Chocolate Matte is a free Lightroom preset that adds a timeless feel to your photos without reducing clarity. It uniquely brings out the warmth of the captured moment, making even the simplest shot look like a cinematic scene. A warm subtle haze blends with the images for a crisp vintage look while emphasizing brown tones.
This elegant look will look great on both indoor and outdoor shots. You won’t need to worry about lighting much; Chocolate Matte moderates light and dark tones, and the shadows look stylish with a tinge of violet hues. More on this on the examples below.
Enhances Depth and Detail
Intricate Details. Shadows are heightened with a slight violet hue to add depth to the photo. The folds of the girl’s clothes become more vivid and the textures are sharper. Overall clarity is increased, which is most prominent in the framed image of the shoes. All these features are blended by autumn-like tones.
Try this filter on your images that have a wide spectrum of dark tones. You will get most of the unique color adjustments this way. The result you will get will always be crisp and captivating, too. This motif will absolutely look attractive for social media like Instagram.
Brings Out the Timeless Feel with Warm Lighting
Warm and Dramatic. The temperature of this preset is primarily warm. In the After photo above, the subject becomes emphasized with some vignetting. Lighting is also evened out throughout the image. Even with some noise reduction, the details remain sharp: see the smoke covering the girl’s face and the loose strands of her hair.
Gives Your Photos a Dramatic Mood
Cinematic Drama. This preset can also be used to add a dramatic and pensive mood to images. It dramatically subdues lighting and tans skin tones. With saturation and highlights muted, shadows tend to add more depth. You can see this clearly in the folds of the girl’s clothes, and the details of the woodwork behind her.
Brightens Scenes and Impressions
Brightening. This Chocolate Matte presets increases exposure and color luminance to brighten photos and give them a soft glow. This is effective for outdoor shots where harsh lights or shadows could ruin the mood that you want to achieve. The nostalgic motif of this preset complements a scene’s romantic mood.
Enhances Hues in Outdoor Photography
Vivid Outdoors. The dominant orange and brown hues, along with crisp bold details, make this free Chocolate Matte preset suitable for nature shots.
The trees in the After photo, for example, have become more vivid. The trunks’ textures are sharper, almost palpable. To balance out the starkness, the preset slightly decreases blacks as well. This is visible on the jacket of the subject above.
Travel photographer, endo_traveler, uses the Chocolate Matte preset on both portraits and landscapes whenever he wants a calm and soft look for his photos. He also applies it to draw attention to his subject.
“For portraits, I like to use Chocolate Matte to emphasize the subject at the center and to add softer, calmer, hues than the original image. For landscapes or architecture, it renders a better color shift.”
Check out his photo of the Chiang Kai-Sheck Memorial Hall below, enhanced by the Chocolate Matte preset:
Chocolate Matte is for Lightroom Mobile, Desktop, and…
Like all our presets, you can absolutely use Chocolate Matte 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