A cozy photo of a woman in winter clothing

Bright & Sweet is a free Lightroom preset that gives portraits a warm and inviting glow. It enhances skin tones and softens the the feel of the portrait. It also comes with a creamy tint that adds to the sweet mood of the image.

This preset is ideal for portraits with sufficient lighting and muted tones. With its tender aesthetic, you may also use it on wedding, newborn, and pet photography.

A Warm and Natural Look

Warm portrait of a woman with long hair and in white tank top

Natural Glow. The Before and After pictures above exude different moods. The After image, with the preset applied, is much more appealing because of its soft matte look. The subtle magenta tint further adds to its charm.

Smoother Skin. Pay attention to how this portrait enhances skin tones and makes makeup look natural. You can notice this best in the woman's softened eyeliners and her now-nude matte lipstick.

Expressive Details. Bright & Sweet preset also tweaks exposure, vibrance, and sharpening to reveal the subject's features. You can see in the After photo that there is now less shadow on the woman's face. We can also see the highlights, even strands, of her long hair.

Softens the Mood with a Pastel Hue

A man in a suit leaning against a red car

Light Mood. You may use this preset to soften the mood of a shot, too. More specifically, it will infuse a warm and cozy atmosphere.

Gentler Expressions. In the example above, see how the Before image looks quite formal, even with the man's candid smile. With the preset applied however, the After photo makes him seem more approachable. The focus is now his gentler expressions, not his imposing attire and vibrant car.

Pastel Tints. While the resulting photo looks somewhat muted, the preset retains some depth by tinting the highlights with orange, and the shadows with pink hues. This is why skin tones look warmer in tone, and why dark areas have hints of magenta.

Lightens the Look and Feel

A woman holding about to take off her sunglasses

Light Details. Look at how much of the woman's face is now revealed. We can finally fully see her expression after the brightening of this preset. The shadows are no longer as harsh, particularly at the lower part of her face. The black sunglasses do not look as jarring now, too. Her scarf, lastly, is more noticeable.

Warm Tints. Like in above examples, you can notice the intricate pastel hues that layer the image. This is most apparent on the subject's white top: it looks creamy now, close to a peach hue. The trees in the background appear lighter, too; this is because of the preset's adjustment in saturation and luminance.

Bright & Sweet is for Lightroom Mobile, Desktop and...

Like all our presets, you can absolutely use Bright & Sweet 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.

  • 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


This Free Lightroom Preset was last updated on July 4, 2020


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