California Dreamin

California Dreamin


CCalifornia Dreamin is a collection of my go-to mobile presets. I found myself loving these with pretty much any type of photo. There is grain, there is clarity, there are smooth lines and there is a ton of color. There’s also a really sweet black and white which I’ve been working on for what feels like evaaaa!

Anyways, download em and you will be on your way to making some bomb ass photos regardless of if you actually ARE in Southern California or not. 

Oh and be sure to share your photo inspiration with these presets by tagging #KESpreset or #popitlikekatie and me @katherineelainephotography 

CLICK here for a detailed way to upload and use your presets…



These are LIGHTROOM mobile presets:

Please look at this to download…

Step 1: Download the DNG files to your phone

Most mobile presets you purchase (including ours) will come as DNG files that you can download directly to your phone. If that’s the case, skip directly to Step 2.

But some presets might be compressed into a ZIP file. Most cell phones are not able to open ZIP files. Here you have two options:

Option A

You can use apps like iZip to unzip the file directly on your phone. Click to download the file and then tap on Open in iZip:

Once you’ve unzipped the files on your phone, go to Step 2 to import them into Lightroom.

Option B

If you have a computer handy, download the ZIP file on your laptop and double-click to unzip it. That should create a folder of the same name with the DNG image files inside.

Now you need to transfer the DNG files to your phone via Dropbox.

Simply drag your DNG files into your Dropbox folder and wait for the files to sync. Once all your files are synced, go into your Dropbox folder in your phone app and export each DNG file into your phone. See detailed steps below:

Open the Dropbox app on your phone and tap on the 3 dots button next to each DNG file:

Step 2: Import the preset files into the Lightroom app 

At this point you should have all of your DNG files saved to your phone. If you go into your photo stream and see them as blank picture files, don’t be alarmed – that’s how they should look.

Open the Lightroom app and create a new album. In this case we’ll name it KES Presets.

Then open the new album, tap on the 3 dots in the upper right corner and then tap on Add Photos:

If you downloaded your DNG files through iZip to files, select From Files and then navigate to iZip files. If you downloaded them directly to your Camera Roll through Dropbox or download, select From Camera Roll:

Step 3: Create and save your Presets

Go into the album containing your newly imported DNG files. Open the first file:

Now tap on the 3 dots icon at the top right of the screen and then tap on Create Preset:

Next you will see the New Preset screen (shown below) which contains all the options you can use to customize your preset. You can give your preset a name (highly recommended) and save it into a Preset Group. You can save it in User Presets or you can create a new preset group and name it however you like. We recommend this if you have a lot of presets and want to keep them organized.

The checkboxes below determine which picture settings you’d like to save with this preset. Only the settings you choose here will be applied to the pictures you edit with this preset in the future.

I personally check all boxes except for Tools, Optics and Geometry. That’s because those parameters vary from picture to picture and I will probably never need to crop or tilt a picture exactly the same way as the preset for example.

When you’re done with the settings save your preset by tapping on the checkmark icon at the top right corner.

Repeat this step for each DNG file as you will need to save each preset separately. Don’t worry though, you only need to do this once!

Step 4: Using Lightroom Mobile presets

To use your new presets just go back into your library and open any photo you’d like to edit.

Find the Presets icon in the menu at the bottom of the screen and tap on it. Make sure the Preset Group that’s selected is the one where you saved your new presets. If you saved them in the User Presets group, select that.

Now you can edit the photo by tapping on a preset from the list and then tapping on the checkmark. You can still continue to edit the photo and make adjustments if you like, after you’ve applied the preset.

(I’ve found that a lot of my DNG files don’t even have a preview on Dropbox but when I upload them to Lightroom everything looks fine. Honestly, the Dropbox preview doesn’t matter much, and even the Lightroom preview is not important. The DNG file is just the carrier of your preset. Once the user saves the preset, they don’t even need the DNG anymore)