Making Polarr Filters/Presets

Hello! Today I am taking a look at Polarr, a free photo editor for desktop/laptop or mobile. I am actually going to look at more than just the overall editor. I am going to show you how you can make filters to share to others!


To make a preset/filter, you need to edit a photo in the program. As you can see in the screenshot below, I have a photo open.

You may also see the photo that I was testing in the bottom left corner. I recommended this editor back in a post about three photo editors. I didn’t edit in the photo editor then… That post is kind of bad. Anyways, I did use it then but after switching to Photoshop Elements 2020 I actually completely forgot about the editor. I had to reinstall the new version and everything looked different, they really have improved this editor.

I went through some basic edits. I have all the settings on the right side. The edit came out with a lot of contrast and if you have been following the blog for a while, you know that I love contrasty photos!

I then scrolled down to the last sharpness color and added some vignetting. There are more edits, but nothing that I wanted in this photo.

I decided to leave the edits at that for this photo.

Creating a Filter/Preset:

Now comes the fun part: exporting the photo and applying the edits to another photo!

You first want to go to the filters section (red arrow) and then press “more filters” (green arrow).

Now you should have a screen that looks like this (minus the green circle):

You want to click the button that I have outlined in green, and then you should have this pop-up:

I tried to add my username, but it crashed the app. I had to reimport the photo, but the edits were still there. (luckily)

Note: Hi, this is future me, I did try in the mobile app and was able to change my username.

Here is the exported filter!

Okay! Now that we have an exported filter, we need to apply it to another photo.

Applying on PC:

Applying it is different on desktop and mobile, so I’ll show both.

To apply it in the same account on desktop, you just go to the custom filter tab, and you should see your filter! Like this:

Now click, and you should see you photo change and also, you should have a slider to adjust the filter!

I applied it at 83 on the slider and exported it! Here it is!

Applying on Mobile:

Next I’ll show you how to apply a filter on mobile. First import a photo or use a sample photo.

Next you should click on styles, and you should see this:

Click “Import Style” and you should get a few more options:

Press “Scan QR Code” and scan the code that you have (mine from above, one of yours, or one from the internet). Finally, you should get a comparison screen:

The filter needs to be taken down some in my case, so I saved it and got an adjustment slider to use.

Then you should be able to save and export!

Here is my final export!


I really hope that this post was useful! If you make some filters I’d love to see them! You can leave a comment with a link to it, tag me on Twitter (@WondersSmiles), or DM me on Instagram (@digitalwondersandsmiles).

I want to note that the poll that was up last week only works for wordpress web. That is why some of you couldn’t vote.

Thank you so much for reading! If you follow my newsletter, you can get three filters to use by joining here!

Thank you!

-Digital Wonders & Smiles

Published by Digital Wonders and Smiles

I am a photographer, writing a photography blog here on WordPress. I am based in the USA and take photos in my hometown. I also occasionally travel both domestically and internationally and write photoblog posts and make videos about these trips! On my blog, I cover everything from mobile photography to dslr photography to photography techniques for anyone!

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