A brightened photo of a cityscape

Falling in Blue

Falling in Blue is a free Lightroom preset that gives images a bright and cool glow. It has soft blue tones that define its unique film effect.

The preset is ideal for portraits and does well in both indoor and outdoor settings. Its brightening adjustments make the preset versatile to use on any image, regardless of its lighting conditions. You can use this preset on portraiture, travel, fashion, and wedding photography.

Because of the preset’s unique and professional aesthetic, you can use it as an Instagram filter that would define the look of your feed.

Adds a Soft Glow

A bright and elegant outdoor photo of a newly wed couple

Bright and Soft. The preset begins by filling the image with light. It does so simply by increasing the exposure. This gives Falling in Blue enough light to work with.

Tip: this adjustment works well on most photos taken under dim light or overcast weather. If the resulting image is too bright, try lowering the exposure of the image.

To soften the image, Falling in Blue lowers the contrast. As a result, there are no harsh tones. It refines this setting further in the tone curve as well, as it moves the RGB channels towards blue. You can see the soft effect in the elegant wedding photo above, especially on the bride’s gown.

Intensifies Some Tones

A bright photo of a woman wearing a denim jumpsuit and brown boots

Broad Tones. Falling in Blue broadens the range of tones by increasing and intensifying both light and dark regions. This means brighter whites and darker, truer, blacks. The preset then reduces the occurrence of overblown highlights by reducing its brilliance in the slider. This last adjustment is essential to also regulate the preset’s previous increase in exposure.

You can examine the result in the After photo above. The woman’s jumpsuit looks more defined because of the intensified tones. It has crisper textures and outlines, heightened further by their contrast with the highlights.

Lowers Saturation and Vibrance

A bright and vibrant portrait of a woman holding a pink flower

Gentler Hues. The preset balances its intensified tones with subdued colors, as you can see in the bright outdoor portrait above. This, also, adds a touch of retro. Falling in Blue thus decrease saturation and vibrance levels. As a result, hues look softer across the board.

Try to observe how the preset processes skin tones in the example above. The woman’s skin tones look lighter and smoother. Notice, too, how these color adjustments blend with the enhanced lighting.

Boosts Clarity and Sharpening

A bright and vibrant photo of a woman lounging on a leather office chair outdoors wearing a blue sweater and yellow beanie

Clear and Crisp. The preset brings out the details of the image by boosting clarity and increasing sharpening enhancements. As a result, midtones look more vivid and textures more refined.

In the After photo above, notice how the entire image looks more defined. You can see more of the shirt’s folds, the woman’s hair, and even the palm leaves in the background.

Falling in Blue is for Lightroom Mobile, Desktop and…

Like all our presets, you can absolutely use Falling in Blue 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

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