A vivid photo of the sky

Dramatic Clouds

Dramatic Clouds free Lightroom preset boosts the mood of outdoor photos by enhancing the sky’s hues and accentuating its clouds. It is ideal for landscape and various outdoor scenes. This preset, after all, applies thorough adjustments in tone, saturation, and luminance.

Collection: Vibrant Presets
Best for: Landscape, Photos of Skies
Style: Very Vibrant Colors, Deep Tones

Go on and try Dramatic Clouds on your travel photos! It is ideal for your captures when hiking and exploring nature. This filter will help you draw out nature’s vibrant hues. Alternatively, you can apply it as well on urbanscapes. It will draw out the warm and complex hues of architecture and other details.

Adds a Dramatic Contrast

A tree in the middle of a golden field

Bold Hues. Nature has breathtaking colors that beg to be captured on photographs. When outdoors, however, lighting can be erratic; we also sometimes get undesirable pictures with improper camera settings and hasty shooting.

This preset will help you save some of those captures. One of its basic adjustments is on color contrast: with a boost of it, the image can instantly look livelier.

You can examine the result in the landscape photo above: the field has become vivid with gold and green: the lone tree now has vibrant leaves; the sky is bursting with bold blue hues.

The resulting image is now, indeed, dramatic. The preset has transformed the mood and breathed much life into the image.

Adds Drama with Bolder Shadows and Moderated Highlights

A vibrant landscape with clear skies

Deep Tones. Notice how the preset darkens some areas of the photograph above. The intensified shadows add depth to the terrain, while the muted highlights reveal more of the sky.

This setting is great if you have overblown areas, which can easily happen when you take an overexposed image outdoors. Unless your metering is accurately set, your photos could appear unevenly lit, even in automatic mode.

The Dramatic Clouds preset further increases whites and lowers blacks; as a result, you get pictures with crisp and rich tones. Look at the After photo above once again and notice how the elements of the image look defined and unified.

Applies Fine Color Adjustments

A vibrant urbanscape

Vibrant Scenes. This contrasty preset has been optimized for nature and various outdoor shots. This has, therefore, been designed to draw out the colors typically found in landscapes and some urbanscapes.

For this, Dramatic Clouds heightens the saturation of orange, yellow, green, aqua, and blue — colors common to nature photos. This can work on cityscapes too, like in the example above. And of course, to specially emphasize the sky, the preset further amplifies the luminance of blue and aqua hues.

The special yet subtle charm of this preset lies in its tinting: it adds a light yellow tone to highlights and light magenta to shadows. These complement the tweaks in colors and help add drama to the scene.

Dramatic Clouds is for Lightroom Mobile, Desktop and…

Like all our Lightroom Presets, you can absolutely use Dramatic Clouds 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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