A vibrant black and white image of a vintage car


Camaïeu is a free Lightroom preset that transforms your photos into monochrome black and white with balanced tones and textures. This preset’s monochrome settings are best used for outdoor portraits as it uses a range of black, white, and gray tints to bring out that classic old film look.

Collection: Black and White Presets
Best for: Portraits, Indoor and Outdoor
Style: Bright, Vivid, High Contrast

This preset works well on prints or your digital photos as it enhances and illuminates warm and cool tones in varying degrees to bring out that classic retro style. So if you have lots of outdoor lifestyle shots, this black and white filter is perfect for your photo displays at home or Instagram feed!

Applies Custom Color Luminance Settings

A vibrant black and white image of three women walking in street in cocktail dresses

Bold Tints. The Camaïeu preset converts its settings to black and white mode then adjust specific color tones in the mix channels. This means certain colors appear brighter or darker once the preset is applied.

Looking at in the example above, it is evident in the After photo how the blue and purple tones come off as richer and darker once the Camaïeu preset is applied.  This is because the preset deepens purple, magenta, and blue tones which results in bolder contrasts.

A vibrant black and white photo of a woman at a carnival

Distinct Darks. In addition to the preset’s color settings, it is visible in the example above how the blue tones perform. It transforms in rich dark pigments as seen in the woman’s shirt and jeans, and creates a contrast and focal point on the woman.

Creates Contrast With Highlights

A black and white portrait of a woman with her reflection showing in the water

Sunny Silhouette. The Camaïeu preset increase highlights and white hues in its custom tone curve settings. This means some elements in the image appear to have darker or lighter hues once the monochrome filter is applied.

The example above shows how the After photo creates two scenes, having the silhouette in the water as a form of contrast compared to the upper part of the photo. Because of the preset’s custom adjustments, the overall image still keeps its sunny vibe with a twist of a vintage camera effect.

Illuminates Soft Clean Tones

A vivid black and white photo of a woman with her hair tied up into a bun

Simple and Refined. Camaïeu reduces the luminance of orange, yellow, green, and some red tones in the black and white mix channels. Because of these adjustments, the preset brings out different degrees of black and white shades that create a more refined overall look.

If you look closely at the After photo, the woman’s skin tone now shows different subtle shades of gray which brings out more depth. Her hair displays more texture, and also gives a contrasting effect through the range of black and white hues that popped out. The preset’s overall adjustments on warm tones produce a tempered sophisticated vintage look.

Adds Texture To Your Images

Textured Tones. The Camaïeu preset modifies its tone curve settings by reducing darks and shadows and increasing highlights. This means creating more contrast with dark tones. The preset also increase sharpening and bringing out small details and textures in your rendered images.

The example above shows how the rocks in the After photo are now visibly rough, creating a new focus on the rocks. The man’s clothes are bolder and darker creating a high contrast look on the overall image.

Camaïeu Preset is for Lightroom Mobile, Desktop and…

Like all our presets, you can absolutely use Camaïeu 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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