A photo of a couple in ektachrome film style


This Ektachrome preset can make your photos authentically look like they were captured using an analog camera. Not only that, this film preset even simulates the unique look of the Kodak Ektachrome film. You’ll get the soft matte texture with increased highlights and softened shadows. Like most slide films, too, this preset gives a light emphasis on blue tones.

Collection: Film Presets, Vintage
Best for: Versatile, Indoor and Outdoor
Style: Classic, Soft Matte, Cool 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

An outdoor photo of a woman with covering her face with her hands

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-contrast and bold saturations.

To recreate this look, this Lightroom film preset realistically adds highlights and softens shadows. Whites are also clipped a bit to bring out richer tones and details.

Gives Images a Classic Matte Texture

A mattified photo of a landscape

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. In contrast, this look is vastly different from the vibrant Ektar 100 film preset that produces a lot of vivid tones.

Produces Crisp and Vivid Colors

A man standing in front of his orange vehicle

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

An urbanscape of a road lined with tall brown buildings

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 buildings lining the road. See how this simple texture can complete the entire classic film motif.

This resulting look can be used for many types of photography. Best of all, the classic film look does not go out of tyl. It is an aesthetic that beginner and professional photographers can use frequently. If you want more of this, you can try more classic analog presets in our collection of free film presets.

Ektachrome preset is for Lightroom Mobile, Desktop and…

Like all our Lightroom Presets, you can absolutely use Ektachrome 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

Need help with the presets? You can visit our guide to learn how to install Lightroom presets.

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