A vibrant portrait of a man looking through a camera's viewfinder

Classic Portrait is a free Lightroom preset that thoroughly enhances portraits to bring out rich and deep tones. It improves every photographic element, from moderating color intensity to producing complex skin tones. It is specially optimized to draw out the best in headshots and fashion photography. With its thorough adjustments, you can easily give your photos a professional look and feel.

This is a versatile preset that you can use in both casual and formal scenarios, like day-to-day selfies and photoshoots. Classic Portrait is an all-around portrait preset, after all. You can use it as an Instagram filter, too, if you specialize in portraiture and want a cohesive look on your feed.

Warms and Brightens Portraits

A vibrant portrait of a woman wearing a brown leather coat

Radiant Warmth. Classic Portrait preset first sets the foundation for its thorough adjustments. Here, it moderately warms the temperature of the image to replicate the natural radiance of sunlight. You can easily notice its effect on the woman's face in the above After photo. Note how this simple adjustment already contributes to the enhancement of skin tone.

 

💡 TIP: Tweak the exposure slider in Lightroom to optimize the lighting of your portrait. Increase or decrease the amount of light in your photo as you see fit.

 

Produces Rich and Deep Tones

A side-view portrait of a man wearing a black shirt and cap

Bold Tones. One of the most striking features of this portrait preset is its well-defined tones. The preset creates an exquisite balance between brilliance and depth.

It first adds light to both light and dark areas of the image by brightening whites and blacks. Notice, however, that there are no overblown areas; the preset, after all, moderates the tonal extremities by softening highlights and lightening shadows even in the tone curve.

In the example above, notice how Classic Portrait illuminates the man's facial features and expression. There are no unwanted shadows nor glaring highlights. We simply get to appreciate more of the subject.

Amplifies and Adds Complexity to Colors

A woman wearing a black shirt and sitting cross-legged on the pavement

Stunning Hues. Classic Portrait, like its tones, have complex and dynamic colors. It applies a series of enhancements to get such bold and compelling hues. It heightens clarity, vibrance, and saturation — the key is in blending these tweaks. The preset more finely tunes the intensity of hues by creating a custom tone curve with strong contrast and darker tones.

Applies Fine Adjustments in Saturation and Luminance

A portrait of a man wearing a black shirt and a gray coat

Portrait-Optimized Colors. To more effectively draw attention to the subject, the preset applies an even more thorough adjustment in saturation and luminance. Note that these improvements go hand-in-hand with the previous adjustments in color intensity.

Think of these as the preset's finishing touches to further optimize colors for portraits. Classic Portrait lowers saturation and increases the luminance of each color, at varying degrees.

Enhances Textures and Adds Vignetting

A woman wearing a white dress and a red headdress

Polished Look. Classic Portrait finally enhances textures in the image. It draws out the details and gives an overall polish. You can notice how it sharpens details in the above example. You can see more of the woman's clothing, including the folds and creases of her outfit. To complement this adjustment, the preset also reduces noise and removes unnecessary grain.

Finally, it adds vignetting. Notice how the effect stylistically draws attention to the subject even more. It goes very well with the preset's bold motif and helps frame the portrait.

 

Classic Portrait is for Lightroom Mobile, Desktop and...

Like all our presets, you can absolutely use Classic Portrait 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

This Free Lightroom Preset was last updated on January 14, 2020




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