Urban or street photography has its own demands. The photo should look as dynamic as the scene that is often dense with elements and accent lighting. The bold tones and heightened colors portray the atmosphere and experience.
There are just so many looks to try for this type of photography. To make it easy for you, here are the best and free urban Lightroom presets that you can use for various scenes, from wide-angle cityscapes to snapshots of street art. There are warm and cool themes, light and dark motifs.
You can get all of these presets and experiment on different looks. Simply download, install them in Lightroom, and select the style that you want to apply. If you need help, you can check out our guide to learn how to install Lightroom presets.
Urban Street Presets
Best for: Street Photography, Cityscapes, Outdoor Portraits
Style: Blue hues, Clear and Bold Tones
Urban Cool is our most popular urban preset, and even the most downloaded of all types. Its cool hues create a unique and attractive modern aesthetic. It also has bold tones that just add a lot of drama and appeal.
Best for: Urban scenes, Night Photography, Urbanscapes, Cityscapes
Style: Blue with Orange Accents, Matte
Street preset applies cool color temperatures that emphasize blue and aqua tones. Its colors add life and vibrance to urban photos, even when scenes are mostly gray with concrete and simple urban elements.
Best for: Empty Streets, Urban Areas, Natural Sunlight
Style: Vibrant, Finely Textured, Dark Tones
Quiet Street gives photos a mysterious look and feel to urban and street photography. It produces vibrant colors, contrasting tones, and crisp details that fully bring out the atmosphere of an empty city.
Best for: Street Art, Graffiti, Signages, Colorful Urban Scenes
Style: Vivid Colors, High-Contrast, Warm Hues
Street Art urban preset has a bold and punchy aesthetic that you expect from any street art. Colors pop, you get high contrast and saturation, and the tones are bold to enhance definition.
Cinematic Urban Presets
Best For: Urban Scenes, Travel Photography, Instagram
Style: Orange and Teal Motif, Cinematic Tones
Orange and Teal preset is the most popular in our collection, an all-time favorite among our users. It is a beautiful modern take on everyone’s favorite orange and teal color motif. It always makes photos dramatic, moody, and cinematic. Every urban element can look artistic with this preset.
Dark and Moody Urban Presets
Best for: Cityscapes, Street Photography, Urban Portraits
Style: Dark, Stark Tones, Crisp Details, Dramatic Colors
Street Blue is one of the darkest and moodiest urban preset that we have. Its modern aesthetic includes some industrial look and feel, too. You can use this to make street and urban photography bold enough to grab someone’s attention.
Best for: Urban Scenes, Natural Light
Style: Natural, Deeper Dark Regions, Dramatic Lighting
TVK Drama adds drama to urban photography by producing a dark but vibrant style. It keeps the natural look of your shots but adds bolder colors. If you want a more conservative enhancement for your street photography, this is the preset to use.
Best for: Urbanscapes, Horizons, Landscapes, Cityscapes, Nighttime
Style: Radiant Warm Greens, Crisp and Clear Tones
Fooled by Dark layers some green hues in photos to make them look cinematic. It is a colorful and stunning effect. It makes skies look vibrant and even magical.
Best for: Urban Scenes, Cityscapes
Style: Dim, Warm, Deep Tones
Rising Star preset adds a dark and moody look to cityscape and street photography. It adds this modern mysterious feel to all urban scenes, from a snapshot of your neighborhood to a scenic view of the city.
Best For: Street Photography, Urbanscapes, Detailed Photos
Style: Modern, Dark, Textured, Metallic
Urban Life is a detailed modern preset that adds a dramatic or moody feel to urban scenes. It has a dark and silver aesthetic that also serves as a moody motif.
Best for: Abandoned Buildings, Highly Textured Photos
Style: Dark, Grungy, Moody, Industrial, Faded
Abandoned brings out gritty textures of urban photos. This industrial, metallic, effect comes with crisp details and bold shadows that create the dark and moody look. It can also make abandoned places haunting because of its grungy aesthetic.
Urban Portrait Presets
Best for: Light Urban Scenes, Portraits, Natural Light
Style: Warm, Soft, Light and Airy, Brown Accent Tones
Urban Warm has warm coffee brown hues that bring travel photos to life. It works so well on photos that feature scenic urban scenes and architecture. Its cozy and inviting style also makes it ideal as a filter for multiple photos, an Instagram feed, or even a travel blog.
Best for: Street Photography, Street Art, Outdoor Urban Portraits
Style: Sharp, High-Contrast, Vivid Colors, Crisp Tones
Downtown enhances and amplifies the look and feel of urban scenes and portraits. It keeps the photo’s natural look but makes its tones and colors stunningly vivid and punchy.
Best for: Urban Portraits
Style: Vintage, Cinematic, Dim, Matte, Soft, Natural
Dark Dream gives photos a dark and dreamy feel because of its soft matte tones. This preset actually has a light vintage film look, unlike what its name suggests. It creates this wonderful blend of tones for a mysterious and moody atmosphere.
HDR Urban Presets
Best for: Urban Scenes, Cars, Bikes, Sports
Style: Crisp Textures, Bold Tones, Punchy Colors
The HDR preset is all you need to amplify every photographic element and add a dramatic look. It is a one-click HDR wonder. This is definitely the preset for you if you want to make the most of your shot’s textures and tones.
Best for: Cityscape, Urban Scenes, Architecture, Interiors
Style: Modern, Intense Blue Tones, Cool Vibrant Colors
HDR Grand Hotel produces intense blue hues and makes cityscapes, street photos, and urban scenes vibrant in every way. Even interiors and architecture look stunning with this very polished preset!
Black and White Urban Presets
Best for: Photojournalism, Street Photography, Portraits, Urbanscapes
Style: Black and White, Monochrome, High-contrast Tones, Sharp Textures
Documentary preset is best for taking artistic yet realistic portrayals of journalistic moments. Colors are muted to excellently capture emotions in photos.
Best for: Urban Night Scenes
Style: Bold Tones, High-Contrast, Vibrant
B&W Nights black and white preset is specially designed for night photography. Its tones range from true blacks and brilliant whites, so you get a deep contrast. It works best on nighttime urban scenes with accent lighting, like street lamps or headlights.
Best for: Portraits, Urban Photos, Landscapes
Style: Vivid, Bold Tones, Modern
Dark Contrast transforms colored photos to high-contrast black and white. It has intensely vivid tones that complement its converted blue and green tones. If you want a bold monochrome look, you should try this black and white preset.
Best for: Outdoor, Landscapes, Cityscapes, Urban Spaces, Street Photography
Style: Brilliant, Wide Tonal Range
B&W Orange Filter is the preset you should use if you want to have the orange filter effect without having to invest in any gear. It converts colored images to high-contrast black and white as it recreates the look of photos shot through an orange filter.
How do I install Lightroom presets?
Don’t worry, it is easy to install Lightroom presets! You can learn how to use Lightroom presets on both mobile and desktop. Simply refer to our step-by-step guide.