The Dark Dreams 1 free Lightroom preset is designed to schematize photos and give them a temperamental dark look. For this preset, we work on heightening contrasts as well as enhancing grey and dark black tones to create a unique dramatic look.
This preset is quite versatile as it can be used in a variety of photos. It works well on both portraits and landscapes, shot under natural light, or even low-light conditions. We recommend you to try this dark preset on your lifestyle, street, or urban photography as it can bring out contrasting elements for more depth and detail.
If you are looking for a preset with a unique take on adding drama on your images, try this preset out! It will surely create that modern look on your Instagram feed or social media profiles.
Makes Portraits Look Dramatic
Enhanced Shadows. Upon applying the Dark Dreams 1 preset to the image above, we can instantly see how it blends with the woman's skin tone. In general, remember to pay attention to how presets transform skin tones; it is important for portraits like this example. We would want to aim for a natural but enhanced look.
The preset heightens the shadows and highlights, making a balance between the dark and white elements. This emphasizes features in portraits by reinforcing depth. Notice how we also make the entire portrait look dramatic with this bold look.
Creates a Strong Contrast Between Light and Dark Regions
Contrasting Elements. We added exposure and intensified whites in this preset to create stronger contrasts with light and dark elements. Through this, we are able to bring out more details as well as deepen dark tones. If you look closely, the rendered image shows more color contrasts. The added exposure really brought out both dark and light tones revealing more distinct details throughout the image.
Deepens Shadows and Adds Vibrance
Vivid Elements. It may look like the Before and After image did not change much. However, if you look closely, the After image reveals more details and a captivating dark look. The buildings now show more small details, like the row of fire escapes and windows. The business signs and lights in the background are now more vibrant, showing a hustle-and-bustle atmosphere in the area. These adjustments are all done through the preset's play on shadows and color vibrance, creating a mix of a dark tones for a dramatic look and feel.
Mixing Warm Tones. The preset intensifies yellow and aqua tones by increasing its color luminance. You can see this at the After image above, as the hills turn into a warmer shade, giving it a clear, more visible take on the natural details of the hills. The sky also gains vibrancy showing off that soft aqua tint, creating a soft contrast with the clouds and the hills. Overall the image appears more dramatic and vibrant from the increased exposure and the mix of warm tones.
Dark Drams 1 is for Lightroom Mobile, Desktop, and...
Like all our presets, you can absolutely use Macro 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 June 7, 2020