Learn how to edit photos with custom presets, apply radial and graduated filters, make local adjustments, edit copyright of photos and albums, and more. You can also retouch, remove haze, and enhance your photos the way you like it.

Panels in Loupe view

On your iPhone or iPad, when you open a photo in Loupe view of Lightoom for mobile (iOS), you can choose to work in the following panels:

Edit

Manually edit the photo with various slider controls such as White Balance, Temperature, Exposure, Contrast, and more, at your fingertips. Crop your photos and apply selective edits to specific parts of your photo.

For more information, see the Edit panel.

Rate and Review (iPhone only)

Cycle through your album to quickly rate and flag your photos. For more information, see the Rate and Review panel.

Info

Change the Title, Caption, and Copyright of your photos. Rate and flag your photo. View the metadata associated with your photo. For more information, see Info panel.

Apply Selective edits

Selective edit controls in the Edit panel allow you to make corrections to a specific area of a photo. For example, you may want to lighten a face to make it stand out in a portrait. To make local corrections, you can apply adjustments using one of the following selection tools:

  • The Brush Selection tool lets you select specific parts of an image by brushing over them and apply adjustments such as Exposure, Clarity, Brightness, and other to the selected region of the photo.
  • The Radial Selection  tool lets you selectively apply adjustments such as Exposure, Clarity, Brightness, and other to a particular region of photos. You can control the shape and dimension of that region.
  • The Linear Selection  tool lets you apply these adjustments gradually across a region of a photo. You can make the region as wide or as narrow as you like.
  • (Technology Preview) The Depth Selection  tool lets you quickly turn a depth map into a selection that can be modified with a brush. This selection tool works only for HEIC images with depth map information captured using Lightroom's in-app camera (Depth Capture mode) or other capture tools. To use this selection tool, enable Depth Mask Creation under Technology Previews in the app Settings menu.

Selective edits are nondestructive and are not permanently applied to the photo.

  1. (iPhone) In the Edit panel in the Loupe view, tap Selective icon at the bottom of the screen.

    (iPad) In the Loupe view, tap () icon at the right.

  2. Tap the '+' sign that appears at the upper-left corner and then choose one of the selective edit tools -  Brush Selection Radial Selection Linear Selection, or  Depth Selection (Tech Preview).


  3. Tap on the photo to view the selection overlay.

    Brush Selection  

    Apply selective edits using Brush Selection tool
    (iPhone) Apply selective edits using Brush Selection tool

    A. Brush B. Eraser C. Size D. Feather E. Flow F. Delete selection 

    • To move and position it on the photo, drag the blue pin at the center of the overlay.
    • Use the Eraser tool to erase the desired brush selection area.
    • To change the size, feather, or flow of the Brush Selection/Eraser, touch the corresponding control on the left, and then drag up or down on the screen to adjust the value.
      • Size. Specifies the diameter of the brush tip in pixels.
      • Feather. Creates a soft-edged transition between the brushed area and the surrounding pixels.
      • Flow. Controls the rate of application of the adjustment.

    Note:

    The red masking indicates the area on which the selective edits will be applied. To remove the red masking, long press the blue pin at the center of the selection overlay and choose Never Show Red Overlay from the pop-up menu.

    Linear Selection  

    (iPhone) Apply selective edits using Linear Selection tool
    (iPhone) Apply selective edits using Linear Selection tool

    • To move and position it on the photo, drag the blue square pin at the center of the overlay.
    • Touch and rotate the white line at the center to adjust the tilt (angle) of the overlay.
    • Touch and drag either of the outer white lines toward the edge of the photo to expand the effect at that end of the spectrum; drag toward the center of the photo to contract the effect at that end of the spectrum.
    • Use the Eraser tool to erase the desired selection area. 

    Note:

    The red masking indicates the area on which the selective edits will be applied. To remove the red masking, long press the blue pin at the center of the selection overlay and choose Never Show Red Overlay from the pop-up menu.

    Radial Selection  

    (iPhone) Apply selective edits using Radial Selection tool
    (iPhone) Apply selective edits using Radial Selection tool

    • To move and position the overlay on the photo, drag the pin at the center of the selection overlay.
    • To adjust the size and shape, drag the white pins on the left, right, and bottom of the overlay.
    • To adjust the Feather of the radial selection overlay, touch the feather control icon on the left and then drag up or down on the screen. As you drag, the Feather value (%) is displayed at the top of the screen.
    • To apply the edits outside the radial selection overlay, tap the icon at the left. Tap the icon again to toggle.
    • Use the Eraser tool to erase the desired selection area.  

    Note:

    The red masking indicates the area on which the selective edits will be applied. To remove the red masking, long press the blue pin at the center of the selection overlay and choose Never Show Red Overlay from the pop-up menu.

  4. Depth Selection  

    (iPhone) Apply selective edits using Depth Selection
    (iPhone) Apply selective edits using Depth Selection
    • To modify the Depth Mask, drag the white control pins on across the depth map.
    • To the depth mask selection, tap the icon at the top. Tap the icon again to toggle.

    Note:

    The red masking indicates the area on which the selective edits will be applied.

  5. To remove or duplicate a selection overlay, long press the blue pin at the center of the selection overlay, and choose the required option from the pop-up menu that appears.

    Remove or duplicate a selection brush
    Remove or duplicate a selection
  6. Once you have placed the Brush Selection, Linear Selection, Radial Selection, or Depth Selection overlay, tap any of the edit tiles in the menu — Light, Color, Effects, Details, and Optics. Use the slider controls in the pop-up menu to apply edits on a specific part of your photo.

  7. Tap and hold with one finger on the photo to see a Before view.

    To confirm the edits, tap icon (iPhone)/Done (iPad).  

Remove spots and unwanted objects

Use the Healing Brush tools to remove unnecessary spots, power lines, people, objects, or other such distractions from a photo.

  1. (iPhone) In the Edit panel in the Loupe view, tap the Healing icon at the bottom of the screen.

    (iPad) In the Loupe view, tap () icon at the right.

    Healing Brush tools
    (iPhone) Access the Healing Brush tools
  2. Select one of the following Healing Brush tools:

    Heal: Borrows the texture from the source area and matches it to the color and tone of the target area in the photo.

    Clone: Replicates the pixels from the source area in the photo to the target area.

    Both Heal and Clone tools transfer the texture borrowed from the source area to the target area. The Heal tool, however, considers the colors and tones surrounding the target area and blends everything together. While the Clone exactly replicates the pixels from the source area to the target area.

    Using the Heal tool to remove the unwanted object from the photo
    (iPhone) Using the Heal tool to remove the unwanted object from the photo (the person, in this case).

    A. Heal B. Clone C. Size D. Feather E. Opacity F. Delete G. Target area H. Source area I. Hide screen controls to view the photo edits 

    With the Heal or Clone tool selected, brush over the object in your photo that you want to remove or retouch. After brushing over the object in your photo, you'll notice two white marquee areas. One white marquee area over the object you painted designates the target area. Another white marquee area with an arrow pointing at the target area designates the source area.

    Change the size, feather, or opacity of the selected Healing tool as necessary.

    • Size. Specifies the diameter of the brush tip in pixels.
    • Feather. Controls the soft-edged transition between the brushed area and the surrounding pixels in the target area.
    • Opacity. Controls the opacity of the adjustment applied to the target area.
    (iPhone) Touch the controls on the left, and then drag up or down on the screen to adjust the value.
    (iPad) Use the control sliders to adjust the values.

  3. To move and position the source or target area on the photo, drag the blue pin at the center of that area.

    Tap the () icon at the upper-right corner to view the photo edits on fullscreen by hiding the screen controls and the white marquee source/target areas.

    Healing options

    Long press on the blue pin at the center of the target or source area to bring up the Healing Options context-menu:

    • From the context-menu, choose Heal or Clone to switch between the tools.
    • Delete: Deletes the selected source-target area pair.
    • Reset Healing Brush: Resets and removes all the adjustments you've made using the Healing tools.
  4. Long-press on the photo to see a Before view.  

    To confirm the edits, tap icon (iPhone)/Done (iPad).  

Crop photos

  1. (iPhone) In the Edit panel in the Loupe view, tap Crop icon at the bottom of the screen.

    (iPad) In the Loupe view, tap () icon at the right.

  2. The available Cropping options are displayed as tiles, along the bottom of the screen. Swipe to the left or right, to view all the tiles. Tap a tile to apply the corresponding option.

    (iPhone) Crop photos in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for mobile iOS
    (iPhone) Crop photos in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for mobile iOS

  3. Do one of the following for additional options:

    • Tap the Aspect ratio tile to select one of the available cropping aspect ratios.
    • Tap the Aspect Locked tile to crop without a preset aspect ratio.
    • Tap Straighten tile to automatically straighten the photo.
    • Tap the Rotate L tile to rotate the photo anti-clockwise by 90 degrees.
    • Tap the Rotate R tile to rotate the photo clockwise by 90 degrees.
    • Tap the Flip H tile flip the photo horizontally.
      Tap the Flip V tile to flip the photo vertically.
    • Drag the edges and corners of the cropping guide, to change the shape and size of the crop.
    • Drag the cropping wheel to crop the photo by a certain angle. You can drag the cropping wheel within the range of -45 to 45 degrees.
    • Tap within the cropping guide and drag it to reposition it.
  4. Tap and hold with one finger on the photo to see a Before view.

    To confirm the edits, tap icon (iPhone)/Done (iPad).  

Work with Profiles on your photo

Profiles allow you to control how colors and tonality are rendered in your photos. They are intended to serve as a starting point or foundation for making image edits.

Apply profiles

Note:

Beginning with Lightroom CC for mobile iOS 3.3 and Lightroom CC desktop 1.4 (June 2018 releases), Presets and Profiles (including third-party, custom user presets and profiles) sync automatically across Lightroom desktop and mobile.

However, the custom user presets and profiles do not sync with Lightroom Classic desktop.

Profiles allow you to control how colors and tonality are rendered in your photos. They are intended to serve as a starting point or foundation for making image edits.

Applying a profile on your photo doesn't change or overwrite the value of other edit control sliders. Therefore, you can make edits to your photos as you like and then choose to apply a profile on top of your edited image.

To browse and apply profiles, do the following:

  1. (iPhone) In the Edit panel in the Loupe view, tap Profiles icon at the bottom of the screen.

    See the screenshots below for reference:

    • The Adobe Color profile, which is currently applied to your photo is displayed at the top of the screen.
    • Tapping Adobe Raw brings up the profile groups menu.  
    Browse and apply profiles
    Current profile applied to the photo is displayed at the top - Adobe Color. Tapping Adobe Raw brings up the profile groups menu.
    Profile groups menu
    Profile groups available for a raw photo.

    (iPad) In the Edit panel menu in the Loupe view, tap Browse in the Profiles panel at the top.  

    Note:

    When you import photos, Adobe Color and Adobe Monochrome profiles are applied by default to color and black-and-white photos respectively.

  2. (iPhone) Tap to choose any of the profile groups from the menu to view profiles available in that group.

    (iPad) Expand any of the profile groups (explained below) to view the profiles available in that group.

    Favorites:

    Displays profiles that you've marked as favorite. See Add a profile to Favorites.

    Basic:

    This profile group is available for non-raw photos only and provides two profile options - Color and Monochrome.

    Profiles for raw photos

    The following profile groups appear when you are editing a raw photo.

    Adobe Raw: Adobe Raw profiles significantly improve color rendering and provide a good starting point for editing your raw images. Adobe Color profile─which is designed to provide a good color/tone balance for any image─is applied by default to the raw photos that you import in Lightroom.

    Camera Matching: Displays profiles based on the camera make/model of your raw photo. Use Camera Matching profiles if you prefer the color rendering in your raw files to match what you see on your camera’s display screen.

    Legacy: Displays legacy profiles that were also provided in the earlier versions of the Lightroom app.

    Creative profiles for raw and non-raw photos

    Creative profiles work on any file type including raw photos, JPEGs, and TIFFs. These profiles are designed to create a certain style or effect in your photo.

    Artistic: Use these profiles if you want the color rendering in your photo to be more edgy, with stronger color shifts.

    B&W: Use these profiles to get optimal tone shifts required for black and white work.

    Modern: Use these profiles to create unique effects that fit in with the modern photography styles.

    Vintage: Use these profiles to replicate the effects of vintage photos.


    Note:

    When you apply any of the Artistic, B&W, Modern, and Vintage profiles, Lightroom for mobile provides an additional Amount slider that allows you to control profile intensity.  

  3. You can swipe horizontally toward right or left on the profile thumbnails to browse all the profiles available under a selected profile group.

    Tap a profile to apply it to your photo.  

  4. Tap and hold with one finger on the photo to see a Before view.

    To confirm the edits, tap icon (iPhone)/Done (iPad).  

    Tap the Undo or Redo icons to move back or forward in your edits, one step at a time.

Add a profile to Favorites

To add a profile to your Favorites profile group, press-and-hold the profile's thumbnail. If the profile is currently selected, you can also tap the gray star icon appearing at the upper-right corner of the profile thumbnail.   

The white star icon at the upper-right corner of the profile thumbnail indicates a favorite profile.

Work with Presets on your photo

Preset allows you to predetermine positions of all or selected sliders and apply them to your photo. Also, you can edit a photo to your liking and save that exact combination of slider positions to apply on other photos.

Apply Presets

Note:

Beginning with Lightroom CC for mobile iOS 3.3 and Lightroom CC desktop 1.4 (June 2018 releases), Presets and Profiles (including third-party, custom user presets and profiles) sync automatically across Lightroom desktop and mobile.

However, the custom user presets and profiles do not sync with Lightroom Classic desktop.

  1. (iPhone) In the Edit panel in the Loupe view, tap Presets icon at the bottom of the screen.

    (iPad) In the Loupe view, tap () icon at the right.

  2. The available Presets are grouped as Color, Creative, B&W, Curve, Grain, Sharpening, and Vignetting. Choose any group to view the corresponding Presets.

    Tap any Preset to apply it on the photo.

    Note: It is not possible to transfer user-created Presets from Lightroom Classic on desktop to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for mobile.

    (iPhone) Presets menu showing Creative presets in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for mobile (iOS)
    (iPhone) Presets menu showing Creative presets in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for mobile (iOS)

  3. Tap and hold with one finger on the photo to see a Before view.

    To confirm the edits, tap icon (iPhone)/Done (iPad).  

    Tap the Undo or Redo icons to move back or forward in your edits, one step at a time.

Create a user preset

Note:

Beginning with Lightroom CC for mobile iOS 3.3 and Lightroom CC desktop 1.4 (June 2018 releases), Presets and Profiles (including third-party, custom user presets and profiles) sync automatically across Lightroom desktop and mobile.

However, the custom user presets and profiles do not sync with Lightroom Classic desktop.

  1. Open a photo in the Loupe view based on which you want to create a user preset. Do any one of the following:

    • In the Loupe view, tap the three-dots () icon at the upper-right corner of the screen to bring up the options menu. Then, choose Create Preset.
    • (iPhone) In the Edit panel in the Loupe view, tap Presets icon at the bottom of the screen. Tap the three-dots () icon at the upper-right corner of the Presets pop-up screen and choose Create Preset.
    • (iPad) In the Loupe view, tap () icon at the right. Tap the three-dots () icon at the upper-right corner of the Presets pop-up screen and choose Create Preset.
  2. In the New Preset screen, specify the following:

    Preset Name: Type the desired preset name.

    Preset Group: By default, custom presets are saved in the User Presets group. You can also create a new group using the Create New Preset Group option.    

  3. Now select which edit settings you want to save as a preset.

    Click the Select pop-up menu and choose any of the following options:

    • All: Selects all the edit settings groups.
    • Modified: Selects only the edits settings that you've applied on the selected photo.
    • Default: Selects the default set of edit settings. Tools, Optics, and Geometry settings are excluded by default.
    • None: Deselects all the edit settings.
    To manually select or deselect specific settings, tap the check box next to the edit setting groups. You can also tap the (>) icon to navigate within the edit setting group, and then choose specific settings from the submenu. For example, you can navigate within the Light settings group and then select/deselct any of the settings from the submenu - Exposure, Contrast, Highlights, Shadows, Whites, Blacks, Tone Curve.     
  4. After selecting the required edit settings, tap Save at the upper-right corner.

    Your new preset is now available in the Presets menu.

Update or delete a user preset

  1. (iPhone) In the Edit panel in the Loupe view, tap Presets icon at the bottom of the screen.

    (iPad) In the Loupe view, tap () icon at the right.

  2. In the Presets pop-up menu, locate the user preset that you want to update or delete. Tap the three-dots () icon next to that user preset and choose any of the following options:

    Update With Current Settings: In the Update Preset screen, modify the edit settings settings to include in the user preset as necessary.

    Click the Select pop-up menu and choose any of the following options:

    • All: Selects all the edit settings groups.
    • Default: Selects the default set of edit settings. Tools, Optics, and Geometry settings are excluded by default.
    • None: Deselects all the edit settings.
    To manually select or deselect specific settings, tap the check box next to the edit setting groups. You can also tap the (>) icon to navigate within the edit setting group, and then choose specific settings from the submenu. For example, you can navigate within the Light settings group and then select/deselct any of the settings from the submenu - Exposure, Contrast, Highlights, Shadows, Whites, Blacks, Tone Curve.     

    After modifying the required edit settings, tap Save at the upper-right corner.

    Rename: In the Rename Preset screen, modify Preset Name as necessary.

    After modifying the preset name, tap Save at the upper-right corner.

    Delete: Choose this option to permanently delete the user preset from all synced devices.

Manage presets

The Manage Presets option allows you to show or hide various preset groups that are displayed in the Presets menu - Color, Creative, B&W, Curve, Grain, Sharpening, Vignetting, and User Presets.

You can also use the Manage Presets option to show the legacy Lightroom preset groups, which are hidden by default.

To show/hide preset groups, follow the steps below:

Note:

Your settings to show/hide preset groups is specific to each device or computer. For example, you can hide some preset groups in Lightroom for mobile but they will still be visible in Lightroom on other mobile devices/desktop and vice versa.  

  1. (iPhone) In the Edit panel in the Loupe view, tap Presets icon at the bottom of the screen.

    (iPad) In the Loupe view, tap () icon at the right.

  2. Tap the three-dots () icon at the upper-right corner of the screen and choose Manage Presets.   

  3. In the Manage Presets screen, switch on the preset groups that you want to show in the Presets menu. Switch off the preset groups that you want to hide from the Presets menu.

    Tap Done at the upper-right corner.

Hide partially compatible presets

In the Presets panel, you can view certain presets in italics as these are partially compatible presets. This means that the profiles associated with these presets are meant for a different camera. You can choose to hide these partially compatible presets in the Presets panel. 

To hide all presets that are not compatible with the current photo, do the following:

  1. Open a photo in Loupe view and in the Edit panel, tap Presets ().

  2. Tap the three-dots icon at the upper-right corner in the Presets panel to bring up the options menu. 

  3. Tap Show Partially Incompatible to turn off. The partially incompatible presets are no longer visible in the Presets panel. 

    Option to show or hide partially incompatible presets
    Tap to turn off Show Partially Incompatible.

Adjust the tonal range of your photo

Apply Auto settings

In the Edit panel in the Loupe view, click the Auto icon at the bottom to have Lightroom automatically apply the best edits for these slider controls in your photos: Exposure, Contrast, Highlights, Shadows, Whites, Blacks, Saturation, and Vibrance.

The Auto settings feature in Lightroom uses Adobe Sensei to intelligently apply adjustments based on a photo’s light and color characteristics.

  • Additionally, the Auto settings feature also includes the ability to optimize the adjustments of the photo even after cropping has been applied.
  • When you capture an HDR image using the in-app camera, Lightroom for mobile automatically applies Auto settings to your processed photo.     

Adjust the tonal scale of a photo

You can adjust the overall tonal scale of your image using the tone controls in the in the Light menu. As you work, keep an eye on the end points of the histogram.

  1. (iPhone) In the Edit panel in the Loupe view, tap Light icon at the bottom of the screen to view the tone controls.

    (iPad) In the Edit panel menu in the Loupe view, tap Light accordion.

  2. (Optional) Tap Auto to set the overall tonal scale. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for mobile automatically sets the sliders to maximize the tonal scale and minimize highlight and shadow.

    (iPhone) Adjust tonal scale with tone controls in the Light menu
    (iPhone) Adjust tonal scale with tone controls in the Light menu

  3. Adjust the tone control sliders:

    Note:

    Tap with two fingers on the photo to bring up the Histogram. Observe the Histogram as you adjust the tone controls.  

    Exposure

    Sets the overall image brightness. Adjust the slider until the photo looks good and the image is the desired brightness.  

    Contrast

    Increases or decreases image contrast, mainly affecting midtones. When you increase contrast, the middle-to-dark image areas become darker, and the middle-to-light image areas become lighter. The image tones are inversely affected as you decrease contrast.  

    Highlights

    Adjusts bright image areas. Drag to the left to darken highlights and recover “blown out” highlight details. Drag to the right to brighten highlights.

    Shadows

    Adjusts dark image areas. Drag to the left to darken shadows. Drag to the right to brighten shadows and recover shadow details.

    Whites

    Adjusts white clipping. Drag to the left to reduce clipping in highlights. Drag to the right to increase highlight clipping. (Increased clipping may be desirable for specular highlights, such as metallic surfaces.)

    Blacks

    Adjusts black clipping. Drag to the left to increase black clipping (map more shadows to pure black). Drag to the right to reduce shadow clipping.

Fine-tune the tonal scale using the Tone Curve

The Tone Curve graph in the Light menu represents changes made to the tonal scale of a photo.

(iPad) In the Edit panel menu in the Loupe view, tap Light accordion, then tap CURVE.

(iPhone) In the Edit panel in the Loupe view, tap Light icon at the bottom of the screen and then tap CURVE icon to view Tone Curve graph overlay over the photo.

The horizontal axis represents the original tone values (input values), with black on the left and progressively lighter values toward the right. The vertical axis represents the changed tone values (output values), with black on the bottom and lighter values progressing to white at the top. Use the tone curve to tweak the tone adjustments you make to a photo.

Using the Tone Curve in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for mobile (iOS)
(Left) Overall Tone Curve graph of the photo; (right) Point Curve for Red channel

A. Tone Curve B. Split control sliders C. Tap to edit Tone Curve D. Blue channel E. Green channel F. Red channel G. RGB channel H. Point on Red channel Point Curve I. Red channel selected 

You can also choose to make adjustments to individual points on the tone curve in the Red, Green, or Blue channel individually, or all three channels at once.

  • Tap to add a point. To remove a point, double-tap it.
  • Drag a point to edit it. 

For related useful information, see Fine-tune the tonal scale using the Tone Curve panel.

Adjust color in your photo

In the Edit panel in the Loupe view, the Color menu provides you controls to do the following:

  • Set White Balance by choosing a preset option or specifying a neutral area in the photo.
  • Fine-tune the white balance using the Temp and Tint controls.
  • Change the color saturation (vividness or color purity) of all colors by adjusting the Vibrance and Saturation controls.
  • Convert a photo to B&W (gray) tones.
  • Fine-tune image colors with Hue, Saturation, and Luminance (HSL) sliders to adjust individual color ranges in your photo.
    • Use the Target Adjustment tool to adjust a particular color in a photo. Tap and drag on the image to change the color range under your fingertip.

Apply effects on your photo

  1. (iPhone) In the Edit panel in the Loupe view, tap Effects icon at the bottom of the screen to view the controls.

    (iPad) In the Edit panel menu in the Loupe view, tap Effects accordion.

  2. Adjust the effects sliders:

    Texture

    Smoothens or accentuates textured details in your photo. Move the slider to the left to smoothen details; move it to the right to accentuate details. When you adjust the Texture slider, the color or tonality does not change.

    Clarity

    Adds depth to an image by increasing local contrast. To maximize the effect, increase the setting until you see halos near the edge details of the image, and then reduce the setting slightly.

    When using this setting, it is best to zoom in to 100% or greater. To zoom in, double-tap the photo or use the outward spread gesture.

    Dehaze

    Controls the amount of haze in a photograph. Drag to the right to remove haze; drag to the left to add haze.

    Vignette Amount

    Applies a dark or light vignette for artistic effect to a photo. Negative values darken the corners of the photo. Positive values lighten the corners.

    For related useful information, see Vignette, grain, and dehaze effects.

    Grain

    Adds realistic film-grain effect to your photos. Drag the slider to the right to add grain. When you add grain, you can also control the grain size and roughness using the Size and Roughness sliders respectively.  

  3. Tap to view Split Tone controls. These controls allow you to create a split tone effect in which a different color is applied to Shadows and Highlights.

    • Adjust the Hue (H) and Saturation (S) sliders for the Highlights and Shadows. Hue sets the color of the tone; Saturation sets the strength of the effect.
    • Set the Balance slider to balance the effect between the Highlight and Shadow sliders. Positive values increase the effect of the Highlight sliders; negative values increase the effect of the Shadow sliders.
       

Apply Noise Reduction and sharpen your photo

In Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for mobile, you can sharpen your photo to enhances edge definition and bring out details in the photo.

You can reduce the image noise by removing the extraneous visible artifacts that degrade image quality. Image noise includes luminance (grayscale) noise, which makes an image look grainy, and chroma (color) noise, which is usually visible as colored artifacts in the image. Photos taken with high ISO speeds can have noticeable noise.

  1. (iPhone) In the Edit panel in the Loupe view, tap Detail icon at the bottom of the screen.

    (iPad) In the Edit panel menu in the Loupe view, tap Detail accordion.


  2. For detailed information about the available slider controls, see Sharpening and noise reduction.

Correct common camera lens flaws

Camera lenses can exhibit different types of defects at certain focal lengths, f-stops, and focus distances. You can automatically correct for these apparent lens distortions using the Optics option.

  1. (iPhone) In the Edit panel in the Loupe view, tap Optics icon at the bottom of the screen.

    (iPad) In the Edit panel menu in the Loupe view, tap Optics accordion.

  2. Chromatic aberration appears as a color fringe along the edges of objects. It is caused by the failure of the lens to focus different colors to the same spot, aberrations in sensor microlenses, and by flare.

    Chromatic Aberration: Turn on to automatically correct blue-yellow and red-green fringes in your image.  

    Camera lenses can exhibit different types of defects at certain focal lengths, f-stops, and focus distances.  

    Enable Lens Correction: Turn on to apply lens correction on your photo.

Fix geometric perspective

While capturing photos, a close distance to the subject as well as certain types of lenses can distort perspective and make straight lines appear bowed, tilted or skewed in your photos. For example, shooting up at a tall building can make the building look like it's leaning away from you. You can easily fix and adjust the perspective of your photo using the Upright modes and geometry slider tools in the Geometry panel.

The Upright modes provides four automatic perspective correction options - Auto, Level, Vertical, and Full, as well as a manual Guided option. You can also refine the adjustment using the geometry sliders.

  1. Select a photo with skewed geometry.

    (Recommended) In the Optics panel, enable the Lens Profile Corrections option.

    A photo with skewed geometry
    A photo with skewed geometry
  2. (iPhone) In the Edit panel in the Loupe view, tap Geometry icon at the bottom of the screen.

    (iPad) In the Edit panel menu in the Loupe view, tap Geometry accordion.

    From the Upright menu, choose an option to apply the correction to the photo:

    • Guided: Allows you to draw two to four guides on your photo to adjust perspective.
    • Auto: Corrects both vertical and horizontal perspective while balancing the overall image, preserving as much of the visible image area as possible.
    • Level: Corrects horizontal perspective, making horizontal lines parallel in the photo.
    • Vertical: Corrects vertical perspective caused by tilting the camera up or down. Makes vertical lines parallel in the photo.
    • Full: Combines Auto, Level, and Vertical upright modes to automatically correct perspective.
    Upright modes in Lightroom for mobile iOS
    Upright modes in Lightroom for mobile iOS

    Cycle through the Upright modes until you find the most preferable setting.

    All the Upright modes correct distortion and perspective errors. The best setting varies from one photo to another. Experiment with the modes before deciding on the best possible mode for your photo.

  3. Guided Upright mode

    If you chose the Guided Upright mode, do the following:

    1. Click the () Guided Upright tool icon and then draw two to four guides by sliding finger on the photo.

      Guided Upright mode
      Two vertical and two horizontal guides drawn on the photo using Guided Upright
    2. Once you have drawn at least two guides, the photo transforms interactively. You can draw up to four guides on your photo in any of the following combinations:

      • Two horizontal guides only or two vertical guides only
      • Two horizontal guides and two vertical guides
      • Two horizontal guides and one vertical guide
      • Two vertical guides and one horizontal guides
      • One vertical guide and one horizontal guide

      For any other combination, Lightroom for mobile displays an Invalid Guide message.

    3. To delete a guide, tap to select it and then tap the delete icon.

      To add another guide, tap the + icon to highlight it and then draw the guide on your photo. The add icon is highlighted by default, unless you disable it.

    4. Click Done.

      A photo with skewed geometry
      (Before) A photo with skewed geometry
      (After) Perspective fixed using Guided Upright
      (After) Perspective fixed using Guided Upright

  4. (Optional) While correcting the perspective of your photo, you may get white areas near the image boundaries. To remove the white area, enable the Constrain Crop option, which automatically crops the photo according to the original dimension.

    Note:

    Some of the Upright modes may crop-off pixels in your photo to correct perspective, even when the Constrain Crop option is off. You may not be able to retrieve the cropped pixels later in the Crop mode.

  5. Use the geometry sliders to fine-tune the perspective corrections - Distortion, Vertical, Horizontal, Rotate, Aspect, Scale, X Offset, Y Offset.

    • Distortion: Corrects lens barrel distortion (straight lines appearing to bow outward) and pincushion distortion (straight lines appearing to bend inward). Move the slider to the right to correct barrel distortion in your photo; move the slider to the right to correct pincushion distortion.
    • Vertical: Makes vertical lines in an image parallel. If the vertical lines are diverging at the bottom edge, move the slider to the left to push the pixels away from that edge; if the vertical lines are diverging at the top edge, move the slider to the right to push the pixels away from that edge.
    • Horizontal: Makes horizontal lines in an image parallel. Move the slider to the left to push the pixels away from the right edge; move the slider to the right to push the pixels away from the left edge.
    • Rotate: Rotates the image to correct for camera tilt. Move the slider to the left to rotate the image anti-clockwise; move the slider to the right to rotate the image clockwise.
    • Aspect: Move the slider to the left to widen the perspective of the photo; move the slider to the right to narrow the perspective of the photo.
    • Scale: Adjusts the photo scale up or down while maintaining the aspect ratio. Move the slider to the left to scale down; move the slider to the right to scale up.
    • X Offset: Move the slider to the left to shift the image pixels toward left on the x-axis, leaving a white area at the right edge; move the slider to the right to shift the image pixels toward right on the x-axis, leaving a white area at the left edge.
    • Y Offset: Move the slider to the left to shift the image pixels downward on the y-axis, leaving a white area at the top edge; move the slider to the right to shift the image pixels upward on the y-axis, leaving a white area at the bottom edge.

Note:

To learn how to edit photos in Lightroom on your Android devices and desktop, see Edit photos in Lightroom for mobile (Android) and Edit photos in Lightroom (desktop).

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