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5 Best Lightroom Presets for iPhone

by Brenda Barron on Sep 17, 2018

Mobile photography has evolved drastically in recent years, particularly with the introduction of things like Instagram and Snapchat.

While we’re a long way from being able to create true camera-quality images on a smartphone, the availability of new apps on the iOS format means that professional photographers can upload pictures straight to their Instagram feeds and attract new customers, all without having to worry about transferring images from a camera to a computer.

Lightroom mobile is one of the most exciting must-have iOS apps for photographers today, equipped with many of the features and filters you’d expect from the desktop system.

So, what are the best Lightroom presets for iPhone?

In today’s article we’ll look at:

  • How you can install Lightroom presets onto your phone
  • Which presets will give you the best results on mobile
  • What each preset can do for your images

Let’s get shooting!

A person holding an iPhone on the lock screen, with a starry sky set as the background

How to Install Lightroom Presets for iPhone

Installing Lightroom presets for iPhone isn’t quite as simple as adding presets to your desktop application. Photographers can’t just sync their presets from the classic version of Lightroom. Instead, you’ll need to use the desktop app as a kind of stepping stone to get there.

Open the desktop app and make sure that both it and your mobile service is up-to-date. Then:

  • Go to File > Import profiles and presets
  • Find where your .xmp files are located
  • On a Mac, select Command + Shift to launch your Go To folder and copy and paste ~/Library/Applications Support/Adobe/CameraRaw/Settings
  • On a Windows PC paste this path, replacing the username section with your Lightroom username: C:\Users\[Username]\AppData\Romaing\CameraRaw\Settings
  • Select the folders of the presets you want to add to your mobile application and click Import

The desktop version of Lightroom, showing the folders and collections section

Now that you know how to launch your Lightroom presets for iPhone, you can start checking out some of the best options on the market. Here are some of our favorites.

1.     C1 Vibrant Blogger Preset

The C1 Vibrant Blogger preset adds saturation and vibrancy to your photos, helping give depth to each image. Ideal for landscape and portrait photography, this mobile Lightroom preset gives your visuals a Hollywood effect and develops contrast for you so that every element is more immersive.

Not only is the C1 Vibrant Blogger preset great for boosting the appeal of your photos, but it’s also incredibly easy to use too. All you need to do is click one button and adjust your exposure as you see fit!

A before and after example of the C1 Vibrant Blogger preset, used on an image of a woman wearing sunglasses

2.     Riesling

If you love vibrant lightroom presets for iPhone, then you’ll appreciate the fantastic visuals that you can create with Riesling. This unique preset pack comes with multiple ways to enhance your photos using saturation support to bring out the richest tones in every image.

Perfect for summer images and when you want to add a little more light to potentially dark portraits or landscape scenes. Riesling is ideal for bloggers and lifestyle photographers who don’t want to carry a hefty camera around.

A before and after example of the Riesling preset pack, using on an image of a woman in front of a pink cloud

3.     Bright and Airy

This Lightroom preset selection contains around 100 fantastic presets great for transforming your images with extra light and vibrancy. The Bright and Airy selection is easy to install and use like many other options in this list of the best lightroom presets for iPhone, but there are many more filters to search through than you’d get with most packs.

This selection is great for wedding photography, portraits and other images where you need to add extra light and detail to your images. It’s sure to be one of your top picks for lightroom.

A before and after example of three of the over 100 presets included in the Bright and Airy preset pack, used on an image of a bring and groom among some trees

4.     Peach Mobile

Want to add a warm and supple look to any image instantly? The Peach Lightroom preset is inspired by those dozens of Instagram accounts that use a soft orange or tan filter to catch your eye on the social site. This is one of the best lightroom presets for iPhone for people who want to maintain a consistent theme throughout their photography.

You can fully customize the details on your photos to suit your lighting conditions and style too.

A before and after example of the Peach Mobile preset, used on an image of a city

5.     Caramel

Add a sun-kissed look to your photos instantly with this “Caramel” preset for mobile Lightroom. This unique filter goes beyond the light and vibrant approaches of many of the other options above to add deeper, darker colors into your photos. It’s great for atmospheric images, where you want to add a sense of mystery or glamor.

The deep shades and adjustable brightness in the Caramel preset mean that you can create magazine-ready pictures on your iPhone in a matter of minutes!

A before and after example of the Caramel preset, used on an image of a woman laying on a beach

There you have it! Our favorite Lightroom presets for iOS, and insight into how you can install them on your phone.

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