California Sunset is a free Lightroom preset that replicates the feel of summer by tinting your shots with sunset orange hues. Warm colors remain vivid yet less saturated, giving your photos a uniquely dramatic, on-screen, feel.

The right After photo is altogether brighter, more vivid and captivating. Blues now have a lighter shade, as is most apparent in the Santa Cruz Beach signage and the sky.

The preset infuses both highlights and shadows with brown tones, making photographic elements consistent with the overall sunset look. The specially-designed tone curve accentuates the orange hues in the photo, as we can observe on the girl's shirt and her hair color. Also notice how the folds and textures are more defined in the After photo.

See how the photo above transforms simply by applying this preset: from a typical snapshot of coconut trees to a scene that sets a mood or story. It works best with tropical shots, or any capture that requires sweltering drama.

Subject and background are made to complement better, too: the sunset hues blend jarring contrasts to give an overarching feel of summer. Whites are warmer, textures sharper. A bit of grain is added to accentuate detail.

With this free California Sunset preset, a regular cityscape photo can turn into a movie still. Colors are richer yet never harsh. It adds a layer of narrative to every scene, as a distinct visual representation of a season or locale.


You can absolutely use California Sunset 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 March 17, 2019


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