A bright photo of a couple in denim jackets


Brightening is a free Lightroom preset that brings photos to life by amplifying light and colors. Visual elements become vivid without being too intense. Textures are also moderately softened to make hues appear mild and flowing. This is the perfect filter to use if you want to emphasize a joyful, festive, mood in the scenes you capture.

This all-around preset can be used in any type of photography because it does not drastically modify colors. It has been designed to boost the fundamental elements of any image. Try it on both indoor and outdoor captures, from portraits to landscapes.

Adds Refreshing Tropical Hues

A woman in yellow sweater,, with a rock formation in the background

Cool Tones. For outdoor shots, we can sum up this preset’s look and feel in one word: tropical. It gives off the vibe of a bright and sunny day, cool crystal clear waters, and a soft refreshing breeze. An adjustment in exposure infuses more light to the image, while a soft green tint gives a cool color temperature.

To complement these tweaks, Brightening preset also reduces the photo’s noise. This smoothens and softens some textures to make scenes appear lively. You can see that the After photo above now appears vibrant and cheerful.

Adjusts Depth for More Expressive Photos

A couple's brightened portrait

Vibrant Portraits. You can right away notice the brighter and cooler tones in the example above. In addition to these, Brightening also broadens the visual depth in an image. For this, it moderately intensifies shadows and whites. You can notice this most on the man’s clothing and the white wall in the background. See how darker the blacks have become, too, on the woman’s top and the windows behind them.

The preset’s softened textures and brighter hues work well on portraits. See how it enhances the After photo: faces are brightened, skin tones are smoother, and colors are livelier. Try it on your next photoshoot or even an Instagram upload.

Produces Stark Blue Tones 

A man wearing a black coat with a vibrant blue background

Punchy Blues. The deeper blacks look captivating against stark cool tones. To generate this effect, the Brightening preset adjusts cool hues in various levels. Among these is the is the adjustment in camera calibration, with a move from the green to the blue channel. You can see the punchier blues on the man’s denim, the door behind him, and even on the now-blue brick walls.

Adds Bold Green Tones

A high-contrast portrait  of a woman peering through the top of her sunglasses

Vivid Greens. This last example shows how well Brightening preset amplifies colors. You can notice how the preset uses to balance the punchy blue tones demonstrated in the previous example. This broadened green spectrum serves as a nice in-between; it sits between warm and cool hues, after all. To make this happen, the preset maximizes the color’s saturation and luminance.

To polish the look further, Brightening boosts contrasts and heightens the shadows in the tone curve. These serve as the finishing touches to this bold look.

Photographer Reviews

Expert photo editor i.do.note submitted a photo and review below:

“Your brightening preset is just perfect for this image! Thanks for sharing it” 


Here’s their stunning image using the Brightening Preset:

Photographer using Brightening Preset

Brightening Preset is for Lightroom Mobile, Desktop and…

Like all our presets, you can absolutely use Brightening 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.

  • 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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