Updated in the October 2018 release of Lightroom CC for mobile (Android) v4.0
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Adobe Lightroom CC for mobile is a free app that gives you a powerful, yet simple solution for capturing, editing and sharing your photos. And you can upgrade for premium features that give you precise control with seamless access across all your devices – mobile, desktop and web.


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I have Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for mobile. How do I get started?

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

  2. Sign in with your Adobe ID, Facebook, or Google.

    Sign in to Lightroom CC for mobile
    Sign in to Lightroom CC for mobile
  3. Read the following sections in this page to get started with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for mobile.

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

    Import and organize. Describes the ways you can import photos, set up albums and folders, 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.

    Keyboard shortcuts.  Lists the keyboard shortcuts that you can use when working on devices connected to a physical keyboard.

App interface

All Photos view (all Lightroom photos)

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

Lightroom Photos view in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for mobile (Android)
Lightroom Photos view (Android)

People view

The People View in Lightroom CC for Android recognizes and groups photos of the same person in a cluster. You can easily browse through the photos of any particular person using the People View.

When I access People view, why does Lightroom CC display 'No People Found Yet'?

The No People Found Yet screen message is displayed when Lightroom is still analyzing all your photos to find people or when there aren't any people in your photos.

No People Found Yet
Not able to view People clusters. Here's why.
People option to group photos of a person
People option to group photos of a person in a cluster
People view
People view in Lightroom mobile for Android

View people in your photos

Select People from the Album view to navigate to the People View. In this view, you can access clusters of photos detected for a particular person. The total number of photos for each person is listed below the cover photo of the cluster.

Show and Hide People

  1. Tap () icon from the upper-right corner of the People View.

  2. Select Show and Hide to bring up the Show and Hide People panel.

  3. All people clusters that are shown in the People View are selected by default. In the Show and Hide People panel, select a hidden cluster to show it. To hide a cluster, deselect it.

  4. Tap the tick icon at the upper-right corner to apply your selection.

Merge People

You can combine photo clusters of the same person under separate people buckets using the Merge option. However, you cannot undo the merge action.

  1. Tap () icon from the upper-right corner of the People View.

  2. Select Merge People to bring up the Merge People panel.

  3. Select the people clusters that you want to merge.

  4. Tap at the upper-right corner. In the Are these the same person? dialog box that appears, approve the suggested cluster name or rename the cluster to a desired person's name in the Add a Name field.

  5. Tap Merge. All photos of the selected people clusters will merge together into one cluster. To exit the dialog box without the merge action, tap Cancel.

    Note:

    Lightroom CC for Android can detect if two clusters belong to the same person. In this case, you can view a suggestion in the top panel to merge the clusters when you open one of them. Tap Yes to merge the clusters or No to not merge. If you tap No, the merge suggestion for the specific clusters will not be shown again. You can also tap the cancel icon to remove the suggestion. The cancel action removes the suggestion only for that particular time and it re-appears on opening a cluster again.

Sort options in People View

  1. Tap () icon from the upper-right corner of the People View.

  2. Select Sort by option to bring up the Sort By panel.

  3. Select an option from the Sort By panel to sort your people clusters:

    Name    Sorts named people clusters in alphabetical order

    Count    Sorts people clusters by the number of photos contained in the clusters

    Tap your selection again to toggle between ascending and descending order of the selected sorting option. Named clusters always show up above the unnamed clusters.

Name a people cluster

  1. In the People View, tap the unnamed cluster. The cluster opens.

  2. In the open cluster, tap the Add Name field at the top of the cluster and enter the desired name.

  3. Tap at the bottom of the keypad to save the name of the cluster.

Rename a people cluster

To rename a People cluster, tap a People cluster in the People View and do any of the following:

  • Directly edit the name at the top of the named cluster. Once you have edited the name, tap at the bottom of the keypad.
  • Tap () icon at the upper-right corner of the screen and select Rename Person. You can then edit the name at the top of the cluster and tap at the bottom of the keypad.

Remove photos from a people cluster

  1. In the People View, tap the name of a cluster to open it.

  2. Long press a photo to enter multi-select mode.

  3. Select the photos you want to remove from the cluster.

  4. Tap from the top menu to bring up the Delete photos dialog box.

  5. Select Remove photos from person to remove the selected photos from the cluster. Select Delete to delete photos from All Photos and any corresponding album.

Albums view

The Albums view is a listing of all the albums and folders that you either created in Lightroom CC for mobile, or synced from Lightroom CC or Lightroom Classic CC on desktop.

Albums view
Albums view

Sorting order in the Albums view

You can specify the order of how the folders and albums appear in the Albums view. Tap icon at the upper-right corner of the Albums section.

From the Sort By menu, choose one of the available sorting options.

Sorting options in the Albums view
Sorting options in the Albums view

Grid view (viewing photos in an album)

The Grid view is available when you are looking at the photos within an album. In the Albums view, tap an album to open the Grid view.

Grid view
Grid view

Specify a cover photo for the album

By default, Lightroom picks one of the pictures to be the cover photo for the album. 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 album. You can only specify a cover photo for the albums 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, star rating, or other filter options.

Tap () icon located at the upper-right of the Grid view. Choose one of the filtering options, as explained in Filter Photos.

Sorting and Segmentation options

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

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

Grid Segmentation

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

Sort By > Capture Date | Import Date| Modified Date | File Name | Star Rating

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.

You can also sort by File Name and Star Rating when the Grid Segmentation is off.  

Sort By > Custom Order

Use this sort option to manually reorder your grid photos.  

Tap the edit icon beside the Custom Order option, to show the Reorder panel. Long-press a photo and drag-drop it to the desired location, guided by a blue markup line that is visible as you drag a photo.

Tap the Custom Order option again to toggle between ascending and descending orders.

You can sort by Custom Order when the Grid Segmentation is off.

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 Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for mobile.

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

App preferences and options

App preferences
The Sidebar; representative snapshot from Lightroom CC for mobile (Android)
  • Help & Support
    • Check out FAQs. View answers to frequently asked questions in the web browser.
    • Access our Support Forum. Tap to access support forum in the web browser.
    • Contact Adobe Support. Tap to open Adobe Customer Support page in the web browser.
    • Request a feature. Tap to access Lightroom CC mobile forum where you can request a new feature.
    • Reset Coach Marks and Dialogs. Tap, to restore the gesture-tips and help overlays displayed after you installed Lightroom CC for mobile.
    • Guided Tutorials. Learn how to use Lightroom CC for mobile with the step-by-step, interactive tutorials.
    • Gesture & Keyboard ShortcutsTap, to view the gestures shortcuts and keyboard shortcuts that you can use in Lightroom CC.
  • Technology Previews. View and enable the experimental features listed here and provide feedback to Adobe. 
  • Account. Tap view your subscription status, cloud storage usage, and sign out option.
  • Premium Features. Displays the premium features that you get when you upgrade to a paid subscription.
  • 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.
    • Sharing Options
      • Share With Watermark. Include watermark in your photos while sharing or saving them to camera roll. Customize the watermark. Learn more
      • Share With Metadata. Switch on or off the options to share Caption, Camera & Camera Raw info, and Location info with metadata.
    • 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.
    • Use Cellular Data. Switch off, to sync only over WiFi. Switch on to sync using the bandwidth on your cellular data plan. Learn more
    • Only Download Smart Previews: Switch on to only download reduced resolution, editable proxies of your photos. Switch off to auto-download full-resolution photo on supported devices* while editing.
      *Check the App Version in Device Info & Storage > Device Info; if the App Version displays 'Arm 8', this feature is supported on your device.
  • What's New. Displays a chronological list of fixes and improvements made in Lightroom CC for mobile.
  • About Lightroom. Tap to view the names of the awesome people who made Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for mobile.
  • Device Info & Storage
    • Device Storage. Displays how much local space is available to Lightroom for syncing and importing image data.
    • Manage Storage. Tap to view a list of all the albums for which you've enabled the Store Locally album option. In the list of albums displayed, choose one or more albums and tap Clear to release it's locally stored copies and free up space on your device; the originals are still backed up in the cloud. 
    • 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:

Device Info & Storage > Manage Storage

When you clear or purge the offline content of a locally stored album, Lightroom CC for mobile removes cache files stored for offline use in that album. Any images in the album that also marked for offline use in another locally stored album are not removed. Your images remain in the album and are not deleted.    

Device Info & Storage > Clear cache

Clearing the cache removes any cache files stored for offline use by the Lightroom CC for mobile app. However, the offline content of the albums that you've stored locally is not impacted. Clearing the cache doesn't delete any of your Lightroom photos.    

Import and organize

Find best photos

Best Photos feature combines Adobe Sensei smarts as well as changes and edits that you’ve made to your photos to make a recommend selection of your photos within an album with the highest potential, quickly and easily.

You can find the Best Photos button within the Technology Previews > Best Photos section of your app. This option is turned off by default.

On enabling the Best Photos button, Send Feedback option is displayed to capture and submit your observations and experience while using the best photos feature.

To find best photos in an album, do the following:

  1. In the grid view within an album, tap () icon at the upper-right corner of the screen.

  2. Choose Best Photos at the bottom of the pop-up menu that shows.

    Lightroom CC for mobile shows results for best photos after analyzing all photos within an album on the basis of quality.

    You can adjust the slider at the bottom of the Best Photos panel to increase or decrease the number of best photos selected for an album.

    Find best photos within an album
    Find best photos within an album
  3. (Optional) Long press on any photo to bring up share (), delete (), and multi-selection () options at the top of the screen.
    Tap () icon to show - Select AllSelect NoneAdd ToMove ToSave To Device, and Set As Cover options that you can apply to all the photos selected.

  4. Tap the () icon at the upper-right corner of the Best Photos panel to select any of the following options :

    Add to Album:

    Select this option to add best photos to an existing album or a new album by clicking the '+' icon at the upper-right corner of the screen. Tap Add at the bottom of the screen to finish adding best photos to the selected album.
    To know more about how to create a new album, see Create an album.

     

    Slideshow:

    Select this option to view best photos as a slideshow.
    To know more about slideshow options, see View photos as a slideshow.

    Sort By:

    Select this option to sort best photos on the basis of  Capture Date or Quality. Tap the desired sort criteria in the Sort By panel to toggle between ascending and descending orders.
    To know more about sorting options, see Sorting and segmentation.

    Share Feedback:

    Select this option to share your experience about using the Best Photos feature. Tap Submit at the bottom of the screen to finish sharing the feedback 

Search photos

Auto-complete gives intuitive suggestions
Auto-complete gives intuitive suggestions as you start typing in the search bar

You can apply segmentation and sorting options to the photos from your search result. Tap () icon located at the upper-right corner in the Grid view. From the context menu that appears, you can apply the following options:

  • Grid Segmentation: Turn on this to allow segmentation of photos in the search results.
  • Segment by: When you enable Grid Segmentation, Lightroom CC for mobile segments the grid photos By Month (default). You can also choose more segmentation options—By Year, By Day, By Hour.
  • Sort by > Relevancy | Capture Date: Select one of these sorting options to reorder the display of photos based on the selected criteria. 

Relevancy: Sorts the photos based on how closely related a photo is to the search tokens used.
Capture Date: Sorts the photos on the basis of the date of photo capture. Tap the option again to toggle between ascending and descending orders.

  • Select: Use this option to enter multi-select mode, that is select multiple photos from the grid. Upon selection of photos, you can either share(), delete(), or use () icon to choose an option to apply across selected photos - Select All, Select None, Add To, Move To, and Save to Device.
  • Slideshow: Select this option to view photos as a slideshow. To know more about slideshow options, see View photos as a slideshow.

Find photos within an album or All Photos view using the Search bar at the top. Aside from searching photos by metadata and keywords, Lightroom CC for mobile (Android) can also find and show photos based on the objects in them, or facets associated with the photo.

You can type an object name in the search bar to search all photos and show relevant results. For example, you can type mountains in the Search bar to quickly search for all photos that have mountains in them. To search your photos using facets, type a facet name followed by a colon ':'. For example, you can type camera: to display a list of camera models used. See the list of supported facets below:

  • keyword:
  • camera:
  • lens:
  • location:
  • rating:
  • flag:
  • flash:
  • orientation:
  •  iso:
  •  type:
  • f-stop:
  • ss:
  • edited:
  • media:

You can explore your photo gallery further with auto-complete that displays intuitive suggestions as soon as you type something in the search bar. The terms used in search bar are not case-sensitive.

You can add multiple tokens for search in the Search bar based on objects, facets, or auto-complete suggestions to narrow down your result. 

Intelligent Online Search
Find photos using the intelligent online search using object names and facets

In the Google Assistant search bar, type or tap the mic and say:

Search <your search keyword> in Lightroom

For example, you can quickly search for all photos within Lightroom CC that have mountains in them by typing or speaking - Search mountains in Lightroom.  

Note:

Searching photos within Lightroom CC using Google Assistant requires an active Internet connection. This capability is currently supported in English language only.  

Search Lightroom photos using Google Assistant
Search Lightroom photos using Google Assistant
Search result
Search result

Filter photos

Filter photos
Photo filtering options (available to subscribed and active trial users only)

Click the icon at the top (next to the Search icon) to bring up the Filter By panel and quickly filter photos.

Star Ratings: Tap the star icon to filter your photos based on their star ratings. Tap the comparator icon to toggle between photos rated higher, lower, or equal to a certain star rating. For example, you can view photos rated three stars or higher.

Flags: Tap any of the flag icons: Picked, Unflagged, or Rejected, to filter photos on the basis of their flag status.

You can also filter photos on the basis of certain facets defined under the Filter By panel:

Camera: Camera make and model options.

People: People clusters that are detected in the People View

Location: Locations picked from the metadata of all photos.

Keyword: Keywords picked from the metadata of all photos.

Edited: Edited or not edited.


Note:

  • The Star rating and Flag filters applied while viewing album photos are retained even when you navigate out of the album. To clear the Star rating and Flag filters, tap the cross icon in the filter token displayed at the top of the grid. Other filter options aren't retained when you navigate out of the album.
  • If your trial has expired or if you are a free user, only the Star rating and Flag filters are available in the Filter By menu. Also, the user interface is different from the one shown in the image above.

Create an album and add photos

Albums help you organize photographs, grouping and sorting them according to your preferences and requirements. You can create albums and import specific photos of your choice from the Camera Roll or Gallery on your device.  

  1. Create an album

    In the Albums view, click the '+' icon displayed above the list of folders and albums.

    Create a new album
    Create a new album
  2. From the Create New menu that appears, choose Album.

  3. In the Create Album dialog, type a name for the new album, and tap OK.

  4. Album options

    (Optional) Tap () icon next to the album name to set up your album.

    • Add Photos. Allows you to pick and choose photos from your device's Camera Roll or Gallery.
    • Auto Add. Sets up the album 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.
    • Store Locally. Downloads the album photos locally on your device. Enabling this option allows you to edit photos in the album even when your phone is not connected to the Internet. Edited photos are automatically synced to the cloud whenever you're next connected to the Internet. Later, if you want to clear the offline content of a locally stored album and free up space on your device, go to Device Info & Storage > Manage Storage option in the sidebar.    
    • Share Album. Share the album on the Lightroom website.
    • Move To Folder. Allows you to move the Album into an existing folder or a new folder.
    • Rename. Opens a dialog that lets you provide a new name for the album.
    • Remove. Deletes the album only. Your album photos remain untouched and they are not deleted from the device.
    • Slideshow. Play the contents of the album as a slideshow.
  5. Add photos from your device or the All Photos album

    Tap the album name to navigate inside the album. Then, tap the add photos icon at the lower-right corner.

    Add photos to a new album
    Add photos to a new album

    A. Add photos from your device or the All Photos album B. Capture a photo and add to the album 

    Note:

    You can also tap to the camera icon to capture a photo using the Lightroom's in-app camera and add it to your album.

    From the Add Photos From menu, choose Device or All Photos.  

  6. In the next screen, you can now select the photos and add them to the album.    

Organize albums into folders

  1. Create a folder

    In the Albums view, click the '+' icon displayed above the list of folders and albums.

    Create a new album
    Create a new album
  2. From the Create New menu that appears, choose Folder.

  3. In the Create Folder dialog, type a name for the new folder, and tap OK.

  4. Folder options

    (Optional) Tap () icon next to the folder name to set up your folder.

    • Create Album. Lets you create a new album inside the folder.
    • Create Folder. Lets you create a nested folder inside the parent folder.
    • Move To Folder. Allows you move the folder into an existing folder or a new folder.
    • Rename. Opens a dialog that lets you provide a new name for the folder.
    • Delete. Deletes the folder and the albums in the folder. The photos in the albums are not deleted from the app.

You can now create subfolders or add albums into the folder as necessary.
 

Add or import photos from a Camera connected in PTP mode

You can directly import photos (including raw images) from your DSLR camera into Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC 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 Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC 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 Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for mobile (Android) from a plugged-in camera.  

  3. 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 album, tap the Cancel icon at the upper-left corner.

    Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for mobile import interface
    Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for 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 Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC 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 Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for mobile, tap the photos you want to add to the album.

  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 an album from your existing Lightroom albums in which you want to import the selected photos. By default, All Photos album is selected.

    To import the selected photos into a new album:

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

  8. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC 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, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for mobile app begins importing the copied images into the selected album.

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

    Note:

    You can continue to use the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC 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.

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.

Add or import photos from Camera Roll or Gallery

  1. While in the Albums view, tap Options () icon on the album 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 Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC 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 album, 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 Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC 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 album.

    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 album.

    Note:

    In the Device Folders view, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC 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 album, 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. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for mobile app now begins importing the selected images into the target album.

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

    Note:

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

Import photos using Files

Note:

The Files option in Lightroom CC for mobile is only available on devices running Android version 4.4 (KitKat) or later.

Using the Files option in Lightroom CC for mobile, you can access Android's file-manager to import photos from various sources:

  • Other supported photo apps and cloud-based apps installed on your device, such as Google Photos, Google Drive, and Dropbox.
  • A DSLR camera connected to your mobile in PTP mode via USB OTG cable.
  • Another plugged-in device connected to your mobile via USB.
  • Your device's folders

To import using the Files option, do the following:

    • While in the Albums view, tap Options () icon on the All Photos album or any other album where you want to add the photo. Then, choose Add Photos from the pop-up menu.
    • While viewing photos within any album that you've created, tap the Add Photos icon at the lower-right corner of the screen.  
  1. In the Add Photo From context-menu that appears at the bottom of the screen, choose Files.

    Importing photos into an album using the Files option
    Importing photos into an album using the Files option
    Choose a source in Android's file-manager
    Choose a source in Android's file-manager

  2. Android's file-manager now opens on your device. In the file-manager, tap () icon at the upper-left corner choose a source from where you want to import the photos and navigate to the required folder.

  3. Select one or more images from the selected source. Then, tap Done or Open.

    Note:

    Some of the photo apps may not support selecting multiple photos.    

    Lightroom CC for mobile now begins importing the selected images.  

    The import progress and completion status is displayed in the Notification bar of your Android device.

    Note:

    To view your recently imported photos, go to the All Photos album. In the All Photos view, tap the three-dots () icon at the upper-right corner of the screen and choose Sort By Import Date. Your recent imports now appear at the top.

Add to Lightroom from third-party photo apps

You can add photos to Lightroom CC for mobile from other third-party photo apps that have the share capability, such as Google Photos, Google Drive, and Dropbox.

To do so, simply select photos in any other photo app, share them, and choose the Add To Lr option. Your photos are added to the All Photos album in Lightroom CC for mobile.

  1. Open any photo app on your device.  

    Select one or more photos that you want to add to Lightroom CC for mobile.  

    Add To Lr option when sharing from Google Photos
    Add To Lr option when sharing from Google Photos

    Note:

    Some of the photo apps may not display the Add To Lr option when you share multiple photos. For example, Dropbox allows you to export only one photo at a time to Lightroom CC for mobile in the following manner:

    1. In the Dropbox app, open any photo.
    2. Tap the three-dots icon (), choose Export, and then select Add To Lr.      

  2. After selecting the photos, tap the Share icon. From the pop-up menu that appears, choose Add To Lr.

    Lightroom CC for mobile now begins adding the selected images to the All Photos album.  

    The import progress and completion status is displayed in the Notification bar of your Android device.

    Note:

    To view your recently imported photos, go to the All Photos album. In the All Photos view, tap the three-dots () icon at the upper-right corner of the screen and choose Sort By Import Date. Your recent imports now appear at the top.

Edit photos

With the new edit experience in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC 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. View the people clusters your photo is a part of and the keywords associated with that photo. For more information, see Info panel.

Rate and Review

Cycle through your album 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 Brush Selection tool, Radial Selection tool, and the Linear Selection tool.

  • 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.

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 the '+' plus icon that appears at the upper-left corner and then choose one of the selective edit tools - Brush Selection, Radial Gradient, or Linear Gradient.

    Selective edit tools in Lightroom Cc for mobile Android
    Selective edit tools

    A. Brush Selection B. Radial Gradient C. Linear Gradient 
  3. Brush Selection

    With the Brush Selection tool, brush over the desired area in the photo.

    Brush Selection in Lightroom CC for mobile Android
    Apply selective edits using the Brush Selection tool

    A. Brush B. Eraser C. Size D. Feather E. Flow 
    • To move and position the mask on the photo, drag the blue pin at the center of the mask.
    • Use the Eraser tool to refine or erase the mask area.
    • To change the size, feather, or flow of the Brush Selection or the Eraser tool, 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.

    Linear Gradient

    Tap on the photo to view the Linear Gradient overlay.

    Apply selective edits using Linear Selection tool
    Apply selective edits using the Linear Gradient tool
    • To move and position it on the photo, drag the blue 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 refine or erase the mask area. 

    Note:

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

    Radial Gradient

    Tap on the photo to view the Radial Gradient overlay.

    Radial Gradient
    Apply selective edits using the Radial Gradient tool
    • To move and position the overlay on the photo, drag the blue 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 or invert the radial selection mask, do the following:
      1. Long-press the blue pin at the center of the radial selection overlay.
      2. From the Mask Options context-menu that appears, choose Invert Mask.
    • Use the Eraser tool to refine or erase the mask area. 

    Note:

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

  4. Add another selection mask

    To add another selection overlay, tap '+' icon at the upper-left corner and choose another selection tool.

    Mask options

    Long-press on the blue pin at the center of the Brush Selection, Radial Gradient, or Linear Gradient overlay to bring up the Mask Options context-menu.

    • Invert Mask: This option is available for Radial Gradient tool only. Toggles the mask area to inside or outside the Radial Gradient overlay.
    • Duplicate Mask: Creates a copy of the selection mask overlay and places it over the photo.
    • Reset Mask: Resets any edits applied to the selection mask.
    • Delete Mask: Deletes the selection mask.

     

    Selective edits - Mask options
    Selective edits - Mask options

  5. Once you have placed the selection mask, 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. Tap icon to see a Before view.

    To confirm the edits, tap icon.  

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

  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
    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.
    If you're using a mobile device, touch the controls on the left, and then drag up or down on the screen to adjust the value. If you're using a tablet device, 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.  

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

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 Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for mobile Android
    Crop photos in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC 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. To confirm the edits, tap icon.  

Apply profiles

Note:

Beginning with Lightroom CC for mobile Android 3.5 and Lightroom CC desktop 1.4 (June 2018 releases), Presets and Profiles (including third-party, custom user presets and profiles) sync automatically across Lightroom CC desktop and mobile.

However, the custom user presets and profiles do not sync with Lightroom Classic CC 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. In the Edit panel in the Loupe view, tap Profiles icon at the bottom of the screen.

    See the screenshots below for reference: Tapping Adobe Raw brings up the profile groups menu.

     

    Browse and apply profiles
    Tapping Adobe Raw brings up the profile groups menu.
    Choose a profile group
    Profile groups available for a raw photo.

    Note:

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

  2. Tap to choose any of the profile groups from the menu to view 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 CC.

    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 CC 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. 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.

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.

 

 

Manage profiles

The Manage Profiles option allows you to show or hide various preset groups that are displayed in the Profiles menu - Adobe Raw, Camera Matching, Legacy, Artistic, B&W, Modern, Vintage, or any other profiles that you've imported.

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

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

Note:

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

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

  2. Tap the three-dots () icon at the upper-right corner of the Profiles pop-up menu and choose Manage Profiles.

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

    Tap the check mark () icon at the upper-right corner.

The Profiles menu now displays only those profiles groups which you've switched on using the Manage Profiles option.

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 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:

    Beginning with Lightroom CC for mobile Android 3.5 and Lightroom CC desktop 1.4 (June 2018 releases), Presets and Profiles (including third-party, custom user presets and profiles) sync automatically across Lightroom CC desktop and mobile.

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

    Presets groups in Lightroom CC for mobile
    Presets menu showing Creative presets (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.

Create a user preset

Note:

Beginning with Lightroom CC for mobile Android 3.5 and Lightroom CC desktop 1.4 (June 2018 releases), Presets and Profiles (including third-party, custom user presets and profiles) sync automatically across Lightroom CC desktop and mobile.

However, the custom user presets and profiles do not sync with Lightroom Classic CC 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.
    • 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.
  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.
    • Default: Selects the default set of edit settings. Tools, Optics, and Geometry settings are excluded by default.
    • Modified:  Selects the edit settings you've applied to a selected photo. To select or deselect specific edit settings, tap the checkbox next to the edit settings groups. 
    • None: Deselects all the edit settings.

    On selecting the Auto option in the edit panel, Auto Settings is enabled in the Select pop-up menu for Default and Modified options.

    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 the tick mark () icon at the upper-right corner.

    Your new preset is now available in the Presets menu.

Update, move, or delete a user preset

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

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

    Update: In the Update Preset screen, modify the edit 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.
    • Modified: Selects the edit settings manually. To select or deselect specific edit settings, tap the checkbox next to the edit settings groups.
    • None: Deselects all the edit settings.
    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/deselect any of the settings from the submenu - Exposure, Contrast, Highlights, Shadows, Whites, Blacks, Tone Curve.

    After modifying the required edit settings, tap the tick mark () icon at the upper-right corner.

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

    After modifying the preset name, tap the tick mark () icon at the upper-right corner.

    Move To: Select this option to move a user preset to an existing preset group or a new preset group by tapping the corresponding checkbox. On selecting the desired preset group, tap Move at the bottom of the screen.

    To know how to create a new preset group, see Create presets.

    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 CC for mobile but they will still be visible in Lightroom CC on other mobile devices/desktop and vice versa.  

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

  2. Tap the three-dots () icon at the upper-right corner of the Presets pop-up menu 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 the check mark () icon at the upper-right corner.

The Presets menu now displays only those preset groups which you've switched on using the Manage Presets option.

Apply Auto Settings

In the Edit panel in the Loupe view, click the Auto icon at the bottom to have Lightroom CC for mobile automatically apply the best edits for these slider controls in your photos: ExposureContrastHighlightsShadowsWhitesBlacksSaturation, and Vibrance.

The Auto settings feature in Lightroom CC for mobile 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 CC 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 Light menu. As you work, keep an eye on the end points of the histogram.

In the Edit panel in the Loupe view, tap Light icon at the bottom of the screen to view the tone controls. Adjust the slider controls to apply the desired edits to your photos: ExposureContrastHighlightsShadowsWhitesBlacksSaturation, and Vibrance.

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

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 Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC 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.

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.

    Grain Amount

    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.
       

Adjust Noise Reduction and Sharpening

In Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for mobile, you can sharpen your photo to enhance 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 Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for mobile (Android))
    Noise reduction and sharpening control

    Note:

    When applying selective edits, only Noise and Sharpness controls are available in the Detail menu.

  2. Adjust any of the following controls:

    Sharpening controls

    • Sharpening: Adjusts edge definition. Increase the slider value to increase sharpening. A value of zero (0) turns off sharpening. In general, set the slider to a lower value for cleaner images. The adjustment locates pixels that differ from surrounding pixels based on the threshold you specify and increases the pixels’ contrast by the amount you specify.
    • Radius: Adjusts the size of the details that sharpening is applied to. Photos with very fine details may need a lower radius setting. Photos with larger details may be able to use a larger radius. Using too large a radius generally results in unnatural-looking results.
    • Detail: Adjusts how much high-frequency information is sharpened in the image and how much the sharpening process emphasizes edges. Lower settings primarily sharpen edges to remove blurring. Higher values are useful for making the textures in the image more pronounced.
    • Masking: Controls an edge mask. With a setting of zero (0), everything in the image receives the same amount of sharpening. With a setting of 100, sharpening is mostly restricted to those areas near the strongest edges.

    Luminance noise reduction controls

    • Noise Reduction: Increase the slider value to reduce luminance noise.
    • Detail: Controls the luminance noise threshold. Useful for very noisy photos. Higher values preserve more detail but may produce noisier results. Lower values produce cleaner results but may also remove some detail.
    • Contrast: Controls luminance contrast. Useful for very noisy photos. Higher values preserve contrast but may produce noisy blotches or mottling. Lower values produce smoother results but may also have less contrast.

    Color noise reduction controls

    • Color Noise Reduction: Increase the slider value to reduce color noise.
    • Detail: Controls the color noise threshold. Higher values protect thin, detailed color edges but may result in color speckling. Lower values remove color speckles but may result in color bleeding.
    • Smoothness: Controls how much smoothing to apply to the image as you reduce the color noise.  

Correct camera lens flaws

Camera lenses can exhibit different types of defects at certain focal lengths, f-stops, and focus distances. You can correct and/or minimize these issues in the selected photo using the options provided in the Optics icon in the Edit panel - Remove Chromatic Aberration and Lens Profile Corrections.

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

  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.

    Remove Chromatic Aberration:

    To remove chromatic aberration in your selected photo, enable Remove Chromatic Aberration option in the Optics panel.

  3. Lightroom CC for mobile includes numerous lens profiles, which can be used to correct common lens aberrations such as geometric distortion and vignetting. The profiles are based on metadata that identifies the camera and lens used to capture the photo, and then compensates accordingly.

    Lens Profile Corrections:

    Enable Lens Profile Corrections option in the Optics panel to automatically select a matching lens profile based on the camera model, focal length, f-stop and focus distance information in your photo's metadata.

    Cameras with built-in lens profile support 
    Lens correction for all Micro 4/3 (MFT) lenses and cameras, including Panasonic, Olympus, and other cameras (Fuji X, Leica Q, plus many point-and-shoot models from Canon) happens automatically without your interaction. If your lens is supported automatically, Lightroom CC for mobile displays the message Built-in Lens Profile Applied in the Optics panel.

  4. (Optional) If Lightroom CC for mobile is unable to find a matching lens profile automatically, do the following:

    1. Tap Manually Select a Profile.
    2. In the Lens Profile panel, select a Make, Model, and Profile.

    If you want to change the matching lens profile applied by Lightroom CC automatically, do the following:

    1. Tap the current lens profile name.
    2. In the Lens Profile panel, select a Make, Model, and Profile.
      If you want to revert to the matching lens profile automatically applied by Lightroom CC, tap Auto Select.

    The lens profiles that are available depend on whether you’re adjusting a raw or a non-raw file. For a list of supported lenses, see Supported lenses.

  5. You can customize the correction applied by the profile by adjusting the following sliders below lens profile:

    Distortion Correction:

    The default value 100 applies 100% of the distortion correction in the profile. Values over 100 apply greater correction to the distortion; values under 100 apply less correction to the distortion.

    Lens Vignetting:

    The default value 100 applies 100% of the vignetting correction in the profile. Values over 100 apply greater correction to vignetting; values under 100 apply less correction to vignetting.

Fix geometric perspective in photos

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 provide 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 Edit panel in the Loupe view, tap the Optics icon at the bottom of the screen, enable the Lens Profile Corrections option.

    A photo with skewed geometry
    A photo with skewed geometry
  2. Tap the Geometry icon at the bottom of the screen.

    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 CC for mobile Android
    Upright modes in Lightroom CC for mobile Android

    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
      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 CC for mobile displays an Invalid Guide message.

      • 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.
    3. Click Done.

      A photo with skewed geometry
      (Before) A photo with skewed geometry
      After
      (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.

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, Flag photos, and assign Keywords to your photos in this panel. Additionally, the Info panel displays the metadata associated with your photo and a list of all people clusters your photo is a part of, under People section.

Assign keywords to photos

Use the Keywords section at the bottom to assign keywords to your photos. 

  • To assign multiple keywords, type the keywords separated by a comma.
  • To remove any assigned keyword, tap cross 'x' next to that keyword.  
Info panel in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for mobile (Android)
Info panel in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for mobile (Android)
Info panel
Assigning keywords in the Info panel

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 album photos.

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

Rate & Review panel in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC 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.  

Undo, redo, or reset changes

Undo or redo

To undo or redo the most recent edit in the Loupe view, tap the Undo or Redo icon that appears at the upper-right corner of the screen.

If you've made multiple edits, tap the () icon to reveal the Undo and Redo  icons. Now, tap the Undo or Redo icon to move back or forward in your edits, one step at a time.

Reset

To fully reset an image to its original state, tap Reset at the end of the adjustments menu as shown in the above image. In the Reset menu, tap an action to revert your photo to a previous state.   

Save, export, and share

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

Share web albums

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

To share an Album, do the following:  

  1. While in the Albums view, tap () icon on any album that you want to share to bring up the options menu.

    While in the Grid view (viewing photos in an Album), tap () icon to bring up the options menu.

  2. From the options menu, tap Share Album.

  3. In the next menu that appears, turn on Enable Sharing.

    If your album is currently private, Sharing Options, View On Web, Display, and Share Link are disabled. Once you've made the album public, the following options appear:

    • Sharing Options: Tap to specify the following options:

    Show Metadata: Turn on to allow others to view metadata of the shared album photos. Turn off to hide metadata.

    Show Location Info: Turn on to allow others to view location info of the shared album photos. Turn off to hide location info.

    Allow Downloads: Turn on to allow others to download the shared album photos. Turn off to disable downloads.

    • Display: Tap to specify the following display options:

    Show Title: Turn on to make the album title visible on the top of the album shared on web.

    Author: Type the author name to make it visible on the shared album on web.

    Appearance: Select Photo Grid, Column, or One-up to choose the layout of photos in a shared album over web. By default, Photo Grid is selected.

    Theme: Select Dark Theme or Light Theme to choose the background theme of photos displayed in a shared album over web. By default, Dark Theme is selected.

    Filter: Select this option to display photos filtered by star rating and flag status in the shared album over web. By default, shows all photos except for rejects.

    • View On The Web: View the album in a web browser window.
    • Share Link: Share a link to the album using mail, messaging, and other apps on the device. Simply follow the onscreen instructions to do so.

    Note:

    To unshare an album that is currently public, turn off the Enable Sharing option.

    In the Albums view, the text Shared appears on the album 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 an album), 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 album as a slideshow. To start a slideshow, do one of the following:

  • In the Albums view, tap () icon on any album to bring up the options menu and choose Slideshow.
  • In the Grid view (viewing photos in an album), 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

During a slideshow, tap anywhere on the screen to bring up the controls to pause/play and access slideshow options. Then, do any of the following:

  • To pause a slideshow, tap the pause icon () at the upper-right corner of the screen.
  • To play the slideshow again, tap the play icon () at the upper-right corner of the screen.
  • To change slideshow transition and duration, tap the three-dot () icon and modify the settings as required in the Slideshow Options menu.

Copy or Move photos

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

Multiple photos

  1. In the Grid view (viewing photos in an album), 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 Album or Move To Album.
  3. In the next screen, from the list of albums displayed, tap the album you want to copy or move the photos to, and then tap Copy or Move 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 Album or Move To Album from the options menu.
  2. In the next screen, from the list of albums displayed, tap the album you want to copy or move the photos to, and then tap Copy or Move at the lower-right corner of the screen.

Add a text watermark while sharing or saving your photos

You can add a customizable text watermark while sharing your photos and while saving photos to your device.

Note:

  • You can't add a watermark when you export original photo.
  • Watermark doesn't sync with Lightroom CC across devices and Lightroom Classic CC on desktop.

  1. In the Albums view, tap the () icon at the upper-left corner of the screen to open the app settings menu. In the settings menu, tap Preferences > Sharing Options.

  2. Turn on the Share With Watermark option.

  3. Tap the text field to modify the watermark text as required. By default, the watermark text displays a copyright symbol followed by your Adobe account name.

  4. Customize watermark
    Customize watermark

    Tap Customize. On the Customize Watermark screen, modify any of the following settings:

    To position the watermark, tap any of the nine placement circles displayed around and at the center of the sample image.

    • T: Tap to select a font.
    • B: Tap to make the text bold.
    • I: Tap to italicize the text.
    • To rotate the text clockwise by 90 degrees, tap the rotate icon.
    • To choose a text color (black or white), tap the desired color swatch.
    • Size: Move the slider control to proportionally scale the watermark text larger or smaller.
    • Offset: Move the slider to position the watermark text away from the selected placement circle.
    • Opacity: Move the slider control to adjust the level of transparency of the watermark text.

    Note:

    While customizing the watermark, use the visualization as a guide. When you save or share a photo, the watermark adapts to the photo's dimensions. Therefore, the watermark text size may change depending on the length and width of the photo.

  5. After customizing your watermark text, tap the (<) back icon at the upper-left corner to return to the Sharing Options screen.

    The text watermark will now be added when you share photos or save photos to your mobile device.

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) to your device. 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 your mobile device.
  2. Tap () icon and then choose Save To Device from the options menu.
  3. In the Save To Device 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 Device.
  2. In the Save To Device 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 albums, the saved images are automatically added to the album and synced with Lightroom CC on 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 CC 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 CC for mobile app and tap Retry.
  • Lightroom does not have permissions to save photos in the Gallery: Provide permissions to Lightroom CC for mobile app in your device settings. Switch back to Lightroom CC for mobile app and tap Retry.

Export original photo

  1. Open a photo in the Loupe view (viewing a single photo) and tap () icon at the upper-right corner of the screen.

    Export Original option in the Loupe view
    Export Original option in the Loupe view
  2. From the options menu that appears, choose Export Original.  

    Note:

    The Export Original option is disabled for those synced originals that were added from Lightroom Classic CC on your desktop.

  3. The Export Original dialog appears, displaying the progress as your original photo is being prepared for export.

    (Optional) To cancel the export in progress, you can tap the Cancel option in the Export Original dialog.

    Export Original in progress
    Export Original in progress
  4. After the original has been successfully exported to your mobile device, the Export Original dialog displays the success message. Tap OK.    

    Original exported successfully
    Original exported successfully

Remove photos from albums

You can remove photos from an album when they are no longer required. Note that any photo removed from an album will continue to be available in the Lightroom CC app.  

Multiple Photos

  1. In the Grid view (viewing photographs in an album), 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 album.
  2. Once you've selected the photos, tap () icon.
  3. In the dialog that appears, choose one of the following:
    1. Remove From Album. Removes photos from the album but continues to be available in the Lightroom CC.
    2. Delete. Removes photos from All Photos view and any corresponding album.

Single Photo

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

 

Capture

Note:

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

Quickly access the in-app camera

App shortcuts

Note:

  • Beginning with version 3.2 of Lightroom CC for mobile (Android), the app shortcuts feature has been added for devices running Android versions 7.1.1 or later. However, the support for this feature on your Android device is enabled/set solely by the mobile device manufacturer.
  • To access the app shortcuts, you need to launch the Lightroom CC app at least once.    

Access app shortcuts from the home screen
Access app shortcuts from the home screen

On your device's home screen, long press on the Lightroom CC app icon to access the following shortcuts:

  • Selfie. Launches the in-app camera module with your device's front camera.
  • Lightroom Camera. Launches the in-app camera module with your device's back camera.
  • Add Photos. Launches the import interface where you can select and add images from device's photo gallery.

Camera widget

You can add the Lightroom Camera widget on your phone's home screen. Tapping the Lightroom Camera widget takes you directly to Lightroom's in-app camera.

Capture high-contrast scenes in the HDR mode

Note:

Currently, with the latest update, the HDR mode is available only for Samsung S8, Samsung S8+, Samsung S7, Samsung S7 Edge, Samsung Note 8, Google Pixel, Google Pixel 2, Google Pixel XL, Google Pixel 2 XL, Google Pixel 3, Google Pixel 3 XL, and One Plus 5 mobile devices.

HDR as Technology Previews feature: On other compatible Android mobile devices that meet the specifications listed below, the HDR mode is available as a Technology Previews feature that you can enable from the sidebar menu.  

  • 3 GB RAM or more
  • Android OS version 6.0 (Marshmallow) or later
  • App version is 'Arm8'.
  • DNG capture is supported

 To check the specification for your device: In the sidebar menu, go to Device Info & Storage > Device Info.

Use the HDR mode to capture High Dynamic Range photos using the in-app camera in Lightroom CC for mobile (Android).

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

  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for 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 Classic CC on your desktop. For more details about HDR merge in Lightroom Classic 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 Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC 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, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC 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 Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for mobile.

    In the Notification bar of your Android device, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for 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, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC 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 Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC 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 Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC 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 Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC 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 Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC 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 Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC 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.  

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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 Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC for mobile Android
(Android) Viewfinder Overlay options in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC 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 Albums 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.

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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, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC 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 Albums 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 original to device

Saves a copy of the original captured image on your device.  

Save unprocessed HDR

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

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

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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
Undo edit Ctrl+Z
Redo edit Ctrl+Shift+Z
Copy edits Ctrl+C
Paste edits Ctrl+V

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