A bluish monochrome landscape photo

Feeling Blue

Feeling Blue is a free Lightroom preset that transforms colored images to soft blue monochrome. The result looks somewhat metallic, like the tinted black and white photos back in the day. Its bright and vivid make it ideal for outdoor photography.

Collection: Black and White Presets, Blue Presets
Best for: Diffused Lighting, Bright Images
Style: Soft Blue Tint, Bright, Light Tones

You can try this vintage film preset on landscapes, urban scenes, and travel photos. It works best on images taken under diffused natural light; having enough sunlight makes the most out of the tones and adds a nice contrast.

Because of its distinct monochrome look, you can use Feeling Blue as an Instagram filter that would give your feed a cohesive look. It is the perfect preset to use if you want your posts to have a timeless and elegant feel.

Creates a Cool Film Look

A soft blue monochrome image of a bird feeding on someone's hand

Cool Vintage. Feeling Blue sets its unique look by first switching to black and white mode, then adding blue tones to the highlights. As you can see in the After photo above, the pastel tint makes the entire shot look gentle and serene.

To complete the classic film look, the preset also increases sharpening and adds some fine grain. After all, these textures are important when recreating the vintage film style. Try to examine the result of these adjustments above. Notice the blue haze that coats the image, especially on the light, high-key, white snow background.

Optimizes Light and Color

A soft blue monochrome photo of a man dunking a basketball

Bright and Vivid. The preset reinforces its style by adding light and amplifying tones. It moderately increases exposure to have more like to work with and intensifies contrast for richer grays.

You can easily examine the results in the After photo above. The scene is brighter, its tones look defined and complex. Feeling Blue preset further refines these settings using the tone curve and sliders, as discussed in the next example.

Softens Tones

A soft monochrome cityscape

Soft and Cool. Feeling Blue softens its tones to recreate the unmistakable look of analog photography. It narrows the tonal range: it lightens blacks and shadows, and subdues whites. The preset then refines these settings using the tone curve, to make sure that the image remains well defined.

The After photo’s tones are much softer now. Examine the cool grays on the buildings, and the river’s smooth aqua tones. Notice how these improvements combine to transform both mood and aesthetic.

Applies Through Luminance Adjustments

A soft blue monochrome photo of a man standing on a rock at a coast

Even Brilliance. The preset makes skin tones and terrain stand out by increasing the luminance levels of their corresponding tones. These include purple, magenta, and blue. As a result, the entire scene would seem well-illuminated by sunlight.

In contrast, Feeling Blue decreases the luminance of green, aqua, yellow, red, and orange at varying levels. These tweaks are set to optimize tones according to the preset’s artistic and classic look. You can observe how the Feeling Blue processes these in the example above. Pay close attention to the rock and the man’s clothing.

Feeling Blue is for Lightroom Mobile, Desktop and…

Like all our presets, you can absolutely use Feeling Blue 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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