dropbox.

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Step #2: Add Presets to Lightroom

Launch the Lightroom app on your iPhone. Tap the three-dot icon at the top. Tap the “Add Photos” option from the pop-up menu and select the location where the unzipped .dng file is downloaded, i.e., Dropbox. Double tap a .dng file to transfer it to your Lightroom app.

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Step #3: Edit Photos Using .dng Presets 

Tap the .dng file on the app, tap the three-dot icon, and select “Copy Settings”. Tap “Select All”, uncheck the “Crop” settings, and tap “OK”. Select a picture you want to edit from the Lightroom photo library, tap the three-dot icon at the top, and choose “Paste Settings”.

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All Done!

The .dng preset is now successfully applied to your chosen photo.

Method #2: Using the XMP or ltrtemplate Presets

The presets are also available as XMP or ltrtemplate files. With the following steps, you can add them to the Lightroom mobile app and use them on your photos.

Step #1: Download and Use XMP Presets on PC 

Download the free or purchased .xmp presets to your computer. Launch the Lightroom for Desktop app on your PC. Go to the “Develop Mode” and click the plus (+) sign next to “Presets” in the left sidebar. Click on “Import Presets”, select the .xmp files on your PC, and import them. Select any photo from your Lightroom library and click the preset to apply it to your chosen image.

Step #2: Add Presets to iPhone 

Add all the .xmp presets to a folder and drag them to the “Collections” section on the left bar. Click the toggle next to the “Sync” icon to enable it so that the new preset folder syncs the desktop presets to your iPhone. 

Launch the Lightroom app on your iPhone and open the newly synced folder. Select one of the new presets, tap the three-dot icon at the top-right corner, and choose “Create Preset”. Name your preset and tap the checkmark to save it to the Lightroom mobile app.

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Step #3: Edit Photos Using .xmp Presets  

Tap the .xmp present file on your Lightroom app, tap the three-dot icon, and select “Copy Settings”. Tap “Select All”, uncheck the “Crop” settings, and tap “OK”. Select a picture you want to edit, tap the three-dot icon at the top and choose “Paste Settings”.

Great Work!

The .xmp preset will successfully apply to your selected photo.

Summary

In this guide on how to use presets on iPhones, we’ve discussed adding .dng and .xmp presets to the Lightroom app and using them to improve the quality of your pictures.

We hope one of these methods has worked for you, and you can now turn your pictures into masterpieces.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it possible to save presets on iPhone photos?

Yes, you can save presets on your iPhone photos by navigating to “Settings”> “Camera”> “Preserve Settings”> “Creative Controls”. Although you can take good quality pictures on your iPhone using its default Camera settings, presets allow you to make adjustments based on your preferred aesthetic for the photos. 

How is a preset different from a filter? 

Using filters, you can only change the basic settings of your Photos like the exposure, color tone, etc. These filters cannot be further modified and are often present by default in apps like Instagram, Snapchat, etc. Presets, on the other hand, provide you with much more advanced editing features and controls. They are known to change the whole aesthetic of an image. 

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