How to Add Presets to Affinity Photo for iPad

The sheer abundance of tools at your fingertips can be overwhelming. Whether you’re an amateur or professional photographer, you want to make sure that you have the right tools.

Adding a few presets to your Affinity Photo for iPad can enhance your photo experience. It will also help you achieve the level of professionalism in your photos that you can be proud of. Here’s how to add presets to Affinity Photo. Since you will most likely spend a lot of time in the Photo Persona workspace, these tips apply to this workspace.

Adding presets to your Affinity Photo for iPad is straightforward once if you are familiar with the basic presets. Here we break down the steps in opening and saving presets and adding new ones for your projects.

How to Download Presets to Affinity Photo for iPad?

If you are new to editing photos on Affinity, you may want to download presets first. The first step is to find and get comfortable with preinstalled presets. Here is the simplest way to explore the preinstalled presets:

  1. Go to the “File” menu
  2. Click on “Open”
  3. Double-click the empty view (this only works in Normal Mode)
  4. Select the file you want and click or tap “Open”

Once you have opened the photo, you can tinker with the presets, which you can view under the “Adjustment” toolbar on the right. The basic presets allow you to adjust the tone, color, and exposure of your photos.

How to Add Presets to Affinity Photo?

Once you get a hang of the basic presets in Affinity Photo and want to move beyond the basics, you can explore and add new presets. To use additional presets that you download from the internet, you need to enable and use the LUT preset.

You can enable the LUT preset by scrolling down the “Adjustment” panel until you see the “LUT” option. You will not see any previews of this preset, but you can apply it using the following steps:

  1. Select “Layer”
  2. Select the “New Adjustment Layer”
  3. Select “LU”

A new window will appear once you click on the LUT preset. You can easily import new presets as long as the add-ons are .cube, .csp, .3dl, or .look files.

When you add a new preset, the current preset is automatically saved for later use. In some cases, you want to save current workspace arrangements as a preset. Simply click “View” then “Studio Preset” and then “Add Preset.”

Adding presets is as simple as using the LUT feature to import new presets into your Affinity Photo application. The types of presets you import is only limited by compatibility with your iPad and the content, theme, and cost of your project.

What Are the Types of Presets?

The types of presets that you can add to Affinity Photo for iPad is limitless. It will largely depend on the content and types of photos and designs you are working with. A wedding photographer will have a variety of presets for portraits, studios, couples, or even nature. If you are printing t-shirts or mugs for a school fundraiser, you are probably interested in presets involving pastels or primary colors.

For simple projects, like printing t-shirts or mugs for a fundraiser, preset packages are an easy and attractive option. Preset packaged that you find online are based on theme, style, or content, such as:

  • Matte
  • Landscape
  • Vintage

These happen to be among the most popular preset bundles and there is no limit, and you will find you have many choices on the web.

Presets are not limited to style, theme, or content. You can also use presets for some of the key photo editing functions. Cropping presets can make photo editing much easier, allowing you focus on the tone and color of your photos.


Adding presets to your Affinity Photo for iPad is easy once you know your way around the preinstalled presets of the software. While you can achieve great results simply using the basic presets, adding presets can help your designs and photos stand out if you are professional.