wtf is a preset

I hate to be the one to break this to you guys but VSCO is a dying app. A fallen soldier, as one may say. Pouring one out for my first real editing app. RIP.

Before you send me hate mail let me explain.

VSCO is great. It’s like the gateway drugs of editing apps. It’s got all the fancy features you need to post a nice picture. It’s just not enough anymore.

Out with the old and in with the new. Get with the times kids.

You need to download lightroom CC. I’m obviously not being paid to write anything so this isn’t some sell out article. I just think this app should get the recognition it deserves. It’s a fetus version of the editing software that professional photographers use on their computer.

Today I’m gonna teach you how to download a “preset”, which is a word somewhat equivalent to a filter. Presets aren’t like slapping a color tinted filter on your photo, it’s more like manipulating the photo itself. And a preset is one that someone already manipulated for you. It’s fancy editing for lazy people like you and me.



Find a preset that sparks your fancy. This can be done by googling “free mobile lightroom presets”, or by purchasing them from some instagrammer, like gypsea lust . *if you’re reading this, gypsea lust, send them my way, plz and thx*

Here’s a really cool one I found online for free, so you can download this one to get the steps down.—> CLICK ME


Once you download this onto your computer airdrop that bish to your phone. You can also email it if you’re into that kinda thing.

It should pop up on your camera roll looking like a normal picture, but it isn’t, I promise.

Click into the lightroom CC app. Tap the bottom right icon that looks like a photo with a plus sign on it, and then select the picture you just downloaded by tapping it and then hitting the top right check mark.

Head back into your lightroom photos by hitting all photos and pull up said picture. This is what it should look like.


Tap the three dots in the top right corner and then page down to copy settings. I find it easier to past the settings onto a photo of your own.

Select any of your own pictures you’ve uploaded in the lightroom CC app and then hit the three dots again and scroll on down to paste settings.

You should see your photo change colors and take on the new preset, kinda like a filter. If you hold your finger down on the picture you will be able to see a before and after.

Lastly, in order to save this preset for future pictures, click back to our trusty three dots and hit create preset.

Name it scootie you rock, and you’re good to go!

Now that you have it saved, if you ever want to throw it up on a different picture, pull that picture up on the app and hit the preset button on the bottom far right of your tool bar. You’ll have to scroll to find it.

Presets are a little more complicated than filters. Most likely you will have to go in and alter the light and colors in the tool bar tab in order to make it fit your specific photo’s lighting. One preset isn’t going to automatically fit all your pictures.

I hope this helped you guys through this tough time mourning the future death of VSCO.


Happy editing!


P.S. If you find any sick free lightroom CC mobile presets . . . ill show you mine if you show me yours ;))))







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