Ektachrome is a free Lightroom preset that gives photos the distinct look of the Kodak Ektachrome film. You get the soft matte texture with increased highlights and softened shadows. Like most slide films, this preset also gives a light emphasis on blue tones.
This is the best preset to use if you are going for the classic look: it will give your photos an analog feel, all the while producing true-to-life colors. This is versatile for any type of photography but will work best in outdoor and well-lit scenes. It will help bring out the colors, too, under diffused lighting.
Try it on outdoor portraits during your travels, or when capturing landscapes and cityscapes. It will look amazing on photos you intend to print, and even in the on-screen world of social media like Instagram.
Creates a Light and Soft Look
Soft Contrasts. The Ektachrome preset, like the film it replicates, produces soft tones. You will notice in the example above that the contrast is on the gentler side. This aesthetic is widely associated with analog cameras after all, whereas the modern, digital, taste leans towards high-contrasts and bold saturations.
To recreate this look, Ektachrome preset adds highlights and softens shadows. Whites are also clipped a bit to bring out richer tones and details.
Gives Images a Classic Matte Texture
Accurate Matte Tones. The Ektachrome is known for how it handles light. Given this characteristic, the preset further tweaks the above lighting adjustments by creating a custom tone curve with lightened shadows and slightly lowered lights.
The result of these improvements can be seen in the above After photo of a mountain landscape. This look is reminiscent of the signature National Geographic look — after all, many Nat Geo photographers did prefer the Kodak Ektachrome for its rich colors and fine grains.
Produces Crisp and Vivid Colors
Stunning Colors. Notice how the darker hues look somewhat bluish. You can examine this in the above After photo: look at the pavement, tires, and the man's outfit. This is, again, a signature characteristic of the Ektachrome film. For this, the preset also desaturates green and aqua tones.
Against the cool hues, you can see how the warm colors look spectacularly vivid. The preset recreates this by saturating warm colors. See the vehicle in the photo: the orange paint looks rich, deep, and vivid now.
Adds Some Fine Grain for a Realistic Film Effect
Fine Grains. The legendary Ektachrome is an ISO 100 film. It is slow and has fine grain. The preset therefore adds this effect to photographs as well. You can see this in the above example, particularly on the brown buildings lining the road. See how this simple texture can complete the entire classic film motif.
Ektachrome preset is for Lightroom Mobile, Desktop and...
Like all our presets, you can absolutely use Ektachrome 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 October 10, 2019