Apply selective edits to your photos. Enhance your photos with selective edits, color and tonal adjustments, and fix camera lens flaws. Work with presets and profiles.

Panels in Loupe view

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 the 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 the Info panel.

Rate and Review

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

Activity

Post and view comments on your photos that are part of a shared group album. For more information, see Activity 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

Work with 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 for mobile (Android)
    Crop photos in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for mobile (Android)

  3. Do one of the following for additional options:

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

Work with Profiles on your photo

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

Apply Profiles

Note:

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

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

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.

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

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

    Creative profiles for raw and non-raw photos

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

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

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

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

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


    Note:

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

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

    Tap a profile to apply it to your photo. 

  4. 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 for mobile but they will still be visible in Lightroom 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.

Work with Presets on your photo

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

Apply presets

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

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

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

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

  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 for mobile but they will still be visible in Lightroom 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.

Duplicate preset handling

If you attempt to create a duplicate preset with the same name under the same preset group, a Duplicate Preset Name dialog box opens with options to:

  • Replace - Select this option to keep only the latest preset with the same name in the group
  • Duplicate - Select this option to keep two presets with the same name listed in the same group
  • Rename - Select this option to append a numeric extension to the name by default or rename it yourself

Hide partially compatible presets

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

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

  2. Tap the three-dots () icon in the Presets panel to bring up the options menu. 

  3. Tap Show Partially Compatible Presets to not view the partially compatible presets in the Presets panel.

    Show Partially Compatible Presets turned on by default
    Tap the three-dots icon to access the option. By default, Show Partially Compatible Presets is turned on.

To view all presets again at any time, tap Show Partially Compatible Presets

Adjust the tonal range of your photo

Apply Auto settings

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

The Auto settings feature in Lightroom 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 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

Adjust the tonal scale of a photo 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.

Fine tune color in your photo

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

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

Apply effects on your photo

  1. 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:

    Texture

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

    Clarity

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

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

    Dehaze

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

    Vignette Amount

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

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

    Grain 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.
       

Apply Noise Reduction and sharpen your photo

In Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 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 common camera lens defects

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 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 for mobile displays the message Built-in Lens Profile Applied in the Optics panel.

  4. (Optional) If Lightroom 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 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, 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

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 for mobile (Android)
    Upright modes in Lightroom 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 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.

Copy and paste edits

Lightroom for mobile (Android) allows you to copy the edits that you've applied on a photo and paste it across multiple photos. You can also choose which edit settings you want to copy from a photo.

  1. Select a photo from which you want to copy the edit settings.

  2. Tap the three-dots () icon at the upper-right corner and choose Copy Settings.

  3. From the Copy Settings dialog that appears, tap Select at the top and choose any of the following:

    • All: Selects all the edit settings groups.
    • Default: Selects the default set of edit settings. Tools and Geometry settings are excluded by default.
    • Modified: Selects only the edits settings that you've modified or applied on the selected photo.
    • None: Deselects all the edit settings.

    You can also manually select or deselect specific settings by expanding the edit setting groups.

    Copy Settings
    Choose Edit Settings to Copy
  4. After making the selection, tap  icon.

  5. Select one or more photos to which you want to paste the copied edit settings.

     

  6. Tap the three-dots () icon at the upper-right corner and choose Paste Settings.

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.   

Note:

To learn how to edit photos in Lightroom on your iPad or iPhone, and desktop, see Edit photos in Lightroom for mobile (iOS) and Edit photos in Lightroom (desktop).

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