Updated in Lightroom for mobile (Android) 3.0 release

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I have Lightroom for mobile. How do I get started?

  1. On your Android device, tap the Lightroom app icon.

  2. Sign in with your Adobe ID.

    Lightroom for mobile sign-in
    Lightroom for mobile Sign-in

    Note:

    When launching Lightroom for mobile for the first time – without signing in – you can get started by editing photos (JPEG, PNG, Adobe DNG, TIFF, and RW2 formats only) saved on your mobile device's Camera Roll or directly importing photos from your professional camera plugged in to your mobile device in PTP mode. However, you cannot sync your photos across devices or access other Creative Cloud desktop apps. Sign up for an Adobe ID and get a time-limited trial that allows you to sync photos and edits across devices, access to Lightroom on desktop and the web, access Photoshop CC, and more.

  3. Review the next few screens, and get started with Lightroom for mobile. 

    App interface. Describes how the Lightroom for mobile app is laid out.

    Organize. Describes the ways you can set up Collections and keep your photos in order.

    Edit photos. Describes all the cool edits you apply to your photos.

    Save, export, and share. Describes the several options you have to share and show off your photos.

    Capture. Describes how you can apply effects on a live camera view while capturing photos.

App interface

Collections view

The Collections view is a listing of all the Collections that you either created in Lightroom for mobile, or synced from Lightroom desktop.

Collections view (Android)
Collections view (Android)

Sorting order in the Collections view

You can specify the order of how the Collections appear in the Collections view. Tap icon at the upper-right corner of the screen. Choose one of the available sorting options.

Lightroom Sorting options in the collections view
Sorting options in the collections view

All Photos view (all Lightroom photos)

All Photos view is a timeline-based view of all the photos in all Lightroom Collections segmented by year.

Lightroom Photos view in Lightroom for mobile (Android)
Lightroom Photos view (Android)

Grid view (viewing photos in a Collection)

The Grid view is available when you are looking at the photos within a Collection. In the Collection view, tap a Collection to open the Grid view.

Lightroom Grid view
Grid View

Specify a cover photo for Collection

By default, Lightroom picks one of the pictures to be the cover photo for the Collection. You can change this option and specify a photo of your choice.

  1. In the Grid view, tap and hold a photo to select it.
  2. Tap () icon to bring up the context menu and select Set as Cover.

Note:

You can't specify a cover photo for All Photos Collection. You can only specify a cover photo for the collections that you've created.

Filtering options

In the Grid view, you can set a filter to see only specific photo filtered based on their flagging status or star rating.

Tap () icon located at the upper-right of the Grid view. Choose one of the filtering options.

Lightroom (Android) Filtering and sorting options
(Android) Filtering and sorting options

Show All

Choose to show all the photos within a Collection without any filtering criteria.

Flag state

Choose to view pictures based on their flag status—Unflagged, Picked, or Rejected. Tap a flag state.

Star rating

Display only those photos that meet a certain star rating. Tap the symbol in front of the stars, and choose the exclusion criteria: lesser than (), greater than (), or equal to (). Then, tap a star to select the number of stars that the filter should include, exclude, or be equal to.

Sorting and Segmentation options

In the Grid view, you can choose to view a flat grid or have Lightroom for mobile segment photos in the grid. Further, you can sort the photos by capture time or modification date.

Tap () icon located at the upper-right of the Grid view. From the context menu that appears, choose any of the following options:   

Grid Segmentation

When you enable this option, Lightroom for mobile segments the grid photos By Year (default). You can also choose more segmentation options—By Month, By Day, By Hour.   

Sort By > Capture Time | Modified Date | File Name

Select one of these sorting options to reorder the display of photos based on the selected criteria. Clicking the option again toggles between ascending and descending orders.

Sort By > Custom Order

Sort the photos based on a custom sort order specified in Lightroom desktop.

Loupe view (preparing to edit a photo)

The Loupe view is available when you tap a photo in the Grid view. Only one photo is visible at a time. In the Loupe view, you can apply Adjustments and Presets, Selective edits, and also use the Cropping tool.

Note:

  • To view the Exif information of a photo in the Loupe view (Edit panel and Rate & Review panel only), tap () at the upper-right corner and enable Show Info option from the menu that appears. Now, you can tap on the displayed information to cycle through the metadata.
  • To view Histogram of a photo in the Loupe view, tap () icon at the upper-right corner and enable Show Histogram option from the menu that appears.

Lightroom Loupe View
Loupe View

The Loupe view is the window where you will perform edits and modifications on a photo. In addition to modifying the photo, you can share by mail or messages, copy, move, and more. For more details, see Edit photos and Save, export, and share sections in this article.  

The sidebar, when expanded, allows you to specify certain preferences and view your disk usage. You can also view a list of shortcuts used in Lightroom for mobile.

  • To expand the Sidebar, tap () icon upper-left corner of the Lightroom for mobile window.
  • To collapse the Sidebar, swipe it to the left.

App preferences and options

Lightroom Sidebar
The Sidebar; representative snapshot from Lightroom for mobile (Android)
  • Help
    • Reset Coach Marks and Dialogs. Tap, to restore the gesture-tips and help overlays displayed after you installed Lightroom for mobile.
    • Gesture Shortcuts and Keyboard ShortcutsTap, to view the gestures shortcuts and keyboard shortcuts that you can use in Lightroom.
  • Send Feedback. Send any feedback to the Lightroom team's email id from your email account.
  • Sign Out. Sign out of Adobe Lightroom for mobile.
  • Preferences
    • Enable Auto AddSwitch on Auto Add New Photos to automatically import any new picture from the Camera Roll or Gallery. You can also choose the formats to import - JPG/PNG and Raws.
    • Metadata Sharing. Tap to select whether to share Caption, Camera & Camera Raw info, and Location info with metadata or not.
    • Photo Import Options. Specify settings for importing photos.
      • Lens Profile Corrections. Enable lens profile corrections for all image files or only for raw images while importing. You can also turn on/off the lens profile correction while editing a photo.
      • Add Copyright. Optionally, add your copyright metadata to the images while importing them.
    • Send Usage Data. Switch on, to provide you a more personalized experience and improve product features by allowing Lightroom to send information about how you use the app to Adobe.
    • Sync Only Over WiFi. When switched on, Lightroom for mobile does not use your cellular network for uploading any images, or syncing any image edits and metadata changes. However, if the WiFi connection is turned off on your mobile device, then your cellular network is used for downloading photos (not originals) for editing.
  • About Lightroom. Tap to view the names of the awesome people who made Lightroom for mobile.
  • Device Info & Storage
    • Device Storage. Displays how much local space is available to Lightroom for syncing and importing image data.
    • Clear Cache. Tap, to clear previews and temporary files, from your mobile device. No photos or edits are deleted.
    • Device Information. Tap to view the Android OS version, Open GL version, DNG capture supported (Yes/No), HDR capture supported (Yes/No), Manufacturer, and Model of your mobile device.

Note:

When you tap Clear Cache, Lightroom for mobile has to resync some information. The first time you access your Collections after you clear the cache, previews will take just a bit longer to appear.

Import and organize

Creating and setting up Collections

Collections help you organize photographs, grouping and sorting them according to your preferences and requirements. In Lightroom for mobile, you can create Collections and import specific photos of your choice from the Camera Roll or Gallery on your device.  

  1. In the Collections view, click the icon displayed above the list of collections.

  2. In the New Collection dialog, type a name for the new Collection, and tap OK.

    (Android) A new collection in Lightroom for mobile
    (Android) A new collection in Lightroom for mobile
  3. Tap () icon to set up your Collection.

  4. You can now set up the Collection, and specify settings including what pictures must show up.

    (Android) Collection options
    (Android) Collection options
    • Add Photos. Allows you to pick and choose pictures from your Camera Roll or Gallery.
    • Auto Add. Sets up the collection to import any picture from the Camera Roll/Gallery automatically. This option is available only if you've enabled Auto Add New Photos in the app settings in the Sidebar.
    • Enable Offline Editing. Provides you with the option to edit the photos in the Collection even when your phone is not connected to the Internet. Edited photos are automatically synced over the cloud whenever you're next connected to the Internet.
    • Share Collection. Share the Collection on the Lightroom website.
    • Rename. Opens a dialog that lets you provide a new name for the Collection. The new name is synced with Lightroom desktop automatically.
    • Remove. Deletes the Collection. However, the photos that were available in the Collection are not deleted from the device.
    • Slideshow. Play the contents of the Collection as a slideshow.
  5. Tap on a different part of the screen to close the Collections Options view.

    Note:

    Did you add photos to the Collection? Take it out for a spin! Tap the Collection to view all the photos in the Collection. Tap one of the thumbnails to open and edit the photo.

Add or import photos from a Camera connected in PTP mode

You can directly import photos (including raw images) from your DSLR camera into Lightroom for mobile. You can do it by connecting your mobile device in (PTP mode) to the DSLR camera using a supported USB OTG cable.

  1. Connect your Android mobile device with the DSLR camera using a supported USB OTG cable.

     

    Note:

    For importing photos into Lightroom for mobile on Android devices that have a USB C-type connector, Adobe recommends using a USB C-type OTG cable instead of C-type adapters to connect the DSLR camera.    

    In the Notification bar of your Android device, tap the USB connection notification that appears after connecting your camera.

  2. In the app picker on your Android device, choose the Lightroom app for the connected USB device.

    Choose the Lightroom app for the plugged in camera

    Note:

    If your Android device does not show the app picker and always opens the USB connection with another app installed on your Android device, you need to clear that app as the default app in your device Settings.

    For more details, see Unable to import photos into Lightroom for mobile (Android) from a plugged-in camera.  

  3. The the Lightroom Import screen now displays the thumbnails of all images from the plugged in camera.  

    You can tap the Options icon () on the upper right corner to choose the image display and selection options:

    Select All

    Selects all the images displayed in the import interface. This option is enabled once all the thumbnails of the images from the plugged-in camera are loaded. 

    Select None

    Deselects all the selected images displayed in the import interface.

    JPGs / PNGs

    Displays JPG and PNG images only from the plugged in camera.

    RAWs

    Displays raw images only from the plugged in camera.

    Note:

    If you want to exit the import interface and not add any photos to the Collection, tap the Cancel icon at the upper-left corner.

    Lightroom for mobile import interface
    Lightroom mobile import interface displaying photos from the connected camera

    Note:

    In the import interface, the RAW badge at the upper-right corner of the image thumbnails allows you to easily identify the raw images among all the images displayed from your plugged in camera.  

    Import interface displaying a star (*) icon on the RAW badge of thumbnails
    Import interface displaying a star (*) icon on the RAW badge of thumbnails indicating that you need to sign in with your Adobe ID to edit these raw photos.

    Note:

    When launching Lightroom for mobile app for the first time and importing photos from a plugged in camera without signing in, the import interface displays a star (*) badge on the thumbnails of certain raw photos. The star badge indicates that you need to sign in to the Lightroom app with your Adobe ID to edit these raw photos.

  4. To select photos that you want to import into Lightroom for mobile, tap the photos you want to add to the Collection.

  5. When you've selected all the pictures you want to import, tap Add at the lower-right corner of the screen.

  6. In the next screen that appears, choose a Collection from your existing Lightroom Collections in which you want to import the selected photos. By default, All Photos Collection is selected.

    To import the selected photos into a new Collection:

    1. Tap the (+) icon at the upper-right corner of the screen.
    2. In the New Collection dialog, type a name for the new Collection, and tap OK.
    3. In the Lightroom Import screen, tap to select the new Collection that you've just created.   
    Lightroom for mobile import interface
    Choose a Collection to import the photos.
  7. Once you've chosen a Collection, tap Add at the lower-right corner of the screen.

  8. Lightroom for mobile begins copying the Originals (original image files) from the plugged in camera to your Android device.

    The Copy to Lightroom dialog displays the progress and notifies you when the copying process is complete. At this point, you can unplug the connected camera.  

    If you want to cancel this copying process:

    1. Tap the Cancel icon in the Copy to Lightroom dialog.
    2. In the Cancel Copying dialog, tap Cancel to confirm. Otherwise, tap Continue.
  9. Once the copying process is complete, Lightroom for mobile app begins importing the copied images into the selected Collection.

    In the Notification bar of your Android device, Lightroom for mobile displays import notifications about the progress and completion status.

    Note:

    You can continue to use the Lightroom for mobile app while the import process runs in the background.

    Pause or resume the import process

    To pause/resume the import process:

    1. Tap the () icon at the upper-right corner of the screen.
    2. In the context menu, tap the () icon to pause the import. Tap the () icon to resume the import.
    3. To stop the import, tap () icon in the context menu.

Add or import photos from Camera Roll or Gallery

  1. While in the Collections view, tap Options () icon on the Collection you want to add photos to and then tap Add Photos from the context menu.

    While in the Grid view, tap Add Photos at the bottom of the screen.

  2. The import interface of Lightroom for mobile displays the thumbnails of all the images stored on your mobile device. You can choose to navigate though the thumbnails based on two views: Time view and Device Folders view. By default, the thumbnails are displayed in Time view.

    Time View

    Displays the image thumbnails based on the capture time.

    You can tap the options () icon on the upper-right corner to choose the image selection, filtering, and sorting options within the Time view:

    Importing photos from Camera roll or Gallery in Time view.
    Importing photos from Camera roll or Gallery in Time view.

    Device Folders view

    Displays the image thumbnails based on the folder structure on your mobile device. 

    You can tap the options () icon on the upper-right corner to choose the image selection, filtering, and sorting options within the Device Folders view: 

    Importing photos from Camera roll or Gallery in Device Folders view.
    Importing photos from Camera roll or Gallery in Device Folders view.

    Time view options

    Select All

    Selects all the images displayed in the import interface.

    Select None

    Deselects all the selected images displayed in the import interface.

    JPGs / PNGs

    Displays only JPG and PNG images saved on your mobile device.

    RAWs

    Displays only raw images saved on your mobile device.

    Segment by Year, Month, Day, or Hour

    Group or segment image thumbnails by year, month, day or hour based on their capture time. By default, the image thumbnails are segment by month. To remove any segmentation within the Time view, you can choose the No Segmentation option.  

    Sort by Modified Date

    Sorts the time segments in descending or ascending order of their last modified date. Tapping the option again toggles between ascending and descending orders. 

    Device Folders view options

    Select All

    Selects all the images displayed in the import interface.

    Select None

    Deselects all the selected images displayed in the import interface.

    JPGs / PNGs

    Displays only JPG and PNG images saved on your mobile device.

    RAWs

    Displays only raw images saved on your mobile device.

    Sort by Folder Name

    Sorts the folder groups in descending or ascending order of the folder name. Tapping the option again toggles between ascending and descending orders. 

    Note:

    If you want to exit the import interface and not add any photos to the Collection, tap the Cancel icon () at the upper-left corner.

    Note:

    In the import interface, the RAW badge at the upper-right corner of the image thumbnails allows you to easily identify the raw images among all the images displayed from your mobile device's camera roll.  

    Import interface displaying a star (*) icon on the RAW badge of thumbnails
    Import interface displaying a star (*) icon on the RAW badge of thumbnails indicating that you need to sign in with your Adobe ID to edit these raw photos.

    Note:

    When launching Lightroom for mobile app for the first time and adding photos saved on your mobile device without signing in, the import interface displays a star (*) badge on the thumbnails of certain raw photos. The star badge indicates that you need to sign in to the Lightroom app with your Adobe ID to edit these raw photos.

  3. Do any of the following to navigate and select images to be imported:

    Time view

    • To select all the photos within a time segment, tap the selection circle adjacent to that time segment.
    • To view all the photos within a time segment, tap the (>) icon on the right of that time segment to expand it. Tap again to collapse the time segment. You can also tap the +<No. of photos> overlay at the lower-right corner of that time segment to expand it.
    • Tap to select the photos you want to add to the Collection.

    Note:

    In the Time view, the images that do not have a capture date/time metadata information are grouped under Photos Without A Date segment. 

    Device Folders view

    • To select all the photos within a folder group, tap the selection circle adjacent to that folder name.
    • To view all the photos within a folder group, tap the (>) icon on the right of that folder group to navigate inside that folder. The images within this folder are displayed on a new screen. To navigate back, tap the (<) icon on the upper left corner of this screen. You can also tap the +<No. of Photos> overlay at the lower-right corner of that folder group to expand it.
    • Tap to select the photos you want to add to the Collection.

    Note:

    In the Device Folders view, Lightroom for mobile retains your previous image selections when you navigate through different folders within this view.   

  4. When you've selected all the photos you want to add to the Collection, tap Add at the bottom of the Time view or Device Folders view.

    Pause or resume the import process

    To pause/resume the import process:

    1. Tap the () icon on the upper-right corner of the screen.
    2. In the context menu, tap the () icon to pause the import. Tap the () icon to resume the import.
    3. To stop the import, tap () icon in the context menu.
  5. Lightroom for mobile app now begins importing the selected images into the target Collection.

    In the Notification bar of your Android device, Lightroom for mobile displays import notifications about the progress and completion status.

    Note:

    You can continue to use the Lightroom for mobile app while the import process runs in the background.

Flag photos

In the Rate & Review panel (Loupe view), you can quickly flag and rate your photos on your Android mobile devices using the swipe gesture. For details, see Rate and Review panel.

Edit photos

With the new edit experience in Lightroom for mobile on your Android device, when you open a photo in Loupe view, 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 Edit 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.

Rate and Review

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

Edit 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 the Radial Selection tool, and the Linear Selection tool.

  • 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.

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

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

  2. Tap to choose Linear Selection tool or Radial Selection tool on the left. A '+' sign appears over the selected tool.

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

    Linear Selection overlay

    Apply selective edits using Linear Selection tool
    Apply selective edits using Linear Selection tool

    • To move and position it on the photo, drag the black 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. 

    Note:

    The red masking that appears when you change the position or size of the selection overlay indicates the area on which the selective edits will be applied.

    Radial Selection overlay

    Apply selective edits using Radial Selection tool
    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, tap the gray pin at the top and swipe up or down on the screen. As you swipe, 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 top. Tap the icon again to toggle.

    Note:

    The red masking that appears when you change the position, size, or feather of the selection overlay indicates the area on which the selective edits will be applied.

  4. Add another selection overlay

    To add another selection overlay, tap a Selection icon on the left to highlight it and then tap on the photo.

    Delete a selection overlay

    To delete or remove a selection overlay, do any of the following:

    • Tap icon on the left to delete the current selection overlay.
    • Double-tap on the selection overlay to remove it.
    • Long-press a selection overlay and choose Remove Selection from the context menu.

    Copy a selection overlay

    To copy a selection overlay, long-press it and choose Duplicate Selection from the context menu. The copied selection overlay is automatically pasted over your photo.
     

    Delete or duplicate a selection
    Delete or duplicate a selection

  5. Once you have placed the Linear Selection or Radial Selection overlay, tap any of the edit tiles in the menu displayed at the bottom — 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.

  6. Long-press on the photo to see a Before view.  

    To confirm the edits, tap icon.  

Crop photos

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

  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.

    Crop photos in Lightroom for mobile Android
    Crop photos in Lightroom for mobile Android

  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. Long-press on the photo to see a Before view.  

    To confirm the edits, tap icon.  

Apply Presets

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

  2. The available Presets are grouped as Creative, Color, B&W, Details, Effect, and Camera. 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 desktop to Lightroom for mobile.

    Presets menu showing Creative presets in Lightroom for mobile (iOS)
    Presets menu showing Creative presets in Lightroom for mobile (Android)

  3. Long-press on the photo to see a Before view.  

    To confirm the edits, tap icon.  

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

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

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

    Adjust tonal scale with tone controls in the Light menu
    Adjust tonal scale with tone controls in the Light menu

  3. Adjust the tone control sliders:

    Note:

    To bring up the Histogram of a photo in the Loupe view, tap () icon at the upper-right corner and enable Show Histogram option from the menu that appears. You can now 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.

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

Note:

To bring up the Histogram of a photo in the Loupe view, tap () icon at the upper-right corner and enable Show Histogram option from the menu that appears. You can now observe the Histogram as you adjust the tone controls.

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 Lightroom for mobile (Android)
(Left) Overall Tone Curve graph of the photo; (right) Point Curve for Red channel

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 image color

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.
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(Left) Adjust White Balance, color saturation, and convert to grayscale; (right) Fine tune image colors with HSL sliders

Apply effects on photo

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

  2. Adjust the effects sliders:

    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.

    Apply effects on your photo in Lightroom for mobile (Android)
    (Left) Adjusting the Clarity, Dehaze, and Vignette Amount sliders; (right) Using the Split Tone controls
  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.
       

Adjust Noise Reduction and Sharpening

Note:

The Details menu containing the noise reduction and sharpening controls appears only when applying selective edits.    

In 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. In the Edit panel in the Loupe view, tap Details icon at the bottom of the screen.

    Noise reduction and sharpening controls in Lightroom for mobile (Android))
    Noise reduction and sharpening control

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

Correct camera lens flaws automatically

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 Enable Lens Corrections option in Edit panel.

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

  2. Turn ON Enable Lens Correction option to apply lens correction on your photo.

Info panel

The Info panel in the Loupe view allows you to easily add a Title, Caption, and Copyright to your photo. You can also provide a Star rating and Flag photos in this panel.  

Additionally, the Info panel displays the metadata associated with your photo.  

Info panel in Lightroom for mobile (Android)
Info panel in Lightroom for mobile (Android)

Rate and Review panel

The Rate & Review panel in the Loupe view allows you to quickly give a star rating and flag (pick or reject) your Collection photos.

The Filmstrip at the bottom allows you to cycle through the Collection photos.

Rate & Review panel in Lightroom for mobile (Android)
(Left) Rating a photo. (Right) Flagging a photo in Rate and Review panel.

Rate a photo

To quickly rate a photo in the Rate & Review panel, flick upward or downward in left-half of the screen. A rating overlay appears showing you the current rating as you flick. 

Alternatively, tap the Star rating graphic (just above the Filmstrip) to bring up the rating overlay and then choose a rating.  

Flag a photo

To quickly flag a photo as pick, rejected, or unflagged in the Rate & Review panel, flick upward or downward in right-half of the screen. A flag overlay appears showing you the current selection as you flick.   

Alternatively, tap the Flag graphic (just above the Filmstrip) to bring up the flag overlay and then flag the photo as pick, rejected, or unflagged.  

Save, export, and share

Use the Share option to send photographs over email, or copy or move them around in Collections. You can share a photo while in Loupe view, or share multiple photographs from the Grid view.

Share web collections

Lightroom for mobile allows you to make your collections public, so that others can see your photos on the web.

To share a Collection, do the following:  

  1. While in the Collections view, tap () icon on any Collection that you want to share and then tap Share Collection in the collection options menu.

    While in the Grid view, tap () icon and proceed to the next step.

  2. From the context-menu, tap Share Collection.  

    A web collection shared using the Lightroom website
    Sharing a collection on the web in Lightroom for mobile

    Note:

    To revoke the sharing of a web collection that is already public, tap Unshare Collection.

  3. In the Collections view, () icon appears on the Collection indicating that it is now public and can be viewed on the web link.

Message or Mail photos

  1. If you're in Loupe view (viewing an individual photo), tap the Share icon () at the top of the screen.

    If you're in Grid view (viewing all photos in a Collection), follow these steps:

    1. Long-press on a photo to select it. Select multiple photos, if required.
    2. Once you've selected the photos, tap the Share icon () at the top of the screen.
  2. The Share With menu that now appears displays a list of apps installed on your mobile device that you can use to share your photos.  

  3. Choose an app to share with and follow the onscreen instructions.

View photos as a slideshow

You can view the photographs in your Collection as a slideshow. To start a slideshow, do one of the following:

  • In the Collections view, tap () icon on any Collection to bring up the options menu and choose Slideshow.
  • In the Grid view (viewing photos in a Collection), tap () icon at the upper-right corner, and then tap Slideshow.
  • In the Loupe view (viewing individual photos), tap icon () at the upper-right corner, and then tap Present From Here

Slideshow options

To specify the type of transition and the duration of each slide:

  1. During a slideshow, tap a photo to pause the slideshow.
  2. At the upper-right of the screen, tap Slideshow Options icon ().
  3. In the Slideshow Options menu that appears, modify the settings as required.
  4. Tap () icon to play the slideshow again.  

Copy or Move photos

You can copy or move photos between collections. Do one of the following, depending on which screen you are on:

Multiple photos

  1. In the Grid view (viewing photos in a Collection), long-press on any photo to select it and bring up the multi-selection view. Select all the photos that you want to copy or move.
  2. Once you've selected the photos, tap () icon, and then tap Copy To Collection or Move To Collection.
  3. In the next screen, from the list of Collections displayed, tap the Collection you want to copy or move the photos to, and then tap Copy at the lower-right corner of the screen.

Single photo

  1. In the Loupe view (viewing a single photo), tap () icon, and then tap Copy To Collection or Move To Collection from the options menu.
  2. In the next screen, from the list of Collections displayed, tap the Collection you want to copy or move the photos to, and then tap Copy at the lower-right corner of the screen.

Save photos after editing them

When you are done with your edits on a photo, you can save a copy of the modified photo (.JPG format), in your Camera Roll. Do one of the following:

Multiple photos

  1. In the Grid view, long-press on any photo to select it and bring up the multi-selection view. Select all the photos that you want to save to Gallery.
  2. Tap () icon and then choose Save To Gallery from the options menu.
  3. In Export Photos dialog, tap to choose one of the following options:
    • Highest Available Quality Exports the selected photos in highest available quality.
    • Limit to 2048 px Limits the length of the exported photos to 2048 pixels. The breadth is scaled accordingly to maintain the original aspect ratio.
  4. Tap OK.

Single photo

  1. In the Loupe view (viewing a single photo), tap () icon, and then tap Save To Gallery.
  2. In Export Photos dialog, tap to choose one of the following options:
    • Highest Available Quality Exports the selected photos in highest available quality.
    • Limit to 2048 px Limits the length of the exported photos to 2048 pixels. The breadth is scaled accordingly to maintain the original aspect ratio.
  3. Tap OK.

Note:

If Camera Roll photos are set for automatic import in a Collection, the saved images are automatically added to the Collection and synced with Lightroom Desktop.

Note:

Lightroom allows you to retry saving your photos if the export process fails. Do the following if the Export dialog displays these error messages:

  • No Internet connection: Ensure that your device is connected to the Internet. Switch back to Lightroom for mobile app and tap Retry.
  • Not enough storage to perform export: Free up some storage space in your device Gallery. Switch back to Lightroom for mobile app and tap Retry.
  • Lightroom does not have permissions to save photos in the Gallery: Provide permissions to Lightroom for mobile app in your device settings. Switch back to Lightroom for mobile app and tap Retry.

Remove photos from Collections

You can remove photos from a Collection when they are no longer required. Note that any photo removed from a Collection will continue to be available in the Lightroom catalog.  

Multiple Photos

  1. In the Grid view (viewing photographs in a Collection), long-press on any photo to select it and bring up the multi-selection view. Select all the photos that you want to remove from the Collection.
  2. Once you've selected the photos, tap () icon.
  3. In the dialog that appears, choose one of the following:
    1. Remove From Collection. Removes photos from the Collection but continues to be available in the Lightroom catalog.
    2. Delete. Removes photos from All Photos view and any corresponding Collection.

Single Photo

  1. In the Loupe view (viewing individual photographs), tap () icon.
  2. From the options menu that appears, tap Remove From Collection.
  3. In the dialog that appears, choose one of the following:
    1. Remove From Collection. Removes photo from the Collection but continues to be available in the Lightroom catalog.
    2. Delete. Removes photo from All Photos view and any corresponding Collection. 

 

Capture

Lightroom for mobile provides a dedicated photo capture experience where you can apply various effects on your live camera view and capture the photo. The captured photo is automatically added to your Lightroom catalog.

Note:

If you use Lightroom for mobile on your Android phone, you can add a Lightroom Camera widget () on your phone's home screen. Tapping the Lightroom Camera widget takes you directly to Lightroom's in-app camera.

Note:

Capture module is not available on Android-based tablet devices.

Note:

When opening Lightroom for mobile for the first time, allow the app to access your device's camera when prompted.  

Capture high-contrast scenes in the HDR mode

Beginning with version 2.3, a new HDR mode has been introduced that allows you to capture High Dynamic Range photos using the in-app camera in Lightroom for mobile (Android).

Note:

In Lightroom for mobile (Android) 2.3.4, support for the HDR mode has been added on Samsung S8 and Samsung S8+ mobile devices. Currently, with the latest update, the HDR mode is available only for Samsung S8, Samsung S8+, Samsung S7, Samsung S7 Edge, Google Pixel, and Google Pixel XL mobile devices.

HDR mode in Lightroom for mobile (Android)
(Left) HDR mode capture interface. (Right) Processed raw HDR image in the Loupe view.

When you trigger the capture button in the HDR mode to capture a high-contrast scene, Lightroom for mobile automatically does all the processing in the background to create a raw HDR image:  

  • Lightroom mobile analyzes your scene to determine the appropriate spread of exposure values to capture multiple exposure-bracketed images. 
  • Auto aligns the exposure bracketed images to compensate for any hand movements when capturing your HDR shot.
  • De-ghosts the exposure bracketed images to compensate for any moving objects like cars, people, or foliage in the captured scene.
  • Auto tones the image to give you an evenly-toned merged HDR image. 
  • Merges the multiple exposure images to create a 32-bit floating point DNG file — your processed raw HDR image.

This resulting raw HDR file is similar to the type of file you would get when using the HDR merge functionality within Lightroom CC on your desktop. For more details about HDR merge in Lightroom CC, see HDR photo merge.

The generated raw HDR files are large in size and require a lot of processing in the background as explained above. Therefore, it takes some time before your HDR images appear in the Lightroom photos view or the view grid after capturing a shot. 

  1. In any view, tap the camera icon at the lower-right corner to turn on the in-app camera.  

  2. In the capture interface, choose HDR mode from the menu at the lower-left corner of the interface.

  3. (Optional) Adjust the zoom level before capturing your HDR shot, if required. To know how to adjust the zoom level in the viewfinder, see Pinch to zoom.

    Note:

    To save the original unprocessed image along with the raw HDR image in Lightroom for mobile, tap the  settings icon and enable Save Unprocessed Original option in the Settings menu. To know more about other settings, see Capture settings.

  4. Tap the Capture button while holding the mobile device steady in your hands. You can capture multiple HDR shots in a single capture session. 

  5. Tap the  cross icon at the upper-left corner to exit the capture interface to return to your last view. When you exit, Lightroom for mobile begins processing your HDR captures. 

    Note:

    Processing your HDR capture to create a final raw HDR output is GPU-intensive and computationally complex. Therefore, it takes some time for your HDR images to appear in the Lightroom photos view or the view grid after capturing a shot. To check the processing status, tap the () cloud icon and see the progress under the heading Processing Captured Photos in the menu.

    Once the HDR processing is complete, your images are now imported into Lightroom for mobile.

    In the Notification bar of your Android device, Lightroom mobile app displays import notifications about the progress and completion status.

  6. The processed HDR images now appear in the Lightroom photos view or the grid view.

    When you open any HDR image in the Loupe view for editing, you can observe that the name of the HDR image is suffixed as '-hdr'.

     

Set on-camera flash options

Tap () icon to toggle flash options bar.  

Auto (default)

Automatically turn the device's flash ON or OFF based on the external lighting conditions. This is the default flash option and good for general-purpose setting.

On (forced flash)

Turn ON the device's flash for every capture.

Off (disable flash)

Turn OFF the device's flash for every capture.

Manually control the shutter speed, ISO, and focus distance in the Pro mode

Auto mode in Lightroom Capture module on Android
(Android) Capture interface options in Auto mode

A. Raw/JPEG capture option B. On-camera flash options C. Switch to front camera D. Viewfinder overlay options E. Additional capture settings F. Toggle capture options G. Presets H. Exposure compensation lock I. Capture button J. Capture mode (Auto) K. Preview last shot photo L. Crop ratio options M. Trigger timer options N. Close capture interface 
Pro mode in Lightroom Capture module on Android
(Android) Capture interface options in Pro mode

A. Raw/JPEG capture option B. On-camera flash options C. Switch to front camera D. White Balance options E. Manual focus distance F. Toggle capture options G. Presets H. Exposure compensation lock I. Capture button J. Capture mode (Pro) K. Preview last captured shot L. Set Shutter Speed M. Set ISO N. Close capture interface 

Note:

Beginning with version 2.1, Lightroom for mobile supports manually controlling the shutter speed, ISO, and focus distance on devices running Android versions 5.0 (Lollipop) and later. However, these capabilities are available on your device only if the support has been enabled/set by the device manufacturer.

Adjust the shutter speed

Shutter speed controls the duration for which your camera is exposed to light. You can adjust this duration to achieve the desired creative effect in your photos.

For example, you can set a slow shutter speed to create motion blur or light trail effect while capturing a fast-moving subject. To freeze the movement of the same subject in your photo, you can set a fast shutter speed.

Adjust the shutter speed in Professional mode in Lightroom for mobile Android
Shutter speed set at 1/129th of second

Tap () icon to adjust the shutter speed slider. Move the slider to the left for a slow shutter speed; move it to the right for a fast shutter speed.

Note:

When you adjust the shutter speed, the ISO value adjusts automatically to compensate it and vice versa. This is to ensure that your photo is not overexposed or underexposed during the capture.  

Note:

Double-tap the ISO icon to reset the ISO value to Auto.

Adjust the ISO value

ISO controls the sensitivity of your device's camera to light. 

Adjust the ISO in Professional mode in Lightroom for mobile Android
ISO set at 495

Tap () icon to adjust the ISO slider. Move the slider to the left for low ISO values; move it to the right for high ISO values.

Note:

High ISO values introduce noise in the captured photos. Therefore, high ISO values should be used only when you want to achieve very fast shutter speeds.

Note:

Double-tap the ISO icon to reset the ISO value to Auto.


Adjust the focus distance of your camera

You can use this setting to increase or decrease the focus distance of your device's camera.

Adjust the focus distance in Professional mode in Lightroom for mobile Android
Focus distance set at 36%.

Tap () icon to adjust the focus distance slider. Move the slider to the left to decrease the focus distance; move it to the right to increase the focus distance.

Note:

In the Professional capture mode, tap the Reset icon to reset the shutter speed, ISO, white balance, and manual focus distance to Auto.  

Note:

Double-tap the [ ] icon to reset the manual focus distance to Auto.

Pinch to zoom

You can use a pinch gesture on the viewfinder screen to initiate the camera zoom.

  • To zoom in, use the outward spread gesture.
  • To zoom out, use the pinch gesture.

The zoom applied on your capture is non-destructive in nature, so you can always revert to the original capture (non-zoomed) while editing the photo.

Tap to focus

While capturing photos using Lightroom's in-app camera, your camera lens auto-focuses on the live scene by default. However, in scenarios where you want a sharper focus on a particular area of interest like a subject in the background instead of the foreground, you can manually refocus the lens on that area. To do so:  

  1. Tap on the viewfinder screen to get a sharper image of that region.
  2. When you tap, a box overlay appears showing where the lens is refocusing.

Set white balance options

In the Professional mode, tap () icon to display the white balance options bar.

White balance options and white balance lock in Lightroom for mobile (Android)
(Android) White balance options and white balance lock in Pro mode

A. Automatic white balance in locked state B. Incandescent C. Fluorescent D. Daylight E. Cloudy 

You can choose a preset white balance option from the options bar according to the lighting conditions — Automatic, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Daylight, Cloudy, or Custom.

Automatic White balance This is the default option.

Auto White Balance lock (Android) Aim the camera at a neutral colored surface to sample and lock the white balance.

Note:

Double-tap the WB icon to reset the white balance to Auto.

Set exposure compensation

Exposure compensation slider in Lightroom for mobile Android
(Android) Swipe across the viewfinder screen to adjust exposure compensation slider

When you swipe across the viewfinder screen, the Exposure Compensation slider appears. Drag the slider in either direction to set the desired exposure level.

Lock exposure compensation at its current value Tap () icon at the lower right corner to lock the exposure compensation at its current value. The icon turns yellow indicating the locked state and also displays the value at which the exposure is locked.

Note:

You can lock the exposure compensation in Auto capture mode only.  

Note:

Double-tap the Exposure Compensation slider to reset the exposure value to zero.

Compose shots using viewfinder overlays

Overlays help you to compose the shots.

Tap () icon to toggle overlays options.

Viewfinder Overlay options in Lightroom for mobile Android
(Android) Viewfinder Overlay options in Lightroom for mobile

By default, the overlays are turned off.

Thirds

Align areas of the subject being captured along or at the junction of the thirds.    

Halves

Align areas of the subject being captured along or at the junction of the halves.

Golden

Align areas of the subject being captured along or at the junction of the Phi grid overlay that is based on the golden ratio.

Level overlay

Uses device's sensors to align the camera with the ground for leveled horizon shots and to avoid geometric distortion.

Trigger a delayed capture

Tap () icon to toggle timer options toolbar. You can introduce a few seconds of delay before a shot is captured. There is an option to introduce a delay of 2, 5, or 10 seconds in your capture. By default, the timer is OFF.

Note:

When a delay is set, it will persist until you turn it OFF.

Shoot through Presets

Tap () icon on the lower-right corner to display the Presets. The following Presets are available:

  • High contrast
  • Flat
  • Warm shadows
  • High contrast black and white
  • Flat black and white

Choose any of the presets to apply it on your live capture. This allows you to preview your photo before you capture it. When you launch the Adobe in-app camera again, it auto-defaults to the last preset that you used.

Note:

 Shoot-through presets is available only on those Android devices that support Open GL ES 3.0 and later. To check the Open GL version supported by your device, tap () icon at the upper-left of the Collections view to display the Sidebar menu and then tap Device Info & Storage> Device Information.

Shoot in different Crop ratios

Tap () icon to display the crop ratios. The following crop ratios are available:

  • 16:9
  • 3:2
  • 4:3
  • 1:1

Tap to choose any ratio to display it as an overlay in the viewfinder. This allows you to preview your photo at the desired crop ratio even before you capture it.

Note:

This crop is non-destructive in nature. You can change the crop ratio later when you edit the photo.

Preview last captured photo

In the camera module, tap on the lower-left (last shot) thumbnail to preview the last photos that you captured.

Note:

Tap thumbnail of the last shot photo to preview it. Tap on the preview to return to the camera view.

Capture raw images

Note:

Beginning with version 2.0, Lightroom for mobile supports DNG raw image capture on devices running Android versions 5.0 (Lollipop) and later. However, this capability is available only on those devices that support capturing DNG raw images. Support for DNG capture is enabled/set solely by the device manufacturers.

Raw capture In the camera module, tap the capture file format badge (DNG, by default) at the top of the viewfinder and then choose DNG. You can now capture the photos in Digital Negative (DNG) raw format.

To check if your device supports DNG capture:

  1. First ensure that the latest version of the Lightroom app is installed on your mobile device.
  2. In the Collections view, tap () icon at the upper-left corner of the screen to bring up the sidebar menu.
  3. In the menu, tap Device Info & Storage > Device Info.
  4. Check whether DNG Capture Supported displays Yes or No. If it displays Yes, you can capture raw images using the in-app camera.  

 

Capture settings

Tap () icon to display the Settings.

Volume keys function

Assigns a function to your device's volume keys that you can use when accessing the in-app camera. Tap to choose None, Exposure Compensation, Capture, or Zoom.  

Max screen brightness

Turn ON to set the brightness of your device's screen to maximum while in the Capture mode.  

Geotag photos

Turn ON to allow tagging of the location information within the EXIF metadata of your captured photo.

Tooltips

Turn ON to enable tooltips while in the Capture mode. You can tap the () icon, wherever displayed in the Capture interface, to view a tooltip.

Save unprocessed original

This setting is available in the HDR mode only. Turn ON to also save the unprocessed original photo along with the processed raw HDR photo.

Keyboard shortcuts

Lightroom for mobile supports the keyboard shortcuts listed below when you are working on devices connected to a physical keyboard.

Loupe

Result Shortcut
Set Star rating 1 - 5
Remove Star rating 0
Flag photo as Pick P
Unflag photo U
Flag photo as Reject  X
Cycle Flag settings ` (back quote/grave accent)
Go to next/previous photo Right Arrow/Left Arrow
See Before/After preview \
Toggle info I
Open Adjustment panel D

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