20+ Best Lightroom Film Presets 2020
There’s certainly something special about analog film photography – the effortless vintage tones and natural yet artistic colors give each image an automatically professional finish. However, in this day and age, digital seems to be the way to go – when was the last time you took or processed photos using physical film?
Achieving an authentic film quality when processing digital photography is easier said than done – at least, it was until we discovered that there’s a huge range of professional Lightroom film presets ready to download and use!
Gone are the days of spending hours in a darkroom processing your photos with chemicals and crossed fingers, or trying to navigate your way around digital processing software only to end up with over-filtered, fake-looking images. Now, you can achieve professional and genuine-looking film quality photos in seconds, even if you’re brand new to photography!
For the best film-inspired Lightroom film presets, read on.
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The first in our list of the best Lightroom film presets emulates the effect of modern film, using minimalistic and moody elements to create a stylish sense of simplicity. It’s great for any kind of photography, but especially portraits, and best of all, you can get great results from this preset with a single click.
The Vintage Film Lightroom preset is an extensive set of classic film filters from a range of different vintage periods, perfect for giving your images a retro vibe! It features a non-destructive workflow, as well as detailed installation and usage instructions, for safe and easy processing.
For a natural and authentic film vibe, choose the Kin Lightroom preset. It offers cinematic toning, four major color styles, and a wide range of variations to match different lighting conditions and camera settings. It’s also compatible with Photoshop and can be used on PC, Mac, and mobile devices.
Cross-processing is an analog photography method which involves developing one type of film in a chemical solution intended for another type of film, often resulting in unpredictable and interesting end images. This Lightroom preset lets you yield the same creative results, but in a fraction of the time, and without a chemical in sight!
This classical film-inspired preset has been designed specifically to capture weddings, but can be used for any kind of outdoor or event photography. It creates natural and consistent images with clean and accurate skin tones for a stunning set of images to help the bride and groom remember their special day.
The Nature Lightroom film preset contains a range of filters that are ideal for processing photos of landscapes, foliage, wildlife, skies, and other nature scenes. Our favorite is Soft Forest Fog, which creates an ethereal glowing effect. The package also includes 12 high-resolution nature stock photos for you to use.
Duotone isn’t a native feature to Lightroom, so it can be tough to achieve this fun gradient result yourself. Luckily, the Faded Duotone preset includes a wide range of faded duotone filters for you to apply to any kind of photo, allowing you to create this effect effortlessly and transform your photos within seconds.
Ideal for any kind of family, group, or portrait photography, the Family Lightroom film preset works best in an outdoor setting and creates bright, modern images with toasted warm brown, orange, and gold tones. It’s also compatible with the mobile version of Lightroom, meaning it’s now even easier to edit your photos on the go.
When you think of Santorini, you can’t help but picture vibrant blue waters and rooftops against crisp white buildings, and that’s exactly what the Santorini preset is designed to bring to your photos! This high-performance tool includes a wide variety of filters and can be applied to any kind of image.
For an authentic vintage flavor, the Analogue package is one of the most versatile Lightroom film presets available and includes a range of filters to replicate the retro qualities of analog film. It features a fully non-destructive workflow and is compatible with several different file formats.
The next of our Lightroom film presets is another favorite for nature or outdoor photography and gives your images a stylized, elegant quality. It allows you to transform your photos within a single click, using any of the professional and unique filters included with the package.
An effective black and white preset is an essential tool for any photographer, and this option is one of the best available. It features a range of authentic filters that replicate some of the most iconic vintage photography films, including Kodak, Ilford, and Agfa, and will give your images a stunning retro feel.
Another retro favorite, this preset allows you to achieve authentic and professional results in a matter of seconds, on any kind of photo. It works especially well for bloggers and lifestyle photography, with clean, modern adjustments to give each image a unique vintage quality.
For a moody, matte film look, give this Lightroom preset bundle a try. It contains a huge range of natural and expertly designed filters to give your images various film qualities, from retro tones with signature Kodachrome yellows, to cross-processed and faded looks reminiscent of old expired films.
The Clean Tones Lightroom film preset does exactly what it says – it gives your photos a clean film look, emphasizing neutral colors and adding bright, professional-looking tones to achieve high quality and natural result. It’s ideal for fashion and portrait photography.
This preset is designed to improve the photo processing and editing workflow by providing bright, modern, and trendy qualities in an instant, giving your images a retro film mood. It emphasizes pastel colors, desaturation and matte effects, creamy skin tones, and soft hues to create a highly versatile and professional look.
As the name suggests, the next of our Lightroom film presets gives your photos warm and cozy vibes, using beautiful warm tones and cinematic effects across a wide range of customizable filters. It includes opacity adjustment settings, fast rendering profiles, and skin tone protection for natural results.
Designed to emulate the effects of classic magazine photography, the Magazine Lightroom preset adds a chic, stylish quality to your images through a set of professional filters that each emphasize different color tones, drawing inspiration from high fashion brands and vintage film makers.
Achieve an authentic Japanese vibe with this set of moody, modern filters designed to emphasize pastel tones and add a stunning matte finish to each image, for a natural and subtly exotic look. Skin tone protection is included, and each of the filters includes adjustable opacity levels.
The last of our Lightroom film presets is named Sea Salt, and renders your photos in the manner of a rugged and fresh-aired coastline. Featuring cool, natural tones and a moody, romantic atmosphere, it’s brilliant for portraits and fashion photography, as it protects the natural skin tones within each image while transforming the overall vibe.
So, there you have it- some of the best options for Lightroom film presets, if you’re looking to emulate the qualities of authentic film photography or simply add a unique quality to your images. From vintage to black and white to modern, there’s an option for every kind of photo aesthetic, and they’re all so easy to use that you’ll be transforming your photos into professional-looking masterpieces within a flash!
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