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Mobile Photography: Creating Black & White Images Using Lightroom Mobile

Lesson 9 of 15

Processing Black and White Part 6 - Presets


Mobile Photography: Creating Black & White Images Using Lightroom Mobile

Lesson 9 of 15

Processing Black and White Part 6 - Presets


Lesson Info

Processing Black and White Part 6 - Presets

Let's talk about presets, default saved and user. So exciting. All right, so the presets are those little editing modules already moved or chosen or picked or controlled. However you want to phrase it, and you can get some pretty cool effects with it. And, um, light room is awesome. Light room comes with a bunch of default presets already loaded across the entire ecosystem, so that is a color creative black and white default curves, grain optics, sharpening and vignette. And then there are saved presets, which you can save from the light room Discovery files. And there's a whole class on this on presets and profiles. If you'd like to check this out in depth, and then there are user presets and the user presets are the ones that you have saved. So even though the saved presets seems like that would be, your saved is not. Yours are going to be under the user presets, and you can also purchase presets, and they show up in different areas, depending on how they're made again. You'll find t...

hat in the the preset and profile course here at creative life. But let's get into this a little bit so when you look at this, um, and you have your image and you click on the black and white. Since this is a black and white class, you'll notice that you have 10 different default settings already there. And they're so cool. Landscape, high contrast punch, etcetera. Now you can still edit these. They just get you started. So, for example, this is an original image. And then I used a high contrast black and white, because I thought it looked pretty cool. And this is a sample of the default black and white presets, and there's some pretty nice looks again, these are not one and done. You can click on them, use them and then continue editing on all the modules Now custom presets. These are really good to do if you have a series you want to do and you know you're going to continually reuse them, and it's really simple. Basically, you do your edit, whatever that edit might be. And once you're happy with that, look, you just click on the three buttons here on the right hand side and you'll notice this little Dia blog. Bob Dialog Box shows up and what that will do is you just click what editing changes you want to record on this preset, and then once you're happy with that, you just click on the button saying, Create preset. I would encourage you to label it with something that makes sense for you and then Bada Bing. These presets will be across the entire light room ecosystem that you have using your adobe account. It's really easy.

Class Description


  • Take black & white photos using the Lightroom mobile app and presets.
  • Use profiles and presets to start your creative editing, save custom presets for black and white.
  • Use the Color and Light modules to create mood and lighting effects that mimic black and white film.
  • Selectively edit only parts of photos to create mood and lighting effects.
  • Practice and experiment by creating multiple versions of your black and white photos.


Open your eyes to the stunning effects you can create when you master the process of thinking in black and white. There’s an art to composing and exposing shots for optimum black and white conversion, an art that will elevate your work. Creating fantastic black and white conversions using Lightroom Mobile is about way more than pushing a button.

Go beyond applying black and white filters or presents and learn how to create fantastic black and white images by using professional techniques in Lightroom, even while working on your phone. Learn techniques guaranteed to infuse your black and white images with more drama. More emotion. More SOUL. You’ll never see a black and white photo the same way again.


  • Intermediate users who already have a basic understanding of Lightroom, Lightroom Mobile
  • Portrait, Editorial, Landscape, and travel photographers taking advantage of the expediency of mobile editing.
  • Anyone who wants to create branding, editorial, fine art series or social campaigns looks quick and easily. All on mobile.


Lightroom Mobile v6 (premium version)
*Class taught on an iPhone, but information is valid for all devices that can use Lightroom Mobile/Lightroom CC


Lisa Carney is a high end retoucher who has spent over two decades working with the most dynamic players in the print, motion picture, and television industries.

Besides being a regular presenter at the Adobe MAX conference, her teaching roster runs the gamut from beginners to professional retouchers, and includes universities, design studios, movie studios, corporations, and private students.

Lisa has worked with all major movie studios and many television networks including Disney, Buena Vista, Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight, Sony, Universal, Newline, Columbia, MGM, ABC Television, ESPN, TNT, CNN, CBS, CW, Warner Brothers and Sony.

Advertising credits include Burger King, Baskin-Robbins, Lowes, Jordana Cosmetics, Strategic Perceptions, Mattel, Chrysler, Mercedes, Mazda and Best Buy.


  1. Introduction

    Introduction to the class and what we will cover. Conversation on black & white photography, samples.

  2. What Makes a Good Black and White Photo?

    Inspiration, technique, zone system finding a look.

  3. Capturing in Black and White with Lightroom Mobile

    Exploring different methods for capturing black & white images on Lightroom Mobile.

  4. Processing Black and White Part 1 - Profiles

    Utilizing profiles to create stunning black & white conversions

  5. Processing Black and White Part 2 - Color Filter Profiles

    Using color filter profiles on your images.

  6. Processing Black and White Part 3 - Processing Color

    Using the Color Module for making black and white images.

  7. Processing Black and White Part 4 - Processing Light

    Adjusting with the light module to create dramatic film looks. Clarity and grain.

  8. Processing Black and White Part 5 - Effects

    A full walk through the effects panel.

  9. Processing Black and White Part 6 - Presets

    The power of presets: Default, Saved, and User-Custom

  10. Image Versions & Sharing Your Images
  11. 3rd Party Apps to Add Dimension & Texture


  12. 3rd Party Apps to Add Illustration or Monoprint Looks

    Prisma & Lens Distort

  13. Sample Black & White Edit
  14. Sample Emulation Edit

    Emulating an Anne Brigman photographic style

  15. Wrap Up


Gretchen Shepherd

This is one of the BEST classes on Creative Live, and I have a Creators Pass and have taken tons! As a retired teacher I really appreciated Lisa's teaching style and the clear use of tech aides (circle, highlights etc) to lead me through the steps used on LR mobile. Her clear descriptions make the class easy to follow. I have also used LR mobile for several years and learned at least 3 new things in the first few minutes! In addition Lisa's in-depth knowledge of BNW and how to apply the principles of BNW to color conversions was wonderful. I have shot BNW for years in film and digital and also taught darkroom at the college level (ages ago) and Lisa's teaching and skills rank up there with the best. I learned even more the second time through and will come back to this class frequently and grab any others that Lisa Carney teaches. Highly recommend!

nancy brindisi

I have always loved black and white photography and so many of the other courses I have taken on Creative Live touch on black and white but it is never as in-depth as I would like it so I was very excited to see this course offered in Lisa's mobile series. I love how explains the black and white presets you can shoot pictures through in the LR camera, the profiles and then the presets in post. Her knowledge of light and how color adjustments even on a B&W photo affect how that light is shown is very informative. This course finally gave me more detailed knowledge and inspiration to do so much more with my B&W pictures. Thank you for another great class!

Deanna Gordon

I loved the information, the tips and tricks and the delivery. I cant wait to do some more of her classes.