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How To Add lrtemplate or XMP Files To Lightroom Mobile?

How To Add lrtemplate or XMP Files To Lightroom Mobile?

This tutorial will teach you how to add presets to Lightroom Mobile in a few different ways, depending on what format your presets came in. Usually DNG files can be installed directly into your Lightroom Mobile app without using a desktop. On the other hand, lrtemplate or XMP files, are usually created for Lightroom Desktop – either Lightroom CC or Lightroom Classic CC and therefore they would work best there.

Method 1 – How To Add DNG Files To Lightroom Mobile

  • Step 1: Download The DNG Files To Your Phone and Unzip the Files

If your Mobile Presets came as DNG format downloadable directly from the website they have been purchased from, then you can skip this step and go to Step 2. However, if your files came as a compressed/zip file, then you should go through Step 1 first. 

Firstly, you have to unzip the Files. You can either use iZIP for iPhone or Winzip for Android. Another way is to unzip the files on your computer and upload them to your DropBox Account. Then open the Dropbox account on your phone and follow the steps presented below. 

Following the presented instructions on the pictures above, you should open the Dropbox app on your phone and tap on the 3 dots button below each DNG file. Then click on Export and save the Each image on your phone gallery.

  • Step 2: Import the preset files into the Lightroom app 

At this point, you should have all of your DNG files saved to your phone and now you just need to add them to Lightroom mobile and save presets out of them.

Go to your photo gallery and check as all the files should be already there. Do not worry if you see blank files, that’s how they should look.

Now Open the Lightroom app. Create an album. For this tutorial, I will use the name Victoria Christoph Presets.

Then open the new album, tap on the 3 dots in the upper right corner and then tap on Add Photos

Then select “From camera row”

Next, select the DNG presets from your camera roll and import them into the newly created album in Lightroom. Press Add

  • Step 3: Create and save your Presets

Go into the album containing your newly imported DNG files. Open the first file.

Now tap on the 3 dots icon at the top right of the screen.

Then tap on “Create Preset

Now you will be able to see the New Preset screen. It illustrates all the different options that you can use to customize your preset. Now you can name your preset and add it into a PresetGroup in Lightroom. 

Then, you can save it in User Presets or you can create a new preset group and name it however you like. We would recommend the second option in case you have too many presets installed on your Lightroom. The checkboxes determine which picture settings you’d like to save with this preset. Only the settings you choose here will be applied to the pictures you edit with this preset in the future. We personally do not choose options Tools, Optics and Geometry as this might vary from picture to picture.

When you’re done with the settings save your preset by tapping on the checkmark icon at the top right corner. Now you can repeat the same process on each DNG file as you will need to save each preset separately. Please note, this process is done once only!

  • Step 4: Using Lightroom Mobile presets

In order to use now the installed presets, choose a photo from your Photo Library and Import it to Lightroom. Choose the Presets icon in the menu at the bottom of the screen and click on it. 

Make sure the Preset Group that’s selected is the one where you saved your new presets. If you have previously saved them in the User Presets group, select that.

Then you can edit the photo by choosing one of the preset from the list that you have just imported and then click on the checkmark. 
You can still continue to edit the photo and make adjustments if you like after you’ve applied the preset.

Method 2 – How To Add lrtemplate or XMP Files To Lightroom Mobile

Xmp and lrtemplate presets are technically not meant to be used on Lightroom Mobile as they are meant to be desktop presets. However, if you would like to transfer your Desktop Presets to your phone, you can easily do that by following the article below. Please note that you will need a Lightroom Desktop subscription to be able to do so. To subscribe to Lightroom Desktop click here.

There are actually 2 versions of Lightroom for desktop – Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic CC. Lightroom CC is a much easier version to work with, however, Lightroom CC Classic has more features, therefore, we personally use Lightroom Classic CC.

  • Step 1: Download the Presets on Your Computer from the email we have sent you.
  • Step 2: Import the Presets to Lightroom CC Classic.

After you’ve downloaded the preset files, open Lightroom Classic CC and click on Develop mode on the upper right side of the screen. On the left side you will see the Presets box. Click on the [+] button and then go to Import Presets. Navigate to the files on your computer and import them.

  • Step 3: Apply the Presets on the Photos

Navigate to any photos in your Lightroom library and apply the presets to them.

  • Step 4: Sync The Edited Photos To Mobile

Now you need to sync the edited photos with Lightroom Mobile in order to transfer there the presets. In order to do so, just drag the folder with the presets into the Collections section on the bottom left side of the screen. You should check and make sure you have selected the Library module. You should also make sure that the Sync icon is checked off next to the folder you want to sync.

  • Step 5. Save The Presets On Lightroom Mobile

Once the files are synced, open the Lightroom mobile app on your phone and navigate to the synced folder. Go into the album containing your newly imported DNG files. Open the first file.

Tap on the Presets icon then tap on Create Preset:

Now you can name your preset and add it into a Preset Group in Lightroom. 

Then, you have to save it in User Presets or you can create a new preset group and name it however you like. We would recommend the second option in case you have too many presets installed on your Lightroom.

The checkboxes below determine which picture settings you’d like to save with this preset. Only the settings you choose here will be applied to the pictures you edit with this preset in the future. We personally do not choose options Tools, Optics and Geometry as this might vary from picture to picture.

How to use Lightroom Mobile presets

In order to use now, the installed presets, choose a photo from your Photo Library and Import it to Lightroom. Choose the Presets icon in the menu at the bottom of the screen and click on it. Make sure the Preset Group that’s selected is the one where you saved your new presets. If you saved them in the User Presets group, select that.

Then you can edit the photo by choosing one of the preset from the list that you have just imported and then click on the checkmark. 
You can still continue to edit the photo and make adjustments if you like after you’ve applied the preset.

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