A gritty and grungy image of an abandoned brick building


Abandoned is a free Lightroom preset that brings out gritty, grungy, textures in any photo. This industrial effect produces crisp details and bold shadows that give a dark and dramatic look. The color treatment is also similar to the classic vintage aesthetic to further evoke a timeless, nostalgic, feel.

Collection: Urban Presets
Best for: Abandoned Buildings, Highly Textured Photos
Style: Dark, Grungy, Moody, Industrial, Faded

This preset is ideal when taking photos of rugged objects and interiors, especially if you want to create a strong sensation of space, emptiness, and melancholic nostalgia. Try it on your recent urban and rural photos that contain intricate textures. With its unique effect, you will be surprised how this Abandoned preset can instantly flip the mood around. It will be an impressive addition to your Instagram feed.

Gives a Bold and Nostalgic Atmosphere

A dark and detailed photo of an abandoned room

Dramatic Dark Tones. This Abandoned preset gives pictures a haunting feel. With all the grungy textures, you will get the impression of desolation in varying degrees.

With this, it also evokes a nostalgic air; this effect will make you wonder what was once present, or what occurred. You may therefore use this when you want to artistically document scenes in photojournalism.

To produce this effect, the preset adds some brown and gray tones in highlights and shadows. The After photo above projects more of the brown hues, given its accent lighting.

Sharpens Textures of Rugged Objects

A highly detailed photo of an old telephone cabinet

Industrial & Weathered. As mentioned above, the preset infuses gray hues in highlights and shadows, too. You will see more of the gray tones in the example above.

In addition to the tinting, Abandoned preset also increases exposure and contrast to reveal as much of the natural texture as possible. Then, to further this, it boosts sharpening and clarity to make details appear stark and tactile.

Look at the result you get in the above After photo: vivid grays, crisp textures, and an industrial look and feel.

Produces Striking Vivid Hues

A grungy and colorful staircase

Punchy Hues. The Abandoned preset also amplifies the photo’s colors along with its textures. As a result, they will appear stark and vibrant, with visual elements popping out to captivate the audience.

To bring out the gloomy feel, this dark filter decreases the image’s overall vibrance. This does not necessarily mute the colors, only darkens them.

The Abandoned preset, moreover, finely adjusts colors in multiple levels:

  • Decreases saturation of warm and cool colors, except yellow
  • Increases yellow and aqua luminance
  • Decreases purple and green luminance.

You can see how these improvements look in the example above.

Creates a Dark and Moody Scene

A dimmed photo of a dark attic with graffiti

Dark Grunge. The preset largely creates the gloomy look and grungy feel by manipulating the available light in the photo. Highlights and whites are darkened, while blacks and shadows are deepened.

As finishing touches, this stark Abandoned preset accentuates the image’s grittiness with some grain, and frames the dramatic scene with vignetting.

Abandoned preset is for Lightroom Mobile, Desktop and…

Like all our presets, you can absolutely use Abandoned preset as is, right out of the box. With any preset, you might need to make adjustments to accommodate your specific camera, settings, lighting and subject matter.

If you want more presets like this, be sure to check out our urban presets for Lightroom.

  • Entirely Adjustable
  • Compatible with Lightroom 4, 5, 6 and CC
  • Performs with both PC, Mac and Mobile
  • Applicable to both RAW and JPG images
  • 100% Free
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