An ornate Christmas wreath on a red car's hood

Christmas Mood

Christmas Mood free Lightroom preset brings out the festive atmosphere of Christmastime in your winter holiday photos. It makes the most of the season’s vivid colors and, of course, of the winter season’s snow. The tones it produces also enhance daylight, so well that your outdoor photos will not only look bright but also joyfully radiant.

Collection: Winter Presets, Christmas Presets
Best for: Outdoor, Well-Lit Places, Colorful Scenes
Style: Vivid, Colorful, Moderately Warm

If you are looking for the right preset this Christmas, you should definitely try Christmas Mood. It is versatile enough for various types of photography but looks best on well-lit outdoor photos. This is perfect, too, if you have a lot of travel photos this holiday season — it will look great as an Instagram filter that will give your post a colorful and cohesive look.

Brightens and Warms Photos

A couple wrapped in a red quilt outdoors

Festive Warmth. Christmas Mood preset first illuminates a scene and fills it with radiant warmth. This is, after all, the perfect look and feel for Christmas. To create this effect, it increases exposure, contrast, and warm color temperature.

As a further enhancement, it adds a soft magenta tint to draw out more complex hues. Note the result in the After photo above: it blends smoothly with the warm temperature, especially on the couple’s skin tones.

If you want a preset with a similar aesthetic, we have another warm Christmas preset that you can use on all types of photography. Its brilliance looks great on both indoor and outdoor shots. It is even great on portraits!

Moderates Tones for a Light and Joyful Feel

A green cottage covered in snow

White Christmas. The preset softens whites and lightens both blacks and shadows. After all, these artistically add to the overall light and bright motif. Just look at the example above: as a result, we get gentler whites, muted darks, and a generally brighter winter scene.

Even with these adjustments, you do not need to worry about overblown highlights; Christmas Mood lowers the intensity of highlights so that the photo’s brightest areas can retain texture and detail. All of these are more finely adjusted in the tone curve as well.

Slightly Amplifies Colors

A man or woman walking along a snowy street

Crisp Hues. Christmas Mood slightly increases the photo’s clarity, vibrance, and saturation. These tweaks may seem incremental but remain vital in producing crisp and deep colors.

The preset fine-tunes this by adding a medium-contrast curve. You can see the effect in the After photo above, especially on the street’s building facade and storefront. The snow is now also in brilliant white.

For more presets that enhance snowy winter scenes like this example, you can check out our collection of free winter presets for Lightroom.

Produces Vivid Christmas Colors

A Christmas wreath hanging on a white door

Holiday Cheer. To totally bring out the holiday cheer, Christmas Mood boosts the saturation of the color green, the popular color of Christmas. The preset, on the other hand, lowers that of orange, blue, and aqua, to deepen these hues, especially when outdoors.

These saturation enhancements go hand in hand with a luminance increase for yellow, green, aqua, and blue colors. You can observe the exquisite mix of all these adjustments by looking at the After photo above.

Refines Texture

A pot of plant with snowy leaves

Sharp Details. As a finishing touch, the preset refines the textures of the image. It sharpens details further and reduces noise. These tweaks make sure that every element will look crisp and clear.

To frame the entire Christmas scene, Christmas Mood also adds soft vignetting. This serves as an accentuating frame against a white background like snow.

Christmas Mood is for Lightroom Mobile, Desktop and…

Like all our Lightroom Presets, you can absolutely use Christmas Mood 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
  • Designed for Adobe Lightroom for PC, Mac, and Mobile
  • Includes Lrtemplate and XMP preset formats for Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic desktop apps
  • Includes DNG preset format for the free Lightroom mobile app
  • Applicable to both RAW and JPG images
  • 100% Free Preset Download

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